Commonwealth-Altadis

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Commonwealth-Altadis Reviews

Updated November 24, 2014
Updated November 24, 2014
115 Reviews
2.9
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Commonwealth-Altadis President & CEO Kevin Freudenthal
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company offers great benefits which were further enhanced in 2014 (in 17 reviews)

  • Terrific benefits package, a raerity these days (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Hard to balance work/family life because of demanding upper management (in 18 reviews)

  • Second, we are told that supporting the sales force is our first priority (in 10 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Less than helpful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Fair salary, several people are nice, hard work here can pay off

    Cons

    It can be stressful. Training is really lacking, very poor communication between departments, many departments have incompetent personnel. We have huge problems paying our customers correctly and on time. We have the wrong marketing focus on many of our brands. Our focus on growing the business is way off in my opinion (poor coverage, wrong portfolio direction, payment issues, complex systems, etc.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please at least pretend you're working. Answer your phones and e-mails once in a while. Plan something other than another restructure please.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management keeps getting worse

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

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

    Pros

    I like my co workers and the tobacco
    Industry-it's a crazy bussiness but
    I love it.No single day is the same.

    Cons

    As this company is going to get a lot bigger and will split up Fmc and MMC
    They need to put the right people in
    The right places.You can't put Cigarette people in management for cigars or the other way around or promoting your
    Friends because it will fail big time
    When we merge the best people need to be promoted and not just be handed a management position.What a lot
    Of current CA people are worried about is the management from the other company that will merge in as they
    Are so over the top as far as being
    Unreasonable and ruthless
    This is a big concern.Look at some of
    Your existing reps and promote those
    Hard working loyal people and don't
    Hand jobs to people because they
    Think they are entitled to them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at hard working TMS
    Within and let them move up and grow with CA.if you continue to overlook these people you will lose them and be
    Left with incompetent managers that
    Will ruin the business.Get rid of the butt kissers and the managers who are puppets that just say yes sir and get some people who have good ideas and have the guts to speak up and move the business in the right direction
    As some in management are killing
    Morale and the spirit of good TMS

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Territory Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Loved the people I worked along side of

    Cons

    My boss was a sexist and no one in upper management cared...good old boys club

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    I ONLY WISH I COULD BE A BUTT KISSER TOO...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

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

    Pros

    I have sat here thinking about the Pros for awhile now... Quite frankly, the only pro that I can think of is that I get a check every 2 weeks. Other than that. This place is a perfect example of how not to run a company.

    Cons

    Management is completely out of touch with reality and what is going on in the field. In the over 6 years I have been here I have received less than 3 competitive activity reports. We are constantly beating a dead horse and running in circles. We price ourselves out of every category we are in. The one great thing we HAD going for us was our service, rapport and pride. Now we have no consistencey whatsoever in our retailer or wholesaler agreements. We constantly push items on our customers that they don't want only to have them sit there until the next slow item is pushed down their throat and we exchange them out. We now have resorted to begging customers to take our products and when they do and ask when we will be back to visit .... we have no idea because we can only go where our so-called managers determine by giving us a list of accounts. We are still not in major wholesalers so even if you like our products good luck trying to find them. If we do get them in a store and get a following through discounting and merchandising of hard working sales people, within the next couple of months we'll screw that up too by either not visiting our loyal retailers and or not continuing value discounting and moving on. What a mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The only way it will get better is if all management is replaced. They have mostly only got their jobs by kissing butt. Un qualified, illiterate enforcers for the dictator Sales GUY who only promotes his henchman.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sales Management at One of the Most Horrible Companies in America

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Manager

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

    Pros

    There are no pros to working for this company, even with their recent acquisition of the RAI and Lorrillard brands, I can't think of anything that would be a positive. They are now just are larger 'mess' and will screw up that RAI and Lorrillard took years to build. Don't be fooled by the slick words and appearance of the President and CEO; incompetence runs rampant on the management team.

    Cons

    They are the most repressive, incompetent, degrading management team I have ever witnessed. If anyone is considering working this company, please think twice. What they don't tell you in the interview process is that managment, especially in the sales area, is almost tyrannical. They track you like an animal and micro-manage everything you do. All of the equipment (including computers and phones) that they give you to supposedly do your job, is sub-par and it's broken more than it works. The job consumes your life and they expect you to work 24/7 without any regard for personal time, family, etc. You have no autonomy to make decisions that matter. Even when you get time off, they try to make you feel guilty for taking it. They give you a company van but don't think for a minute that it is a perk. They watch and track everything you do with the van and in the end, it's not worth it. This is truly one of the most antiquated, oppressive and demeaning experiences I have ever had with a company. On top of this, they pay a salary that is embarassing and a bonus that is a joke. Lest I forget, communication is also horrible. Everything has to be "filtered" before it's passed on to employees. In this day and time, that speaks volumes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some smart people in the company but your management team, especially the ones you have in the field, will eventually run them all away. You have a bunch of 'old school' tobacco tyrants left over from the ice age, running your sales organization and they are hurting the company and all of the brands. The overall culture of this company is deplorable. There is absolutely no trust in your employees, especially the ones in the field on the front lines. You need progressive managers, not watchdogs. The company and brands will never grow with the current suffocating, micro-managing style that is in place. You need to 'get a life' and realize that what you do is about selling tobacco; nothing more, nothing less. You operate like a military that is guarding top secrets for the government.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Just dont, unless your a masochist.

    • 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 Commonwealth-Altadis full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company car, 401k match, paycheck never bounced.

    Cons

    Where does one begin? The cons start at 8am and dont stop until 5pm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves and hire monkeys to do your job. At least they can fling poo which is more productive than what you have done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Management tries to appease workers by providing lunch or dinner for mandatory late hours.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Commonwealth-Altadis full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get a paycheck and the co-workers seem down-to-earth, but it's like a culture of disgruntled employees.

    Cons

    Management lies to employees, there's mandatory overtime and you can't show it on your timesheet, and so you don't get compensated for your overtime worked, unless of course the pizza they provide IS the overtime PAY!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrity would be a great ideal, but is it attainable there?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    The Leadership Couldn't Run a 6 Year Old's Kool-Aide Stand

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in No Name, CO
    Current Employee - Territory Manager in No Name, CO

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

    Pros

    The check clears every two weeks

    Cons

    First, the positive reviews being written lately have been requested by upper management because the management in Great Britain have been reading the Glassdoor reviews. That tells a hell of a story. Management here realizes they are incompetent. They have no vision, no ability to understand the market, waste incredible amounts of money on useless meetings, introduce products 1 year after they are viable, don't emphasize products that can actually grow and sustain growth, keep falling back on the "we are merging two companies" excuse for their lack of success.....I could go on and on and on and on.....The State Manager in our area is useless, uneducated about her territory, and hated by everyone who works for her....She (nor any upper manager) listens to any of the people who actually work the field every day. I go back to the first sentence...People have been asked to write positive reviews on this site....How embarrassing and telling is that?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit....Go back to Greece, Great Britain, Portugal....Wherever you came from....The management is horrible, misplaced, lacks talent and intelligence....Restructure again, but not with retreads from Reynolds or other tobacco companies...Streamline, emphasize what works, micromanage areas, not employees, realize we are not PM, Reynolds, Liggett....We are a 3 share (and shrinking) company....Make changes that matter....I could go on all day...STOP ASKING EMPLOYEES TO WRITE POSITIVE REVIEWS ON THIS SITE (that is the definition of falsifying)!!!!!!!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    The joke continues!

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

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits. If you're between jobs, take the money/employment while looking else where.

    Cons

    Management is so lost they actually threatened employees to come to this page and to write positive reviews. That is laughable. If shrinking sales don't disturb them, what could possibly be put here that would make a difference?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no advice to management. None that would be taken and none that would help at this point. Ride till the sinks then swim!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 7 people found this helpful  

    Hilarious! Current employees were recently solicited to submit positive company reviews on Glassdoor. Embarrassing.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and benefits. Generous severance packages.

    Cons

    Executive dogs chasing their own tail. Never accomplishing anything and blaming everyone else for their failures. An undeniable lack of accountability and leadership from the State Manager level up. The sales force is waiting for the train to stop to get their walking papers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have demonstrated on-going your lack of direction, your lack of diversity, your love of cronyism and your willingness to promote the MOLDABLE under achiever. Congratulations on raising the schmuck level to a once respected company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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