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Helpful (2)

Wrong people in the wrong places

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I worked at Altria (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 Management

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.

Other Employee Reviews for Altria

  1. Helpful (1)

    Great compensation, big business management styles

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Altria full-time (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 Management

    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.


  2. Helpful (6)

    Good pay and benefits, but limited advancement opportunities, declining industry

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Mansfield, MA
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Mansfield, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent compensation, starts at $54k for territory sales managers - 401k / Profit Sharing is tough to beat. 3% match 401k plus 15% of annual salary - Territory sales manager get company car, computer, internet and cell phone bill reimbursed - Company is responsible, does not market its products to kids

    Cons

    - Tobacco industry is declining, so cost-cutting will only continue - Altria plays it too safe, always afraid of getting sued - Countless brand extensions that nobody wants. Not innovative enough - Altria outsources almost all IT, despite how much they rely on it. - A lot of people at HQ are full of themselves, not responsive to feedback - Altria's biggest opportunity is with advancement opportunities. There's no way to search internally for open positions in the field sales force or at HQ. Also, Altria is more interested in your willingness to relocate (not have a family) than your talent.

    Advice to Management

    - Setup internal system for viewing vacancies, advancement or developmental opportunities - Recruit more true sales people, not kids trying to be managers as soon as they can - Trade programs are too complex ... Retailers don't have MBAs. Keep it simple - Encourage more collaboration, more 360 feedback - Current PPP process is painful, not valuable & a waste of time - Invest more on in-house IT ... India isn't cutting it


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