Did you read about the impending sale of Anheuser-Busch Co (the parent company of Budweiser) to InBev, a Belgian brewer? Do any local St. Louis readers have a take on what’s happening — from the impact on the community down to the morale of the employees at Anheuser-Busch (AB)?
I lived in St. Louis, home of Anheuser-Bush, for seven years. Three of those years were spent in a neighborhood called Soulard. As a native Chicagoan, I slowly learned to love The Arch and The Cardinals; however, St. Louis was not a city that came naturally to me. The infrastructure — both physical and social — failed its neediest citizens on a regular basis. The politicians were obsessed with ‘fringe social issues’ and failed at delivering basic governmental duties such as safe neighborhoods and regular garbage pick-up.
When I finally scored an adult job as a Human Resources pro, I recruited heavily from Anheuser-Busch. They had great IT employees. I recruited engineers and chemists, too, because the pipeline was solid. My fancy new job in Human Resources put a little extra coin in my pocket, and I lived in a fairly nice home and enjoyed art museums, outdoor performances in the park, and the lovely botanical gardens. I went to my first Neiman Marcus store in St. Louis and drank my first cup of Starbucks at the Galleria Mall.