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"It's a good company at heart"

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
Approves of CEO

Pros

friends you make
education support out side company
education support inside company
small company
push you to be the best at your position
national meetings
free product
helping the community

Cons

location
lack of training for some positions
work flow

Advice to Management

managers should have the proper training on managing people.

Other Employee Reviews for The Boston Beer Company

  1. "Brewery Representative"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Boston Beer Company full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture. It truly feels like a small business and access to upper management is a great perk. The company cares about your career development.
     They invest a lot of time and money into sales/beer training. Great benefits.

    Cons

    I had a great manager. However, the company's strict adherence to "hire from within" is a bad policy. Numerous managers had no business in their positions...especially when they didn't know how to manage people. The compensation structure isn't competitive compared to others in the industry. Jim Koch is a pioneer, but innovation is lagging and the company is falling behind.

    Advice to Management

    "Hire from within" has to go. Sometimes its good to bring in outside opinions/experience.


  2. "Brewery Rep Role a mixed bag"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brewery Representative
    Current Employee - Brewery Representative
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Boston Beer Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Couldn't ask for a better foot into the industry. All kinds of corporate training from Day 1. Selling Skills, Negotiations, Beer Education training every two months or so in Boston. Sets you up well for a career with them or for your next job with a wholesaler or another craft brewer (if you wait out the one-year non-compete).

    Pay is pretty solid. If you're smart with your money, you can pay your bills, live comfortably, and put some money away in your early 20's.

    PTO is good. 17 days to start, 22 after two years. And they encourage you to use it.

    Opportunities for upward mobility (if you are willing to relocate).

    Cons

    Work-life balance is horrible. Expectations are that you constantly do multiple tastings and promotions per week. These are outdated and ineffective ways of trying to sell beer. You don't see many other companies doing these things. It's a lot of 10 and 12 hour days, and a lot of working on Saturdays as well.

    The core drinker base is getting older and isn't being replaced with new, younger drinkers. Unsustainable.

    People are leaving left and right. I feel like I get a farewell email or two every Friday. That being said, a lot of the same people have been around for a really long time, which is a good thing and a bad thing. Company loyalty is great, but fresh ideas and new lines of thinking are great too.

    The industry in general is an absolute snake pit. There isn't a product on the market to the American consumer with a more fickle, unpredictable, and oftentimes nonsensical buying behavior than craft beer. The pieces of the pie are getting smaller and smaller with every new brewery that opens up. The US beer market can't support 5,000 breweries. Go figure.

    Overall, this company is on the way down. Craft beer and cider are experiencing drinker favoritism of local and regional brands, not national brands. Sam Adams will always do fine in New England, but it wouldn't be surprising to see the company pull out of some markets where there isn't a strong foothold and too much local competition (California, Oregon, Washington) in the next five years. Thank goodness for the diversification of the portfolio, because without Twisted Tea, this company would be dead.

    Advice to Management

    You talk about how important the sales force is going to be to returning the company to growth and you invest all of these resources into training us, so maybe you should listen to what we have to say about product/programming ideas instead of doing random focus groups.

    And if you ask us for our thoughts, opinions, and feedback, it's probably best to do it BEFORE you've made a decision. Asking what we think about something after a decision has already been made and money has been spent comes across as incredibly disingenuous.

    You might want to consider putting some people in brand development who have EVER sold ANYTHING in their lives. There needs to be a clear path from sales to brand and the stigma around leaving sales to go work in the office needs to go away. Bringing people into brand who have been in the market recently and have been trained in the BBC selling process are valuable assets to brand. Brand's communication with the rest of the company is AWFUL. Salespeople know how to talk to other salespeople and what they need to have to make an initiative successful.

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