Altria

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upper management was disconnected from employees jobs

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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

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dead End Job in a Declining Industry

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    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)

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Wrong people in the wrong places

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

    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 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
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