Altria

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Altria Reviews

Updated 24 January 2015
Updated 24 January 2015
322 Reviews
3.8
322 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance cannot be better than what you will have at this company (in 24 reviews)

  • Strong Corporate Social Responsibility, great pay, great benefits (in 34 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company!

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

    I have been working at Altria

    Pros

    They have an amazing culture, that is determined to develop each and every persons' personal and professional development

    Cons

    Sometimes a little too traditionalist when it comes to business process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start replacing old styles of business with new and innovative ideas to further develop their brand portfolio's images

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Director

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

    I worked at Altria

    Pros

    Altria values its employees by providing great training and benefits. Salaries are not the highest, but they make up for it in other ways.

    Cons

    Upper management is still somewhat old school, going back to the 'old boy' network. This has improved significantly in recent years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for greater communication and feedback among the rank and file. Managers should be able to challenge senior management, which can actually improve the overall decision making process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Territory Sales Manager

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

    I have been working at Altria full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Flexible schedule with a lot of control over work load (you have tasks, get them done on time and well. No one micromanages unless you are not performing)
    -Most accounts are friendly yet challenging so it is not boring
    -Company looks out for your best interest and is open and honest around where you stand and how you are performing
    - Great company culture. Never met someone I didn't like including the Executive Management Team
    -If you like sales, then you will love this job. "If you can do tobacco, you can do anything." Altria does a great job training you on how to connect with your clients with numerous sale strategies such as gathering useful quantitative and qualitative data and catering it to your accounts needs.
    -Company is constantly moving forward with what's trending in the market
    -You are also provided numerous helpful resources and tools to set you up for success. Altria is also very good at taking feedback so innovation is imbedded in its DNA.
    -You are in control of YOUR territory so you have a lot of responsibility and freedom to do what you will with it such as developing a territory plan to increase your client and company sales.

    Cons

    -Promotion track changed where it is still too new to understand what the exact criteria/ process is to get promoted. Not much infrastructure around it besides 4 factors that they look at and management does not really check in or direct you on how to train against those competencies. It's more like you go and train yourself and prove to us that you complete each bucket and then we let you know if you can be promoted or not. If it is a no, then you will never be promoted.

    -Entry Level TSM does not lead or really work in a team. You are essentially by yourself 90% of the time so it can get lonely and leadership development activities are not there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Inclusion is key. Break these barriers of limited communication and reach out to employees more than just a few emails here and there. Most interaction you get with your manager is twice a month and your manager's boss is less than 5 times a year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong Company, terrible industry, position becomes very boring

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager

    I worked at Altria full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, compensation and perks. Probably the best for consumer goods companies

    Company is well run, will continue to be a strong company

    Great people

    Excellent work/life balance

    Cons

    benefits overshadowed how boring the job is.
    Job becomes very repetitive after several years, always the same just new items
    Challenging to ever be excited about tobacco products Or the industry
    Dealing with convenience store owners and personnel is not engaging.
    Managers make or break your experience - job is excellent with good managers. Job is a nightmare with bad managers.
    There is no innovation in tobacco products, just new labels or names.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great benefits/compensation but not very engaging

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

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

    Pros

    The company treats its employees very well. Benefits and compensation are top notch for a job that is not so demanding. Every employee I have met has been very kind to me. Strong opportunity for advancement.

    Cons

    Being a territory sales manager can get excruciatingly slow and boring. Spending all day in a car and convenience stores can be a real drag. You have to make a lot of small talk. You need to store a lot of POS at home, which takes up space.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    False Promises

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager

    I worked at Altria full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Set your own schedule.

    Cons

    Management makes false promises.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on being more open as a company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Incredible Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Sales in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Field Sales in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Altria as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Easily the best internship or job experience I have ever had. Lots of freedom, and real projects that have real impacts. Management is incredible and they know how to treat their people!

    Cons

    None! They are open to any ideas and recommendations you may have. If you feel there is a problem with something, no one will bat an eye about helping you.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company, strong leadership

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

    I worked at Altria full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Commitment to values, that is woven into the everyday life and expectations
    - Fun culture, and strong focus on work life balance
    - Management truly committed to developing the next generation of leaders - lots to learn
    - Big organization - lots of room to move/learn different skills
    - Very competitive pay & benefits structure

    Cons

    - I struggled with our industry - wished we were more than just Big Tobacco
    - Not alot of turnover - which means you may have to wait for that promotion more than in a less stable company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    diversify from tobacco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Overall the company has a good culture, but the work can occasionally feel as if it lacks meaning.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Summer Sales Intern in Dallas, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Summer Sales Intern in Dallas, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    The best part of working at Altria is the company culture and compensation packages they offer. You'll be hard pressed to find a company that can match them. Additionally, there is a large focus on promoting from within, and thus a fair deal of time is devoted to training and development. The work-life balance is average.

    Cons

    The largest con of working for the company is simply that the tobacco industry is declining. As a result, the work can seem a bit pointless if you look at things from a long run perspective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on a way to restructure the manner in which promotions are done, it shouldn't be so bureaucratic and rigid. Also, focus on giving people work with meaning all the time, not just occasionally when there is something to be done.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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