Philip Morris International

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Philip Morris International Reviews

Updated Jun 7, 2014
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3.6 154 reviews

58% Approve of the CEO

Philip Morris International Chief Executive Officer André Calantzopoulos

André Calantzopoulos

(12 ratings)

67% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great career opportunities, if you work in the field(in 9 reviews)

  • Good working environment, satisfying salary, and good overtime payment(in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not a question - everything is one short term profit and very individualistic(in 15 reviews)

  • Telling people you work in the tobacco industry is always a buzz kill(in 7 reviews)

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    2 people found this helpful  

    Company going down hill fast!

    Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGood pay, good benefits with still many employees striving to do a good job.

    ConsLack of communication and/or proper communication with anyone below Director level. Still an old boy network in the tobacco business. Unrealistic expectations of employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou may want to actually mean it when you stress work life balance - not just as a slogan that sounds good. Also, re-think your employee evaluations - how can even the smallest department be required to continually have a bell curve distribution of talent year after year?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    PMI =Presentation & Meeting International

    Engineer (Current Employee) Kraków (Poland)

    ProsBrilliant PR in social media

    ConsExtremely do not recommend for technical specialists! I had worked for several companies so I can say - PMI it's truly amateurs.
    Decision about working there is one of my worst decisions in life - wasted years and potential !!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry your hand at other companies and see how you are "strong"

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

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    Overtime ... OVERTIME* - heart attack. Career path in PMI.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsRunning water in the restroom

    ConsSenseless projects, realized just to justify the existence of managerial positions.
    You know end results but manager has "historic" or "sociological" background so he dont understand what you're talking about. "Lets try because it looks really nice on Power point presentation and I've already showed the presentation to director and was very happy, Now we must do it even is it senseless and of course it's impossible to do "

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

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    Not good workplace

    Something (Current Employee) New Delhi (India)

    ProsThe company has made a backdoor entry into India as FDI in tobacco is banned it has come thru some other model

    ConsManagement is not supportive to its people and anyone can be fried anytime

    Advice to Senior Managementchange the senior management

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

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    Self-portrait contradicts internal realities

    IS Analyst (Former Employee) Berlin (Germany)

    ProsInternational environment.
    Payment is way above average.

    ConsNo equal treatment by the management.

    Processes are not documented and not global; there is more like competition instead of cooperation.

    Services are constantly moving globally between several low cost locations; this means loosing people, skills and motivation.

    "Helicopter" management with managers from different cultures who are too rapidly changing and are proud of "having no technical skills".

    Human Ressources department has been outsourced with no local contact persons / skills
    leading to payroll and vacation issues.

    Escalation leads to burying with no career opportunities.

    Internal appraisal processes are only top down - there is no chance to give real and valuable feedback - if you do so by "guilty" employees are sorted out by management in a sort of "witch-hunt").
    English appraisal process but no English letter of reference will be issued when you leave the company.

    One of the major goals of the management seems to be in manipulating their employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAnalyse current culture realistically, also with external consultants and try to synchronise external presentation versus internal realities. With methods dating back to the medieval ages this company can not recruit any high potential employees.

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

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    There's a reason they overpay... no one wants to work such a nihilistic existence

    (Current Employee)

    ProsI've seen more frivolous spending in the first 12 months at this company than I did in all of my previous companies combined. Want expensive business trips and fancy restaurants? This is your place.

    Talent Management is rigorously (almost dogmatically) adhered to. Many times in order to rise in the company you have to be willing to up and move just about anywhere in the world, which is fine if you're a global nomad, but not if you want a family and any sense of community. There are many instances of inter-company relationships as a result.

    ConsBeing a company that only makes one thing, and has been profitable for an eternity, has made this company complacent and ignorant to the reality -- working for a cigarette company, no matter what they pay, is never a nice thing to have to admit to yourself or anyone else around you. This breeds 2 kinds of people -- those who are at constant existential angst and always depressed; and those who have been there so long they've sold their soul. Don't be tempted by the golden handcuffs -- this place is a tough place to work and expects a lot of it's employees.

    Turnover at PMI is EXTREMELY low, many people started at the factory floor and have worked their way up. They refer to it as a "family" like culture, which is probably more true than they'd like, as it has many characteristics of a dysfunctional family. Power and politics are the way decisions get made, and everyone seems afraid of guarding their turf or not pissing off their manager, or both.

    Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize that you are not capturing 60% of the active employee marketplace because of the product you make. Help new hires acclimate in a way that doesn't destroy their creativity as well as their sense of confidence. Stop expecting people to start all over again in a different country in 3 years time, it's not feasible or sustainable. And way too expensive. Give people a break - work life balance here sucks and not for any reason other than hubris and "busy work".

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It seems such a good company, it´s not like that at all.

    Territory Sales Manager (Former Employee) Barcelona (Spain)

    ProsIts name and its famous.. Good for one´s Cv, nothing else.

    ConsControl, Micromanaging, GPS location in every moment, even along weekends you have to be available for your clients and your manager who is asking and asking to do what he is uncapable to do, strong competency among coworkers, everything is allowed in order to get your targets... I´d not reccomened sensitive people to work at Philip Morris couse you´re killing people! smoke kills!

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo more and ask less, let your control out and be more confidence with your team.

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

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    worst org

    Senior IS Analyst (Current Employee) New Delhi (India)

    Prosgood payee, no value for efforts, bias

    Consworst management, worst worst worst management, no transparency, no value of resources

    Advice to Senior Managementthey should be more transperant

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

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    Pay and Benefits are above average. Not too many good things to say other than that considering my last 2 years.

    Anonomious (Former Employee) Lausanne (Switzerland)

    Prossome very pleasant people, pay , benefits, restaurant, fitness and good training opportunities

    Conscertain top management and their management members should not be allowed to interact with others, as they do not know the meaning of treating others with dignity and respect

    Advice to Senior Managementwhen top management are aware that a new hire (for a top management position) has very appalling evaluation from his past employers, why hire him?

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Strong company with many weak points

    (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits, good salary comparing to others.Credibility of company's name in CV. Possibility to learn a lot, the system itself is very good a lot of staff has been reached in comparison to others. This is very positive.

    ConsNot promoting best people. Promoting and pushing only based on political friendships. Even if a promotion turns out to be a bad step - if manager or leader - there is never a plan B. It can not happen management would say - this was a terrible mistake. Even if the company has done big steps, and has done much more in its model as others, the potential is getting lost. So many things could be reached. Good people are leaving, where company invests much into juns, but does not support them/if they are not politically correct/to be seniors. So other companies get sens for free. Its a pity.
    Furthermore, its a shame how some managers promote a recruitment agency, and employ people coming from that agency. Simply it can be called as Agency mafia.Very nice. Where is the giving space to best people motive in that one?

    Advice to Senior ManagementWell, focus on people, choose good people and stop being too political. Focus on job to be done, so that the company does not loose all its good employees. And sometimes it would be healthy to have a plan B, and not to be ashamed to say - well, this was a bad decision, lets try something better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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