Commonwealth-Altadis

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Commonwealth-Altadis Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
112 Reviews
3.0
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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 15 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Hard to balance work/family life because of demanding upper management (in 17 reviews)

  • The whole entire face of the company changed when Imperial Tobacco bought it (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    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 for 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
  2. 1 person 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 for more than a 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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    We need change at the Asm/SM level
    In some areas-Lack of skills leadership

    • 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 for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I've always liked this industry and my
    Co workers and the type of work that
    I do.

    Cons

    Since the merge between cigarette and
    Cigar some management that were put
    Into place has been a joke.i know some
    TMS that were passed over for promotion and given to some that you
    Just are dumbfounded on how these people got these jobs.Who do they know The motto should be no exp
    No problem we will hire you anyway
    As long as you say YES SIR.
    We have a manager with very little exp
    No management skills , can't deal
    With store owners ,doesn't know any
    Of our contracts or prices or any competitive info.Changes everything you do in retail because they know better then you even though you have
    About 15 years more exp then your manager.They just wanted a puppet
    To do the dirty work for the bossman.
    Hopefully some of these so called managers will be called out at some
    Point and some of these position will
    Be given to people who have worked
    So hard and have been though all the
    Ups and downs with the company
    This deal with lorillard can't come
    Fast enough.You know there will be changes and hopefully we can get
    The right people in the right places because it is not working now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please interview your TMs at some
    Point and ask them for honesty about
    Any problems and promise them
    That nobody will try to take their job
    Away if they tell you what's really going
    On in some areas.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 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 for more than a 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
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 for less than a 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
  7. 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 for 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
  8. 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 for 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
  9. 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 for 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
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    This 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    Don't Change, the problem is not senior management

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

    I worked at Commonwealth-Altadis full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Upper 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 ManagementAdvice

    Amazing 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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