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The Boston Beer Company Reviews

Updated July 9, 2017
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  1. "A Great Place to Grow"

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    Current Employee - District Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - District Manager in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities for growth and worker training.

    Cons

    Long-term pressures in the craft-beer industry.

    Advice to Management

    Don't chase trends - create them and stay true to who you are.


  2. "Brewery Representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Boston Beer Company full-time

    Pros

    Great company culture. It truly feels like a small business and access to upper management is a great perk. The company cares about your career development.
     They invest a lot of time and money into sales/beer training. Great benefits.

    Cons

    I had a great manager. However, the company's strict adherence to "hire from within" is a bad policy. Numerous managers had no business in their positions...especially when they didn't know how to manage people. The compensation structure isn't competitive compared to others in the industry. Jim Koch is a pioneer, but innovation is lagging and the company is falling behind.

    Advice to Management

    "Hire from within" has to go. Sometimes its good to bring in outside opinions/experience.

  3. "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


  4. "Finance"

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

    I worked at The Boston Beer Company full-time

    Pros

    Culture is unbeatable! Tons of perks!

    Cons

    Work/life balance has declined unfortunately


  5. "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


  6. "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


  7. "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.

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    "Great Place to Work!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Boston Beer Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Training is second to none. Fun work environment and great people! One of the best places to start your career.

    Cons

    Pay is industry average. Travel can be difficult for people with families. Will most likely need to move to get promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Continue what you have been doing for the past 30 years...keep the culture and BBC will continue to thrive!


  9. "Good company to work for, has flaws like any employer."

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    Current Employee - Packaging Lead in Breinigsville, PA
    Current Employee - Packaging Lead in Breinigsville, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Generous pay, decent benefits, decent potential for OT, opportunities for investment and furthering education, healthy living incentives, FREE BEER. The company generally rewards those who put in the extra effort with promotion, compensation, or recognition.

    Cons

    Poor communication between departments, especially cascading planning and details from middle management to hourly workers/shift teams. Very top-heavy management structure with unnecessary office positions that overlap, creating confusion for shift teams who report to several sources for direction. Morale fluctuates toward the negative sometimes, and some workers constantly have poor attitude/outlook.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the little guys more, and implement solutions based on their feedback. They are the ones who brew, bottle, and get your products out the door.


  10. "Quality Control Technician"

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    Former Employee - Quality Control Analyst in Wilmington, OH
    Former Employee - Quality Control Analyst in Wilmington, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced production environment, quality product, lots of encouragement and room to learn new skills, reimbursement for relevant education, good work life balance, company promotes from within,

    Cons

    Unwillingness to replace old broken down equipment, some of which causes unnecessary injuries, fill too many positions with temporary employees and fail to retain effective temps, non compete clauses are too restrictive

    Advice to Management

    Don't rely so much on finding talented contract employees, non compete clauses need to be amended for non managerial employees


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