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MillerCoors Reviews

Updated March 22, 2017
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  • Work dominates the work life balance (in 35 reviews)

  • Upper management is full of some people stuck in their old ways of doing things (in 18 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Miller Brewing Company - Great for Union Workers, Sucks for Salaried Employees"

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    Former Employee - Packaging Work Group Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Packaging Work Group Manager in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Free beer give-aways. Working for a company that is a well known brand.

    Cons

    For salaried employees, very long hours if you are a grade 7 or above. Disgruntled and lackluster union workforce, union workers do very little work, complain quite a lot, and get paid very handsomly for doing nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop cutting into salaried worker's benefits to offset high union expenses.


  2. "Show me the money."

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Compared to many CPG industries, beer is a fun category and offers relatively large marketing budgets, if you work on a larger brand.

    Cons

    Its all about profits and personnel does not play a major role. If you are not able to play the political game you should not expect promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Poor personnel decisions have left employees less satisfied with their experiences in the combined outfit. MillerCoors should start acting like a beer company.


  3. "Dont do it, stay away"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Eden, NC
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Eden, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay, job itself is not too bad

    Cons

    long hours, no career path, management sucks

    Advice to Management

    treat your employees right


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Don't Expect Much except the 3 cases of beer each month!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for a well-known company, free beer, lots of hours, onsite pub serving free beer daily (is a necesary), supports the vets, on-site fitness center, and free tickets to local events.

    Cons

    Too many hours - works you worse than a dog, afraid of change, lack of opportunity for advancement, poor planning/decision making, little pride in the business, no thoughts behind the decisions made, every department has too many lazy employees and managers accept that, if you whine and complain a lot you'll keep your job, very few specialists in the business, intranet that never works properly, most items are processed manually, contract/temps earning more than actual employees, lack of communication throughout the company, overpriced cafeteria and store (bring your lunch daily), managements' attitude - everyone is replaceable, and the blame game is BIG throughout the company.

    Advice to Management

    Push the limits when making change, listen to employees, respect the employees, have loyalty in the employees (no revolving door), put thought and meaning in the decisions being made, implement work/life balance, and quit playing the blame game. For all the effort exerted into blaming the other departments, more work could be achieved in which then, work/life balance can be implemented.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Poor management. Antiquated beer biz culture that rewards the "good old boy's""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Golden, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Golden, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competetive salary and benefits. Great perks.

    Cons

    Poor management style. Misguided direction. Promotions and advancement opportunities provided only to those in the "good old boys"club. Favoritism. A high level of prejudice within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time in the market. Get rid of the "good old boy" culture. Acknowledge that there are serious issues with work life balance. Recognize and reward those that obtain results and increase the accountability of those in upper management that do not comply with company code of conduct when it comes to drinking.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible IT department - If you care for your life/work-life balance this is not the company for you"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Some people are nice (if you are lucky)
    Top management's dialogue is nice (but this is where it stops)
    Lot of talk about diversity (if you get a good manager they will appreciate, otherwise it's all talk)

    Cons

    Competitiveness will kill you
    People like to step on to your toes constantly and back stab you
    They don't care about your work life balance
    Consultants are in much better shape then employees, every 1 hour overtime they get paid, no one care for the employees - unspoken rule of working 60 hours a week means nothing to anyone

    Advice to Management

    Please see what kind of middle managers you are bringing on board. Your try to become best company may stop right there.


  8. "Bullying and humiliation is a way of life"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Fun industry
    -Free beer
    -Recognized brands
    -Decent compensation package

    Cons

    -People love beer more than developing a culture where people want to stay and grow.
    -Miller and Coors cultures clash. Miller is cuthroat and Coors was more collaborative
    -Lack of respect for its employees. I knew several co-workers that left as a result.
    -Management looks the other way when complaints are made
    -Company talks about employee development with "What you do" and "How you achieve it" but it is all talk, when I raised concerns about "how" my immature 25 yr old mgr with no experience, was treating me management would look the other way.

    Advice to Management

    It is a revolving door and people continue to leave. Instill a culture where people are not bullied or humiliated to retain talent. More work needs to be done to intregrate the two cultures.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "How many bad decisions in a row are allowed?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Milwaukee, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MillerCoors full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free beer and junk food with tons of bar parties, very low expectations - easy to get by, good opportunity to make mistakes and learn from them.

    Cons

    Company tends to make mistakes and use outside consultant to fix the problem, although often times they are retired ex-employees. Despite being a beer company, this is an extremely conservative company that stubbornly will not change its ways during a drastically shifting beer market.

    Advice to Management

    Take some risks or your company will continue to die a slow death. Consider your biggest threat the microbrewers who have so much less scale, yet so much more brand equity.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Gaining on ABInBev is all they care about....."

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Golden, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Golden, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MillerCoors full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good salary, some good people with longevity there, and free beer.

    Cons

    Weakest onboarding process I ever had and it was for a brand new position with no SOPs and still needed a vision and mission. The ability to succeed when you get 4 weeks under your belt and then your mentor botls for another job and senior management has no backup plan is low to none. HR there is no help if you have internal issues with management or a personality challenge. Sure they can't be a fix-all but they should care and want to do something about it and not just tell you 'you are all adults so work it out'.

    Advice to Management

    don't allow managers to create hostile work environments and then wonder why things move slowly.


  11. Helpful (4)

    "If you have NO ORIGINAL THOUGHTS and are willing to forego all dignity to please your manager, by all means work here."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Operations in Golden, CO
    Former Employee - Operations in Golden, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MillerCoors full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    +Free Beer (although this can be deadly. If you walk around the cafeteria at any point you'll know what I mean)
    +Really good Health Insurance coverage
    +MillerCoors University
    +You get to tell all your friends you work for a Beer company
    +Opportunity to work on some really fun projects that you can relate to
    +Golden-handcuffs salaries
    +Year-end bonuses
    +CEO has good vision and strategy
    +You get to spend more money buying bigger pant sizes.

    Cons

    -Middle-management runs (and ruins) the day.
    The top-level managers (C-level) are really top notch, good people. Especially Chris, Andy, and Gavin. The individual contributors for the most part have a good work ethic and play well with others. It's the layer in between that's the problem. (Note: NO companies are run this way anymore.)
    -They talk all this fluff about encouraging feedback and asking tough questions, but really if you don't rank and file you'll really run your career at risk. (Again, this is not how top companies do things). Definitely NOT one of those "we encourage you to ask tough questions to make our business better" companies.
    -Most decisions are made by a very small group, or on an individual basis. There is zero transparency into the decision-making process below the manager level. You're supposed to "just trust the old guard."
    -Does not encourage outside/dissenting views. Unless those are from a highly paid consulting firm like BCG.
    -All it takes is one individual to dislike you and you can be let go pretty much without cause. This is usually by insecure managers afraid of their direct reports outshining them. Decisions like fire/not fire should be made on a committee basis.
    -Limited room for growth/movement unless you're part of the "good old boys" club.

    Advice to Management

    Read the book "Wisdom of Crowds." Focus and reward the employees who do the actual work. Look at 8 of 10 past reviews on here. All have similar threads.



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