Altria Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (7)

    Not much of a future

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

    I worked at Altria

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

    Pros

    You can do your job in about an hour each day, it's mostly highly paid clerical work.
    Not many pros to working here

    Cons

    Clueless senior management
    The performance appraisal process is a rigged game and totally subjective
    It's in a declining industry with no future
    People above a certain level are overpaid and useless
    The only people who get ahead are smooth talkers and nonperformers
    Since there is nothing to build, people spend their time playing political games and eliminating others
    Running out of factories to close and offshore
    Management becomes openly giddy when they have opportunity to lay people off every 3 to 4 years

    Advice to Management

    Lay yourselves off and save the shareholders some money


  2. Helpful (1)

    Director

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

    I worked at Altria

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

    Pros

    Very intelligent employees; demanding and rewarding work. Compensation and benefits are very generous.

    Cons

    Working on diversity in the workplace

    Advice to Management

    Continue to listen to your employees


  3. Not for me

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin Park, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklin Park, IL

    I worked at Altria

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

    Pros

    The pay is good for the area. Vacation is three weeks to start. Benefits are petty standard. Good stock price.

    Cons

    Very area specific but US Smokeless tobacco is a different kind of place. It was just was not the right fit for me.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Territory sales manager

    • 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 (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The salary and benefits package is great. The position is flexible and there is opportunity to advance if you are willing to relocate

    Cons

    Tobacco is a harmful product so you may not feel very good about selling a product that kills people.

    Advice to Management

    Management could try to eliminate unnecessary work and streamline work without trying to complicate it with "technology" enhancements.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Don't believe the tagline...

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Compensation is high, but not enough to make up for the culture.
    There are some really nice people working here, but I wouldn't call many of them smart.

    Cons

    Big company with a huge amount of bureaucracy - forget making an impact or even an independent decision. Senior Management is ten years behind on everything, which is ironic given how arrogant they are about their leadership style. Your career and your professional reputation can go from stellar to the gutter overnight - it all depends on who likes you.


  7. Territory Sales Mgr.

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    They know the industry and market conditions. They have weather many a storm and have had contingency plans when things go differently than anticipated.

    Cons

    Sometimes try to achieve too many objectives at one time.

    Advice to Management

    Coordinate initiatives better


  8. Territory Sales Manager

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

    I worked at Altria full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Job can be difficult with dealing with retailers. Benefits are absolutely amazing. Great company!

    Cons

    In order to get promoted you have to be willing to move anywhere.


  9. Unit Manager

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people, great pay, flexible work schedule (in sales). Very good benefits, relatively easy work.

    Cons

    Not a place for competitive high-achievers. Culture has shifted to mediocrity and politically correct buzz words instead of performance and development. Management is much more concerned with diversity and promoting women instead of merit based promotions and concentrating on the business.

    Advice to Management

    Separate the high performers and find a way to compensate, reward, and challenge them. Low expectations and high pay are great for the majority but you are missing the boat on getting the most out of people willing and capable of doing more.


  10. Morals are worse than their motives

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Sales in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Field Sales in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Altria

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

    Pros

    You'll make money if you're an aggressive salesman, just swallow your instincts.
    It's important to find a solid team to work with, a good mentor will help you go far.

    Cons

    Thought I could handle shilling cancer, turns out I have a heart. I didn't feel right collecting checks from a new generation hooked on vapor cigarettes.


  11. Good outweighs the Bad

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

    I worked at Altria

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

    Pros

    Freedom/Autonomy, Holidays, Pay, Great Co Workers, Stable overall Industry, company car, benefits, meetings

    Cons

    Unit Manager makes or breaks satisfaction, work-life balance, Never feel like you're off work, Rude retailers, work gets redundant

    Advice to Management

    Advancement Process needs a lot of work if possible



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