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"Company in transition....outcome unknown"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Altria full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

The best thing about Altria is the people. Lots and lots of smart, hard working, wonderful people especially in Sales. Compensation and perks are really good for those straight out of college, but become more average as you move through the company. Benefits have been significantly scaled back in the last few years.

Cons

There has been a cultural shift at Altria in the last 5 years or so. There is a turning of the guard as a wave of senior leadership retires and new leadership steps in. In the last year we have seen the retirement or the replacement of the CEO, the President of JMC, the President of UST, and several of the VPs. There is certainly a power struggle going on as people vie for promotions. This had led to the proliferation of yes-men to the point of becoming dangerous. People wait to see what their boss thinks before offering opinions so not to rock the boat. As a result, we have seen half baked plans come from senior leadership and programs that are revised or changed at a dizzying rate. Departments come up with innovative solutions, but the solutions are not built to work together. The end result is complicated programs that are difficult or impossible for the field sales force to execute.

One other big internal con- most of the people who work at Altria have worked there for their entire career. As a result there is a homogenous way of thinking bred into employees that is never questioned. Altria very rarely will look outside itself for solutions...some negative fruit from this practice is the HORRIBLE technology that was created in house and the archaic process for advancement.

Externally you have to live with the stigma if working for a tobacco company. Also sales volume on cigarettes is in a free fall. The company has not found a way to make up that revenue. There was a 15% workforce layoff last year. This will happen again.

Advice to Management

Come out of your offices and interact with people besides the ones who report directly to you. You may find that you are being duped about "successes." Go out and work in the field without announcing that you are coming....you do realize that stores are cleaned up before you arrive...right?

Other Employee Reviews for Altria

  1. "Amazing experience that can't be beat"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altria as an intern

    Pros

    Salary, company car, vacation, people

    Cons

    pressure by team leaders to sell more

    Advice to Management

    they're awesome


  2. "Great company and great people. Has some organizational opportunities."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Unit Manager
    Current Employee - Unit Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Altria full-time

    Pros

    -The company is focused on developing leaders
    -Opportunities to enhance individual skill sets
    -Challenging assignments
    -Good people with similar values
    -Flexibility to make your own schedule
    -Lots of opportunity for advancement
    -Advancement process creates well-rounded experience
    -Great "everyday" benefits (company car, cell phone, internet, vacation & wifi)
    -Great long term benefits (tuition reimbursement, company match, DPS, relocation)
    -A rewarding, high-impact job. Your work makes a difference

    Cons

    -Advancement process is rigid & requires relocation
    -Advancement is not consistently based on experience & time in position
    -Performance standards can vary by geography
    -Constant change - requires flexibility, patience, ability to adapt & prioritization skills.

    Advice to Management

    -Develop an individual performance measurement system that has clearly established business, organization & role objectives and is consistently used across the country. Include accountability measures.
    -Invest the time in creating and executing resources with quality. This will help to enhance field efficiency.
    -Promote the smartest and brightest talent with both time and experience

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