Philip Morris International

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Philip Morris International Reviews in Switzerland

Updated Jul 14, 2014
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3.7 30 reviews

33% Approve of the CEO

Philip Morris International Chief Executive Officer André Calantzopoulos

André Calantzopoulos

(3 ratings)

71% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great career opportunities, if you work in the field(in 9 reviews)

  • Good working environment, satisfying salary, and good overtime payment(in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not a question - everything is one short term profit and very individualistic(in 15 reviews)

  • Telling people you work in the tobacco industry is always a buzz kill(in 7 reviews)

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    not poor not rich in financial terms or satisfaction

    Manager Market Research (Current Employee) Lausanne (Switzerland)

    Prosgood mix of cultures and generally pleasant people and good projects to work at

    Conshighly political environment. not agile. there is always a fear of making mistakes and tendency to put blame on others.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Short term versus long term

    Director (Former Employee) Lausanne (Switzerland)

    ProsEverything is done so you are materially happy to work for the company when you are in

    ConsWork-life balance is not a question - everything is one short term profit and very individualistic

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink of which company you would like to be for next generation not next quarter.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Overall positive

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Lausanne (Switzerland)

    ProsCompetitive salary, good development opportunities

    ConsWork life balance, not enough human touch

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Lots of money - zero empowerment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsProvides good exposure, dynamic and multinational environment. Opportunities to learn and work with a lot of professionals that try to do their best. Salary is incredible competitive.

    ConsNo empowerment, enormous amount of pressure, leadership is more authoritarian than shared. Enormous challenges and high level of demotivation

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership style and more innovation is required. Diversity is supposed to be a matter that cares, but it is not visible anywhere

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Supply Chain

    Supply Chain (Current Employee) Neuchâtel (Switzerland)

    ProsWell established organisational structure with instant access to support and expertise in all fields of the business. Systems and tools are great. Objective driven culture

    ConsCigarette manufacturers (just like any other industry) needs to adapt operations to market conditions and despite market share gains for the big brands the overall volume trend remains negative. Will this change in the next years?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company with high focus on people

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFocus on people development
    Global mindset
    Great colleagues

    ConsNot for people who don't enjoy fast pace challenges

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Extraordinary career

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Lausanne (Switzerland)

    ProsExtremely dedicated employee population; unified culture despite being present in 100+ countries; hierarchical but still collegial; a lot of pride; senior management still accessible

    ConsTobacco industry has its own ethical issues - no matter how well run; assessment and promotion processes strive for objectivity but have inherent biases

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more visible and "human"

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Large center of bureaucracy feeding on huge margins generated by captive, yet declining, tobacco markets.

    Manager (Current Employee) Lausanne (Switzerland)

    ProsPay is high and far off the market.

    ConsHQ is a bureaucracy center manned by close to 2000 people. Most of the effort is put on internal politics and power struggles between the "Senators", a large group of overpaid Directors and VP's that fight to justify their jobs and organizational silos in order to keep their outrageous Ferraris, Porches, Jaguars and CHF 20k a month Lac Geneva mansions. Every 5 years, management comes up with a restructuring plan and layoffs at Lausanne's Center as a means of justifying productivity initiatives to the, so far, happy shareholders.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFor the next round of layoffs experiment reducing HQ's organization's size, complexity and internal bureaucracy by cutting 50% of the obscenely paid VP's and Directors. Foster a culture of sobriety and frugality at HQ. The company car fleet level is not reminiscent of Swiss sobriety but of third-word kleptocracy.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Incredible Work Environment

    Summer Intern (Former Employee) Lausanne (Switzerland)

    ProsFriendly, smart and motivated coworkers made working at PMI a joy everyday. PMI also offers great compensation and benefits.

    ConsThe greatest con for PMI is, of course, its product. The good news is that PMI is trying hard to produce lower risk products that are less harmful to one's health.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt would have been helpful to offer interns more training and interactive components to foster a stronger sense of community.

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    HQ Manager

    Manager (Current Employee) Lausanne (Switzerland)

    ProsGood salary, health insurance and pension fund

    ConsHighly stressful environment. One after another organizational effectiveness! cost cutting and jobs cutting.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to make people that stays feel valued.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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