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Dead End Job in a Declining Industry

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Human Resources in Richmond, VA
Current Employee - Human Resources in Richmond, VA

I have been working at Altria full-time (More than 8 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

1. compensation & benefits were competitive (DSP, salary, number of vacation days, freebies)
2. experience - big projects, opportunity for impact
3. coworkers - there are some good people if you can figure out who to trust

Cons

1. It is a bully and blame-filled atmosphere cloaked in values that only apply down the food chain, not up. Very political -- backbiting while smiling in your face. The Compliance department carries a big stick, with the current CEO comes out of Compliance. Can feel like they are the police.
2. Declining industry with 3 rounds of layoffs in 5 years. Future layoffs very possible in 2014/15. There is a sense of the inevitable and joking about golden handcuffs.
3. A narrow recruiting strategy that is limited to hiring very young, inexperienced college students (from 20 universities). They are hired as interns then "converted" to full time hires. These young people are pushed up the management ladder without sufficient training in how to manage people and the business -- trial by fire. Some make it, many don't. As a result, Altria is always hiring. If you are a University Hire, you have many automatic opportunities for exposure and advancement. If you are a seasoned professional there is no career advancement. People are blacklisted quickly when they decline to move or do not have the right image.
4. Throwing money at problems instead of getting to the root cause. Lots of money to be thrown around for consultants.

Advice to Management

1. Instead of making people second-rate "experts" by placing them in specialized jobs where they have no idea what they are doing, hire professionals with a track record of success in other companies.
2. Listen to employees.
3. Get rid of bullies. Apply rules evenly.
4. Fear of lawsuits is hampering innovation.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Very high pressure with Dog and Pony Shows...life is about surviving the next audit

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

    I worked at Altria full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, profit-sharing, company vehicle

    Cons

    High pressure with little control of actual results. Management ran things like a glee club. Performance is based on how much of a cheerleader and passion you show for all the new "exciting" programs. I felt like I was part of a junior-high school pep club where energy and excitement was more important than results. Objectives are completely arbitrary.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Best/worst Job Ever

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Altria full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent management team, hours are ok. Pays above minimum wage.

    Cons

    Upper management in the company honestly cares very little about their employees

    Advice to Management

    Learn to work together; stop throwing each other under the bus. Remember ownership? Practice what you preach, guys.


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