Philip Morris USA
3.7 of 5 54 reviews
www.philipmorrisusa.com Richmond, VA 5000+ Employees

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Philip Morris USA President and CEO William F. (Billy) Gifford Jr.

William F. (Billy) Gifford Jr.

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not bad to start but they are DESPERATE to hire. You get sucked in with perks and too political. WATCH YOUR BACK

TSM (Current Employee)
Pasadena, CA

I have been working at Philip Morris USA

Prosbenefits, company car, medical/dental, 401, on your own

Consmicro management
disrespectful managers
too much work for one person (5 jobs in one)

Advice to Senior ManagementRESPECT

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Just a job

Territory Sales Manager (Former Employee)
New York, NY

I worked at Philip Morris USA

ProsGreat Benefits, Company car with all expenses paid,

ConsLittle room for advancement unless your were willing to relocate or were one of the "chosen ones". You have no input into how things are done in your territory. Heavy workload, especially for the salary.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou must realize that each territory is different and you can't conitue to "grade" your sales managers based on a "cookie cutter" standard/objectives.

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Philip Morris favoring style over substance

Unit Manager (Current Employee)
Fresno, CA

I have been working at Philip Morris USA

ProsGreat benefits, maybe the best in the CPG industry. Solid pay. Autonomy to do the job. Freedom to pursue challenging assignments and contribute in a larger way to the organization. The retirement plan is phenomenal. As a long-time employee, I get a tradtional pension (very generous) as well as 15% of my annual salary in profit sharing whether or not I contribute a dime. Company car (Dodge Charger), which in this day and age is probably a $15,000 a year benefit.

ConsIt's tobacco, which means there is still a stigma that far exceeds that of any other CPG company. Management is focused on promoting University relations candidates over experienced candidates. As a result, getting promoted is nearly impossible unless you were recruited from a UR school. The criteria seems arbitrary. In spite of glowing reviews from colleagues and supervisors, I was never considered for a promotion as I was an "experienced hire."
Working conditions can be dismal. Many local accounts are dirty with no air conditioning. In the summer, it can be unbearable. The leadership skills of many of the new managers are non-existent as they simply do not have the experience to effectively run a $100MM business. Management is focused on promoting UR candidates every 18 months. With very little leadership training, they are ill prepared to do the job they are in much less a job with more scope. Because initiatives come fast and furious most managers are simply sending reps to work., trying to keep their heads above water as the scrutiny can be unbearable. As a result, nothing they do is part of a larger plan or strategy. I fear the leadership capabilities of our future managers will really suffer as a result.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet more deeply involved in the day to day leadership development. Don't assume it's happening, because it is not. Scrutinize everyone who is up for a promotion. The current "Check-in" process is a joke. 20 minutes is simply not enough time to assess if someone is ready to lead a large organization. Furthermore, every manager has a vested monetary and career interest in promoting folks. Without rigorous examination of future leaders, the process becomes compromised as folks are tempted to pass people along whether or not they are ready. It would also help if executives could clearly articulate what they are looking for in future leaders. In speaking to the Western Region VP, he indicated that he is looking for "leadership, creativity and perspective." When I asked him for examples, he became exasperated and said it is not something he could write down. I indicated that if he could not articulate what leadership, creativity and perspective look like, it's possible his process is broken. It was very dissapointing to see a senior executive so ill at ease with talking about the promotional process.

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Great training, good pay, but don't stay here long

Territory Sales Manager (Current Employee)
Chicago, IL

I have been working at Philip Morris USA

ProsGreat sales training, decent pay and benefits. Working for such a large company does look good on your resume. You will actually learn quite a bit by having to work around the massive amounts of red tape.

ConsYou will be worked like a dog- the workload has increased dramatically. No creativity in the job. Advancement opportunities are awful. Company is downsizing to compensate for the decline in volume over the last 20 years.

Management tends to really drink the Kool-Aid and will rarely answer a question honestly. Expect to get an answer that includes part of the mission statement or values.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest with your employees and be realistic about situations.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Bad move

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Philip Morris USA

ProsThey're name brand possesses international recognition. Additionally, they are industry leaders in consumer products. Opportunities for business travel which is often pleasant.

ConsThe guilt of their primary product, tobacco and the harm it imparts upon their customers. Management has a tendency to take credit for successes and squarely place blame for failures on underlings

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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