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Altria Reviews

Updated August 11, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great if you like independence and free time"

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altria full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Depending on your manager, you have a lot of autonomy and independence. If you plan and prioritize effectively on the job you have a massive potential to create a lot of free time during the week.

    Cons

    Clientele, negative stigma against tobacco, few opportunities to move upward in company without relocation.

    Advice to Management

    Create new positions within local areas to promote professional growth


  2. "Values driven organizaton"

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altria full-time

    Pros

    All levels of the organization are committed to knowing and living out the company values. Training, development, and leading with insights was also a focus. The people I worked with were smart, genuine and willing to help.

    Cons

    There are career path options, but more challenging to get cross-functional experiences.

  3. "Great Training program"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Altria full-time

    Pros

    Great training ground. Company focussed on training and development to build long-term employees. Advancement opportunities for those willing to put back in the hard work.

    Cons

    Fast trackers tend to be those thru a University Relations school. doesn't mean others can't move up, but those recruited from a U.R. school seem to be put on a fast track.


  4. "Great job but can take over if you let it."

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altria full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great training, Retirement Plan, Benefits, and work/life balance

    Cons

    Lots of work on your own with little time seeing coworkers, if you don't stop work yourself you can work nonstop through the night.

    Advice to Management

    Make more consistent training across the regions so everyone gets similar intensive training and is better prepared for the job.


  5. "Work hard, play hard"

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altria full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You have autonomy in the role (if you actually do your job). The role is what you make of it. It can be a very executional job if you let it but there are so many opportunities to use your strategic skill sets to solve business and organizational challenges. To be successful here, you have to be willing to work hard. You have to be a self-starter, problem-solver who can manage multiple things at once.

    Wonderful benefits, company vehicle with gas card, 100% MBA tuition reimbursement, cell phone and home internet reimbursement, 401k with matching and annual drop, great resources for families including extended maternity leave, paternity leave, and adoption assistance. Great holiday and vacation plan. Employee wine store with 50% discount. Strong company with a focus on profitability and shareholder return. If you have a long career here and invest well into your 401k, you'll be able to play hard in life!

    Cons

    To be promoted, you have to be open to relocation, as most sales jobs do require. Positive point is the relocation assistance provided really helps make the move worth it!

    There are always a lot of initiatives. It's a fast moving company. Can be hard to keep up.

    Convenience Store retail can be a less than desirable environment and this is where you'll spend majority of your time.

    Advice to Management

    Reward your top performers better so they have more incentive for their efforts. Currently, underperforming peers who barely do the bare minimum receive a very similar rating or pay increase as top performers. This can be frustrating. The merit increase program needs to be reworked because of this. Inconsistent standards across the org. Some managers coach and manage and others are completely blind to the performance levels of their people.

    Don't reduce your benefits or perks!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Great work/life balance"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altria full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, 401k, time off, flexibility.

    Cons

    Culture is changing quickly, leaving mixed messages across upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Start Promoting the right people for the right reasons. Be more transparent.


  7. "Territory Sales Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Altria full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Car, smokes, big name company

    Cons

    Let's not beat around the bush: you drive around all day calling on gas station clerks acting like what you do is important or challenging. It's not. 95% of your customers are Paki and the company is 95% white. The product you're peddling is tobacco and essentially sells itself. It's a stupid for a greedy, rich company.

    Advice to Management

    Be more professional.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "More Work Same Pay"

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altria full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -car
    -autonomous
    -cycle to cycle work style

    Cons

    -promotion structure
    -work increases year over year but sales force is compensated the same

    Advice to Management

    make things more simple rather than complex


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Altria full-time

    Pros

    Compensation, fringe benefits, and work life balance are top notch, unbeatable. You could spend an entire career at the bottom of this company and still retire in great financial shape.

    Cons

    Difficult job, on the road all day, angry customers. Some managers can be complacent or only interested in getting promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Consistency; units within the same section operate very differently. More supervision and involvement in day to day operations from unit and district managers.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "The salary"

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Altria full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The autonomy, the ability to analyze the business and implement plans, connecting with customers to grow their business as well as ours.

    Cons

    Constant restructuring. Suffocating managers. Inability to get promoted without having to change goes.

    Advice to Management

    The policies are open to interpretation, with each management change , the rules change.


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