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The Boston Beer Company Reviews

Updated January 9, 2017
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  • Work/life balance could be better (in 17 reviews)

  • High stress work environment with long hours and pressure to achieve multiple types of goals (in 6 reviews)

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  1. 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


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Too many managers"

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    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Operations Supervisor in Breinigsville, PA

    Pros

    Several years ago it was a great place to work - today, not so much..

    Cons

    have created way to many positions - filled with a bunch of people who have very little brewing experience...

    Advice to Management

    Stop creating positions...


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Perks only go so far...."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Fun culture, free beer, casual work environment.

    Cons

    Management not in tune with the fact that employees want careers. Little to no development. Pay is low for the amount of hours worked. Some depts are out the door at 4pm while others work weekends.

    Advice to Management

    The fun perks only go so far. People want opportunity and fulfillment. Middle management should take note of turnover.


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  5. "regional disitribution analyst"

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    Former Employee - Regional Distribution Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Regional Distribution Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Quick promotion, friendly staff, excellent training

    Cons

    I had no bad experience

    Advice to Management

    Good job


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Boston Beer is sadly changing its personable personality"

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    Current Employee - Brewing in Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Brewing in Breinigsville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    -Pay is good!
    -Free beer (2 cases/month) is great!
    -Benefits are surprisingly wonderful!
    -The company is growing and being part of that atmosphere is cool.

    Cons

    -Vacation is just meh (at least in PA it is).
    -They say they "listen" to employees. They do sometimes (which is great), but they don't acknowledge the hard topics. They say "discuss the undiscussable." I have tried. So have many other people. May actually be counter-productive.
    -Some managers don't have the soft skills. Not just anybody has the skills to be a good manager. I have noticed that recently.
    -Saddest Point - Growing so fast that they are making bad decision, both financially and personally. When I started, I felt they valued me, now I feel like I am just another body. Also they are spending money like crazy to meet demand when simple solutions can be just as productive.

    Advice to Management

    Management from Boston... Stop by randomly some day and talk to the employees (not just upper management). While some people complain to complain, you may hear some sad realities.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Work Life Unbalance"

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

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

    Pros

    Boston beer gives decent benefits. Obviously, you have to pay for the benefits but they are not bad. There is free beer.

    Cons

    Giving employees who work 2+ years a maximum of 21 days PTO is ridiculous (this includes sick days). You have guys at this company who work for 20 years and only get 3 weeks paid vacation or sick days, and then you have guys who work for 2 years and get the same amount. If you work 0-2 years you get 17 days. If you work at the brewery be prepared that you cannot take Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years or summer off. You essentially can take off between January- June for any vacations you had planned. If you work finance be prepared that you may not be able to take extended vacation during Christmas. But as HR will say, "you should be lucky you even get that time off."

    Jim Koch is a great guy and I think he would be ashamed if he knew some of the things that happen at this company. There is a lot of work-life balance and discuss the undiscussable talks but when you do either of those, you will get told you are not working hard enough and that you should look at other opportunities. I know the work hard-play hard mentality, but this sir, is not it. Many people at this company are promoted to the level of their true incompetence.

    If you are not a skinny blonde or a bro fresh out of college, do not try to work as a sales representative. You will not get the job.

    Advice to Management

    Change the PTO policy. Let people actually discuss the undiscussables without fear that it has been recorded on a piece of paper to be thrown back in the employees face.


  8. "Managment doesn't treat hourly employees well."

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    Current Employee - Brewer in Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Brewer in Breinigsville, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Money, free beer, lots of work are all good things that come with the job. I've been with the company for over 10 years and have seen it all.

    Cons

    Mismanaged company that starts with the owner. If this company made anything other than beer, which has a huge profit margin, it would surely fail. Ideas are constantly ignored and work life is of no concern to the hourly employees. There's definitely a difference in the way salary and hourly employees are treated and viewed.

    Advice to Management

    Get back to your roots and listen to your hourly employees who build your company from the bottom. Without them you'd have nothing.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "it was a cool job, but you have no life"

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    Former Employee - Brewer in Penns Park, PA
    Former Employee - Brewer in Penns Park, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    cool culture and free beer

    Cons

    you are just a number

    Advice to Management

    practice what you preach


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Cool company, but lots of dead weight and institutional incompetence."

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    Former Employee - IT Department in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - IT Department in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working for a beer company is definitely "cool", you'll get to try new styles and go to all sorts of events.

    Cons

    Low salaries, lots of middle-management, very hard to get anything done. The company tends to have a very short memory and lets mistakes happen over and over again. People get promoted because they have been there a lot time, and not necessarily because they are good (or even passable) at their jobs. Little upward mobility in some departments, so people will take on managerial roles even though they have no business managing people. The "doers" very rarely get listened to, even though they generally have the best knowledge about what is going on.

    Advice to Management

    Clean house. Look VERY closely at what people that have been there for a long time actually get done and how their employees perceive them. Continued inaction is going to make you lose a lot of talent (which management seems to think is replaceable, since BBC is a "cool" company to work at). Learn to value the institutional knowledge you lose every time someone gets fed up and leaves.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Overworked under paid, unprofessional employees and upper management."

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Own schedule, bonus, some comp perks and free beer is just about the only pro. Some great people you will come across in this business.

    Cons

    Expecting your car to be your home, long hours, late hours, through the roof expectations, no work life balance when this is what they preach, they claim a rule they like to follow is discussing the undisscusables. However, it is rather something that is used against you than fixing the i goal or problem.

    Advice to Management

    When management discusses PDS, feedback, reviews with employee please keep it between the employee and management. It's unprofessional to hear your PDS, review, private conversations, opportunities circulate around the company from others not involved. This is not professional.



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