Altria Reviews

Updated September 3, 2014
Updated September 3, 2014
294 Reviews
3.7
294 Reviews
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Altria Chairman & CEO Martin J. Barrington
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • This position has great work-life balance and allows flexability (in 19 reviews)

  • Strong Corporate Social Responsibility, great pay, great benefits (in 32 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is difficult to maintain (in 24 reviews)

  • There is no work life balance at this company (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The peers you work with. Wealth of resources within industry.

    Cons

    Senior management is currently focused on an unfair and arbitrary promotion process due to low diversity / gender scores internally and externally. Within a structured promotional process, senior management could not agree on or build and recruit capable female or diverse talent. Now that the promotional process is arbitrary without a focused team overseeing and debating talent, the diversity / gender numbers drive all the decisions in a silo. Must be willing to move if you are not being protected or being mentored by a C-Level executive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good people continue to leave and search for new opportunities because of the blatant promoting within gender and diverse backgrounds in order to satisfy the CEO's mantra.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    HR Position

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional
    Current Employee - Human Resources Professional

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits package are above the market for Richmond. You would be hard pressed to find another comparable one in this area of the country.

    Cons

    Company is very conservative, and still clinging to old school management style. Stable industry with minimal opportunity for growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the current century and provide more flexibility relating to work schedules, dress, and telecommuting. We could get by with a lot less chiefs and more entry and lower level employees in every function. The answer is not more managers, but more autonomy among professionals who understand their role in this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    The last 20+ years have been fun. Many more good days than bad.

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    Current Employee - TSM
    Current Employee - TSM

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

    Pros

    The people make any company and Altria has great people. From a compensation perspective salary ,401K , pension and company vehicle are top notch.

    Cons

    Over the years management has taken care of who they want to take care of.
    Right now the chosen group is women. I would like to see it become about skill set and ability.
    Hopefully one day we'll get there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The youth movement is fine but don't forget about the old timers. They have lots of knowledge they'd like to share. All you have to do is ask.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    stagnant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altria full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    salary, benefits, holidays, vacation time

    Cons

    as much as they say it doesn't, promotion depends on relocations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    give tenured people a say to be creative, your creating an army or robots

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful place to work, I love this company

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    Former Employee - Senior Auditor  in  Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Auditor in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Altria full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefit , salary, very generous company taking great care its employees.

    Cons

    Might be a little bit old school style.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To attract more young talent to work for this great company, need to be flexible on working schedule, allowing work from home.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent Compensation / Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager  in  Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Denver, CO

    I worked at Altria full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The compensation package for the work performed is unbeatable. Corporate events and meetings are top notch and always held in luxurious locations. Infrastructure in place for feedback to management (even if it is not always acted upon). The vast majority of people at the company are very smart and talented people.

    Cons

    The only way you are eligible for any kind of promotion is you must be willing to relocate anywhere in the United States they tell you, whenever they tell you. Because this is more or less impossible for anyone with children and a family. This has resulted in a middle management structure that is comprised almost entirely of 20-somethings with zero qualifications to be managing people.

    Because of it's troubled past with legal issues, the company takes a proactive approach to potential legal problems by taking political correctness to a ridiculous extreme. "Diversity" and "inclusion" are worshipped. As others have mentioned, if you are a woman, a minority, or preferrably both, the world is your's at Altria. Advancements, raises, promotions and job security are practically guaranteed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Because of your advancement process, the company is full of people in leadership positions that don't belong in them, which is resulting in a consistent slow steady loss of market share and business across all our brands.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Easiest money I've ever made

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager

    I worked at Altria full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Gas, car, great 401K and autonomy to complete initiatives at your own pace. You don't quite sell anything...most contracts require retailers to buy the product, so it's a cake walk if you have a good territory. If you have a low income territory it can be a little more cumbersome but don't worry, your bonuses come from how well the section does, so even if you slack you can still get paid. You could honestly wake up at 9am, work in your territory between 10am-2pm, come home and do some "admin" work for an hour and that's your day...easy money. The pay is amazing for what we do...A-Maz-ing. If you're happy with doing the same thing everyday, putting up with the same, uneducated people (retailers) everyday, and don't mind selling a product that kills people this is THE job for you.

    Cons

    Customers don't change. If you're not promoted, there's a 90% chance you'll see the same people every day of your life. Official job titles should be Merchandising Managers because you will change and hang more signs, and move more dusty tobacco products around than you'll actually do any hard selling. The people are great and the managers are mostly too young and/or too inexperienced. The bad thing about working in the tobacco industry is it's hard to get out. Altria pays you we'll because they know it's hard to hire and retain people in this industry. If you do try to leave, employers will not want to hire you because of the industry you came from...so sometimes you just get stuck, next thing you know it's been 10 years and you're done trying.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advance to prospective candidates: overall this is a good first job out of college. My advice would be get in, let them pay for your masters and get out before you hit 5 years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great experience but very competitive culture

    Current Employee - Business Unit Leader  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Business Unit Leader in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Altria full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Wage and benefits are good

    Cons

    Benefits are eroding. Advancement is limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more competitive with your healthcare,

  10.  

    Challenging

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altria full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and great co-workers.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is difficult to maintain.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great experience

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    Pay is very competitive due to being in tobacco industry, huge profits, relatively smaller amount of employees, overall compensation package in the upper echelon for an entry level position or first job out of college. 401K and profit sharing and huge perks for retirement savings. You can accumulate a lot in a relatively short amount of time. Company car with gas, maintenance, insurance and fees taken care of is an understated addition to the overall compensation structure.

    Flexible working structure, complete autonomy to conduct business each day on your own, lots of freedom.

    Cons

    If you're a tobacco user and consumer, you will love it. If you are not, it gets old quickly, despite the handsome compensation package.

    Opportunity for advancement comes with the expectation that you will be moved to another state in most cases. Extremely rare to receive a promotion and stay in the same geography. For this reason, many managers leave the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take feedback from the employees, continue down the path of diversity and inclusion and create programs that support different cultures and experiences. Ensure that all people feel comfortable to bring any issue to upper management without fear of backlash, embarrassment or not being taken seriously.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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