Altria

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Altria Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
316 Reviews
3.8
316 Reviews
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Altria Chairman & CEO Martin J. Barrington
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The work life balance cannot be better than what you will have at this company (in 24 reviews)

  • Strong Corporate Social Responsibility, great pay, great benefits (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.  

    Great company with great financial and personal rewards

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

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

    Pros

    Great pay for a reasonable workload

    Cons

    Politics that drive decisions and promotions

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Looking to Make Very Good Money for Very Little Work?

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Wichita, KS
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Wichita, KS

    I have been working at Altria full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    $60,000 plus $10,000 in profit sharing and another $7,500 in bonuses. A free car with personal gas nearly paid in full by the company. You manage your own schedule and work with your boss only 1X/month. Once you get a hold of how to do your job, you can literally finish work within 3 hours most day. This is a great job for someone looking to make good money with little effort. The work life balance cannot be better than what you will have at this company.

    Cons

    Do not take a job with this company unless you are happy with your location. It is nearly impossible to get promoted in this company. The people who stick around are those who are satisfied making good money and working very little. Also, this job requires going to gas stations all day. Expect to wear nasty clothes because retail stores are often dirty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop placing advancement candidates in small towns. They eventually end up leaving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Pay with Outstanding Benefits (if you are willing to give up your personal and/or family life)

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and outstanding benefits with top notch facilities. The perks are simply out of this world from an in-house fully staff gym, to outstanding cafeterias and even am in-house doctor (that is not a typo) which you can use as your Primary Care Physician. The retirement and profit sharing plan too are simply out of this world and you would be hard pressed to find a company that still provides this level of rich benefits and compensation. Their Human Resources group is very competent and enjoys the support of "an army of lawyers". One can summarize how their HR group works as "constantly striving to do the right thing" while still remaining compliant with State and Federal laws.

    You will achieve a level of proficiency on what you do that will serve you well once/if you leave the company. Altria provides its employees with the best resources available. I almost forgot; their severance in the event you are let go due to reduction in headcounts (see cons bellow).

    Cons

    The excellent compensation and benefits will probably be the two, if not the only, main reasons you will remain with the company. As a general rule there is absolutely no work-life balance whatsoever, even as management constantly reminds you that there is. With the exception of "Sales" and "Research and Development" departments it is unlikely you will ever reach the executive row unless you are a lawyer.

    Most departments are obsessed with perfection which will be achieved at all costs and by all means necessary. Most employees have long tenures (25 to 30 years of employment is not at all uncommon) and not surprisingly many resist any type of change. Finding fault or "something wrong" in all of your work is somewhat of a sport practice by many of these tenured employees.

    If you fall out of grace with management, even if it is completely unfair or uncalled for, they are experts at creating the documentation necessary to get you walk you out of the company. Restructuring occurs almost every year due to the nature of its declining business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to provide the outstanding resources employees receive in order to complete their jobs, whatever it may be. The "culture of compliance" was one of things I was most proud of when I worked there.

    Work-Life balance, or lack there of, will continue to be a challenge for Altria. Every time there is a reduction in headcount the work that those individuals were doing fold over to those left behind and thus the workload continues to increase on a regular basis.

    Pay close attention to what former employees have to say about why they left the company. I left due to "restructuring" which always present itself as a wonderful opportunity for managers to employees they may perceive as not meeting their standards. If after all these employees leave the company you are still essentially having the same problems, then perhaps the employees weren't the problem in the first place.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Altria is a GREAT place to work

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

    I have been working at Altria full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are really good. They focus on your development and ensure you have the tips to succeed. Mission and values driven

    Cons

    You usually need to relocate to get promoted. There can be red tape to getting things done and politics can be pervasive in some parts of the country

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add flexibility to the promotion track

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Awesome,

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

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

    Pros

    Leadership, salary, training, network, opportunities

    Cons

    Product, hours, and the lack of simplification

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    TSM

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TSM in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - TSM in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Benefits are very good, pay, vacation and medical. Company car is nice. Training is good and available to those who want it.

    Cons

    Usually Have to move to get promoted. It can be a tough industry to work in at times as tobacco isn't accepted social. Communication isn't always good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more realistic on promotions, not everyone wants to move. We have lost good employees because of this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what I expected, not an entirely positive experience.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PRINCIPAL ANALYST TECHNOLOGY in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - PRINCIPAL ANALYST TECHNOLOGY in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Executive management is very engaging and accessible. Depending on what you want out of your career there is a lot of opportunity.

    Cons

    Director and middle management filters too much from executive leaders. What I consider innovation is not on par with what management believes. Way too much traditional mind set, "this is the way we've always done it and it's successful", when in reality the financial burn is staggering. Analysts and Architects are asked to be firefighters more than they are strategists. Very difficult to bring a fresh perspectives from the outside and translate those into solutions unless conversations can be had with other executive leaders from other companies that have "been here done that, and have been successful".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    TRUST in those you have hired, listen to the people you manage, we all want to be successful. You can't have one methodology to manage all people, managers need to be diverse in order to manage a diverse staff.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Easy Money

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

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

    Pros

    You have some really nice benefits, such as company car and gas paid for, 401k, Tuition paid for in full for your advanced degrees, and ability to manage your work time the way you want too.

    Cons

    Promotion process is becoming more politically, if you don't have the right manager above you it can make it difficult to advance. The position is really a Merchandiser. You do little to no real sales, as in convincing someone they need your products or using features and benefits to sell your products. You do work a lot on what would be considered to be normally your personal time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to have a better work/life balance. Employees are starting to not feel like an indispensable asset but rather a tool to be used and replaced.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Really can't beat the experience

    • 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

    Pros

    People are amazing, company treats employees like gold. Strong Corporate Social Responsibility, great pay, great benefits.

    Cons

    Lots of hard work, but worth it. Can be overwhelming at times. Hard to explain to others why I love the company since it is a tobacco manufacturer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company, for now.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - TSM in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - TSM in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Altria full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, 401k matching, car, etc.
    excellent people and a culture of developing employees skill sets.

    Great advancement potential if you can pick up and move at the drop of a hat to wherever they tell you.

    Cons

    Inflexible advancement practices require relocation at every step. People with families or who are otherwise immobile for whatever reason will be stuck at entry level despite being a top performer, earning an advanced degree, etc. Altria would rather promote and move a lesser candidate than give a top performer the promotion in the same market.

    With everyone wanting to make their mark, every layer of mgmt adds their own initiatives. The workload has exploded in the last 3-4 years with no updates to salary.

    Merit bonuses are insignificant to encourage going above and beyond. Basically amount to an extra
    Dollar an hour for breaking your back.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At some point this practice will catch up with the organization. When talented, top performing people are forced to leave the company in order to pursue their career ambitions, the talent pool dilutes. In the near future, the company will be lead by inferior albeit very mobile talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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