BrewDog apologises after staff accuse founders of breeding ‘culture of fear’

BrewDog has apologized after former employees alleged that the beer firm has a “culture of fear”, with a “toxic attitude” towards junior employees.

In an open letter, the signatories said that a “significant number” of former employees are experiencing mental illness as a result of working at the company.

He claimed that the Scottish brewery was built on a “cult of personality” around the founders, James Watt and Martin Dickey.

The group, which calls itself Punks with Purpose, wrote: “To be treated like a human, sadly, was not always a given to those working at Brewdog.

To put it bluntly, the biggest shared experience of former employees is a residual sense of fear.

“We are afraid to speak out about the environment we were immersed in, and fear the repercussions after we are gone.”

It alleged that managers treated employees “however they liked, without repercussions – making them feel vulnerable and/or pressured to work beyond their ability, and often eventually forced to go out of business.” felt it”.

Responding to the letter, Mr Watt said Brewdog was sorry and would not contest the allegations, but would “listen, learn and act”.

He said in a statement: “We are committed to doing better, not only as a response to this, but always, and we’re going to be reaching out to our entire team past and present to learn more.

“But above all, right now, we’re sorry.”

Established in 2007 in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, Brewdog is valued at around $2bn (£1.4bn). Its canned and bottled beers are stocked in supermarkets and it operates several bars across the UK.

The Tea Company is seen as a leader in bringing craft beer to the mass market.

In a passage addressed directly to Mr. Watt, the letter said: “It lies with you that this rotten culture has a responsibility.

“Your attitude and actions are at the heart of the way Brewdog is perceived from both inside and out.

“By putting growth, momentum and action above all else, your company has achieved incredible things, but at the cost of the people who made your dreams come true.”


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