Brewcity Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
Brewcity Promotions is a Milwaukee, WI based that creates promotional products for corporations seeking to market themselves through branded items. They also create apparel that is brought to the upper tier retail market through licensing as well as through their own brands "Brew City Brand Apparel" and "Frank and Marie's".
A former graphic artists was deeply compelled to share his experience after a litany of reviews from others, writing:
"I had moved on from my experience with Brew City Bear Gear / Brew City Promotions until an event discouraged me and then I saw an Artists review similar to how I felt there. I realized if I wrote a review I could caution other artists. You will learn and fast without question and it might be a place to get some experience under your belt. They go through Artists pretty quick I heard.
I was so elated when I hooked up with Brew City Promotions! I was excited about much of what they did. I had much to offer and they never really tapped into it. The work became so medial for a person with my qualifications I was going mad and feeling so uninspired.
The creative excitement they build up promoting a designer position is a big let down once you are in- house. I did not last long as the workload was overwhelming to the point that people did feel obligated to work overtime or it was their jobs.
I worked up to 48 hours a week sometimes and felt unappreciated and also exhausted from the poor work conditions : terrible ventilation for fumes coming from production and uncontrolled heat in the room I worked in hitting 90. I felt sick and dehydrated much of the time.Be prepared to dress for summer in the winter. A wall of windows adding terrible glare on a old ill maintained computer and software.
In fact there was always a constant reminder of "firing" I saw people come and go and talk about quitting or getting fired. I told HR in all my years I never heard so much negativity and gossip - not excluding HR who was the rude secretary also overwhelmed with duties.
Management is scrambled and the Art Dept. is very divided.I have had great success at 4 screenprinters prior in my career and this experience was most bizarre and confusing. What a disappointment. What a shame...so many nice people there.
The Artists don't even have business cards and regular art department meetings are non existent. If you were invited to a meeting you certainly would be listening to one person going on and on and on....about their ideas...maybe some of yours if you get to participate.
I don't feel the employees are compensated and respected for what they do! The owners (and HR) do not lead by example with even each other.The employee handbook is not exercised through their own actions.
This company has protected itself well over the years. They have a nice public presence and contribute which is good to see. Behind the scenes is a weird little world of its own.
Older reviews going back over 8 years are consistent with things I have observed. There is this thing called freedom of speech and sometimes you must stand up for ones self and others.I hope that Brew City improves the working environment, company morale and management."
APPAREL GRAPHIC DESIGNER (Former Employee) says"Have you ever slept at your office?"
Graphic Designer (Former Employee) says"No vacation time. Changing rules that never benefit the employees. No break room. No parking. Never given the tools needed to succeed. MANAGEMENT that has NO business being in charge of anyone. I loved the work. Loved designing shirts. BUT I never felt like ANYTHING I did mattered... not because I wasn't good at my job, but because the management was so unorganized and negative... pushing deadlines until the last moment without ever giving quality feedback. Never have I been so belittled, disrespected, and treated like nothing I did mattered."
GENERAL MANAGER / PURCHASING MANAGER (Former Employee) says"This is a family run business. They bring the family drama to the whole company. They are terrible people who do not deserve to hire people. I would never recommend anyone work here."
Graphic Designer (Former Employee) says"I learned a lot at this job. I learned a lot about the apparel business, and Adobe programs...I also learned how bad management can quickly crush hardworking employees...To just put it out there, this company does not respect their customers or employees. Cons: terrible pay, short breaks, rude secretary, no management, bad environment"
Graphic Artist (Former Employee) says"I had moved on from my experience with Brew City Bear Gear / Brew City Promotions until an event discouraged me and then I saw an Artists review similar to how I felt there. I realized if I wrote a review I could caution other artists. You will learn and fast without question and it might be a place to get some experience under your belt. Cons: bad communication and work overload - lack of staff for demand"
Assistant Manager (Former Employee) says"I started a sales postion with promises of job advancement. The owners appeared cheery and down to earth at first, but later their blatant racism, unnecessary micro-managment, and lack of direct communication with their employees, proved otherwise. I was promised a review, never had one. One of my paychecks was incorrect, and that was also never fixed, even with constant reminders from myself. Cons: Micro-management by owners, no breaks, lack of transparency and communication"
Current Employee - Anonymous says"I have been working at Brew City Beer Gear full-time Cons: Toxic work culture. Asking staff to write positive reviews online to cover up the toxicity."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at Brew City Beer Gear part-time Cons: Weird family dynamics Sexual harassment from owner (witnessed groping) Racism towards potential customers Wage theft No bathroom breaks No eating Long shifts (>=12 hr) No sick days No vacation days Owners repeatedly threatened lawsuits against staff Bipolar co-owner Managers "borrowed" money from register Company culture promotes panic and finger-pointing I would never recommend working here to anyone. I was told my first week that if a black person came into the store, that I would need to follow them and watch them closely. Thankfully they were unable to enforce that rule, but I stayed with the company for two years."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at Brew City Beer Gear part-time Cons: I worked part-time for this company about 10 years ago as a sales associate in their Grand Avenue store and they fired me and several others before and after my time there for seemingly no reason. There were rumors that they sent "spies" to come into the store and check on your sales skills. Instead of investing in any training or mentoring, they used scare tactics. I have never been fired or even come close to being fired before from any other job in my life. I was in my early 20's at the time so I'm sure I had some things to learn but I always arrived on-time, supported the team, and was attentive to the job."
Former Employee - Production says"I worked at Brew City Beer Gear full-time for less than a year Cons: it's really hectic all the time, so much so that it feels like you can never catch up."
Graphic Designer says"I worked at Brew City Beer Gear Cons: The family members in this family often have very loud verbal arguments in front of employees. They are incredibly demanding of your personal time, which according to them is not yours...I worked 5+ hours into evenings including friday nights on numerous occasions. I was also asked to come in over the weekends. I had two supervisors who both gave me full work loads, they did not communicate to each other about what I was assigned. One of the higher-ups/owners/family would call us designers into meetings which consisted of 3-5+ hours of him manically chatting AT us. He would demand 25-50+ brand new designs and give us little to no time to complete them (on average 1-3 hours)."
Former Employee - Screen Room Technician says"I worked at Brew City Beer Gear full-time for less than a year Cons: Poor working conditions. Had to pull teeth to make adjustments to the work space. Disorganized vinyl folders. Would have to dig for at least an hour to find everything for the day. Messy printers “Non manditory” weekend shifts Lack of supplies which forced me to pick up extra hours to make sure we weren’t behind. Lack of training."
Current Employee - Retail Manager says"I have been working at Brew City Beer Gear full-time for more than 3 years Cons: No support from corporation or owners"