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The Boston Beer Company Reviews

Updated May 20, 2017
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  • Work/life balance could be better (in 19 reviews)

  • t treat a stray dog the way middle management treats whistle-blowing employees that question decisions that directly affect them (in 9 reviews)

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  1. "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Boston Beer Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid product line up of great beers. Great PTO policy especially when starting out. You get 22 days of PTO after two years.

    Cons

    Asking a lot of the employees, especially those on the street daily. Don't have time to take PTO. You are not shunned for taking it but if you do you come back to triple the work and not very relaxed.

    Offer a open door policy of "discuss the undiscussables" but in reality you have a good chance of being penalized.

    The division managers and upper management make all of the decisions and often times out of touch with reality. I realize they need to push more but when you are pushing brands that aren't growing it does get frustrating to listen to all of the time.

    Moral is down and a lot of people will be leaving by the end of the year. It is such as shame as the company had a lot of potential but made several bad decisions on pricing, brand marketing and beer styles.

    Advice to Management

    You have loyal employees but the loyalty is starting to be tarnished. I realize you are focused on the long term but if the short term is not fixed there will be no long term.


  2. "The Boston Beer Company"

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    Former Employee - Region Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Region Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Boston Beer Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Treated like adults

    Access to Sr Management

    The "FU rule"

    Cons

    Recent hypocrisy of reality vs stated culture


  3. "Trade Planning, Communication, and Innovation Manager"

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    Current Employee - Trade Planning, Communication, and Innovation Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Trade Planning, Communication, and Innovation Manager in Boston, MA

    I have been working at The Boston Beer Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, great industry, great career growth

    Cons

    long hours, blending of work and life


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  5. "Great company culture"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Boston Beer Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, really competitive environment

    Cons

    Work/life balance could be better

    Advice to Management

    Get more feedback from differing national markets


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Boston Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Boston Beer Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free Beer, Looks good on resumé.

    Cons

    The culture at Boston Beer does not reflect the principles that they promote. Employees are expected to take on more than what is listed in their job role without compensation, or having the ability to ask why even though these additional tasks directly effect them. Middle management does not aid its lower level employees, but shields them from potential opportunities to further career. HR ignores any criticism from lower level employees about middle management practices.
    If you are looking for transparent business practices like insight into upper managements business decisions, or to be able to work in an atmosphere that is communicative, not unresponsive this is not the company for you.
    The turn over rate of employees has sky-rocketed throughout the past year and can be expected to continue in this manner due to low moral. It is common place to see employees crying in the hallways, and whispering about unfair treatment.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Boston Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Boston Beer Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Two free cases of beer, Well known brand/ brand equity on a resume

    Cons

    Company prides itself on “treating others the way you want to be treated” it’s ironic because most people feel that they wouldn’t treat a stray dog the way middle management treats whistle-blowing employees that question decisions that directly affect them. In order to protect the façade that the company puts forth of being “The best place to work” HR ignores lower level employees concerns & poor treatment while shielding the derogatory middle management. In my experience the norm is employees crying at work, whispering in the hallways, and abruptly leaving because their moral is so low.
    Pay is atrocious for lower level employees even though you are expected to take on more than your job role without asking why.
    Company Policies for things like PTO and “working from home” are not applicable to everyone. Many people abuse PTO by taking an absurd amount, and often are “working” from home, without any consequences even when it directly impacts their team members.
    In short- don’t waste your time taking the silver line all the way out here. You can get paid much more for much less nonsense.

    Advice to Management

    Take a look at your employees....They're fleeing by the day


  8. Helpful (6)

    "Boston Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Boston Beer Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Two free cases of beer per month, small bonus but at least a bonus, great colleagues within department, looks good on a resume,

    Cons

    Disgraceful pay - CEO claims the pay is "to industry standard" so don't expect competitive pay, dysfunctional middle management, PTO caps at 22 days no matter how long your tenure is, extremely low office moral, little to no transparency into business decisions, sales people given priority over corporate employees even when failing to sell beer, high turnover rate, stress, people crying at work (concerning...), expected to take on more than your job role without extra compensation, no consequences for people who abuse PTO, no consequences for people who abuse "working" from home, no public transportation discount besides pre-tax, tough location to travel to in Boston, high medical benefit cost, in my experience middle management shielded by HR while lower level employees written off by HR

    Advice to Management

    I can do the same job elsewhere in Boston and actually afford to pay my bills/save for the future.


  9. "Brewery Representative"

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    Current Employee - Senior Brewery Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Brewery Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Boston Beer Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Free beer, great co workers, best training in the business

    Cons

    Lots of time in market. bonus goals can be lofty. Innovation comes across as copycat beers.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "packaging"

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    Former Employee - Packaging Representative in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Packaging Representative in Bethlehem, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Boston Beer Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits are great

    Cons

    They over work the empoyees

    Advice to Management

    Need to listen to the employees more


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Double Digit Growth to Staffing Reductions"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breinigsville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breinigsville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Boston Beer Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free Beer, Great Colleagues, Work life balance was appropriate

    Cons

    Closed door meetings, involuntary lay-offs, No warning, just CEO saying "we arent going to pursue layoffs, but hey excelsior has identified cost savings".... BOOM good bye people. Lies from everyone. They throw you to the curb without looking back.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency and Honesty


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