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The Boston Beer Company Reviews

Updated March 22, 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)

    "Boston Office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Boston Office"

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


  3. Helpful (5)

    "Boston Office"

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


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  5. "Great company culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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. "Brewery Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Boston Beer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Boston Beer Company full-time

    Pros

    Free Beer, Good Benefits, solid 401k

    Cons

    Work Life Balance, no movement up the ladder


  8. 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


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Double Digit Growth to Staffing Reductions"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent benefits and work life balance"

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

    I have been working at The Boston Beer Company full-time

    Pros

    If you enjoy the beer biz, this is hands down the best company to work for.

    Cons

    It's a lot of work, but well worth it!


  11. "Great Job if you are willing to put in the time"

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

    I have been working at The Boston Beer Company full-time

    Pros

    The environment and people you get to work with.

    Cons

    Bonuses are stretch goals that can be difficult to hit, however if you are willing to put in the work it will hit.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the water clear.



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