Philip Morris USA Reviews

Updated May 14, 2015
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  1. Just a job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great Benefits, Company car with all expenses paid,

    Cons

    Little room for advancement unless your were willing to relocate or were one of the "chosen ones". You have no input into how things are done in your territory. Heavy workload, especially for the salary.

    Advice to Management

    You must realize that each territory is different and you can't conitue to "grade" your sales managers based on a "cookie cutter" standard/objectives.


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    Touch

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits Package, vehicle, pay is competitive but beginning to become less competitive vs. the work and hours we put in.

    Cons

    Very political to advance within the company. Too many chiefs, not enough Indians. Same salary even though we bought 2 more companies and do their work too on top of our old existing jobs. No thanks from management or senior leadership. Upper management is afraid to challenge or disagree with senior managers and VPs+.

    Advice to Management

    Step in our shoes once in a while and see the hard work and dedication that gets done even with all the problems that come our way from our own leaders screw ups.


  3. Great company to intern with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Big name company to put on your resume. Nothing says, "I can sell" like having Philp Morris on there. Also they paid for everything. Food, gas, oil changes, materials. Management was very nice and understanding

    Cons

    Retailers you're meeting with often don't want to give you the time of day. The stores are sometimes dirty.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up


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  5. Getting paid to learn

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A sales internship offers unbeatable compensation and benefits (paid cell phone, gas, lunches, Starbucks) and asks very little in return. The hours are more than reasonable (often less than 40) and the responsibility is not great. PMUSA invests a phenomenal amount of money in the sales interns largely for the purpose of training and recruiting potential full time hires. Internship includes multiple fully paid days in Richmond, VA learning about PMUSA's management and corporate structure.

    Cons

    The internship position can be boring at times, in that the duties of a full time hire are not incredibly exciting. You are never asked to do any menial tasks (getting coffee, making copies etc), but a lot of the job is repetitive (visiting retailers trying to accomplish the same task many times)

    Advice to Management

    Management at the company should be more responsive to the learning desires of individuals that fall outside the role that they are attempting to recruit for (ie financial and consulting skills)


  6. research here

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    it has very good facility, it also has good equipment, you will feel not too much pressure, the center is in good location

    Cons

    you will feel very confused about research direction, the technical management is poor, I do not feel the career ladder there

    Advice to Management

    i reallly do not have much adivce since i am just start here for a while and decided to change to another company


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    Migraines and Growing Pains

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stellar Benefits including 15% payment into DPS, Medical, Dental, & Vision benefits, education reimburesement without strings attached, 14 holidays and 15 vacations after first 6 months, and standard salary

    Cons

    Work-life balance is non-existent and at times makes it look like you are working for nothing. The advancement process is worse than reality television. The company used to care about people and know only cares about meeting Wall Street's expectations. HQ never has a plan finalized when it is presented to the sales force - it's changed 3 times before it actually starts and then again before it's over. And if you ever want to manage people and make 6-figures, be prepared to move at least 4 times.

    Advice to Management

    If you truly want leaders, create an environment to build them, not overwork them out of the company. Also, make sure any plans you have, test them with a few smart people and get some feedback before you frustrate all 1800 sales people.


  8. Not much room for creativity, but great company to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Communications in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corporate Communications in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Money. Unless you are working for the oil industry, you can't do much better than this. As an intern I made $23/hr before my senior year of school. The name on your resume also speaks volumes, as it is very tough to get hired here.

    Cons

    Stiff corporate culture and good ole boy network. I hear they have relaxed the dress code, but when I was there it was still suits and ties every day, which gets old very quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Not much. They do a great job communicating.


  9. it's ok, not great

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Unit Manager in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Unit Manager in Austin, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is good probably better than most, the benefits are excellent as well as DPS second to none. Also there is job security in the industry since it is a mature industry as well as acquisitions in growth categories.

    Cons

    Downsides include work/life balance--more work that you can ever finish in a lifetime. Mobility is necessary for any advancement and you can be sent anywhere in the US. The promotion process is intense and there is a lot of uncertainty around it. You dont apply for a position you present a presentation in hopes of getting some position somewhere in some department. In addition, with acquisitions comes more work with same pay.

    Advice to Management

    have a clear process for the advancement process


  10. Great company - Get ready to work hard.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Knoxville, TN
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great team atmosphere. There is a real culture of sharing among teammates and others in the company. Managment is very involved in your development - however, it can sometimes be too much.

    Cons

    It can be very difficult to stop working. The company demands a lot from its employees, and there is always work that can be done, as with any job where you work from home. It seems like upper managment isn't very clued in to what is going on in the field. It can be very difficult to manage and motivate people to execute your personal intiatives when there is already so much on their plates.

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget the little people.


  11. Good job for the money, but you get bored easily.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The benefits are outstanding. They really do want you to forget that you are selling a product that kills people. You get a van and 3 weeks vacation right off the bat. They used to have a pension plan but now they are back to having a matching 401 k like everyone else. Just wait until you see the annual review process.

    Cons

    You must be an intern from a college where they recruited you from to have a real chance of promotion. They prefer to have their chosen ones promoted. Now with the planned cutbacks in the sales force, promotions are fewer to give these days.

    Advice to Management

    Tell us where you see the company in 5 years and how many people will be left working there.



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