Commonwealth-Altadis
2.5 of 5 106 reviews
www.commonwealthaltadis.com Fort Lauderdale, FL 500 to 999 Employees

Commonwealth-Altadis Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2014
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2.5 106 reviews

                             

55% Approve of the CEO

Commonwealth-Altadis President & CEO Kevin Freudenthal

Kevin Freudenthal

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37% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Incompetant area sales manager

    Territory Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsMy co workers,the accounts/people I deal with.

    ConsWhat is going on in my state is crazy.
    Our ASM left a couple of months ago and there
    Was an opening for this role and the most qualified
    Person wasn't even given a chance to interview for
    The position.They decided to hire a person who was
    From outside the company and boy does it show.
    Now the state manager has his very own puppet
    Instead of choosing my co worker who everybody
    Goes to for everything business related.This person
    Is the real ASM without the title.The person that is
    The ASM is in so far over his head that it's like
    Having a new TM that needs lots of training
    My hope for the future is that somebody in corp
    Reads this and promotes the person who really
    Deserves to be promoted and not an Incompetant puppet.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHopefully somebody will catch on to what's going on
    In the mid Atlantic state and clean house with some
    Of these so called managers and replace them with
    People who have put in their dues and not just promote
    Because they live in another state of somebody who
    Knows nothing but will be the SM puppet.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Just dont, unless your a masochist.

    Territory Sales Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsCompany car, 401k match, paycheck never bounced.

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

    ConsManagement 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 Senior ManagementIntegrity would be a great ideal, but is it attainable there?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Senior Leadership is asleep at the wheel

    Key Accounts (Current Employee)

    ProsI'm not unemployed. Most people are pretty nice.

    ConsWell, where do I begin?

    -I've never been trained on anything really; no one has developed me at all during my tenure here; I've advanced through working very hard, learning as much as I can by myself, timing, and being around long enough.

    -There is no teamwork; field personnel are left on their own islands. RSD/VP level folks are not communicating with anyone other than other Senior Managers; no one is communicating or working with anyone in the field.

    -Senior leaders seldom reply to voicemails/e-mails, even in serious situations that require immediate attention. Competitive information is sent in but not shared with anyone. I view the home office as an obstacle for me to achieve my goals, they are certainly not helpful. No one at/near the top is a leader at all.

    -My workload has tripled in the last two years, my bonus was 1/3 of what it normally is and I didn't get a raise (or even a review) last year. Who knows how well I am doing; I don't even know how well I am doing. I don't think the company even realizes I work here sometimes.

    -You can get promoted here, but believe me - most senior leaders above State Managers have no idea who the TM's are in the field to get any type of exposure. For many Senior "Leaders" it is about their ego and bravado and their decisions are often self-centered ones that only impact their individual department. There is little thought to what is essential for the entirety of the business overall.

    -There are plenty of opportunities to explode the business here, but we are run by finance. Our programs are not competitive or lucrative at all compared with our competitors. It's really frustrating. Our brands are severely mismanaged in several markets. Your input is not welcome as folks in Florida always feel they are right, yet they never work in the field first hand. Programs change daily, accounts are still not getting paid properly, the job has become and administrative nightmare, etc.

    -I swear we are still the laughing stock of the industry. Yes, they asked for us to write positive reviews to boost our glassdoor rating. Yes, we don't pay our customers timely, accurately, or at all. Yes, very few people at this company are passionate about what they do. Yes, we don't care at all about how we look in the stores but only new intro's because what is on a spreadsheet is more important than our appearance at retail. Yes, we don't even visit chain stores because we can't introduce new products into them. How ridiculous is that? Yes, our benefits are getting worse EVERY year. Our bonuses are getting worse EVERY year. My workload is though the roof. My evenings and weekends are now working hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease learn how to lead. There should be no reason to ignore your personnel. Enough is enough. Listen to us, develop us, train us, promote us, make us proud to work here. You are not doing any of these things. It's still a threatening environment of us being overworked and under appreciated.

    Please, please, please make the environment at the company here a place where we can all succeed. It's not like this at all now. We don't have a winning culture at all.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Territory Manager (Current Employee)
    No Name, CO

    ProsThe check clears every two weeks

    ConsFirst, 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 Senior ManagementQuit....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)!!!!!!!!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The joke continues!

    Territory Manager (Current Employee)
    Memphis, TN

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Fort Lauderdale, FL

    ProsCompetitive salary and benefits. Generous severance packages.

    ConsExecutive 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 Senior ManagementYou 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    IF YOU DON'T READ ANY OTHER REVIEW READ THIS ONE HONEST TRUTH

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis company has reached an all time LOW. An e-mail was recently sent to "S-E-L-E-C-T" employees asking that they go to this site, Glassdoor, and implying they write positive comments regarding Commonwealth-Altadis because there is a number of "negative" comments. Therefore, in an effort to "improve" the company image and "recruiment" they would like these "S-E-L-E-C-T" employees to leave a review that isn't so "one-sided." I believe the word used was "balanced" reviews by current employees. Going so far as to say "The reviews are done anonymously – you won’t have to give your name or title. Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns. And, if possible, can you shoot me a quick email to let me know you’ve submitted a review?

    Do you really think these reviews are only done by disgruntled ex-employees. C'mon CA you can't possibly be that naive! Take ownership of the environment you have created. Employees write here with the hope that management will read and get there head out of that hole in the ground and realize there are BIG problems here!

    Can you believe this was actually sent out by someone in the Legal and Corporate affairs dept.?

    Here's a news flash Commonwealth-Altadis / IMPERIAL TOBACCO Management!!! Why don't you take a long hard look at yourselves in the mirror and realize that YOU, UPPER MANAGEMENT, have created this environment . An environment that is so bad that your sales force is chastised and threatened with job security on an ongoing basis if they don't produce the numbers tracked by a computer / IT system that has MAJOR issues. The programs that upper management have for retail and wholesale accounts are so out of touch with the market place it's a wonder we're still in business. Our customers/partners that do accept the programs are not paid right because our IT system is constantly breaking down. Hell even our NEW computers are having major problems! Moral is in the toilet and where is the light at the end of the tunnel?

    But hey please post so positive feedback so we can have a more balanced review. GET A CLUE!!!

    Believe it or not I really do like my job... unfortunately upper management has ran this company into the ground and doesn't seem to care as long as they still get that check! If they did care they would realize there are HUGE problems here.

    ConsHow much time do you have?? Potential employee read the above.. and MANAGEMENT READ THE ABOVE AND BELOW.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of worrying about the ratio of positive versus negative comments, sending out surveys that you never read and promoting a " bonus potential of 25% only to give 7.5%.
    Work on getting the basics down..!!

    1. The Siebel sales program has got to go. It is out of date and terrible. If you don't have a good IT foundation how can you expect to go anywhere?

    2. Upper management has got to go! Stop rewarding bullying, threating and intimidating people with promotions. A happy sales force is a productive salesforce. Stop the Us versus them mentailty!

    3. Get our products into National and regional chain specific retailers and wholesalers to get the brands out there and recognized with consistent pricing!

    4. Take care of the Wholesalers, retailers and consumers that are loyal to our brands with promotions that make sense to THEM not just the company numbers.

    5. Trust your sales force! Ask for feedback good and bad and respond in a timely manner!

    6. In the last year the office personal and sales force was cut in half. The workload doubled for the remaining and our pay was reduced substantially because of increased benefits costs and lousy bonus incentatives. Oh by the way, NO mention of any bonus this year just more threats! But we got the huge 2% raise...

    7. Sell the items that consumers want rather than the items CA wants them to want!

    8. Stop raising the prices when an item sells good. Example: Phillies Filters have almost doubled in price in the last 2 years. Our Cig brands are generic yet we have higher pricing than Marlboro and Camel in many markets.

    9. Be realistic in the expectations and goals set forth. Allow Area Sales Managers to manage their teams and not be bullied my over-zealous State Managers.

    10. Promote open communication for real rather than just saying you do. If people in the field have to call the main office we are on hold, then directed to voice mail and rarely get calls returned. If we have "problems" we are concerned about reprisals if voiced.

    11. Encourage Team work. Have Office personnel follow up with issues regarding problems in the field. Payments, questions. Take ownership of issues.

    12. Have a 800# set up for retailers to call with payment problems and questions.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't Change, the problem is not senior management

    AREA SALES MANAGER (Former Employee)

    ProsHard working sales force. Willing to learn if they can get some direction. Decent starting salary with a company car.

    ConsUpper management is sitting in their bunkers waiting to see what happens next. Guaranteed the only way they can meet financial goals in 2014 is to have another mass layoff.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAmazing a number of employees woke up this week and decided to write great review on Glassdoor. Who are you kidding instead of writing positive reviews about yourselves get out in the field, lead and create a company that is worthy of positive reviews.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Grab some Aspirin: This company is being run by a bunch of morons who have not a clue to selling.

    Territory Manager (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsBenefits, car, gas card, and health benefits.

    ConsWhere does one start? The upper management has no clue. Refuses to listen to employees. All they care about is numbers, numbers, and more numbers. Then you go pick up the product that doesn't sell and swap out with another product to get more numbers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire yourself. If you consistently refuse to listen to the sales force then why even have one?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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