Hangar 24 Craft Brewery Employee Reviews

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Locally brewed in San Jose
Sales Representative (Former Employee) –  Redlands, CADecember 26, 2018
Hangar 24 had a story behind its beer; Orange Wheat made with locally grown oranges in Redlands, CA. That’s no longer the case. Orange Wheat isn’t made locally anymore but instead made in San Jose. The story was the last honest thing remaining about this brewery. The owner cannot get out of his own way or ego long enough to make a sound decision regarding the direction of his company and has often opted to hire countless Managers, Directors, Vice Presidents, Consultants and such from big beer (aka ABinbev etc.) that don’t understand craft beer. They are not honest with themselves or the owner or his parents (whom have an unhealthy hand in the company) about their inability to save this brewery from inevitable decline.

Multiple production issues over the last few years have sullied the reputation of the quality of beer produced by Hangar 24. Countless batches of sour beer and diluted batches have consistently made it out into the trade causing extreme loss and gallons of dumped beer. Not to mention irate and untrusting accounts and consumers. There is no Quality Assurance Department to act as a preventative measure and none has been established even after all these issues. They have even purposely let substandard beer out into the trade (Laval batch 2) even though one of the brewers knew the beer was off from initial barrel sample tasting. They then blended that beer for their 10th Anniverrary barrel Aged stout release and also used that “off” beer for Berry Torte. Using the fruit to disguise the tart off flavor so no one would notice.

Any news of company decisions,
  more... direction, new beers releases, are often communicated to outside sources before being communicated internally to the employees. This strong lack of communication and transparency with their own workers causes employees to appear foolish and uninformed in situations where they need to address delicate matters in a forthright manner with accounts and customers. This lack of simple leadership has created a distinct distain from other craft breweries and craft enthusiasts who view Hangar 24 with a quiet disregard, both for the culture they emulate and their perceived arrogance that stems directly from the owner and infects the very moral of his company.

Management is often over paid and clueless to beer trends because they arrogantly exclude themselves from the craft beer community. A flaw they have recently tried to correct but it appears as too little, too late. They have no craft beer passion or experience and they often speak highly of Budweiser and strive to be Budweiser Jr by constantly adopting their practices, procedures and work methods but failing at executing them because of complete disorganization, lack of communication between departments as well as individuals and zero passion for the craft beer industry.

Simply put, the owner loves people that tell him yes as their is no other thrill than believing you are divinely right, even when you fail. Which is why so many great people have come and gone for greener pastures or have been laid off due to the decline of revenue as a slow revealing of what this company is and what they truly stand for. They are not a company of the people, for the passion of craft, for the quality of their product. They are a company as lost as the owner is lost who created a beer that hit at the perfect time before anyone knew much about craft at all. They’ve forever been chasing the shadows of better breweries and beer since and would sell their virtues had they any left to be respected as the Budweiser of craft beer with an owner who still has an illuminated light bulb over his head and not one that has long since produce it’s last flicker.
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Pros
Met good people. Gained experience.
Cons
Lack of communication, lack of direction, no transparency, disorganized, constant layoffs, salary is on the lower end of the industry standard, insufficient tools for job duties, inexperienced management, ceo can’t get out of his own way, no passion for craft beer or its community
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Stepping Stone
Assitant Taproom Manager (Former Employee) –  Redlands, CADecember 23, 2018
I went into this company knowing it was a stepping stone. Unfortunately I went in at a time that the company core management almost fully over turned. My experience is probably skewed but I had a horrible experience and would never go back. Employee treatment was horrible and the owner is a disgrace. I have never worked somewhere I felt like I was supporting the complete opposite of what I stand for as a person. The parents step in and do a lot of employee interaction. They make it a little more manageable.
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Favoritism, Poor Management, Low Quality
Cook (Former Employee) –  Lake Havasu City, AZNovember 20, 2018
Management is very poor, They play favoritism and often only Manage the Dish pit. They don't take discrimination or threats of violence serious but if a Server in the front of the house calls you a creep you get written up. I can tell the CEO is a good man, but all management at their Restaurant Location is toxic and should be expunged and replaced immediately.

They do provide tons of free beer so if your an Alcoholic this may be the place to be, But if you aren't and you don't smoke marijuana and live a sober lifestyle you will not fit in at all. The Company & Brand itself is good but without proper management this Company is going no where big.
Pros
Free Meal, Free Beer
Cons
Lack of Quality Control, Proper Management
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Ok place to work, but poor leadership at the top
Sales (Former Employee) –  Redlands, CAMarch 30, 2018
Pretty good beer, but culture needed improved. The front-line" employees are dedicated and great to work with.
Lack of direction and Transparency from the leaders.
Pros
Relaxed
Cons
Advancement
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Fun place, Bad Pay
Assistant General Manager (Former Employee) –  Redlands, CAMarch 28, 2018
Your fellow employees make it feel like family and that you never work a day in your life while you are on the job. Great beer perks. CEO doesn't listen to ideas from lower management, which he ends up doing anyways, much later and kind of too late when the trend is already past. If they paid their employees better, they would have much less turn over.
Pros
Beer Perks, meet great people
Cons
Terrible pay, CEO doesn't listen to new ideas
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Productive and fun place to work
OPERATIONS MANAGER (Current Employee) –  Redlands, CASeptember 8, 2017
Good People, Good Beer, Good Environment, Good Management. Overall Hangar 24 Craft Brewery and Distribution is a good company with good benefits and good pay.
Pros
Free Beer - Relaxed Environment
Cons
Lack of advancement
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Great small company to grow into
Sales Represenative (Current Employee) –  Redlands, CAApril 6, 2016
As a sales representative, I would meet multiple accounts a day to make orders. I would see around 100 different accounts a week to ensure their needs were met. I learned how to communicate with different personalities with managers, sales techniques, how to meet monthly goals, and working with a wide portfolio of products.
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Great place to work
General Manager (Former Employee) –  Redlands, CaliforniaApril 22, 2014
Meeting guests and training staff, meeting with owner and going over ideas for brand marketing.
Pros
Frre Beer
Cons
Fre Beer
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