Altria Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
295 Reviews

3.6
295 Reviews
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Altria Chairman & CEO Martin J. Barrington
Martin J. Barrington
99 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    It has been a fantastic opportunity

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Sales in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at Altria as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Work-life balance, great hands on training, core values, flexible living situations, opportunities to advance within

    Cons

    Working alone most days, lots of time away from home and sitting in airports. Challenging at times and working with difficult retailers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More group activities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Desktop Support

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    Former Employee - IT Support  in  Rye Brook, NY
    Former Employee - IT Support in Rye Brook, NY

    I worked at Altria as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Company was willing to make investment in IT infrastructure - win/win for IT support and the end user community.

    Cons

    Changed outsourcing partners a couple of times.. No longer there, but this created confusion
    At the time.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager  in  Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Morristown, NJ

    I have been working at Altria part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I enjoyed it, the pay and lifestyle are great. Highly Recommend and would definitely have a friend do the exact same thing.

    Cons

    Only con I can think of is on occassion I would work really long hours but that is to be expected in todays economy. You have to work hard to get it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More pay will make more loyal employees.... not that you actually read this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    First 15 years were great, last 5 were bad due to bad upper managers.

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    Former Employee - District Manager
    Former Employee - District Manager

    I worked at Altria full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Very enjoyable, progressive company to work for with excellent benefits, and overall a very good peer group to work with.

    Cons

    Bad upper management destroys many peoples careers. They will pick and chose who they like and want to succeed. The performance appraisal process is very subjective by design so your evaluation can easily be slanted good or bad based on who they want or do not want.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the little people and weed out the bad managers that cause the company to lose very good people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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
  7.  

    It is what you make of it.

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager  in  New Haven, CT
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in New Haven, CT

    I worked at Altria full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, opportunity for advancement, vacation pay, profit sharing, company vehicle. It's a good start for an individual who does not want to work in an office.

    Cons

    Not compensated for actually selling anything. Chrony culture. Most managers promoted too soon. "Corporate" culture with not many new ideas from leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales programs need to be tailored geographically to meet the needs of the consumers and business partners.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Tobacco Future?

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    Current Employee - Teritory Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Teritory Sales Manager

    I have been working at Altria full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great training program for recent college grads but a little over the top for highly experienced professionals.

    Cons

    Elitist mindset of many mid level managers. Constant worries about "redeployments" due to ongoing declines in volume. Industry subjected to ever increasing uncontrollable state and federal taxes creating price pressures that negatively impact sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop bogging down sales in ridiculous details that attribute to share loss. Create a regionalized approach to the business. Get off the "premium brand" high horse.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Smart company - But loses New Grads for simple reasons

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    Former Employee - TSM
    Former Employee - TSM

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

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, easy job once you understand what you're doing. Training. Company car. Good feedback

    Cons

    Advancement depends entirely on your relationship with upper management. New hires out of college are put through check in processes and projects that normal reps don't do. This is all fine, since you're trying to be promoted to a management position. However this is all in addition to the normal work that is required and expected. Your bonus is based on how many tasks you take on and complete. There is no compensation based on business growth in a territory. Thus because of this process, young, strong reps leave for other companies. Micro managed or not managed at all. You can work your own hours - depends on your manager. Among many other cons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate your reps with some kind of commission structure. More defined path for promotion candidates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Stagnant growth

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altria

    Pros

    flexibility, good benefits - company car, tuition reimbursement

    Cons

    lack of diversity, promotions still contingent upon moving, manager turn-over, need to re-prove basic skills

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Satisfied

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altria

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities throughout the company.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and hierarchical structure can be difficult to navigate.

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