Altria

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Altria Reviews

Updated 2 August 2014
Updated 2 August 2014
291 Reviews

3.6
291 Reviews
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Altria Chairman & CEO Martin J. Barrington
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This position has great work-life balance and allows flexability (in 19 reviews)

  • Strong Corporate Social Responsibility, great pay, great benefits (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is difficult to maintain (in 24 reviews)

  • There is no work life balance at this company (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    TSM

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    Current Employee - TSM  in  Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - TSM in Boston, MA (US)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Benefits are very good, pay, vacation and medical. Company car is nice. Training is good and available to those who want it.

    Cons

    Usually Have to move to get promoted. It can be a tough industry to work in at times as tobacco isn't accepted social. Communication isn't always good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more realistic on promotions, not everyone wants to move. We have lost good employees because of this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Really can't beat the experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are amazing, company treats employees like gold. Strong Corporate Social Responsibility, great pay, great benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of hard work, but worth it. Can be overwhelming at times. Hard to explain to others why I love the company since it is a tobacco manufacturer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - TSM
    Current Employee - TSM

    Pros

    Great benefits. Salary is unmatched.

    Cons

    Glorified merchandiser. Sometimes there isn't enough to do. You can't constantly sell something.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company, for now.

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    Current Employee - TSM  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - TSM in Houston, TX (US)

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, 401k matching, car, etc.
    excellent people and a culture of developing employees skill sets.

    Great advancement potential if you can pick up and move at the drop of a hat to wherever they tell you.

    Cons

    Inflexible advancement practices require relocation at every step. People with families or who are otherwise immobile for whatever reason will be stuck at entry level despite being a top performer, earning an advanced degree, etc. Altria would rather promote and move a lesser candidate than give a top performer the promotion in the same market.

    With everyone wanting to make their mark, every layer of mgmt adds their own initiatives. The workload has exploded in the last 3-4 years with no updates to salary.

    Merit bonuses are insignificant to encourage going above and beyond. Basically amount to an extra
    Dollar an hour for breaking your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At some point this practice will catch up with the organization. When talented, top performing people are forced to leave the company in order to pursue their career ambitions, the talent pool dilutes. In the near future, the company will be lead by inferior albeit very mobile talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Real career development experiences. You will learn real skills for both the real world and any future careers. It comes down to how committed your manager is to your success, and if they are, then the world is yours.

    Cons

    Work life balance is hard. Management piles on work and emphasizes work life balance without really helping with that load (or judging if you say no).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your success comes down to your manager

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Best in the Market

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TSM
    Current Employee - TSM

    Pros

    Leader in market with tobacco sales

    Cons

    employee advancement is very difficult to come by

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Solid

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    Current Employee - Summer Sales  in  Washington, DC (US)
    Current Employee - Summer Sales in Washington, DC (US)

    Pros

    Great internship, pays extremely well, lots of personal attention

    Cons

    Tobacco company, prize charisma over genuine work

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    good, but could be better

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    Current Employee - Unit Manager  in  Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Unit Manager in Atlanta, GA (US)

    Pros

    great people, they care. good benefits and pay. reliable job and predictable work. good balance. good training and time to develop skills

    Cons

    can be overly slow and beuracratic, limited ability to over achieve. cumbersome administration. burdened by legal nad compliance. can stifle creaticity at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    open it up more for high performers to do it their way and build their own career track

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Exceptional compensation. Inconsistent employee direction. High pay distracts from actual job satisfaction.

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    Former Employee - Unit Manager
    Former Employee - Unit Manager

    Pros

    Exceptional compensation. Paid-time off. Solid 401K matching. Company vehicle. Work your own hours. Great sales / management experience with worldwide know brands. Great stepping stone to get your foot in the door at another respected company.

    Cons

    Company does not care about their business partners or customers. Decision makers and upper management are corporately brainwashed, never get out in the field, and have no clue what it takes to establish relationships on the front lines. Ostracized for attempting to tailor to customers needs or strategies. Direction from corporate level to field is inconsistent. Middle management just wants to look good to their superiors and make up more work for their employees which takes focus away from actual company goals. High pay but higher stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a better understanding of what is realistic and what works best for your business partners vs forcing business partners in to doing something that will not help their business and only helps your numbers. Reinvest in products already dominating the market vs coming out with a laundry list of new products that will not sell and forcing customers to take products that will not help their business. Be open to employee creativity instead of trying to turn employees into robots.

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for. Great people!

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager

    Pros

    Altria has amazing benefits and has been a great company to work for over the years. Unless you are not working, you will not get fired instead your management will work with you on your develpment needs. There are many opportunities to grow, even for people who do not want to get promoted.

    Cons

    As the company intergrates other companies into its umbrella (UST, JMC, Numark instead of just Philip Morris) the same amount of work is expected for other companies with no extra compansation. The amount of stores that are called on has not changed and the workload has not decreased yet there are 4 companies being represented instead of 1. People also get promoted too quick and move up through the company without really learning their current positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let people learn their current roles before promoting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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