Altria Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
295 Reviews

3.6
295 Reviews
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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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Safe and easy

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Very steady and consistent pay structure. Most entry level sales jobs have a lower base but make up for it by providing commission incentives. Not the case at Altria. Incentive Compensation is pooled and averaged based on how you, your unit, district and section perform. This can be good or bad depending on the performance of your peers.

    Management is very supportive and wants the best for reps. Work life balance is excellent. Many reviews on here make claims to the contrary but I can't imagine an organization that has better flexibility and perks. Summer Fridays allow reps to leave early every other friday. Management is willing to let you take "admin" days as long as you notify your manager in advance.

    Cons

    Unlike most sales jobs in the sense that you have very little motivation to sell. This is a "sales" job but you could go months without selling a single thing depending on the amount of time between new brand launch's. The job is almost exclusively focused around account management. TSM's can be successful simply by being friendly and making sure accounts know what current buydown and promotions they should be running. All these things may not sound like negatives to some because it's about as low pressure an environment you will find in any sales organization. The reason I list these as cons is because it's very easy to become complacent in this role. Selling an additional $50,000 of revenue in a month will not earn you a penny more than your peers. And lastly, the corporate structure only allows for a very linear career path. If you want to advance with Altria your Unit Manager, District Manager and Section Sales Director had better like you a lot. Promotions have very little to do with ability to sell or proficiency in your current role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career path is way too rigid. Good people are leaving because they don't fit the cookie cutter mold of a manager.

    I would strongly reconsider the IC bonus structure. Employees are motivated somewhat by an end of the year bonus and the occasional Brass Badge award. But there's really no motivation to sell and grow Altria's brands.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid Experience

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

    I worked at Altria as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and good people

    Cons

    Job just wasn't for me

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    My experience at Altria is nothing but positive. I worked with smart and talented people from day 1

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

    I have been working at Altria full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This position has great work-life balance and allows flexability. This position also allows you to stand out for your work and be innovative

    Cons

    Training differs from one manager to the next and some people are hurt by this. Make sure to reach out to others in order to kickstart yourself and stay out of the shadows

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altria

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, people are great

    Cons

    Tobacco Industry, receive a lot of negative feedback

  6.  

    TSM

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

    I worked at Altria

    Pros

    Great company, benefits, company car

    Cons

    Repetitive, political, not very challenging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't tell new recruits that they will be promoted within a year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall good but a lot of changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor  in  Rye Brook, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Auditor in Rye Brook, NY

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

    Pros

    Smart management, spun off business that are worth double what the original company was 10 years ago. Decent culture. Fairly big organization so you have the ability to move around and get promoted. They encourage education. Not a hyper stressful fortune 500. They have decent benefits.

    Cons

    Cigarettes are on their way out, which is good for the health of the nation but bad for business. There is little growth left in Altria as it is now, basically a domestic tobacco company. That is why when the spun off PM international the Altria CEO went there. You could get stuck in the same position for a while, but that depends where you work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Branch out from tobacco, use your cash to move into other businesses.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Long Hours- No work life balance!

    • 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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Company Car, Some Freedom

    Cons

    Long Hours. lots of emails.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Vineland, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales in Vineland, NJ

    I have been working at Altria full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You can really build your career at Altria, pending you are relocatable.

    Cons

    If you are not able to relocate, you will be stuck in your position for years and years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your promotion process.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent work-life balance.

    • 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

    Pros

    Skill-specific sales training, excellent benefits package.

    Cons

    Location mobility largely dictates your ability to be promoted.

  11.  

    Great place to gain a well-rounded experience and exposure to a variety of roles.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Various Titles and Roles  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Various Titles and Roles in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Altria full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Smart people, opportunities to transition to other operating companies or rotational assignments. Resources for employee and community engagement.

    Cons

    Slow moving at times and hierarchal. In some areas, employees can be cornered into a particular job or scope of work. And, in some instances, there is not breaking out to do other work that is more interesting or aligned with one's skill set and passion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Authenticity is needed. You'e got top talent being road blocked by leaders trying to protect their territory.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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