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A brewer that thinks like a banker

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Current Employee - Director Marketing  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
Current Employee - Director Marketing in Saint Louis, MO (US)

I have been working at InBev

Pros

For non-family oriented young type A men, this is a great place. There is a high expectation of promotable employees to relocate, often. Compensation can be lucrative, but it is highly leveraged against acheiving "KPI's" which some feel are are intentionally set too high.

Cons

Anheuser-Busch was acquired by InBev in November of 2008. The legacy A-B people (like me) are generally not happy. The legacy InBev people are generally very happy. Outsiders who join the company now are brought in by the legacy InBev people, so they are generally happy too.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop giving speechs to the employees than include your opinion that of every 500 employees, only 5 or so are truly valuable. Its usually the only part of the speech they remember.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Penny Wise and Pound Foolish

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I have been working at InBev

    Pros

    In St. Louis, most of the people are still first-rate; carryovers from the "old A-B" when the rewards attracted the best & brightest. This is changing with layoffs and people leaving to find better jobs. People still try to work together (within departments and across departments) to get the job done right. One good thing about new management: They are accessible and down to earth. In this respect, an improvement and very refreshing.

    Cons

    If you take a job here, know that you will be doing the work of 2 - 3 people since all departments were cut into the bone. Transition to InBev is being horribly mismanaged. Employees are being told benefit cuts, salary freezes, etc. are due to "the economic environment" but everyone knows A-B is doing just fine! Total compensation is now being re-set to the 50th percentile of marketplace. Quality employees are leaving, and more will leave once the job market opens up. Much is made of the opportunities available in the "meritocratic" environment but this only seems to apply to Director level and above. Low-class things being done in the name of cost-cutting; pay bills in 120 DAYS!, micro-manage (or eliminate) necessary business tools like printer paper, continuing education, etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    a) You bought the company so you have the right to run it as you see fit. However, realize that there are vital functions NOT BEING DONE because, you know, there are only 60 hours in the week and employees are only putting out fires. This will create some catastrophes in a few months. b) The company you bought is as good as it is because it made a point of attracting good people. If you want to keep good people, you will need to make some accommodations to what is important to workers in the U.S.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay far away from this place.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON

    I worked at InBev

    Pros

    Free beer. People think it's amazing to work for a beer company. You get to go to parties, baseball games, there is a pub in the office, office is close to downtown.

    Cons

    The management could care less about the people that work there. They treat employees terribly, have no respect for personal boundaries, force you to work in an area that looks like a call centre and are generally awful people. If you are woman, you get sexually harassed and people think this is normal behaviour. Compared to Molson, this organization is a total joke. They refuse to learn from best practices and develop the 'inBev Way' for everything. But that way changes as the wind blows. Stay far away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that you need to lead with a carrot not a stick. Treat your employees well and they will help you meet your objectives. Screaming, yelling, generally jerkiness will not get you anywhere. Treat everyone with respect, you never know where they will end up one day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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