Altria Reviews

Updated August 13, 2015
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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)

  • Great benefits and compensation (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. Helpful (1)

    Territory Sales Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    At the end of the day, this role is very easy. You get paid well to drive around, have low-level business conversations with convenient store owners and hang a few signs. The benefits and total compensation cannot be beat by similar sales jobs. Lots of autonomy, generally easy to get promoted.

    Cons

    You sell a very dangerous, addictive, and controversial product. Your work environment is either in your car or in (for the most part) dirty old convenient stores. Outside of that, there is nothing else to complain about.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the bonus amounts, revamp the promotional process.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good pay, good training for future corporate jobs

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    Former Employee - Unit Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Unit Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    $$$, training and development, co-workers, easy to sell, always work to do, always opportunities to advance, best in class products, large consumer base, high level of integrity in the marketing of products, really hard to get fired

    Cons

    have to move a lot of if interested in promotions, selling tobacco is not a satisfying job, working through legislation, dealing with the public about your chosen career, way too many committees, actions are confused with results, very corporate, just a personal number with no concern to work life balance or rewarding those that have been in the same position for decades

    Advice to Management

    reward results as often as actions, take feedback and actions to address those concerns just as employees are required to do.


  3. Good Place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Large Company to work at

    Cons

    Relocation Required to Advance in the company


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great pay and benefits

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Altria (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management helps with career development and training.

    Cons

    Many co-workers do not do their jobs so you are picking up the slack most of the time. Also, could end up doing their job and yours. Company does not do a good job getting rid of these people and replacing them; they're always saying stay within head count.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the people who don't value their jobs!


  6. TSM

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Jackson, MS
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Jackson, MS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/Life balance most days, pay and benefits, and strength of brands

    Cons

    Career potential & long term industry potential

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve the culture with in the organization


  7. Great Company, But lacking direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Altria full-time

    Pros

    Large company that provides a wide variety of experiences. Benefits are very lucrative.

    Cons

    Company takes on too much and there is no communication between operating companies. Senior leadership talks a big game on making changes, but no changes are ever made. No work-life balance and high expectations. Feedback is always focused on the negative and never on the positive. Very difficult to get promoted due to corporate politics. Little to no autonomy.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your sales force and remove the politics & bureaucracy.


  8. Good outweighs the Bad

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Freedom/Autonomy, Holidays, Pay, Great Co Workers, Stable overall Industry, company car, benefits, meetings

    Cons

    Unit Manager makes or breaks satisfaction, work-life balance, Never feel like you're off work, Rude retailers, work gets redundant

    Advice to Management

    Advancement Process needs a lot of work if possible


  9. If you put in the work, you'll receive the benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Car Great benefits Many opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Competitive Strict Long hours

    Advice to Management

    Ease up a little but over all great structure


  10. Helpful (6)

    Great place to launch your career.

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Detroit, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Altria provided a great experience out of college to understand how businesses operate in the real world. As a TSM you are granted quite a bit of autonomy as you develop a soft skill and strategic thinking capabilities unmatched in other entry-level sales/marketing positions. -Driven-employees are given a variety experiences and plenty of internal recognition. If management likes you you will be constantly rewarded and praised for being part of the 'team.' -The organization is large and has plenty of financial resources, which results in cushy corporate meetings, a brand new Chevy Traverse every 50k miles, free gas/car insurance, and a very nice work life balance. College Graduates: Great place to launch your career, not develop a career. My advice to any college graduate who accepts a TSM position is to work here for 3-4 years, develop a nice skill set, study hard for your GMAT and get out of the company while you still have your personality/personal integrity intact. Experienced Hires: Nice Benefits and Excellent Work Life Balance. Not a bad place to spend a career if you are content with living a comfortable/modest lifestyle.

    Cons

    -Your professional trajectory and experience is determined by the management you fall under. Constant company realignments and downsizing leads to a management musical chairs which is horrible for those seeking advancement. -Your direct managers (Unit Managers) are typically under-experienced 25-28 year-old 'yes-men/women.' If you are fortunate enough to work under an experienced Unit manager (5+ years in the job) your career will flourish, otherwise all I can tell you is good luck! -Everyone hears how large organizations are full of politics and bureaucracy. This commonly held belief is because of firms like Altria. Yes-Men (and women) are the ones that you typically see advance in their career.

    Advice to Management

    Your advancement process is horrible! By turning employee advancement into a constant competition you risk ostersizing young talent and losing them to other organizations or business school. If Altria wants to retain and advance the 'best' talent it needs to figure this out. Half of the managers are great and genuine leaders. The other half of the managers are unfortunately not qualified to be in their position they have, they are only there because they know how to put on a company face or fill a diversity quota.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Decent company ruling a market that isn't quite dying

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    Former Employee - Technology Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Technology Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits- the stock always hits and always cuts a dividend Decent freedom to explore new ideas and set your own agenda (within pretty rigid regulatory frameworks)

    Cons

    No real chance to have an impact- the industry is predictable, and so you'll talk a lot about ideas but the real value is in preserving the cash flow. Anything that might challenge or put that at risk is shot down immediately. Overwhelming majority of old white men running the company, so there's a conscious effort to promote women. Some of them deserve it. The Richmond functions and the rest of the country are really on different pages. Very hard to work between them because they have very different goals and are incentivized to exhibit different behaviors. Once you realize that no one really wants anything to change, you can set your work life balance pretty well.

    Advice to Management

    They know what they're doing, nothing is an accident.



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