Altria Reviews

Updated September 15, 2014
Updated September 15, 2014
295 Reviews
3.7
295 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    stuck in a dead end job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good pay, some nice people

    Cons

    bad management, pigeonholed into the tobacco industry, dead end career path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    quit playing favorates

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Great learning and growing experience, amazing people.

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Intern
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Intern

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

    Pros

    The people are the best part of working with Altria, followed shortly after by the amazing benefits and work/life balance. There is great opportunity for advancement and development as well.

    Cons

    I feel that the company could stand to be more innovative and take more risks. Given, they are far and away number one at what they do, but I fear that they could lose out on a big opportunity with their fairly risk-averse business plan.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risks. You have far more money than your competitors and thus far more ability to snatch up prime opportunities before they can.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for with great benefits, but IT career path is severely limited.

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    Current Employee - Principal Technical Analyst  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Principal Technical Analyst in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, great people, good salary.

    Cons

    Top-level IT management have little IT background. Sometimes it's like a rudderless ship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some people who know IT and how it works!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Safe and easy

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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 5 years

    Pros

    Very steady and consistent pay structure. Most entry level sales jobs have a lower base but make up for it by providing commission incentives. Not the case at Altria. Incentive Compensation is pooled and averaged based on how you, your unit, district and section perform. This can be good or bad depending on the performance of your peers.

    Management is very supportive and wants the best for reps. Work life balance is excellent. Many reviews on here make claims to the contrary but I can't imagine an organization that has better flexibility and perks. Summer Fridays allow reps to leave early every other friday. Management is willing to let you take "admin" days as long as you notify your manager in advance.

    Cons

    Unlike most sales jobs in the sense that you have very little motivation to sell. This is a "sales" job but you could go months without selling a single thing depending on the amount of time between new brand launch's. The job is almost exclusively focused around account management. TSM's can be successful simply by being friendly and making sure accounts know what current buydown and promotions they should be running. All these things may not sound like negatives to some because it's about as low pressure an environment you will find in any sales organization. The reason I list these as cons is because it's very easy to become complacent in this role. Selling an additional $50,000 of revenue in a month will not earn you a penny more than your peers. And lastly, the corporate structure only allows for a very linear career path. If you want to advance with Altria your Unit Manager, District Manager and Section Sales Director had better like you a lot. Promotions have very little to do with ability to sell or proficiency in your current role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Career path is way too rigid. Good people are leaving because they don't fit the cookie cutter mold of a manager.

    I would strongly reconsider the IC bonus structure. Employees are motivated somewhat by an end of the year bonus and the occasional Brass Badge award. But there's really no motivation to sell and grow Altria's brands.

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

    Solid Experience

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    Former Employee - Intern
    Former Employee - Intern

    I worked at Altria as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and good people

    Cons

    Job just wasn't for me

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent Company, Good pay, Great people

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Project Manager  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Project Manager in Richmond, VA

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

    Pros

    Since they take such good care of the employees, it is hard to find much wrong with Altria.

    Cons

    The only problem with working for such a large corporation, it is a huge bureaucracy. Getting things done or changed quickly is not so easy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you do to take care of your people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Fantastic company to work for!

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    Former Employee - Unit Manager  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Unit Manager in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance and great people

    Cons

    Great company, no big complaints

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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