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New Belgium Brewing Reviews

Updated December 7, 2017
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  1. "Excellent"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New Belgium Brewing full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Employee owned. Family friendly. Open book management. Fun, and supportive culture.

    Cons

    Some diaconnect with employees due to getting bigger, but that's expecyeted.

    Advice to Management

    Remember how to have open and honest communication with your employees... you expect them to have it with you.


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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.

  3. Helpful (2)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "Great Company, Management Needs Improvement"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New Belgium Brewing full-time

    Pros

    Amazing company with great benefits and culture

    Cons

    Management needs more vision for their department.


  5. "Supply Chain"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New Belgium Brewing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great ethos, excellent benefits, 100% employee ownership, reasonable salaries, and a deep, sincere commitment to being a positive force in the world. Honest belief in the 'team'. We all contribute to, and have a stake in, the whole.

    Cons

    Sales persons, as is standard for the beer and many other industries, are dispersed across a large geography. This is not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing much. Keep being patient as the company continues to grow. Success, both personal and as a company, will never be a linear path.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Don't believe what you hear."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Beer Ranger
    Former Employee - Beer Ranger
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New Belgium Brewing full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Phenomenal benefits: PTO, insurance, etc. A lot of great people...

    Cons

    ... and a lot of terrible people. Pay is poor for industry standards. Employee ownership program is unclear and not lucrative; it's a marketing tool. Unclear vision. Late to industry trends. Beer Rangers are to blame for a lot of AM and RD shortcomings.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the AMs and RDs with high turnover; Rangers are being fired and quitting for a reason. Try to brew an innovative beer.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "PKG tech"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at New Belgium Brewing full-time

    Pros

    Employee owned, ESOP, Certified B corp.

    Cons

    Cult like, Clicky, stuck up.

    Advice to Management

    Less managers.

  8. "Quality Assurance Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Fort Collins, CO
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance Specialist in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New Belgium Brewing (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, fun work environment, constantly changing.

    Cons

    Sometimes ambiguous direction and lack of cohesive leadership.


  9. "Big Company with a Small Company Feel"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ranger Specialist in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Employee - Ranger Specialist in Fort Collins, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New Belgium Brewing full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent compehensive benefits package: salary, 401K with company match, ESOP after your 1st year, health & dental premiums are paid by the employer, company vehicle with insurance & maintenance, LTD & STD premiums are covered by employer, internet allowance, & cell phone allowance. Regular feedback on performance, regular opportunities for education, & regular visits to the brewery for off-site personnel.

    Cons

    Profit sharing is irregular & poorly structured. No true financial incentives exist for individuals to overachieve. Some core values have fallen by the wayside as the company has grown exponentially.

    Advice to Management

    Be a proactive player in the market rather than a reactive player. Stick to the values that got you here - regardless of the challenges. Work to disseminate the culture of the brewery more to the field throughout the country.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work if you are in your 20s"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    It has a lot of great people

    Cons

    way too much fluff work

    Advice to Management

    calm down


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