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Brown-Forman Reviews

Updated 18 Sep 2019

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Brown-Forman CEO Lawson Whiting
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Pros
  • "Great people and great internship experience(in 20 reviews)

  • "One of the few Family-owned companies in this industry, they truly believe in the importance of work-life balance(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "There isn't one single con about working for B-F(in 11 reviews)

  • "Work/Life balance is hard to balance if your job requires a lot of travel(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Finance Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Brown-Forman full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Look after employees Good Culture- Family feel

    Cons

    Lack of succession planning outside the U.S

    Brown-Forman2018-09-13
  2. "Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Surry Hills
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, work life balance, benefit work from home, Bonus, communication and coffee, drinks and perks

    Cons

    Opportunity, high level management hard to reach

    Advice to Management

    Create more opportunities across departments and secondment opportunities

    Brown-Forman2018-09-04
  3. "Great place to work but some small downsides"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great Brands, Great work/life balance, fun culture. Minimal pressure compared to other FMCG companies with a great team ethos.

    Cons

    No career path development, flat organisation makes career progression difficult. Lack of pressure/accountability can let some coast along leaving heavy lifting to others. Also some "job's for the boys" with opportunities not offered on merit.

    Advice to Management

    Need to get out of HO more to better understand what is happening in the business. Whilst still a great company to work for, the workplace environment has eroded over recent time and I can see a possible slide in performance coming.

    Brown-Forman2017-12-29
  4. "A great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Regional People Development Specialist in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture, future sustainability, people focused, global reach

    Cons

    Lean organisation, working across multiple time zones

    Brown-Forman2017-10-22
  5. "BFA- Culture has changed, it used to be great and I used to recommend..."

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    Current Employee - BDE in Sydney
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fantastic brands- (Just not leveraged enough as if company is scared to strong arm) Staff gratuities- ($500 per year, bought retail on company credit card.) FMCV- (Average age of cars in company owned fleet is approx 5 years.) Staff taught to be humble- (I have to apologise for something to customers at least once a day)

    Cons

    See all of above in brackets. Rediculous call cycle expectations- mantra used to be Quality not Quantity but not now. Slowly replacing sales staff with an outside merchandising company. Below industry average salary. Can't work out what 'demand planning' means. Cannot, no matter how hard they try, launch a new product to save their life!

    Advice to Management

    Ask your people (actual workers) what sort of reputation Brown Forman has in trade. No one cares what awards you win. Australia is bigger than Sydney....

    Brown-Forman2015-09-23
  6. "A company that truly values its people and where the leaders are not represented as the only achievers."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time

    Pros

    I work in Australia where the people are valued and the leadership team is fun, strategic and empowering. Diversity is really important and people are encouraged to bring ideas to the table. It's a small team so prepare to have fun, laugh loud and be known. Even though it's a multi-national matrix, the US partners are humble and great to work with. Office culture is amazing. Flexible work practices are common and... everyone loves laughing and having fun.

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    Cons

    People who join think they're working for a big corporate. B-F is a big name with big name brands but the company is very small so you can't hide. Anyone who comes into the business and doesn't want to get their hands dirty by getting in among the action or collaborating with functions outside their scope will not have a very good time.

    Advice to Management

    Really like the environment. Keep on.

    Brown-Forman2014-06-02
  7. "Great Benefits very Political Culture"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time

    Pros

    Benefits are great, flexible schedules

    Cons

    Detached and ill-qualified upper corporate management. Decisions are based on politics and not always logical or cost effective or best for the company and team.

    Brown-Forman2019-09-11
  8. "Great culture Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    A culture that supports its employees with strong benefits, collaborative culture and empathetic leadership.

    Cons

    Only potential con is sometimes there can be too much collaboration which is an adjustment for newer employees

    Advice to Management

    Continue to embrace a culture of agility, bias for action and empowerment through ups and downs of the sales cycle.

    Brown-Forman2019-08-17
  9. "Not what they seem"

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    Former Employee - Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Brown-Forman full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Based in central London, Major Brands, competitive salary

    Cons

    Not for the long term, hire and fire at a remarkable rate. Senior Managers often disappear without any notice. Run from the US, very little feedback or communication - you are either in or out.

    Advice to Management

    Try a little openness and honesty. Share plans rather than implement them without discussion. Not every senior post has to be given to a US appointment.

    Brown-Forman2019-09-18
  10. "A Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Brown-Forman full-time

    Pros

    Brown Forman UK is in an exciting time. It's a dynamic organization with an iconic portfolio and focus on growth. They believe that people build brands and are empowered. The values and culture are unique to the industry.

    Cons

    Really can't think of a con, it's a great place to work .

    Brown-Forman2019-08-09
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