Heineken FAQ

Have questions about working at Heineken? Read answers to frequently asked questions to help you make a choice before applying to a job or accepting a job offer.

Whether it's about compensation and benefits, culture and diversity, or you're curious to know more about the work environment, find out from employees what it's like to work at Heineken.

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38 English questions out of 38

August 23, 2020

What is health insurance like at Heineken?

Pros

Good health care, Regular training, Reasonable starting pay

Cons

Poor work/life balance, long hours

Advice to Management

Better work climate

Good health care, Regular training, Reasonable starting pay

August 23, 2020

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March 23, 2021

Does Heineken offer housing assistance?

Pros

- Good pay - Free housing in Amsterdam - Good work/life balance

Cons

- Zero guidance from your manager, you are thrown in the deep end and need to find your way around - Managers do not care about your development, only about their own work - Not the right company as a starter, the autonomy you get is too large - very very political company with some snakes that you need to be cautious about - promised permanent contracts but kicked us out instead

Advice to Management

- Understand that your people are important. Especially International Graduates used to be the "future of the company", but somehow at some point you just wanted us out and neither HR nor the direct management cared for what our next steps would be. Ridiculous how you do not care about our path.

Free housing in Amsterdam

March 23, 2021

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August 29, 2019

What is the retirement plan like at Heineken?

Pros

Good pay with incentives, free beer!

Cons

No retirement pay, high turnover of sales team

No retirement pay, high turnover of sales team

August 29, 2019

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March 19, 2021

Does Heineken have a pension plan?

Pros

- Free Beer - Good Culture - Friendly Atmosphere - Great company events - Comfortable offices - Room for growth - Granted opportunities to work in different domains - Great pension

Cons

- Older crowd - Stressful at times - Slow to move

Great pension

March 19, 2021

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April 22, 2021

Does Heineken offer parental leave?

Pros

- People have always been great, fun, collaborative, friendly. - Before covid there was a lot of team building, weekly drinks, very fun place. - Before covid, I received a lot of autonomy in my role. There's a real entrepreneurial spirit in the company, which is generally encouraged. - It's very much a networking company, which means you're always connecting with people and drinking coffees - for me personally this is a pro. - There are not a lot of processes/structures - I liked this, because it left room for impact and opportunities. - Flat hierarchy, if you have a good reason/relevant info I was allowed to present to the C-levels and their teams. This is manager dependent though. - Compensation was pretty good, although benefits are lacking compared to the other big FMCG players in Amsterdam. - Health and safety matter - there's various wellbeing programmes the company offers. - Monthly Q&A with CEO and other C-level is very appreciated, they don't shy away from the difficult questions either.

Cons

So here's the thing... Before covid, Heineken had it's flaws, but was overall a great company to work for. After covid collapsed a huge part of the events and on-trade (bars, hotels, terraces, etc.) Heineken's revenue dropped to an all time low. Add to that a digital transformation, as well as entirely new management, as well as 8000 redundant jobs globally, and it just turned into a very depressing place. Downsides: - There's no growth path for the people below director level. You can make lateral moves, but that's about it. Upward growth is rare. - There's no real talent management - I've been designated a 'high potential' for the past 3 years, but there's been no difference for me in opportunities. (I'm a woman) - No diversity in senior management, the majority of appointed directors are dutch men. There has been some change in this recently in the APAC region, but the CEO just appointed various white (dutch/UK) men into his direct team, even replacing the female CFO with a male. - CEO says he thinks inclusion and diversity is important, but doesn't follow up with it in his actions. See for example the appointed hires. - The leadership claims work/life balance matters, but the workload doesn't drop accordingly so everyone is very stressed. - On benefits: Maternity/paternity leave is only the legal minimum, which is not in line with what the company claims its values are. You receive 21 legal holidays, and you can buy up to 10 more from your 'budget'. That budget you can also use for tax benefits and some products. - Nobody is willing to push back to the CEO when it comes to random thoughts or ideas he has. Some plans are simply not viable - or cost an extraordinary amount of time and work to even deliver a proof of concept. But the word 'no' is not acceptable when it comes to the CEO, everything was only 'yes' no matter the cost. Not sure if the CEO is aware of this, or whether it's the people that surround him that feel too stressed and unsafe to push back.

Advice to Management

I've shared plenty of feedback/insights when I was still an employee, I'm sure they can figure it out for themselves.

On benefits: Maternity/paternity leave is only the legal minimum, which is not in line with what the company claims its values are.

April 22, 2021

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