Alliance One Reviews

Updated June 28, 2014
Updated June 28, 2014
11 Reviews
2.4
11 Reviews
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  1.  

    It ain't what it used to be

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Farmville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Farmville, NC

    I have been working at Alliance One full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It's a fairly casual work environment, jeans-Friday, quarterly luncheons, good benefits, very flexible with time off for doctor or other appointments. We have the latest in computer technology and equipment, good systems, and everyone works well together.

    Cons

    The same people always seem to get the promotions. There is no succession planning. Some of the bosses are real jerks. There is very little opportunity for training in something new as they say it has to relate to your current position. They do support tuition reimbursement though. Bonuses that once paid in the 24% range now pay in the 5% range, if you are lucky and they never update you on where you stand versus target-stretch so they don't have to pay when the time comes. There have been several restructurings in the last few years as they do away with almost entire departments (SOX, Internal Audit). With FY14's $87MM loss attributable to farmer bad debt/loans (many wonder if these are real and if some people aren't just lining their pockets) many senior folks are being shown the door under the guise of retirement. It's not the same company I went to work for many years ago. The company is starting to look into new ventures (E-liquids) but I'm afraid it's a little too late to diversify.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's time for management that's been there longer than 15 years to move on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A lot of ups and Downs.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alliance One

    Pros

    Some of the people I worked with are very nice and helpful. I loved the job I did.

    Cons

    Some of the people I worked for really need to retire. No clue as to what it takes to get the job done. I understand you need to keep your customers satisfied, but you really need to back your employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are some management that seems to do anything to make their own employees jobs more difficult and really need to look out for your own employees needs on the job.

  3.  

    Great way to learn about the tobacco industry

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

    I have been working at Alliance One full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You are able to gain insightful information about the tobacco industry and how to grow.

    Cons

    Many of the lower level positions are seasonal, and layoffs are unpredictable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More young, innovative employees should be considered for managerial positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    very hard physical labor and it is only seasonal.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Forklift Operator  in  Wilson, NC
    Current Employee - Forklift Operator in Wilson, NC

    I have been working at Alliance One part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    paid weekly and most weekends off.

    Cons

    season only lasts 6 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Collector at Alliance One

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Collector  in  San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Collector in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Alliance One full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    No experience, earning potential, and benefits

    Cons

    Stress, Redundancy, and lack of career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within. Higher base salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    This is a Terrible place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Maumee, OH
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Maumee, OH

    I worked at Alliance One part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Above minimum wage pay is ok

    Cons

    -Managment has no respect for employees and doesn't give any benifits for working there for a long time. no raises, bonuses, ect.
    -Morall is very low

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your employees and give them a reason to be there. Don't treat them as disposable assets.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    place sucks!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative  in  Anderson, IN
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Anderson, IN

    I worked at Alliance One full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    pay is above minimum wage

    Cons

    They treat there employees like slaves!!! they dont care if your sick and they will fire you if you are sick!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    I'm a new employee, decent so far, good training program.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Collections Agent  in  Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Collections Agent in Eagan, MN

    I have been working at Alliance One

    Pros

    potential for good money if you don't mind plowing through phone calls you have to dial and shaking down people to pay their debts.

    Cons

    Hounding deadbeats to pay their debts making high volume calls and contacts each day and noise from others in their cubes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I haven't been there long enough to make a fair assessment on what advice I could give to management so far.

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Was a good place to work, not sure it is now.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Morrisville, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morrisville, NC

    I worked at Alliance One

    Pros

    International organization with a committed group of employees.
    International travel available depending on position, traveling to interesting places in Europe, Asia and Africa.

    Cons

    Time of turmoil. Leadership changed in last 6 months, resulting in the poor ratings for leadership and management of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Engage employees more. Invest time to communicate with employees and bring them into the plan.
    Treat local leaders as decision makers with at least a voice in the decision making process.
    Recognize the value of support functions like IT and HR in the modern business era.
    Too much 'Fire, Aim, Ready' rather than 'Ready, Aim, Fire'.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    very experienced

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

    I have been working at Alliance One

    Pros

    Alliance One is a respected company in tobacco industry and has long history in China. It's a good company to work with.

    Cons

    A conservative company, dealing with monopoly in China. And the future of this industry is not so good as other industries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing in China and its management team, they have created good value for the company, we hope the company grows well.

    Disapproves of CEO

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