Brewdog
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Very fast paced environment undergoing a lot of change regularly but offers lots of opportunities to advance and learn. Machinery is state of the art and workplace very safe
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Paid unfairly and empty promises of hours

Poor rate of pay, won’t give you hours, don’t care about their staff as a company. Management is a shambles - everything poorly ran for the most part.
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Fun but boring at times

Badly managed bar and food don’t ever go for wings on wings Wednesday there’s a good reason reds true bbq went bust it’s by far the worst place I’ve ever had to work

Pros

You get to leave at the end of the day

Cons

You work here
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All fun and games until it’s not.

Only worth as a temp job, cause years at this company will push you over the edge. Stressful, customer profile shifted over the years, demands are unreasonable (serving at the bar AND running food alone during busy lunch, dragging extremely heavy furniture twice a day).Management often lost and got no clue what they’re doing. Too many new promotions and policies that are hard to keep up with, new beer that they put out there is lacking any good qualities and taste chemically, inability to order good kegs or merch cause the company is always out of stock, kitchen staff who are not looked after and hence tired and angry.Managers who don’t care about your mental state. Broken promises. Inadequate promotions to “friends” of managers. All the good staff leaving at very high pace. Also working at Brewdog kind of makes you the laughing stock of the rest of craft beer world, especially recently.
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Experience depends on location

Brewdog has a great work culture and there is a lot going on internally to develop and learn. However the work experience differs from site to site and mine wasnt good as the management seems overwhelmed and didnt really respond to my needs of prgression.
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its all work work work with no thanks. management all young and don't have a clue! no proper breaks, lucky if you get 20 mins on a 12 hour shift. staff don't stay long hence always advertising for more! and as for the unicorn fund! been there over 2 years and never seen a penny!
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Low wages. low value workers

due to lack of purpose and minimum wage even though we are responsible for peoples food, brewdog kitchens are the laughing stock of the cooking community due to the underpaid wages of cooks.
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Fast paced, Stressful, rewarding.

Fast paced in production, can be stressful. Can also be rewarding, good benefits and pay. You can also meet a lot of people working here its a social company if you like drinking.

Pros

Good pay and benefits.

Cons

Long hours, stressful.
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Great colleagues. Fast-paced. Learning Opportunities.

Can be a fun company to work for. Expect to work hard. Good opportunities for progression if you're willing to put the work in. Culture can be a bit too much but team mates are always amazing.
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Just like spoons or green king Just another chain

No worth it for a career , look somewhere else Team were very sociable outside of work, and I enjoyed spending time with them. I spent a good chunk of my free time at the workplace with them.
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Pay reasonably well

Terrible autocratic unprofessional upper management, avoid this company at all costs, sadly the beer and brand success is ruined by the poor standards of upper management capabilities.

Pros

None

Cons

Look for another company for a decent role
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The best paid hospitality job for Bar staff

If you are looking for a job to tide you over whilst you are looking for other things, then this is an alright one. It's fine if you're just a member of the bar team, but as a manager it isn't worth it. The upper management inspire a culture of fear and perfectionism. This isn't the BrewDog that you heard about a few years ago. The passion has left the building, and it's just like any other chain. The amount of extra things expected of you as a manager for only 15p extra an hour is not worth it. The environment is stressful and there is very little support from head office. They more often than not make the job harder with all of the promotions, events, gimmicks and dumb things they add.

Pros

Decent food, decent beer, pay for bar staff is good.

Cons

Culture, upper management, working hours, expectations.
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Horrible place

12 hr shifts. Would nt let you sit down. Get the job done with no concerns about you. Very unfriendly towards agency staff. Shocking all round experience.

Pros

None

Cons

Everything
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No good managment

Management is a joke,nobody cares about anything,"headchef" hires inexpiernced people and doesn't even bother to train them,it's all about favouritism so dont expect many of your holidays to be approved unless your "part of the pact" emotionally draing and will drive any passion for hospitality out of you

Pros

Staff discounts

Cons

Bad managments
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Stressful

If you get offered work through an agency, then refuse straight away, Brewdog & it's " own " employees tend to leave the bulk of the hard work to temp agency workers, ( example, 3 agency workers doing a 7 man job for 4 days, 12 hour shifts)also do tours & people are watching you work while also taking photos without your permission, the management is terrible, hardly any h & s for temp employees, & if you don't fit in & one of the actual owners doesn't like the look of you, it's an instant dismissal ( this is word of mouth by Brewdogs own employees ) all in all, don't bother

Pros

None
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Warehouse

Terrible pay for the variety of roles required to perform. Zero progression unless you are a friend or family of management zero care for the mental well being of employees you are forced to work over time at the same rate of pay

Pros

On site parking

Cons

Shocking management, zero care for mental well being, a lot of bigotry
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Warehouse operative

Worked here with blue arrow what a company to work for loved every minute from bar picks to loading vehicles to booking stock in building never a dull day in brewdog all the staff management are one best teams

Pros

Paid every hour in building

Cons

Stressful
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Extremely fast paced environment with no work/life balance or support. Horrible company to work for

The company are great at advertising how they include employees in decision making, and look after the well-being of their staff, however this could not be further from the truth. There is an extreme lack of support and you’re expected to work day and night (including weekends) to get jobs done, that will be sent to you at the very last minute. All this with no “thank you”, overtime pay or time back. There are no performance reviews, no structure or exploring into new ways of working to improve the way they work. If you did raise ideas or want a discussion, your thoughts were very quickly shot down, and more or less advised what you’re discussing isn’t true without any back up being looked at - such as staff being furloughed and leaving one person running the show that is still fully operating whilst bars were closed. Higher management live on another planet, and are not willing to discuss processes, mainly down to the fact they’ve no idea what anyone below them actually does, or how systems work. Lower management and team members put in a ridiculous amount of graft with no thanks or support from above. If it weren’t for these people, higher management wouldn’t have a job nor would the company still be running. For a fairly new company, the processes and systems are Stone Age, and they’d rather spend money on gold cans, last minute advertising, or one off high cost projects that make no profit for the company. They work on the bare minimum staffing, and refuse to look at the wider picture to help improve productivity or staff wellbeing. Since working from home due - 

Pros

Free beer each month

Cons

Work 24/7, very little support (if any!). Awful company to work for
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Great to get your CV ready for the industry

If you want a job in the beer industry, working with Brewdog is a double edged sword. You get great training from day one (in retail, not sure how this is managed in HQ or Production/Warehouse) and are given the opportunity to get your Cicerone Certified Beer Server certificate within 3 months. I was lucky I was in a bar that was busy and the manager, at the time, was invested in her staff's progression (can not say the same for the manager that took over later). But, Brewdog have a reputation in the craft beer industry and there will be eye rolls when you say you work for Brewdog. But if you are willing to over look this and some of there awful marketing stunts that have no thought for the retail teams who actually have to implement them, then its a great company to get that initial experience on your CV. Plenty of room to grow, especially in London as there is an over saturation of bars, but can not say in other parts of the country.

Pros

Bar team bonus, discounts, good training, qualifications, free beer, events work

Cons

Too many other Brewdog bars, moving away from ethos, management are not looked after well
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Good place to get into

Great group of people to work with. Never the same thing from day to day. Always on the move and having to think outside the box to solve things. Good workout from always moving around.
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stress and poor management

terrible, worked there few years as a brewer: you will find that management is allowed as many screw ups was they want which you will have to spot and fix while they take double what you get without any shift and get promoted.running over 10. miles per day is standard and you are expected to rush.toxic culture of lies and poor products: need a new beer? food flavoring, advertising several products with a specific ingredients? let's put a few grams in it or none at all.every department is understaffed so you are expected to do the job of several people whilst no one really knows what half of management doesthere is no progression whatsoever , you have to push for month to get a promotion that won't even raise your salary and you definitely feel underpaid, especially once you realize some take 18 times your salary and untaxed bonuses which are equivalent to your yearly pay.

Pros

production team is fun, friendly people

Cons

there should be a book about cons
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Overall rating

Based on 97 reviews

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2.7 out of 5 stars for Work/Life Balance
3.1 out of 5 stars for Salary/Benefits
2.8 out of 5 stars for Job security/advancement
2.4 out of 5 stars for Management
2.9 out of 5 stars for Culture

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