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great company but

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Altria

Pros

over all wonderful company to work for, but

Cons

if you are young in your 20s and not willing to relocate there really is no upward mobility for you. once management see's that you are young and moldable, you are automatically grouped into a category, which is develop and move forward into another territory. if this is what you want then it really is the perfect company for you.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

not every one wants to relocate, some just want to stay put.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor management and review of talent

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Staff Engineer  in  Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Associate Staff Engineer in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Altria full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Pay is reasonable.
    Travel is available.
    Good amount of seminars, nice gyms in richmond.
    Different companies to go and work for under the Altria umbrella

    Cons

    Terrible management..
    Awful communication.
    Declining businesses.
    Poor decision making and talent retention.
    Long hours required without the compensation for overtime depending on what position you are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 8 people found this helpful  

    Territory Sales Manager..should be called...."Merchandiser".

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

    I have been working at Altria full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Excellent salary for a new college grad, company car and gas, excellent benefit package, business casual dress

    Cons

    This is NOT professional sales!! If you do not want to be a merchandiser to not apply for this position!!! You will be working with over 100 retailers going around and putting up POS (point of sale...signage), merchandising products on fixtures for top space and new products, repricing signage, looking at sales data to increase market share(yet you dont control pricing, distribution from manufacturer, advertising budget, etc.), and "selling" in new product (really just suggesting it and maybe placing an "e-order" for a couple of cartons of cigs..which RARELY per "sale"/retailer is over $200 total of merchandise). The vast amount of your time will not be selling anything. The company says they are trying to go to a "consultant sales position," but you can't separate what you truly are and what the customer (retailer) sees you as..a merchandiser from the companies idea of "sales." The position once learned (for someone of average intelligence..about 2-5 months) can become very boring and for anyone with more than basic sales (ie: summer sales jobs at the mall and a basic understanding of financial/sales concepts) this position won't be fullfilling. To illustrate this isn't really a professional sales oreinted position...the company feels the most complex financial concept learned is calculating retailers profit margin, penny profit, and mark up. The income is majority base salary (95% of it) and making a decent sales income (over $60k) will require you to move into management (generally at least a minimum of 2 years into your career). Also you have little say where you will be relocated to once promoted. Another HUGE CON is the company hires a lot of kids straight from college and they get stars in their eyes based on position title and base income out the gate...and have little to no practical sales knowledge or ability..therefore they feel selling $150 of goods in a "sale" is setting the world on fire. People also get promoted WAY too fast and without any true management experience or knowledge. Promotion is based on being liked and having a cheerleader mentality, with sales goals being secondary. Everyone talks about getting promoted even at the first training meeting. While it is a good company with great benefits...for anyone with true sales ability or who wants their income/promotion somewhat dependent on their own abilities and merits...stay away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rename the position to "Merchandiser," or redefine the position and hire people with true sales experience (more than working at the mall and getting a good GPA in college). Not promote people within 2 years based on undefined metrics and a popularity contest. Stop trying to release countless variations of the same product..just in different packages with new names...so retailers will actually respect your knowledge instead of seeing you as "pushing product."

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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