Altria Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great place to launch your career.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Detroit, MI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Altria provided a great experience out of college to understand how businesses operate in the real world. As a TSM you are granted quite a bit of autonomy as you develop a soft skill and strategic thinking capabilities unmatched in other entry-level sales/marketing positions.

    -Driven-employees are given a variety experiences and plenty of internal recognition. If management likes you you will be constantly rewarded and praised for being part of the 'team.'

    -The organization is large and has plenty of financial resources, which results in cushy corporate meetings, a brand new Chevy Traverse every 50k miles, free gas/car insurance, and a very nice work life balance.

    College Graduates: Great place to launch your career, not develop a career. My advice to any college graduate who accepts a TSM position is to work here for 3-4 years, develop a nice skill set, study hard for your GMAT and get out of the company while you still have your personality/personal integrity intact.

    Experienced Hires: Nice Benefits and Excellent Work Life Balance. Not a bad place to spend a career if you are content with living a comfortable/modest lifestyle.

    Cons

    -Your professional trajectory and experience is determined by the management you fall under. Constant company realignments and downsizing leads to a management musical chairs which is horrible for those seeking advancement.

    -Your direct managers (Unit Managers) are typically under-experienced 25-28 year-old 'yes-men/women.' If you are fortunate enough to work under an experienced Unit manager (5+ years in the job) your career will flourish, otherwise all I can tell you is good luck!

    -Everyone hears how large organizations are full of politics and bureaucracy. This commonly held belief is because of firms like Altria. Yes-Men (and women) are the ones that you typically see advance in their career.

    Advice to Management

    Your advancement process is horrible! By turning employee advancement into a constant competition you risk ostersizing young talent and losing them to other organizations or business school. If Altria wants to retain and advance the 'best' talent it needs to figure this out.

    Half of the managers are great and genuine leaders. The other half of the managers are unfortunately not qualified to be in their position they have, they are only there because they know how to put on a company face or fill a diversity quota.

  2. Great Entry Level position

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This was my first job out of college, I interned with Altria the summer before, and this is such a legit job for those right out of school and wanting to be in the field and not in an office

    Cons

    allow entry level kids to work at HQ

  3. Altria

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altria

    Pros

    Very flexible environment to work in esp around hours

    Cons

    Difficult to get promoted in a timely manner, difficult work life balance

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Decent company ruling a market that isn't quite dying

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

    I worked at Altria full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits- the stock always hits and always cuts a dividend
    Decent freedom to explore new ideas and set your own agenda (within pretty rigid regulatory frameworks)

    Cons

    No real chance to have an impact- the industry is predictable, and so you'll talk a lot about ideas but the real value is in preserving the cash flow. Anything that might challenge or put that at risk is shot down immediately.
    Overwhelming majority of old white men running the company, so there's a conscious effort to promote women. Some of them deserve it.
    The Richmond functions and the rest of the country are really on different pages. Very hard to work between them because they have very different goals and are incentivized to exhibit different behaviors.
    Once you realize that no one really wants anything to change, you can set your work life balance pretty well.

    Advice to Management

    They know what they're doing, nothing is an accident.

  6. Great company to start a career with as long as you are willing to move, a lot.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Starting pay and benefits are fantastic
    -Ability to move up within first year or two
    -Coworkers are genuinely good people who want to help you
    -Company has taken to heart work/life balance and creating a better culture

    Cons

    -While in their persuit for diversity, it appears some employees get advanced simply due to their race or sex, not for performance.
    -HQ seems to launch half baked ideas that the sales force has to fumble through to implement
    -If you want to move up you will likely have to relocate for each advancement, but that is the nature of the beast with a large sales organization

    Advice to Management

    Hold HQ teams more accountable and consult the field more often. Heed the feedback from the field, we are your front line!

    Consider doing 360 feedback for promotions and year end reviews. A person's perception by peers can sometimes be vastly different than the perception by management and this should be included in assessments for promotion and year end performance.

  7. Worst company and leadership I have ever experienced.

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

    I have been working at Altria

    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None to really mention, the are way off-set by all the Cons, see below

    Cons

    Political beyond belief! No true leadership. Declining category. No career progression unless you meet their profile. Leadership is does not exist, do as I say not as I do mentality. In todays day and age this should not be present in a corporation. Only promote to meet a number and stricly focus on gender.

    Advice to Management

    You are single handly destroying a traditionally superior company. Focus on the people and be honest and fair around advancement. Model the values you preach don't just say them. Stop chasing numbers around advancement that damage the culture and morale of the organization. Everybody can see this but you

  8. It was okay; the company has many benefits.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Richmond, VA
    Former Intern - Intern - Hourly in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Altria as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    I liked the mentorship set up for interns and how the projects were laid out for us. I enjoyed the social events and getting to know some of the leaders of the company.

    Cons

    The problem was how it was decided which interns would receive full position offers. It was solely based on individual manager opinions.

  9. Summer Internship (Finance Dept)

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

    I worked at Altria

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great intern program, great pay, competent workers, and strong infrastructure. The company places a lot of emphasis on networking and sharing responsibility

    Cons

    The management was very helpful during the summer internship but due to the decline in the US sales, layoff ensued and many job were cut so management of staff might not be very safe,

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be client focus and strive to be inline with the demands

  10. Upper management is not fair or equitable with the staff.

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

    I have been working at Altria

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

    Pros

    The job is very autonomous and has a flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Disconnection from a team that can lead to job dissatisfaction.

    Advice to Management

    Invest time in getting to know your team, seeking feedback, and helping develop skills to progress their careers.

  11. Great benefits & salary, difficult work/life balance

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

    I have been working at Altria full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Able to work independently, awesome benefits (they provide a car, above average profit sharing)

    Cons

    Difficult to maintain a positive work-life balance, a lot is expected of you and there really is not enough time to complete all tasks without spending excessive time working

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to create better team atmospheres, middle management NEEDS to figure out their own work-life balance in order to lead by example

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