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Good Company with challenging products

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

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

Pros

Good stock performance and great dividend. Good Company with many resources. Good benefits. Altria sells a legal and what some people view as a "politically incorrect" product, they are all about social responsibility by doing the right things in marketing, selling and communicating about tobacco and wine products. Great training in many functional areas. Fiscally responsible.

Cons

General Comments - Altria is a top-notch company and requires the best, brightest and thick skinned to take on roles in their industry. Growing top line revenue comes from successfully increasing pricing with volumes remaining the same, selling more product and / or introducing new products. Lets' face it, tobacco (overall) is a declining industry, particularly here in the US. Cigarettes are their major source of revenue and income for Altria. While the company is most likely developing new products, these will not take the place (in revenues & income) anytime soon to offset the decline in cigarette volume. In order to increase top line revenue in the short term, the company needs to raise prices or price promote their products. Either of these negatively impacts the bottom line either by reducing volume or buying temporary share gains at a cost. To increase bottom line EPS, cost cutting is a major strategy which effects the pro mentioned above; Resources. Think of it this way, if you promote a 40 share brand vs. a smaller competitive brand with a 10 share, the 40 share brand needs to outspend the competition by 4 to 1 in that market place.

Just like anywhere (not just at Altria), depending on your direct reporting manager, they may have a tendency to have their favorite employee(s) and overlook their shortcomings. In some cases, need to be more politically astute vs. competent. Reflects in performance ratings, promotions and other internal career opportunities.

Also, most employees with 20+ years experience won't take risks (rock the boat) to drive the business forward. They do what it takes to get by (no more) in fear of losing their job / pension. Again, not solely an Altria issue, rather a sign of the economic times.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Still have opportunity to consolidate positions and reduce headcount by eliminating non-essential work.. There is a considerable amount of "busy" type work and individuals trying to protect their jobs. There are several Managers and Directors rewarding these individuals. Employees are in fear of their jobs and will not take risks to move the business forward as in the past; even though Senior Management wants this to happen and encourages appropriate risk taking, some in middle management are fearful and discourage this behavior from employees. Wish you all the best in the company's endeavors; keep the stock price up and raising the dividend!

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Altria

  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    upper management was disconnected from employees jobs

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Altria full-time

    Pros

    as a sales manager you can work from home you don't have to travel to an office. However your territory may be far away

    Cons

    Poor upper mgmt. Promoting people too fast who don't know how to manage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dead End Job in a Declining Industry

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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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