Altria Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
309 Reviews
3.7
309 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 21 reviews)

  • Strong Corporate Social Responsibility, great pay, great benefits (in 33 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pays the bills, but gets old fast

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

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

    Pros

    The autonomy to make your own schedule

    Cons

    There can be a lot of politics involved with promotions. They have a movement towards hiring minorities including women to meet a number and aren't always the most qualified applicants. Also, to get promoted you need to be able to relocate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire and promote the best people and not the ones who kiss ass or are always able to relocate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Desktop Support

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Support in Rye Brook, NY
    Former Employee - IT Support in Rye Brook, NY

    I worked at Altria as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Company was willing to make investment in IT infrastructure - win/win for IT support and the end user community.

    Cons

    Changed outsourcing partners a couple of times.. No longer there, but this created confusion
    At the time.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed it, the pay and lifestyle are great. Highly Recommend and would definitely have a friend do the exact same thing.

    Cons

    Only con I can think of is on occassion I would work really long hours but that is to be expected in todays economy. You have to work hard to get it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More pay will make more loyal employees.... not that you actually read this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Stagnant growth

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

    I worked at Altria

    Pros

    flexibility, good benefits - company car, tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    lack of diversity, promotions still contingent upon moving, manager turn-over, need to re-prove basic skills

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Satisfied

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altria

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities throughout the company.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and hierarchical structure can be difficult to navigate.

  7.  

    Incredible Internship, just not for me

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities for professional development
    Did real work, not dirty work
    Richmond was a fun city
    Opportunities for work travel
    Great resume builder

    Cons

    Didn't connect with my manager
    Not the best place to work if you realize you don't want a large corporate environment
    Could have used more guidance on my project

    Recommends
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for with great benefits, but IT career path is severely limited.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Analyst in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, good salary.

    Cons

    Top-level IT management have little IT background. Sometimes it's like a rudderless ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some people who know IT and how it works!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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 (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and good people

    Cons

    Job just wasn't for me

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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 (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
  11.  

    Fantastic company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Unit Manager in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Unit Manager in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and great people

    Cons

    Great company, no big complaints

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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