Not a team envoriment, cold, unorganized, atrocious communication
Lead Graphic Designer/Department Head (Current Employee), Renton, WA – October 11, 2012
Pros: free beer every month, wear jeans
I am a graphic designer at a beer distributor that was recently (July) taken over by AB.
In all my 25 years of employment I have never witnessed such disorganization and lack of planning. Not to mention a very cold and unwelcoming atmosphere and not a "teamwork" environment.
They have actually instructed employees on how NOT to help someone. If an – more... co-worker asked for assistance you are to say "I'm sorry that it not my responsibility." Seriously. When the heck has anyone worked some place that DISCOURAGED people helping each other?
And I can attest to this as I was a recipient. They installed all new systems and ways of doing most everything, but are unwilling to offer guidance. It took my co-worker and I over 2 weeks to be able to order material for our department because we did not have proper codes. After several emails, phone numbers, we still had no info as we were told again & again by different people "that is not my responsibility".
They dissolved many positions and are now instructed to call an 800 number for the simplest things. Even our HR person tells us to call the # with basic questions about vacation and health insurance. And the people at the 800 # are not friendly.
They bellow "One team, one dream", but the atmosphere and attitude is anything BUT that. – less
Instrument Technician and Production Operator (Current Employee), Van Nuys, CA – September 27, 2012
Pros: great, stable environment, great pay.
Cons: downsizing, cutting costs to extreme, upcoming contract talks.
My tyical day starts first thing with a maintenance/production meeting discussing ongoing and continuing issues whether maintenance/equipment related or production issues, upcoming shutdowns, jobs planned for each day and area and at what time of availability. During the day I buy or stage parts for upcoming or scheduled jobs since this is a 24hr/3 – more... shift operation. If needed, I can grab my tools and help out in situations where help is needed, or help schedule work for swing and graveyard shifts. We look at PM's, needed calibrations of instrumentation and shop work that may need scheduling. It's still a great place to work even though downsizing has really affected how maintenance gets done. We have about 1/3 of the overall crew in Brewing as what we had 5 years ago, and it does make the job frustrating. – less
Purchasing Coordinator for Corporate R&D (Former Employee), St. Louis, MO – August 5, 2012
Pros: esop, retirement, 401k. they offered t all.
Cons: there were no cons.
Through my 14 years at A-B and its subsidiary, I was vey happy. We were treated as valued employees. There was much information sharing from management. I worked in engineering and then in R&D. Some of my fondest memories are from A-B. That was a company that appreciated its employees and I was proud to say that I worked for them.
I left only to work – more... for a subsidiary (Campbell-Taggart). I was also very happy there as their management team came from A-B and the values and processes were very much alike. – less
Pros: got great discounts at the bud shop on budweiser merchandise
Cons: shift work at all hours during outages was difficult
I enjoyed the “hands-on” approach & project management of entire force of electrical / mechanical contractors on site, as well as designing / coordinating with all disciplines in corporate engineering to accomplish company goals.
Our team demolished the really Old Keg Line & installed a new $27M state-of-the art New Keg Line. I identified, designed – more... & supervised electrical work to be done re-working Pasteurizers on outages. Our electrical team installed a new Scan System for warehouse inventory which made this task much easier. I also supervised installation on a New Gypsum System, as well as numerous other small projects throughout the plant. – less
Tour Guide and Gift Shop Associate (Former Employee), St. Louis, MO – July 31, 2012
Working in Brewery tours and Gifts will allow a person to experience many different aspects of the operation. The most important thing you will learn is communication skills not only with co-workers but the guests as well. Overall, it is just a fun place to work and possibly jump start a career, if you know the right people.
Operator (Former Employee), Houston, TX – June 27, 2012
This job values workers that show up everyday, even if they NEVER lift a finger to do any work! However, you can be the hardest worker and go over the policy limit of absenteeism there is no lee way given. so if you are lazy with no personal life it's the perfect job for you.
When these abundant companies, such as Anheuser-Busch and Miller Brewing Company were own by shareholders now by InBev N.V. and South Africa Breweries
Maintenance Management (Former Employee), Baldwinsville, NY – May 29, 2012
Cons: you decide.
When these abundant companies, such as Anheuser-Busch and Miller Brewing Company were own by shareholders now by InBev N.V. and South Africa Breweries, they were great companies to be employed by. But presently, their salaries, all benefits and the quality of family / life balance have been stripped; you just become a moving machine with very little – more... regard. Back in 1996, my salary started out at $62,000.00 a year with full benefits and profit sharing, 16 years later and the same position, $67,000.00, you pay for your medical benefits, NO profit sharing and NO quality of family / life balance. Sorry to say, America is not what it used to be and most manufacturing companies have become meat grinders … so buy the insurance. – less
Warehousman (Former Employee), Louisville, KY – May 16, 2012
Pros: employee benefits
Cons: union would "re-bid" positions on a regular basis.
Excellent company to work for. Management lets all employees know that they are valuable, by benefits, employee appreciation functions and management letting departments and upper management know when an employee did a great job.
The background checks enable the company to hire the best employees possible so you get to work with fellow employees that – more... are top-notch.
The pay was more than reasonable for each position. The company was always growing, so new positions would open on a somewhat regular basis, so there was always the promise of upward mobility.