MillerCoors Reviews

Updated 30 August 2014
Updated 30 August 2014
178 Reviews

3.1
178 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • You get free beer and the place is fun to work for (in 40 reviews)

  • There are a lot of great people that work for this company (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance at the brewery is not the best for people with families (in 19 reviews)

  • MC upper management has not addressed retention issues (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company with great benefits

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MillerCoors

    Pros

    Great training program that involves travel to Milwaukee. Can make your own schedule and do any administrator work from home.

    Cons

    No home office or daily one on one time with boss. promotions take place at least two nights per week, which you are required to attend.

  2.  

    "This used to be a fun place to work."

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance  in  Golden, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Golden, CO (US)

    I have been working at MillerCoors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    *Pay is phenomenal for those with no higher education and in management.
    *Paid vacation is really good.
    *Insurance benefits are decent.
    *Great people
    *A rich history demonstrated by stories of “the good 'ol days”.
    *MillerCoors University offers opportunities to develop in a variety of directions.
    *Get under the right manager/supervisor and they'll take care of your every-day needs while helping you develop for future aspirations.

    Cons

    *Can't speak for Miller, but the joint venture has been very poor for the Coors side as alignment between the two companies has been carried out in a very illogical and inefficient way.
    *Company is too big for management at all levels to cope with.
    *Craft is on the rise, but the beer industry is on the decline overall. MillerCoors can't get out of the mindset of supporting failing brands, like Miller Lite and Coors Light, and favoring the smaller brands that the market is supporting. Can't count the number of times a friend has told me how much they like the smaller brands, but can't stand the bigger staple brands.
    *Slash-and-burn mentality towards reducing head count. No plan to properly distribute duties of vacant positions prior to shutting those positions down. It's just expected that those left have to do more with less leaving no room to devote proper attention to your position-specific responsibilities.
    *With head count falling, many in production/operations have worked weeks without a day off. Talk about work/life inbalance.
    *Managers who receive low scores on the employee surveys are simply ignored and allowed to continue with business as usual, or worse are promoted out of the position.
    *If you have a Bachelor's in Science, you'll be paid less than those in the brewery who have a GED.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Within my relatively short time with the company I've seen the mood change dramatically across the entire brewery. One of the greatest perks is the amount of paid vacation time, but as one former employee mentioned, if the greatest perk is the time spent away from work, then there's something wrong with your job. I'll say as those who've worked here for decades before me commonly say, "This used to be a fun place to work."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Poor leadership in an increasingly competitive industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at MillerCoors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Fun category, people are able to relax and have fun over a beer after work, HQ work hours are usually pretty manageable

    Cons

    Lack of strong leadership and direction, too many people considered decision makers along the way slow things down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leadership can't always be a democracy. There needs to be vision and strategy driving decisions rather than short term fixes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Conflicting cultures

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Category Manager National Accounts
    Former Employee - Category Manager National Accounts

    I worked at MillerCoors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great history and brand equities. Benefits are nice, salary is marginally competitive.

    Cons

    Competing cultures from the two companies was too much to manage. Amazing to see the "bull in a china shop" management styles often be rewarded with a promotion. So many talented and respected employees either left or forced out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Taking the "fun" out of the beer business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MillerCoors full-time

    Pros

    Great industry to be part of, opportunity to work anywhere in the country. Average pay scale for position with many entry level and 3+ years experience roles.

    Cons

    Management is overly focused on finance and metrics. Very little opportunity to advance and a culture that lacks any true teamwork. Expectation that work is your life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A positive culture that values individuals and builds teams will ultimately drive positive results. Fix the culture to fix the business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    So much fun!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Promo Model  in  Denver, CO (US)
    Current Employee - Promo Model in Denver, CO (US)

    I have been working at MillerCoors as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Social and lively atmosphere, flexible schedule, great hourly pay

    Cons

    difficult to move up within company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advance from within

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Brands, opportunity to drive change in your role

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MillerCoors

    Pros

    Good Culture, challenging but open door policy.

    Cons

    Not improving portfolio mix fast enough, declining volume and multiple reorganizations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shift the mix faster, through acquisition if necessary.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Soulless, backstabbing employees

    Former Employee - Category Manager  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Category Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at MillerCoors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fun industry and great brands (but not market leaders).

    Cons

    A few years ago they hired over 20+ catmans and then fired half of them after a year or two because we we're matching management expectations. Employees will throw you down the well to save their skins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and not all the noise from others. Have faith in them and their abilities. Don't let me go immediately. Need to cultivate talent and "slash and burn".

  10.  

    Used to be great...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at MillerCoors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Beer allowance
    Big marketing budgets
    Some great people
    Bar in HQ
    Travel a lot

    Cons

    Leadership is lacking - particularly at the top levels
    Category is contracting - lack of meaningful plans to change trajectory
    Company is terrified of distributor network, advertising and programming gets watered down as a result
    Old, white men making all decisions
    Too focused on ABI - meanwhile spirits and wine are kicking our butts

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on consumer rather than distributor network and business may change
    Consider how ratings of employees impact morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Some Great People and Brands, Terrible Upper Management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I have been working at MillerCoors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of motivated, exciting, smart talent. Huge increase in talent since moving to Chicago office. Been with company 5+ years. Some amazing brands to work on with really interesting challenges to dig into and explore. Fun culture most of the time.

    Cons

    Very political. Sales run organization. Lot of good, strategic thinking can be ignored if a vocal sales person in the field has a different opinion. A decision is never actually made at this company. Changing and flip flopping decisions at every level is an every day commonplace and results in enormous churn and burn across the people actually doing the work. This has been a core part of the culture since I started and affects all departments - Finance, Supply Chain, Marketing, Marketing Services.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    SLT and MLT have got to realize what it's actually like to be a Director and down at MillerCoors. The amount of work and logical thinking thrown out the window based on the whim of a field person calling a VP or above has a devastating affect on moral and is the main reason we lose so much top talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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