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The Boston Beer Company Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  1. "Brewery Sales Representative"

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

    I worked at The Boston Beer Company full-time

    Pros

    Great sales training, company culture was upbeat and fun

    Cons

    Terrible upper management, very unprofessional. Compensation structure/bonus payout not competitive to similar companies. Company as a whole not growing, turnover rate extremely high.


  2. "DYSFUNCTIONAL"

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

    I worked at The Boston Beer Company full-time

    Pros

    Passion. At it's best, everyone wants the company to succeed. And mostly, the people are great.

    Cons

    A few bad apples spoil the bunch. Because management refuses to handle any direct confrontation, arrogance, condescension, self importance and selfishness are winning out. Respected employees are leaving. Morale is low. Bad behavior isn't rewarded, but it's going completely unchecked. People are not being held accountable for their actions or their words. Forget about collaboration. No one is accountable unless it's successful. If something fails, no one is ever at fault, but no one ever learns from any mistakes.

    Work/life balance? Depends on who you are. Some people are working the job of 2-3 people, while others "work from home." Some people "travel for business" and post pictures on social media of all the fun they are having, while others are considered "non essential" and don't have opportunities away from their desks.

    New hires no longer fit the culture. It used to be people were respectful, even when they disagreed. People weren't afraid to roll up their sleeves and do the work. Now, especially new people in middle management are condescending, above doing the work. They want to hire more and delegate and take credit for the work.

    Enough. The dissidence is deafening. Boston Beer will continue to lose people - ones they want to and others they don't. Either way, none of it helps the company.

    Advice to Management

    WAKE UP. Get rid of the dead weight. Decide what you want the company to be. Take risks again, make decisions again. Be respectful of your employees. You want them to believe that they're not a number, then you need to stop treating them like they're a number.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "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


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    "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


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    "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.


  6. Helpful (7)

    "Double Digit Growth to Staffing Reductions"

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    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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    "Great If You Are Management or Office"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breinigsville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Breinigsville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    free beer and that is it,

    Cons

    They speak of a Wellness program and then make you work 12hr shifts where you cannot work out or exercise. Office People, Management and HR are home with their families over the Thanksgiving and Christmas Holiday weekend with out having to use any vacation while the people on the 2-2-3 or 4-4 shifts have to burn 36 hrs of vacation time to be able to do that. They force you to work holidays or days the company say are holidays again while HR, Management and Office Personnel are home with their families. The only people that benefit from the Holiday Schedule are again Management, HR and Office Personnel. And while we are force in every other weekend there are no Office, HR or management people in. And yrs of service and seniority mean nothing. If you are liked and a yes man you the get promotions no matter how little they know about a job or have been there while people who know the job and have the years and experience are passed over if they are not liked. And don't believe everything you see in them Boston Commercials., not the way it is in Breinigsville

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes, you keep losing the good people with the experience and keep hiring people with very little that is why we have the problems we have. Treat everyone the same and give them the same opportunity to spend time with their families on Holidays like Management, HR and the Office People. You speak of Work Life balance prove it. How much beer is enough.
    Do you know the strain the 12 hrs puts on family and relation because you miss out on important things with Family Functions, their kids sports and so on.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Overall terrible experience"

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    Former Employee - Salaried Employee in Breinigsville, PA
    Former Employee - Salaried Employee in Breinigsville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Free beer monthly, that's about it.

    Cons

    Low pay, zero work-life balance, overall grumpy workforce and management. I've never met a more dismal, unhappy group of people in my life. I worked in the office, but spoke to a lot of employees in manufacturing who were extremely unhappy for good reasons. Some positions are extremely demanding physically and this type of work should not be done over a 12-hr shift, it's very dangerous. Horrible morale at every level. Vacation policy is not great.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees on the floor, and implement change to enjoy a happier workforce and a better working environment. Bring in more talented, diverse and dynamic leaders. Employ an HR department that is approachable and friendly.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "If you need the money then this is the job for you"

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    Current Employee - Packaging Operator in Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Packaging Operator in Breinigsville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay, ok benefits. if you're in the office then ok hours

    Cons

    Zero wok/life balance. They wasted some money on having Frisbee golf on the property that we can't use during our shift so before or after a 12hr shift the last thing anyone wants to do is play on this small field, but its great for people in the office after their 7-3 day I see them playing.

     If you want a promotion or even to just learn something new you have to suck up to the right person. If you apply for a promotion and don't get it the leads are sure to let all your coworkers know. Leads are unprofessional they will yell at one person for on thing but when someone they are friends with does the same thing they just have a good laugh about it, or just ignore it altogether. Leads will go around telling other employees negative things about employees they don't like, witch makes it a uncomfortable work environment. If a lead thinks that there is a chance that you will sleep with them then they go out of their way to make sure you do as little work as possible getting easy jobs or just letting you do nothing all day. Then when people complain about this treatment to someone above the lead it's ignored instead of spiting them up and all the other employees on the line get extra work piled up on them.

    Harassment from leads when they don't like you, when you take it to HR the leads are told about the complaint and since the lead knows who they did this to they just find other ways to harass you that s hard to prove until it's just becomes a he said she said.

    Advice to Management

    Boston if you keep ignoring the problems at the pa brewery then plan on keep flushing money away.

    Start demoting people who have too many complaints against them from to many sources. Investigate all harassment by taking to people around each indecent. Your leads will bring this company down so either get rid of them or train them better.

    Go back to 8hr shifts then have 2 part-time 12hr weekend/holiday shifts that way you can still be a 24 7 operation with more of your employees are happy, and if you are worried about a high turnover rate on your part-time employees then target college student as at your pay rate you'll get a lot willing to stay for years. Plus that would get rid of most of your overtime.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Two faced"

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    Former Employee - Lead Operator in Breinigsville, PA
    Former Employee - Lead Operator in Breinigsville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Boston Beer Company (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay thats pretty much it

    Cons

    I worked there as a lead operator and i worked can line and variety pack lines and got no recognition for anything even if we did great nothing all they care about are the bottle lines when i started out there everyone seemed so helpful and always there for u but when i was put on my own it was like a flip of a switch and i was getting blamed for everything never once got a good job from the supervisors or managers this place has forever lost my respect would not reccommend working in that hell hole

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management ha how about actually manage and inform employees when somethings wrong and not wait forever then just pile it all on and also for all the other leads get a life cause all they do is cause un needed drama


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