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Company in transition....outcome unknown

  • 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 full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

The best thing about Altria is the people. Lots and lots of smart, hard working, wonderful people especially in Sales. Compensation and perks are really good for those straight out of college, but become more average as you move through the company. Benefits have been significantly scaled back in the last few years.

Cons

There has been a cultural shift at Altria in the last 5 years or so. There is a turning of the guard as a wave of senior leadership retires and new leadership steps in. In the last year we have seen the retirement or the replacement of the CEO, the President of JMC, the President of UST, and several of the VPs. There is certainly a power struggle going on as people vie for promotions. This had led to the proliferation of yes-men to the point of becoming dangerous. People wait to see what their boss thinks before offering opinions so not to rock the boat. As a result, we have seen half baked plans come from senior leadership and programs that are revised or changed at a dizzying rate. Departments come up with innovative solutions, but the solutions are not built to work together. The end result is complicated programs that are difficult or impossible for the field sales force to execute.

One other big internal con- most of the people who work at Altria have worked there for their entire career. As a result there is a homogenous way of thinking bred into employees that is never questioned. Altria very rarely will look outside itself for solutions...some negative fruit from this practice is the HORRIBLE technology that was created in house and the archaic process for advancement.

Externally you have to live with the stigma if working for a tobacco company. Also sales volume on cigarettes is in a free fall. The company has not found a way to make up that revenue. There was a 15% workforce layoff last year. This will happen again.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Come out of your offices and interact with people besides the ones who report directly to you. You may find that you are being duped about "successes." Go out and work in the field without announcing that you are coming....you do realize that stores are cleaned up before you arrive...right?

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Amazing experience that can't be beat

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altria as an intern

    Pros

    Salary, company car, vacation, people

    Cons

    pressure by team leaders to sell more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they're awesome

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The good old days are gone

    • 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

    Great Training
    Can get great experience
    Will learn lot

    Cons

    Management no longer cares about people which is understandable. When the business starts to suffer it's all about Wall Street.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go make some sales calls.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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