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New Belgium Brewing Reviews

Updated November 7, 2018
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  1. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New Belgium Brewing full-time

    Pros

    Incredible culture. Plenty of opportunities to be creative and build out your ideas.

    Cons

    It’s a competitive industry, so there are constant headwinds that are part of the work environment.


  2. "Liquid Center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at New Belgium Brewing full-time

    Pros

    Great environment and company culture

    Cons

    Long hours, have to work weekends

  3. "NOT THE PLACE I FIRST WORKED FOR - THE CULTURE IS DYING."

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    Former Employee - Tour Giver, Social Media Supplementation, Music Program Creator in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Tour Giver, Social Media Supplementation, Music Program Creator in Fort Collins, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New Belgium Brewing (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Bikes, beer, and a fun interactive environment. I absolutely LOVED the company I worked for when I started, and I was operating a forklift in 42 degrees.

    Cons

    Nepitism. Extreme favoritism for folks who were tied to the family or were a part of the first 100ish hired. I made many attempts to give positive suggestions in a positive manner and it was never implemented. This was the first job I worked out without 100% positive upward motion to management. Many who have left feel similar to my experience. Unless you're hired on in a non-production job, you are completely expendable. It really became very difficult to lie to the public while giving tours.

    Advice to Management

    There are no checks/balances for middle managers who do immoral and illegal things. From the inability to take lunches, meetings scheduled on already long Saturdays (we were allowed to have 4 Saturdays off in 1 YEAR), to verbal abuse. There was absolutely no support from HR. Rating your manager as needing major improvement (from the majority of the department mind you) did absolutely nothing. Even with over 10 documented cases of people going to HR the last 2 years I was there, nothing was done about the activity. It became unbarable to lie to the public about work/life balance as a part of their core values and beliefs that do not stretch to anyone in the tasting room, brewers, or other production jobs. I left this job after over 7 years making $950 a paycheck.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Beer Ranger"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New Belgium Brewing full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, social responsibility and charitable initiatives.

    Cons

    Low pay, culture is cultish and they expect you to drink the juice. Managers have less skill than employees at times. Work schedule for Rangers is expected to be 24/7.

    Advice to Management

    I launched a state for them, being told they would add more rangers shortly thereafter. Within 6 months the state was one of the largest volume for them. In a mtg with my manager and division director I was asked to take on a “Hybrid” role and it was explained I was to do my job, manage the distributors, train all new rangers that were hired for the state and they would kindly move me to an area of the state that was lower cost of living and “generously pay me 10K less”. I was astounded and left shortly thereafter. I wonder now if after years of drinking the juice it had changed the brain chemistry of the two managers to be not quite in reality or have common sense.


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    "Regional Sales Representative"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New Belgium Brewing full-time

    Pros

    Independence from working remotely
    Great benefits
    Nice coworkers
    Excellent product
    Employee owned!

    Cons

    Always shifting priorities
    Not as open book as they say
    Little work/life balance and personal time is not respected

    Advice to Management

    Please respect employees personal time, as a Beer Ranger working remotely, it is often 6-7 days per week with late nights
    Also please be sure to hire managers that fully support and demonstrate the core values of the company in order to best support employees and the mission


  6. "production"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at New Belgium Brewing full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work if you don't like working. If you get in with the group.

    Cons

    Too many managers/directors. 1 in every 5 is some "leader". Ownership means nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Layoff the other 36% you should have, in all departments! - INCLUDING marketing.
    You may never see 1 million bbls - quit hanging on to a magic #!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


  7. "grr"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Employee ownership is nice even though it doesn't mean job security.

    Cons

    Nepotism, the employees who have been there longer can't get fired even if they are low performers, new employees aren't allowed to question any policy.

    Advice to Management

    Give a crap about the people who do the work and if you make cuts across the entire brewery that means looking at all departments including marketing.

  8. "Great company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New Belgium Brewing full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, great friendly atmosphere, great products, respected in the industry

    Cons

    Some growing pains with a lot of changes in management and tough competition.


  9. "New Belgium is a Great Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, creativity, and quality product.

    Cons

    Compensation. While benefits are solid, wages may be on the low side of industry/position averages.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Stressing work life balance but not allowing for it. -Sales, Beer Ranger"

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    Former Employee - Beer Ranger
    Former Employee - Beer Ranger
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New Belgium Brewing full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredible benefits. Second to none. Company Car. If you work at the mothership in fort collins, you feel like you are a part of something special. The culture is fun there. ESOP program is excellent.

    Cons

    If you work in sales as a beer ranger, you are working at least 50 hours a week and many weekends no matter the season of the year. Naturally, you are not compensated enough for these hours.
    Forget the culture. This is one of the biggest reasons that people seek out working at New Belgium, but if you are a beer ranger, you are basically on your own. You won't be working with a team because no one else shares your territory with you. The work culture you will experience will simply be however cool or awful your area manager is. As the company is growing many people are distraught in sales and the support beer rangers are receiving is decreasing while the work demands are increasing. You have to wait for someone to die to get a job at the mothership, but turnover and burnout in sales at New Belgium is very high.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the reasons that this company was successful in the first place. Take care of your remote coworkers and provide them with the same support and opportunities that you receive working in Fort Collins. Reward Sales workers who are high achievers.


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