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The Boston Beer Company Reviews

Updated August 9, 2017
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  • Work/life balance could be better (in 21 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. "A good Job if you like Overtime, like a lot."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, Good pay and very competitive, lots of overtime that is mostly seasonal, Product quality is excellent, overall good attitude from employees and managers, great production numbers, pretty safe work environment, lots of after work events and programs.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime mostly seasonal, Mandatory Overtime selection process is set up for failure if you like being at home, overall poor communication through employees, Training is pretty poor.

    Advice to Management

    Get better communication, Set schedules better and run with them, Create or fix the mandatory OT process.


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

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "Brewery Sales Representative"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  4. "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


  5. "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.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Boston Office"

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    • 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


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Boston Office"

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    • 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

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Boston Office"

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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

    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"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  10. "Boston Beer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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


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