Altria Reviews

Updated July 27, 2015
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Altria Chairman & CEO Martin J. Barrington
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. Helpful (2)

    Multiple Internships

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Intern in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Altria

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They pay ok and the people on the production floor are awesome. Might be able to work on different projects ar different locations.

    Cons

    Poor leadership at some of the facilities. Be careful of who you trust, very cut throat and at the end of the day it is a declining business which means layoffs or restructuring as they call it

    Advice to Management

    Continue what you are doing.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Bull in a china shop

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

    I have been working at Altria

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At Altria the only two Pros I can think of are the Pay (consistently high than similar jobs int the area) and the benefits are good as well.

    Cons

    Upper and executive management who expect every one to cater to them. Huge egos that would that are constantly fed by bottom feeding lackeys. Very heavy workload. Little or no work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Drop your egos


  3. Helpful (1)

    It's Great If You Need A Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Altria

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent Salary and free use of a decent car for personal time.

    Cons

    Long Hours. Ever changing Goals/Objectives, even during brand launch. No support from management. It's a very CYA culture.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Like everyone else at Altria, I was just a number

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Portland, OR

    I worked at Altria

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great pay, decent benifits, company car

    Cons

    Dont care about anyone, just want to shove people through the system so upper management looks good.

    Advice to Management

    college is not real life experience, get some experience


  6. Salary/Hourly Schism Culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Williamsburg, VA
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Williamsburg, VA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Yearly bonus, pay was regional standard.

    Cons

    No opportunities for hourly employees. No hourly employees are allowed to transfer to a salary position. They would not admit to this schism. Management would dodge the question. Even after earning a BS EE I couldn't transfer. It is due to an adversarial relationship between hourly/management because of the labor union. Management would not encourage education they would pay $1500 per calendar year of tuition for hourly, but salary would be paid 100% of the tuition. VCU is a MBA diploma mill for the up and coming young salary drones. The only engineers they would hire are fresh out of college so they could groom (brain wash) them into the company culture. The company is very secretive about their product and all the young engineers are like secrecy Nazis. Executive management allows marketing to run the company and they are a total brain dead bunch. I've seen them waste millions and then they would transfer those employees to more lucrative positions and the next group would only say "well, that was before my time", no accountability, then this group would repeat the same bone head mistakes. Lather, rinse, repeat, you get the picture.

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture


  7. Helpful (1)

    Very high pressure with Dog and Pony Shows...life is about surviving the next audit

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, profit-sharing, company vehicle

    Cons

    High pressure with little control of actual results. Management ran things like a glee club. Performance is based on how much of a cheerleader and passion you show for all the new "exciting" programs. I felt like I was part of a junior-high school pep club where energy and excitement was more important than results. Objectives are completely arbitrary.


  8. Helpful (1)

    upper management was disconnected from employees jobs

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

    I have been working at Altria full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    as a sales manager you can work from home you don't have to travel to an office. However your territory may be far away

    Cons

    Poor upper mgmt. Promoting people too fast who don't know how to manage.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Poor management and review of talent

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Staff Engineer in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Staff Engineer in Richmond, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Pay is reasonable. Travel is available. Good amount of seminars, nice gyms in richmond. Different companies to go and work for under the Altria umbrella

    Cons

    Terrible management.. Awful communication. Declining businesses. Poor decision making and talent retention. Long hours required without the compensation for overtime depending on what position you are.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  10. Territory Sales Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Altria full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Well compensated Well trained Good benefits Company Vehicle

    Cons

    Upper management does not communicate well A lot of internal mis-direction leading to wrong decision make in HQ Lack of Orginization structure Disregard for employees concern Over worked

    Advice to Management

    Stop promoting under developed and under skilled employees Show appreciate for your employees Focus on growing the business the smart way Stop all the mis-direction from HQ Don't be so arrogant Understand what Orginazational Behavior means an apply the concepts


  11. Was once a great company that treated their employees well but that is not the case anymore.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altria

    Pros

    Salary, company car. Health benefits used to be great but they continue to change them for the worse every few years.

    Cons

    Inexperienced managers who don't know how to manage people. This really becomes an issue with yearly employee reviews due to the fact that your manager (or theirs) can completely control the outcome of your review/ yearly rating. If they like you, they can make you look great at the org reviews. However, if you don't have that "in" with them, then they can sabotage your career, and make it look justified on paper! You have little to no control over the outcome.

    Advice to Management

    Change the promotion plan so that you don't have to manage people to be promoted. Not all good employees are meant to move into a management position. Managers can make or break people's careers, so stop putting "pre-teens" in management positions! It's a losing situation for all parties involved!



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