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Overall, a great company to work for.

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  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

Pros

The leading tobacco manufacturer, distributor and marketer of tobacco in the USA. WIth it's three leading companies, there is always a new launch for a new product.
In a weak economy, consumers don't think think twice about spending money on alcohol and tobaco. Great stock.

Cons

TOO many launches, TOO many objectives to execute on a monthly baises. The worse part being communication. Its always presented in legal terms making it frustrating to understand not only for the sales force, but also for there business partner's.

Advice to Management

Upper management knows what they are doing. However, when objectives are handed down to middle and lower management, they will add more objectives to the plate complicating execution.

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    Company in transition....outcome unknown

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

    I have been working at Altria full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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?


  2. Solid Company - Very Conservative Though

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TSM
    Former Employee - TSM

    I worked at Altria full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, great training, great leaders running the business.

    Cons

    Very conservative, not open to new ideas, senior management/execs aren't always hired from within. Almost no work-life balance

    Advice to Management

    Admit that you stand something to gain from new employees/new talent, identify the politics that are run amok and correct them, and make it a point to humble your managers.


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