Altria Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 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  

    Great company and benefits, monotonous job

    • 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 an year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay for entry-level position, great benefits (health insurance, DPS, life insurance, etc). Great people, most people try to help each other.

    Cons

    The job can become very monotonous very fast. For the TSM (Territory Sales Manager) position, you are in charge of about 150 stores and depending on your area it can get old fast.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pushing so many initiatives on us at once. If we can create out own game plans and have 6 months to implement, it will help grow the business more than pushing a carton of cigarettes on 20 stores.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Had potential, but wasn't great for Government Affairs internship experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Temporary Professional in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Temporary Professional in Washington, DC

    I worked at Altria as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great pay
    flexible schedules (if you're an intern)
    Interaction with High-level Executives
    Corporate/For-Profit Experience within a Fortune 100 Company
    Opportunities for professional development (for full-time salaried employees).

    Cons

    Many people/companies/organizations outside of the tobacco industry do not like Altria so good luck getting a job with Altria on your resume. For me, the culture was too professional, the hours were too long (9-6), and there were massive lay-offs (3 organizational restructurings within 4 years) and I would expect more to come in the future. Long-term employment potential and growth seemed to be limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some higher level management were too "hands-off" when it came to managing interns. I suggest you take a greater interest in the Temporary Professionals. As an intern in Government Affairs, the job responsibilities were not clear and the intern position/program was not very well structured. I had way too much time to do nothing and when it came to doing the work, I was never told the "big picture" so most of what I did made little sense.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Territory Sales Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Pay is fair + Perks+ Benefits. The right manager could make all the difference

    Cons

    Advancement structure. The job can become somewhat mundane and lack fun or a challenge. corporate politics is HUGE...... must be able to play the game to stay afloat

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company is too focused on young employees. Unrealistic monthly projects.

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

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

    Pros

    competitve salary, company car, health insurance, profit sharing

    Cons

    In order to be promoted, a TSM must be willing to relocate. Many seasoned employees are not able to relocate. The company is now focused on very young, inexperienced college graduates and it is promoting them too quickly. Many of these new hires are making very good salaries and are great at computers but know nothing about life, sales or human nature. Most believe that they are amazing and that the world owes them everything because they are now managers and make a lot of money. However this has caused a lot of resentment in the organization. Many of these managers will do anything to get ahead. The company used to be a great place to work. However now it is just a job. It is difficult to reason with people who don't have a mortgage, don't have a family to maintain, don't have responsibilities besides work and who for the most part have never worked anywhere else. They expect this to be a lifestyle instead of a job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As more and more of the seasoned employees retire, this company is moving in the wrong direction. For all of the "smarts" that the new hires bring, they lack life experience, sales skills, personality, compassion........ Management should think about our company values first and select leaders for managemnt positions. Please stop selecting people who will kill each other to get ahead and yes you to death.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Territory Sales Manager Summer Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Altria as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Pay
    Many opportunities to work on your skills set

    Cons

    Tobacco Company
    Inconsistent experience among all interns
    Inconsistent management and communication from unit manager and district manager

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Too many young managers, with no experience.

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

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

    Pros

    Demanding, accountability, and expectation of integrity!

    Cons

    Very young field managerial staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Minimum of 5 years experience .

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Relocate and you will progress quickly

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

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

    Pros

    Strong compensation package with bonus and 401 contributions
    Paternalist culture
    People like to help each other meet objectives
    Work life balance is strong

    Cons

    Favoritism by management
    Relocation is required for career progression
    Taboo industry
    Too many initiatives are affecting employee moral
    Declining industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Seek a more aggressive adjacency strategy

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Territory Sales Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Kansas City, MO

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

    Pros

    Excellent Pay and Benefits
    My managers were very understanding of issues as they arose
    Autonomous, only see bosses 2-3 times per month

    Cons

    Lots of "Wheel Spinning". Upper management will have you concentrate very hard on an initiative only to have it be undone the next cycle. The amount of products that get forced on the customer makes it hard to maintain good customer relationships.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Slow down the product pipeline.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A good entry level job with high pay

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

    I have been working at Altria

    Pros

    Freedom, Company Car, Salary, Mobility

    Cons

    Relocation, Promotion Process, Work Life Balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better Work Life Balance, More Open Environment, Clearer promotion path

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    God old boys network

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Altria

    Pros

    Great benefits, good salary, good infrastructure

    Cons

    Dying industry (no pun intended)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent

    No opinion of CEO

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