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Dead End Job in a Declining Industry

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Human Resources  in  Richmond, VA
Current Employee - Human Resources in Richmond, VA

I have been working at Altria full-time for more than 8 years

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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wrong people in the wrong places

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altria for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Best products on the market in there category of tobacco products
    Great 401
    Have some great people
    Comany car

    Cons

    Interns are highered and quickly promoted. Most of them not ready for the next conquest. The company has alot of great quality people, but are not placed in the correct geography or position. This causes alot of turn over and creates much anxiety on the people that are left there not only to do there work, but also the work of someone else. Some people work extremely hard and long, others do not, yet they receive for the most part the same bonuses and benefits. Very unmotivational. The company also want everything done tomorrow, which is also very drainging. Alot of time wasted on uneccessary conference calls and meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not drink to much kool-aid. Most will act like everything is coming up roses, just as long as it is their roses that are coming up. Most managers are not knowlegible on the programs that there employees are using. How benefical can that be to the people that work for them. Learn your employes jobs so you can actually be helpful when out in the field working with them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great compensation, big business management styles

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

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

    Pros

    The base salary is competitive as well as bonuses for meeting sales initiatives makes this a great place to start a career. They provide you with a car as well as giving 3 weeks of vacation with floating holidays. A great work-life balance in this role. There is also great opportunity to move up within the company to management roles.

    Cons

    You are working for a tobacco company! Some of their business strategies I found to be incredibly unfair and even a little oppressive. Although the opportunity to move up is great, they don't allow you to chose where you want to go. The upper management was a whole different issue. Remember, you are in BIG business and everyone is willing to step on everyone else to get where they want to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more knowledgable about the roles of the people for whom you are managing. Understand the utter stupidity of some of the things we are required to do and don't micro-manage your employees.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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