I worked on and off in the tour center for a few years, primarily in the summer. The job itself is fairly relaxed - you memorize a script, show guests the brewery, serve them some beer and answer their questions. This job used to be so enjoyable, but it went downhill very quickly. Though there are some full-time workers who have been there for years, most employees are college kids or teachers who just need some extra cash on the weekend. Seems like a super easy and fun way to make money, but management makes it so incredibly difficult.
Pay was actually pretty decent - all tour guides have to join a union and dues are taken out every month, but if you work 40 hours a week (which is rare for any part-timer) it's not too bad. Say goodbye to your weekends, though. Mostly everyone has to work Saturday and Sunday. And during special events during holidays, expect to work later nights. And scheduled hours of work are always random every week, so budgeting for expenses and whatnot is tough.
The co-workers are what made going into work worth it every day. With the position being quite extroverted, you generally work with like-minded and outgoing people. You get very close with (most of) them very quickly which is awesome. I have met some of my best friends here.
Many of the guests are extremely rude and needy and a lot of them are out there to bust your chops. Very annoying and difficult while on tour. It makes it very hard to stay positive throughout the day. But you do
ProsFree Beer, Great Co-workers, Relatively easy work, Discounts
At Anheuser Busch Hospitality House, making friends was our business. Although a "Beer Company", the company also claimed important social responsibilities such as supporting Wildlife Conservation, and strongly adhering to the moral upbringing of "drinking responsibly"-which clearly targets the intended consumer-"adults" who are 21 and up-and in doing so, had a strict I.D. policy. The Hospitality House was an establishment located right inside SeaWorld-San Antonio and offered guests all over the world an opportunity to sample various Anheuser Busch products for free-and claimed no such monetary gain in doing so. A typical day a work-reflected the high-standard guest experience we claim to adhere to by greeting all the guests, talking to them, making them feel welcome in the establishment, and most of all, making friends with them. We educated the guests about the products, gave them first-class experiences in our Brand Ambassador facility-where they could freely select the product they wanted to sample, gave them assorted foods such as (crackers, cheese, chocolates and grapes) to test the palate-resulting in a well-rounded Beer Tasting. Management were always prompt and making their rounds frequently to ensure the smooth operation of its Employees and overall experience of the Guests, and maintained a strong work ethic which indeed manifested into the Employees as well. The co-workers were very colorful, cultural, and brought a unique contribution to the work we put in. The h
ProsGreat pay, accommodations, flexible schedule, enjoyable field of work
ConsShort breaks, constantly on-foot at all times, high volume of guests.
As a sourcing manager, the job you do depends on that projects you end up getting. You're essentially an internal consultant for different departments until you get pulled into a functional role. You get a lot of autonomy and aren't micromanaged at all. Typically, you will work about 10-12 hours on an average day, and then you will work constantly during certain weeks. Usually days will be easier at the beginning of projects when you don't have enough information to actually work a long day, and then you will be working constantly toward the end of your projects to get everything completed. Getting help, information, or any other assistance from people can often be a challenge as everyone is busy. Even when you schedule time with people, they often aren't interested in helping unless it will benefit them in some way. The company almost encourages this kind of cutthroat behavior. A lot of the people I saw, especially in the middle management and above were sacrificing health, happiness, and family life to work there.
To make up for lagging revenues and shrinking market share, they are cutting costs more and more. The general approach is to continue laying off more and more people and expecting the rest to pick up the slack. They run so lean that a lot of the work is done haphazardly. The high personnel turnover and frequent internal movement exacerbate this problem. They pay well and have better than average benefits, but it doesn't really compensate for the w
ProsGood pay and benefits, fast-moving company
ConsVery high workload, cutthroat work culture, very little teamwork or encouragement to work as a team
Before InBev came into the picture, This use to be a great job! But now it is a ever changing never satisfied with their results stressful DPO centered Big mistake making organization that just keeps going down into a black hole abyss. It is all ran by university interns and twenty year old kids now with no experience. (because InBev thinks they will work cheap) They hire them in at less money than the last guy. Do not work here unless you like long hours (management can never go home), Never getting increased compensation (some people have reported to me that they have not had increases in five years), Always feeling like your job is in jeopardy (because they are always changing everything at will all the time), Most decisions will be last minute and then you will have to work extra hours and weekends if you are salary (because you are a salary slave) to make the deadline that they will give you, They will always make you feel like you are lucky to have a job. (not that they are lucky to have you). They will export your job out to a outside contractor and dump it on you at will and you will have to go there or you will be out of a job (they like to play with people like they are a commodity). Then decide they did not like that mistake because it was too expensive and decide to do something else (then you end up with no job from no fault of your own). You will have no job security here. They are never satisfied with their results so they will never be happy with you. So just
ProsTwo cases of beer per month. Benefits are good but they are cutting those too.
ConsDPO centered, Constant cost cutting, Big mistake making organization.
I was hired on as a Driver Helper. The hiring process took about a month, in my opinion that is way too long to get things in order to hire an employee. I gave up another job opportunity and started to regret it after waiting around for them to finish running a background check for about 4 weeks. My first day they told me to come in around 4am so I did. I was walking around the outside of the work facility for about 10 minutes because they didn't give me any door codes so I had to find someone to let me in. I got into work and I had to look around for the driver I would be helping that day, no one knew who I was supposed to be riding with or how the whole process would work. I walked around for about an hour with another employee trying to find a driver for me. I got to listen to how unprofessional and rude the employees were with each other using curse words "Eff this, eff you you son of a B" and a bunch of other vulgar language and gossip. I guess it was a part of their day to day operations. After a hour of looking for a driver they finally found someone for me to ride with. The day started off very slow, I learned that the driver they put me with had back problems and wasn't allowed to lift much more than 20 pounds. This would mean that I would have to do the bulk of the heavy lifting. In my opinion this was a big mistake. Considering I had no idea how to move product around and had to do alot of it on my own. After dropping off a couple of pallets of product we went on t
ConsUnorganized company, Back breaking work, unprofessional work environment
It is a matrix organization with so much red tape and processes that nothing cannot get done or executed without making a huge production and taking weeks for approval or decision. There isn't any corporate leadership, just a bunch of foreigners that do not know anything of the US market or any other markets for that matter except for stereotypes and one's assumptions. There isn't any clear direction nor visionaries to lead the organization and grow ORGANICALLY. There is a lack of communication and transparency which makes the work you are doing challenging and uncertain. Expect no teamwork since reward is given to the individual and not the group. Functions work in silos and are incentivized differently resulting at times with functions in conflict and at odds with each other rather than unify toward a common goal. Be prepared to work 12-15 hour work days, including weekends. Poor language and manners (i.e., yelling matches) are commonplace including sexism and discrimination based on your appearance (weight, age, gender). It is a very demotivating and deflating workplace. There is poor employee morale and if given the opportunity of another job with equal pay, the majority would leave!
Outside of the GMTs, be ready not to learn or properly be trained. This is not such a company. I recommend to work at AB if you are either a GMT, a Millennial, and/or an experienced professional trained elsewhere who is a Millennial. Pay is good but not for the long hours, zero work-life
ProsPay, Job Security & Advancement if GMT (General Management Trainee)
Cons12-14 hr days, foul language, no leadership, sexist, ageist, overly processed, no teamwork, no integrity
Fun outings with the company and always fun to work with customers.
It is my responsibility to sell a product into an account and then help support that product placement through activations. An activation can range anywhere from a promotion where I hire promotional models to come in and represent the brand, an incentive for the staff to push the brand or even an incentive for the consumer to purchase the brand. I am responsible for increasing sales volume in an account and making sure that the placement of the product does well. This might also include me creating features for the brand and having a special to incentivize consumers to purchase the product.
I have learned that relationship building is KEY to the success of sales. You might not always need to have a relationship built with an account to obtain sales; however, relationships are leverage for bottom line results and continued success within an account. I have learned how to negotiate, plan and organize which has helped my success as a Brand Activation Manager. Working my my co-workers is also a direct correlation to my success. Teamwork is very big within my company and we take pride in helping one another succeed. The most difficult part of this position is hearing the word NO when we want to do something within an account. The most enjoyable part of my job is excelling. Gaining distribution in accounts and seeing my numbers in the green is what drives me to do my best everyday.
ProsRoom to grow, fun environment, listens to your needs
ConsManagement tends to put their responsibilities off on others, not always organized
Constant Challenge and fun industry, cult of personality leadership style
There is rarely a slow day. This is both good and bad. The good is that there is a chance for everyone to make a significant impact in their role, unfortunately this is often because there is so much asked of each individual, that productivity comes from being good at completing tasks with the minimum amount of effort possible, in order to keep up with the never ending work load. This means things are rarely done with true commitment to excellence, and everyone is too focused on things being thrown at them this minute to consider the larger impact of their actions.
This also drives leadership by personality rather than leadership that enables employees to think for themselves. Challenging of ideas is mischaracterized as not being “aligned” to the company culture, meaning that VP’s rarely have their ideas well vetted. This leads to over confidence from Sr leaders, and complete lack of self awareness. When things go wrong, there is never an expression of humility, rather blame is shifted to the lowest level possible. There are many line managers at the Director level who are an absolute exception to this rule. There are many fantastic people who work at AB, however it is rare to find them much higher than a director level.
This cult of personality leadership style is more pronounced the higher in the sales organization.
ProsFree Beer, Challenging and at times stimulating, impact of work
ConsUnpredictability of work flow, lack of innovative thinking
At the Williamsburg Brewery our days typically start at 7am and finish around 5pm. We don't watch the clock, we get what we need done, then look at what else we can do to improve our product.
I start my day by going over the work planned for the day with my construction superintendents. We discuss the safety aspects of each task to be performed, plan the work and then I expect them to work the plan.
After the work review, I will work on preparing the next bid package for the next capital project to be contracted, then I'll have a meeting that will inform upper management of the work plans and progress.
After this meeting I'll walk the work sites looking for issues concerning safety, quality or schedule. Then, after lunch I'll return to planning the next job or the job after that. I often have 5 or 6 projects and several smaller tasks in the works, at any given time.
I end the day with one more sweep of the field work. Not everyone has the autonomy I do, but for management at least it comes with experience, trust and success.
Anheuser-Busch is a demanding customer, and as such has made me stronger in my position. Management expects me to plan and execute multi-million dollar projects or $500 tasks in the same thorough way. Often times the small tasks come with just as many headaches as the multi-million dollar projects. But, after the day is done, we can all gather in the Beirgarten over a cold beer and discuss life, work and family - and that's pretty c
This place is a joke. They’re just as bad as the Reyes brothers
I don’t even know where to begin with this. There’s just so many things wrong with this place. We sell, distribute, cater, and merch the 2nd largest city in the county. You would think that this should be treated and managed with extreme care and every ounce of seriousness there should be. But no. We’re severely Understaffed, we don’t have space for anything, we’re short on equipment, or it keeps breaking down, senior management is nowhere to be found when you need them the most and only shows up when it’s bad news and needs someone to blame, and you have people quitting left and right because they’re getting tired of not being heard for addressing any of the issues I said earlier on this. Management doesn’t care at all. We just got a new operations manager that just walked in and doesn’t even acknowledge us or introduce themselves to us. The communication doesn’t exist at all. We don’t know if there’s any job postings, or available spots at other warehouses to transfer. Every other department has the advantage except for the warehouse department. We’re always the last to know about anything. All they care about is numbers and do whatever it takes to impress St. Louis. They want you to be a yes man and go above and beyond for them, but look the other way and pretend to not understand you when you ask for a raise. All I gotta say is, apply with caution.
ProsFree beer and it still hurts them to give it to us.
Top management, particularly the Brazilians: a bunch of vain drunkards
I used to work for them some some years ago, so my review may be out of date. I worked at their top management level and i built years of decent work experience elsewhere later on, so i can quite compare with other workplaces out there
They paid me all the heavy extra hours after i complained. Because in this company, working from morning till 28-11 pm and during weekends is considered meritorious. If you aim high, you gotta give up your personal life. If you dash home at 6 pm, forget any (possible) promotions ever.
Gym was nice, food was ok, always the same but still ok.
Drains the soul and life off you. If you want to have some life of your own, choose another company.
Managers were literally all drunkards. They drank to the miserable point where you wondered if they deserved any sort of respect from their employees.They were slaves to their product and seeing what this can do to them made me wonder if this is an ethical company in itself.
Although the company has its own innovation center and they promote creativity and all, if you come up with something smart of potentially good for the company, there is little chance you will be able to get it through the right people. Your managers will take it and pass it on as theirs (if it comes out good) or will skip it. If you dare to skip THEM, chances are that you'll get fired. In my humble opinion, a self defensive and vain company culture.
Another thing i noticed while i was there was the fr
ProsGood pay, gym, free drinks
ConsNo personal life left anymore, vain and unethical top managers.
Africa Zone - Leadership is toxic, back stabbing devils that need Jesus, Allah, Buddah & Shembe.
No direction from Africa Zone VP's & Directors, they don't know what they are doing or what they want.
They do not appreciate, see or even acknowledge human beings.
Targets are changed on a daily basis. You never know what you are working towards because it keeps changing, then you are 'fired' for non-performance.
You can invent a new planet but you will never be seen as a good employee.
Leadership transparency, honesty and integrity should be sold there - it doesn't exist.
Nothing you do or deliver is ever good enough.
They never appreciate hard work, dedication, commitment.
Their directors DO NOT live the dream, people culture 'principles'. Its nothing but words on a page.
Their directors don't understand the concept of leadership. They are liars, vindictive, toxic and dangerous people in leadership. This leaves employees feeling hopeless, unsupported, bullied and disregarded.
Britos preaches about dream, people, culture as the driving force/ principles for ABInBev success - hahahaha that's a joke in Africa. Africa is doomed. There's no such thing.
They take passionate, driven and dedicated people - destroy them, plot and manipulate, squash their self confidence with baseless and character bashing criticism, kill peoples' careers & livelihoods after they have worked them to the bone then tell people they are not worth the trouble. Africa is doomed.
ProsGreat, dedicated and passionate employees.
ConsHorrible Directors, VP's, long hours, terrible pay, lack of transparency, career and life destroyers
Coordinador/a de proyectos | Ate, Lima | Feb 22, 2018
El mejor lugar para aprender y desarrollarse
Backus, el mejor lugar para desarrollarse profesionalmente. Una empresa que reta a sus trabajadores a dar siempre lo mejor de ellos, muy innovadora y buscando siempre la mejora continua en sus procesos. Un negocio que respira estrategia y planificación desde los puestos más ejecutivos hasta los más operacionales. Liderado por personas A1 tanto en lo profesional como en lo personal.
Esta empresa me permitió conocer diversas cosas, manejo de presupuestos, pronostico de venta, diseño y análisis de reportes comerciales y/o operacionales, desarrollar tableros de control y manejo de bases de datos, planificación de compras de materiales, y soporte en desarrollo de estrategias, ademas de generar presentaciones de impacto, etc. También me permitió liderar, planificar y ejecutar diversos proyectos: tecnológicos, comerciales - logísticos, reingeniería de área, etc. Tuve bastante empoderamiento para desarrollar mi trabajo, siempre con el soporte de muy buenos lideres. Me encantó la experiencia puesto que me permitió balancear muy bien la planificación, control e inclusive ejecución, en algunos casos a través de proyectos. Esto sumado a mis conocimientos en administración de negocios (MBA) me hacen un profesional competente que se adapta rápidamente a cualquier sector o industria, permitiendo ofrecer valor constante a la compañía que necesite de mis servicios.
ProsAlimentación y seguros al 100%, estacionamiento, y repartición de utilidades.
Questions And Answers about Anheuser-Busch
How are the working hours at Anheuser-Busch InBev?
Asked Aug 10, 2016
Very flexible working hours, as long as you get your work done and do not fall behind.
Answered Dec 17, 2020
Unpredictable and 24/7 availability
Answered Aug 21, 2020
How long does the interviewing process take? How many interviews prior to making a decision?
Asked Nov 11, 2016
I took the test early March, about 5 different sections. I haven’t heard anything back yet, but I see the posting still up
Answered Apr 23, 2018
Two months, 3 interviews. The 3rd and final interview was with the plant manager, people department manager and quality manager. It seemed to be the least formal interview. They were very friendly.
Answered Dec 13, 2017
What is the best part of working at Anheuser-Busch InBev?
Asked Mar 2, 2020
Clean and safe working conditions
Answered May 8, 2022
Going home at the end of the day
Answered Apr 29, 2022
What questions did they ask during your interview at Anheuser-Busch InBev?
Asked Jul 3, 2016
They have a structured interview process. They have to ask you questions from their approved list. Most of the questions are, "Tell me about a time you solved a problem". Research their 10 Guiding Principles on their website and weave those principles into your answers...you will score well on the interview.
Answered Jun 24, 2020
Competency based interview, standard background, experience, integrity etc.
Answered Feb 13, 2018
What is the most stressful part about working at Anheuser-Busch InBev?
Asked Mar 11, 2018
Working along broken cases of beer throughout the shift. Nobody picks up after themselves and they just leave it until all the orders are pulled or the day ends
Answered Mar 2, 2020
The customers but that happens whenever you work in customer service.