Altria

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Altria Reviews

Updated Jul 20, 2014
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3.4 288 reviews

84% Approve of the CEO

Altria Chairman & CEO Martin J. Barrington

Martin J. Barrington

(95 ratings)

68% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    good, but could be better

    Unit Manager (Current Employee) Atlanta, GA

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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementopen it up more for high performers to do it their way and build their own career track

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ok

    Territory Sales Manager (Former Employee) Grand Rapids, MI

    ProsGreat Benefits
    Friendly people
    Good time management

    ConsSlow moving promotion process
    Must brown nose to get promoted

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Human Resources Professional (Current Employee)

    ProsCompensation and benefits package are above the market for Richmond. You would be hard pressed to find another comparable one in this area of the country.

    ConsCompany is very conservative, and still clinging to old school management style. Stable industry with minimal opportunity for growth.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet with the current century and provide more flexibility relating to work schedules, dress, and telecommuting. We could get by with a lot less chiefs and more entry and lower level employees in every function. The answer is not more managers, but more autonomy among professionals who understand their role in this company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent Compensation / Poor Management

    Territory Sales Manager (Former Employee) Denver, CO

    ProsThe compensation package for the work performed is unbeatable. Corporate events and meetings are top notch and always held in luxurious locations. Infrastructure in place for feedback to management (even if it is not always acted upon). The vast majority of people at the company are very smart and talented people.

    ConsThe only way you are eligible for any kind of promotion is you must be willing to relocate anywhere in the United States they tell you, whenever they tell you. Because this is more or less impossible for anyone with children and a family. This has resulted in a middle management structure that is comprised almost entirely of 20-somethings with zero qualifications to be managing people.

    Because of it's troubled past with legal issues, the company takes a proactive approach to potential legal problems by taking political correctness to a ridiculous extreme. "Diversity" and "inclusion" are worshipped. As others have mentioned, if you are a woman, a minority, or preferrably both, the world is your's at Altria. Advancements, raises, promotions and job security are practically guaranteed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecause of your advancement process, the company is full of people in leadership positions that don't belong in them, which is resulting in a consistent slow steady loss of market share and business across all our brands.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    Great experience but very competitive culture

    Business Unit Leader (Current Employee) Richmond, VA

    ProsWage and benefits are good

    ConsBenefits are eroding. Advancement is limited.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet more competitive with your healthcare,

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    Challenging

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and great co-workers.

    ConsWork-life balance is difficult to maintain.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Easiest money I've ever made

    Territory Sales Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGas, car, great 401K and autonomy to complete initiatives at your own pace. You don't quite sell anything...most contracts require retailers to buy the product, so it's a cake walk if you have a good territory. If you have a low income territory it can be a little more cumbersome but don't worry, your bonuses come from how well the section does, so even if you slack you can still get paid. You could honestly wake up at 9am, work in your territory between 10am-2pm, come home and do some "admin" work for an hour and that's your day...easy money. The pay is amazing for what we do...A-Maz-ing. If you're happy with doing the same thing everyday, putting up with the same, uneducated people (retailers) everyday, and don't mind selling a product that kills people this is THE job for you.

    ConsCustomers don't change. If you're not promoted, there's a 90% chance you'll see the same people every day of your life. Official job titles should be Merchandising Managers because you will change and hang more signs, and move more dusty tobacco products around than you'll actually do any hard selling. The people are great and the managers are mostly too young and/or too inexperienced. The bad thing about working in the tobacco industry is it's hard to get out. Altria pays you we'll because they know it's hard to hire and retain people in this industry. If you do try to leave, employers will not want to hire you because of the industry you came from...so sometimes you just get stuck, next thing you know it's been 10 years and you're done trying.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAdvance to prospective candidates: overall this is a good first job out of college. My advice would be get in, let them pay for your masters and get out before you hit 5 years.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    First 15 years were great, last 5 were bad due to bad upper managers.

    District Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsVery enjoyable, progressive company to work for with excellent benefits, and overall a very good peer group to work with.

    ConsBad upper management destroys many peoples careers. They will pick and chose who they like and want to succeed. The performance appraisal process is very subjective by design so your evaluation can easily be slanted good or bad based on who they want or do not want.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to the little people and weed out the bad managers that cause the company to lose very good people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience

    Territory Sales Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsPay is very competitive due to being in tobacco industry, huge profits, relatively smaller amount of employees, overall compensation package in the upper echelon for an entry level position or first job out of college. 401K and profit sharing and huge perks for retirement savings. You can accumulate a lot in a relatively short amount of time. Company car with gas, maintenance, insurance and fees taken care of is an understated addition to the overall compensation structure.

    Flexible working structure, complete autonomy to conduct business each day on your own, lots of freedom.

    ConsIf you're a tobacco user and consumer, you will love it. If you are not, it gets old quickly, despite the handsome compensation package.

    Opportunity for advancement comes with the expectation that you will be moved to another state in most cases. Extremely rare to receive a promotion and stay in the same geography. For this reason, many managers leave the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake feedback from the employees, continue down the path of diversity and inclusion and create programs that support different cultures and experiences. Ensure that all people feel comfortable to bring any issue to upper management without fear of backlash, embarrassment or not being taken seriously.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is what you make of it.

    Territory Sales Manager (Former Employee) New Haven, CT

    ProsFlexible schedule, opportunity for advancement, vacation pay, profit sharing, company vehicle. It's a good start for an individual who does not want to work in an office.

    ConsNot compensated for actually selling anything. Chrony culture. Most managers promoted too soon. "Corporate" culture with not many new ideas from leadership.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSales programs need to be tailored geographically to meet the needs of the consumers and business partners.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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