Philip Morris International

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Philip Morris International Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
161 Reviews

3.6
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good working environment, satisfying salary, and good overtime payment (in 10 reviews)

  • Great career opportunities, if you work in the field (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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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company going down hill fast!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    IT at Philip Morris International

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

    Pros

    International company
    Big systems infrastructure
    Many paths for development

    Cons

    If you want to develop your tech skills, Philip Morris is not a good idea.
    Bureaucracy is huge, for every single activity it requires lot of approvals.
    IT was great some years ago, and now it got stuck, basically they decided to reorganize the company and now IT is out of scope, so I cannot develop anymore the skills I want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Demotivation is already huge, I don't have a clue on how this will be fixed, working at Philip Morris today is discussing 50% of time, doing bureaucracy 40%, and doing developing any other skills 10%. Probably for many careers this is ok, for the people willing to develop technical skills it is terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    PMI =Presentation & Meeting International

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Kraków (Poland)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kraków (Poland)

    Pros

    Brilliant PR in social media

    Cons

    Extremely 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 ManagementAdvice

    Try your hand at other companies and see how you are "strong"

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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

    Pros

    Running water in the restroom

    Cons

    Senseless 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 "

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Not good workplace

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Something  in  New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Something in New Delhi (India)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    change the senior management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Self-portrait contradicts internal realities

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IS Analyst  in  Berlin (Germany)
    Former Employee - IS Analyst in Berlin (Germany)

    Pros

    International environment.
    Payment is way above average.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Analyse 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    Pros

    I'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.

    Cons

    Being 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 ManagementAdvice

    Recognize 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".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager  in  Barcelona (Spain)
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Barcelona (Spain)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Control, 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 ManagementAdvice

    Do more and ask less, let your control out and be more confidence with your team.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    worst org

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IS Analyst  in  New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Senior IS Analyst in New Delhi (India)

    Pros

    good payee, no value for efforts, bias

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they should be more transperant

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonomious  in  Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonomious in Lausanne (Switzerland)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    certain 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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