Altria Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
307 Reviews
3.7
307 Reviews
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Altria Chairman & CEO Martin J. Barrington
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance cannot be better than what you will have at this company (in 21 reviews)

  • Strong Corporate Social Responsibility, great pay, great benefits (in 33 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is difficult to maintain (in 25 reviews)

  • As a general rule there is absolutely no work-life balance whatsoever, even as management constantly reminds you that there is (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great summer internship, didn't quite fit

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Management Intern in Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Brand Management Intern in Richmond, VA (US)

    I worked at Altria as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people
    As an intern you are exposed to important relevant work
    Travel at least once over the summer as an intern
    Interns have lots of fun stuff planned for them.
    Lots of emphasis placed on career development

    Cons

    Working in the tobacco industry
    Depending on your project, there is only so much freedom you have in terms of creativity.
    Tough to get constructive feedback

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Choose intern managers with some care, managers can be the reason someone shines or flops.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Employee Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altria full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for! Great benefits, people & culture and development. Employees manage challenging and rewarding work.

    Cons

    The company is fairly risk adverse which creates hurdles when trying to innovate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I worked as a Brand Management Intern in the Summer of 2014

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Brand Management Intern in Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Brand Management Intern in Richmond, VA (US)

    I worked at Altria as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Good benefits (treat their employees well)
    - Open dialogue with superiors to understand what you are doing well and poorly
    - Location: Cost of living is dirt cheap

    Cons

    - Industry is in decline
    - Some employees are arrogant
    - Location: Isn't that prime for young professionals

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Field Sales Interview

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altria

    Pros

    Overall, Altria seems like a great company to work for. It seems very accommodating and it's work environment and culture also seem to really care about a values and both its customers and employees.

    Cons

    If you were to work for Altria, one con might be that you might face negativity from others about the fact that you are working for a tobacco company.

  6.  

    Learned a ton, company really invests in their employees, good company culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Seattle, WA (US)
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Seattle, WA (US)

    I worked at Altria as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great compensation and company car. Flexible schedule and the management and training is great. Company allows you to quickly move up in the company.

    Cons

    Very high expectations which requires you to do a lot of work at home. If you want to move up in the company, you have to be wiling to move.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Well run company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Unit Manager
    Current Employee - Unit Manager

    I have been working at Altria full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stable
    Opportunity for growth if you are willing to move

    Cons

    Mature and declining industry
    Compensation not differentiated enough between top performers and bottom/ average

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Territory sales manger

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altria full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay. Amazing benefits. Close contact with upper management. Lots of autonomy.

    Cons

    Constantly changing environment makes difficult for planning, working in all weather conditions suck, constantly give more work to do and no work is every taken away

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA (US)

    I worked at Altria full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    the people, perks, Profit Sharing, salary is in the 75 percentile but they will start you low if coming in at an entry level position

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility unless you are an intern to full-time hire, old school management, too many cliques in HR which leads to a lot of group thinking, takes forever to get anything approved, very legalistic, play the game or be prepared to stay in your position forever....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start looking at the people who actually do the work. Management is clueless as to what does on at HQ and needs to take a look at who is directing the people who are doing to work and how qualified they are to do the job and how they are getting the work done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Looking to Make Very Good Money for Very Little Work?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Wichita, KS (US)
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Wichita, KS (US)

    I have been working at Altria full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    $60,000 plus $10,000 in profit sharing and another $7,500 in bonuses. A free car with personal gas nearly paid in full by the company. You manage your own schedule and work with your boss only 1X/month. Once you get a hold of how to do your job, you can literally finish work within 3 hours most day. This is a great job for someone looking to make good money with little effort. The work life balance cannot be better than what you will have at this company.

    Cons

    Do not take a job with this company unless you are happy with your location. It is nearly impossible to get promoted in this company. The people who stick around are those who are satisfied making good money and working very little. Also, this job requires going to gas stations all day. Expect to wear nasty clothes because retail stores are often dirty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop placing advancement candidates in small towns. They eventually end up leaving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement Intern in Richmond, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Procurement Intern in Richmond, VA (US)

    I worked at Altria as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Company is very supportive of your growth and giving you exposure to multiple functions. They really invest in their employees and take care of them. The culture is starting to evolve to be more collaborative, innovative, and flexible. They let you take control of your own project and take initiative. They took the interns on several trips to farms, warehouses, refineries, manufacturing center, final goods DC to understand the business and supply chain.

    Cons

    The procurement department has a huge age gap. They also don't really take the intern's time very seriously, and people move or cancel your meeting requests all the time. The work is very project based, rather than actual job roles, and some projects are much more important than others; it's luck of the draw who gets a relevant project. They also get upset if you speak to certain people in the organization without clearing it with all of your supervisors first. Directors are too busy to actually get to know any of the interns beyond few impressions. The company culture is still very hierarchal, bureaucratic and rigid; they are slowly evolving. The procurement department environment is almost totally silent and stale, purely business. A lot of people smoke or have a dip in during meetings and around the campus; non-smokers must accept second hand smoke.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please have projects prepared prior to interns arriving. My project was just something my manager was currently working on at the exact same time, and I had the impression that the department was not prepared to give me my own project. I received my project after half way through the internship.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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