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Commonwealth-Altadis Reviews

Updated May 1, 2017
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Pros
  • The company offers great benefits which were further enhanced in 2014 (in 19 reviews)

  • Great people to work with in all departments (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • No support from upper management (in 25 reviews)

  • Senior management from time to time tended to over promise and under deliver to the salesforce (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Territory Manager"

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Athens, GA
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Athens, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth-Altadis (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits were good

    Cons

    Management not good at giving programs long enough to see if they worked..


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Most of CA sales force was laid off"

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    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Norfolk, VA
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in Norfolk, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth-Altadis full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I really liked working here.My co workers became my friends and we all worked great together.There were issues like with every other company but I can tell you it was a sad day when we found out we were displaced.

    Cons

    In November of 2014 we went to a nat sales meeting and we were all told how when we come together as one company how great it would be and we would be stronger.We were lied to as they all ready knew that our days were numbered.

    Advice to Management

    Somebody that I worked with who was displaced has now applied for a opening with ITG brands and I really hope they hire him back as he really knows the biz and helped me when I first started here.I just hope they don't look past him because he was Ex CA.The company should do the right thing by him and give his job back to him.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They gave me the tools to do my job without being micro managed. Great people to work with in all departments. Beautiful offices, offered after hours events

    Cons

    They closed my department so we all lost our jobs if we didn't move to North Carolina with the rest of the other departments.

    Advice to Management

    All people matter! Pay attention to all the people in the department, mentor when hardest.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Former employee"

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth-Altadis (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very friendly co-workers and management. Worked autonomously most of the time. Work with time was very informal, and almost always very constructive.

    Cons

    Senior management from time to time tended to over promise and under deliver to the salesforce. Also, since the company answered to a group of investors rather than a board of directors, clear directives were often muddy.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not So Bad"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth-Altadis (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, great line managers

    Cons

    Constant changing of management is unsettling.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Everything TG touches it destroys"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth-Altadis full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It amazes me how Imperial Tobacco Group's management still have jobs. Every company they touch, within a matter of a couple of years, loses significant market share.

    Altadis and Commonwealth were both great companies before ITG took over. Then it was downhill on every front.

    As others have mentioned already, the Brits hate Americans and replace any in positions of power whenever possible with one of their own. They actually had the audacity to put people in charge who have never even been to the US, and expected them to do a better job than the incumbent management teams.

    Great company to work for if you're an expat from the UK.

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    Big egos
    No stability
    Unfair treatment of employees unless your british

    Advice to Management

    Jump off a cliff


  7. Helpful (2)

    "stay away"

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Commonwealth-Altadis full-time

    Pros

    if you did your job no problem

    Cons

    alway changing programsalways changing sales programs

    Advice to Management

    get out of the way

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Became the worst job ever"

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    They let us all go with a great severance package

    Cons

    Once Imperal tobacco took over it was down hill from their.
    They destroyed a great company

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Territory manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people to work with

    Cons

    They all of us go


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good way to exit the business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unfortunately CA's operations apart from some IT and Finance functions moved to ITGB in NC. The way CAs executive team handled the exit of so many people was very professional and compassionate. Cindy Hines and Massimo Prola from HR, Nikos Technopoulos from Sales, Al Dejuski in Marketing and Eric Workman treated people with kindness and understanding in spite of the circumstances.

    Cons

    A bit unstructured in terms of strategy and plan although none of it matters anymore.


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