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BrewDog Reviews

Updated 10 Mar 2020

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3.3
48%
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BrewDog Captain  James Watt
James Watt
85 Ratings
Pros
  • "Because it is so fast paced you have complete autonomy and exposure to so many areas of expertise(in 18 reviews)

  • "Free beer every month & beer bucks on your birthday(in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • "Work life balance can be challenging(in 7 reviews)

  • "Because the company is so fast paced this can bring it own issues, its not a con but its also not for everyone(in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Bartender in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BrewDog part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Management is excellent Excellent training Great fun Better salary than most bars Less stress than other bars

    Cons

    None really, as bar jobs go, can't fault it

    BrewDog2019-10-09
  2. "Pack Op"

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    Former Employee - Packaging Shift Lead in Ellon, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BrewDog full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Beer allowance, team mates, manager

    Cons

    Impossible targets, no progression or training

    BrewDog2020-03-01
  3. Helpful (1)

    "Bit of a shambles"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ellon, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BrewDog full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Free beer Chance to work on some diverse projects which looks good on the CV There are a few decent colleagues who are knowledgeable

    Cons

    Extremely poor senior leadership. Insistence on wasting a lot of time and money on bizarre publicity stunts. We never hear about how well they do weirdly enough (no guys, retweets don't count). Updates from senior leadership are awful. The internal marketing is somehow more embarrassing than the external marketing. Sometimes I wonder if they think David Brent is a role model. The internal updates and all hands are shocking. Bullying and blame culture throughout business. It's not uncommon for people to be here one day and gone the next. We don't get updated about changes either. Teammates are then expected to pick up the workload, with no recompense, training etc. No structure to anything. Everyone runs around not knowing what's going on most of the time and doing everything last minute. No career development, training or progression. If you're a yes man, if your face fits, that's where you'll get ahead. Doesn't matter that you're not actually any good at your job. Good luck if you've got a complaint for HR - they're not interested. Unicorn fund and general compensation is so far below average and what other companies offer - you should 'feel privileged' to work at BrewDog. Quality of beer steadily declining over the years Culture hasn't progressed beyond a punchy startup, despite boasting of success and improvements. Lots of cutting corners and last minute projects and major changes. All of the problems arise from one person and one person only. An absolutely toxic leader who lacks business insight, but for some reason micro manages every aspect of the company. Trusted senior leadership are those that have been around a while, and don't know any better to push back (and lacking in basic business knowledge as well, so they always just say yes). All the new senior hires that we brag about stealing from other big companies go within a few months anyway because their face doesn't fit. There's a proper old guard here resting on their laurels. If EFPs (or TSG for that matter) saw the numbers behind some of the stuff that went on, they'd probably reconsider their investment. This business is so weirdly inefficient but nobody admits it. Good exposure from the PR though.

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    BrewDog2020-03-10
  4. "Good company with lots of benefits"

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    Current Employee - Bartender in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BrewDog full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Progressive, forward thinking attitudes to work culture

    Cons

    Some ill thought out decisions coming from HQ in regards to advertisements and promotions

    BrewDog2019-11-18
  5. Helpful (7)

    "Think Carefully Before You Join"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Ellon, Scotland
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    All staff members / company passioniate about Brewdog produced craft beer/spirits. Chance to learn and work with some experienced professionals. Free beer allowance. Exposure to working with multiple business departments internal/external. Personal development as exposure to multiple projects in differing job aspects.

    Cons

    Lack of business investment in systems or It support in critical business area's. Excel is overused and making your day to day tasks more difficult. No structure or process for career development which links to pay rises. Brewdog burns vast amounts on large marketing or international expansion projects, but do not provide staff with pay rises. You can receive pay rises but depends on if your face fits. No annual pay rises to match inflation. In some cases job descriptions are not followed, they can be changed without being documented. If this happens there is no link to pay progression or career development. Longer serving staff members are treated different to shorter staff members. Meaning you can be treated unfairly based on time served. High expectations on improvements, projects and solutions, however workload not taken into consideration or additional resource acquired to achieve this. Reactive last minute scrappy mentality approach to projects/process which link to your individual tasks is company culture. Meaning there is no or lack of basic process, this makes managing your workload difficult and more stressful. High level projects or actions come from the top & are spread by weak management who entertain the owners requests and spread the grey actions throughout the business. Company does not work to IS9001 throughout the business meaning there is no strong QMS which encompasses and drives process and continual improvement in all business areas. Long working hours with no overtime. You can end up with a large workload which can't be completed in your standard working hours, meaning you have to stay late. You will not be payed overtime for your hard work which for office staff is written in your contact. If your concerns are escalated to management you may be ignored. Poor leadership and high turnover of staff in senior management positions. This is also for staff in lower level positions. Whenever this happens senior management/management say 'They wasn't the right fit for Brewdog'. This is a ridiculous statement everyone can be wrong. It would make it a better company to address the issues rather than use this excuse. If someone leaves in most cases the jobs are not back filled, the extra workload is pushed on to other members of staff. This has a knock on effect, will make you want to look for a new job. The way the business operates may not get the best out of your experience. It can also hinder your development due to the poor working environment. Unfair pay between different departments. HR non-existent they only appear at the end for your exit interview, I didn't find them approachable. They will look external for staff rather than develop and promote from within.

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    BrewDog2019-11-21
  6. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Bar Manager in Glasgow, Scotland
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Team and a fun environment

    Cons

    Company was growing to fast and there was a disconnect between upper management and the staff

    BrewDog2019-10-31
  7. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Chef in Edinburgh, Scotland
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BrewDog full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good salary, way higher than we usually find for kitchen jobs, a lot of benefits and real training for personnel.

    Cons

    Too much management than necessary, at least in the branch where I work, sometimes it can cause some confusion between the employees. Too little space in the kitchen, and a lot of delay on things like buying new equipment, repair what`s broken etc.

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    BrewDog2019-09-28
  8. "Fun working environment but don't care for their grassroots"

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    Former Employee - Bartender 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BrewDog full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun working environment Living wage Lots of things to learn and room to grow

    Cons

    Hours cut as soon as site becomes less busy Rude management

    BrewDog2019-10-12
  9. ","

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    Current Employee - Duty Manager 
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BrewDog full-time

    Pros

    Living wage, progression, holiday entitlement

    Cons

    Anti-social hours, concerns not always taken on board

    BrewDog2019-08-22
  10. Helpful (2)

    "You'll learn a lot though...."

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    Former Employee - Duty Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at BrewDog full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits are good and pay is reasonable. Good family vibe with colleagues. Very good learning and progression opportunities for hard working individuals.

    Cons

    Some departments at head office are overloaded with work, with some teams consisting of one person at a given time. BrewDog could do with some training to managers and above on how to deal with mental health and moral among staff. Made some silly decisions that impacted front line staff.

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    BrewDog2019-07-29
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