Altria

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Altria Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
316 Reviews
3.8
316 Reviews
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Altria Chairman & CEO Martin J. Barrington
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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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  1.  

    Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    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
  2.  

    Internship

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

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Looking to Make Very Good Money for Very Little Work?

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Wichita, KS

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what I expected, not an entirely positive experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PRINCIPAL ANALYST TECHNOLOGY in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - PRINCIPAL ANALYST TECHNOLOGY in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Executive management is very engaging and accessible. Depending on what you want out of your career there is a lot of opportunity.

    Cons

    Director and middle management filters too much from executive leaders. What I consider innovation is not on par with what management believes. Way too much traditional mind set, "this is the way we've always done it and it's successful", when in reality the financial burn is staggering. Analysts and Architects are asked to be firefighters more than they are strategists. Very difficult to bring a fresh perspectives from the outside and translate those into solutions unless conversations can be had with other executive leaders from other companies that have "been here done that, and have been successful".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TRUST in those you have hired, listen to the people you manage, we all want to be successful. You can't have one methodology to manage all people, managers need to be diverse in order to manage a diverse staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Easy Money

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Medford, OR
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Medford, OR

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

    Pros

    You have some really nice benefits, such as company car and gas paid for, 401k, Tuition paid for in full for your advanced degrees, and ability to manage your work time the way you want too.

    Cons

    Promotion process is becoming more politically, if you don't have the right manager above you it can make it difficult to advance. The position is really a Merchandiser. You do little to no real sales, as in convincing someone they need your products or using features and benefits to sell your products. You do work a lot on what would be considered to be normally your personal time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to have a better work/life balance. Employees are starting to not feel like an indispensable asset but rather a tool to be used and replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    good, but could be better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Unit Manager in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Unit Manager in Atlanta, GA

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

    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
  8.  

    ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Friendly people
    Good time management

    Cons

    Slow moving promotion process
    Must brown nose to get promoted

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent Compensation / Poor Management

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

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Because 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.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    HR Position

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

    I have been working at Altria full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Compensation 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great experience but very competitive culture

    Current Employee - Business Unit Leader in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Business Unit Leader in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Wage and benefits are good

    Cons

    Benefits are eroding. Advancement is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more competitive with your healthcare,

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