Altria Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Altria Chairman & CEO Martin J. Barrington
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Pros
  • The work life balance cannot be better than what you will have at this company (in 24 reviews)

  • Great benefits and compensation (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance is difficult to maintain (in 25 reviews)

  • As a general rule there is absolutely no work-life balance whatsoever, even as management constantly reminds you that there is (in 10 reviews)

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  1. TSM

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager/Key Account Manager in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager/Key Account Manager in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altria (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Best place I ever worked at

    Cons

    Hard to move up without moving from your hometown


  2. TSM

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Altria full-time

    Pros

    Extremely structured training program and you get the opportunity to network with new hires, great management (in my experience). The people are by far the best aspect to this job. Everyone is extremely helpful and after awhile you feel like you're a family, a very hardworking stressed out family. The salary is great right out of college, and the sales experiences without commission aspect takes some pressure off as an inexperienced hire. You are constantly receiving feedback, and there is opportunity for promotion. Great benefits.

    Cons

    While there is an opportunity for promotion you always have to relocate to a different city. This is why there are so many employees who make this job their career. The day to day work can become very daunting and lonely. You don't get much normal social interaction unless you call someone. Training is a bit overwhelming at times, but you got to sink or swim. It takes about 6 months to feel like you know what fully expected of you, it can be frustrating at times. The tabacco stigma is something you need to decide if it bothers you or not. It is always a conversation starter and you hear a lot of negative things from people who do not understand what it is you actually do "selling cancer", "killing people" ect.

    Advice to Management

    I had a great management team. My supervisor never mirco-managed and was always there to help. They encourage you to take your vacation. This is not the same across the entire company. Make it possible to get promoted and not have to relocate. Try to bridge the sales force, HQ communication gap. Simplify all the different applications.


  3. Great company overall

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altria full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generous salary, great benefits and perks, great team members overall, further educational and training opportunities are encouraged, community-service oriented all year round.

    Cons

    Admin support are territorial and untrusting in certain areas. Some upper management professionals are rude, biased, moody and demeaning towards certain admin support. Some HR and Accts Payable team me;mbers are a challenge to work with and obtain information from. They actions and attitudes are contrary to the field they're in - which is all about people.

    Advice to Management

    Treat all admin support the same - with respect and kindness. Upper management: It's okay to smile and be cordial. Rudeness is never acceptable, especially those who cover your assets. Remember the team members that pack your parachutes that allows you to soar and make a safe landing. If you don't like people, please don't work in HR and Accts Payable.


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  5. Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altria (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits and they have some awesome employees. The company does a great job at trying to continuously improve it's reputation and image.

    Cons

    It's easy to get caught in the "who you know" trap and get your career sidetracked.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Territory Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Altria full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy and significant responsibility from day one creates a great learning environment to become a better salesman and client manager.

    Cons

    Repetitive and, at times, monotonous work can lead to burn out or poor results as some team members may begin to take advantage of autonomy.

    Advice to Management

    Cross-territory experiences for broader exposure to business.


  7. It has been a wonderful experience.

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Lynchburg, VA
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Lynchburg, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altria full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High intensity career, challenging and you are always learning. Always an opportunity to improve your selling and communication skills. The amount of knowledge I have received being with the company has been amazing.

    Cons

    As long as this Is the type of career you are after this is for you, but if you are just looking for a job then look elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing


  8. Helpful (1)

    Financial Analyst

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Altria full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, attractive compensation, and lots of training opportunities. Also a very diverse workplace

    Cons

    Potentially very hierarchical and bureaucratic. Takes a while to move to a managerial role


  9. Helpful (1)

    Used to be a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Altria full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, ability to work with substantial budgets.

    Cons

    Multiple lay-offs and plant closings. Highly political work environment. Promotions and merit increases have little to do with actual performance. Lack of fundamental business and leadership competence in middle-management.

    Advice to Management

    Need to get the deadweight out of management.Too many "leaders" leftover from the empire-building days (pre-Obama tax increase) that cannot actually manage work and create real efficiency. Stop using "values" as a code-word for punishing employees that don't blindly follow bad leaders.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Territory Sales Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Altria full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    At the end of the day, this role is very easy. You get paid well to drive around, have low-level business conversations with convenient store owners and hang a few signs. The benefits and total compensation cannot be beat by similar sales jobs. Lots of autonomy, generally easy to get promoted.

    Cons

    You sell a very dangerous, addictive, and controversial product. Your work environment is either in your car or in (for the most part) dirty old convenient stores. Outside of that, there is nothing else to complain about.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the bonus amounts, revamp the promotional process.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good pay, good training for future corporate jobs

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    Former Employee - Unit Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Unit Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Altria full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    $$$, training and development, co-workers, easy to sell, always work to do, always opportunities to advance, best in class products, large consumer base, high level of integrity in the marketing of products, really hard to get fired

    Cons

    have to move a lot of if interested in promotions, selling tobacco is not a satisfying job, working through legislation, dealing with the public about your chosen career, way too many committees, actions are confused with results, very corporate, just a personal number with no concern to work life balance or rewarding those that have been in the same position for decades

    Advice to Management

    reward results as often as actions, take feedback and actions to address those concerns just as employees are required to do.



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