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"Dead End Job in a Declining Industry"

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Current Employee - Human Resources in Richmond, VA
Current Employee - Human Resources in Richmond, VA
Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I have been working at Altria full-time (More than 8 years)

Pros

1. compensation & benefits were competitive (DSP, salary, number of vacation days, freebies)
2. experience - big projects, opportunity for impact
3. coworkers - there are some good people if you can figure out who to trust

Cons

1. It is a bully and blame-filled atmosphere cloaked in values that only apply down the food chain, not up. Very political -- backbiting while smiling in your face. The Compliance department carries a big stick, with the current CEO comes out of Compliance. Can feel like they are the police.
2. Declining industry with 3 rounds of layoffs in 5 years. Future layoffs very possible in 2014/15. There is a sense of the inevitable and joking about golden handcuffs.
3. A narrow recruiting strategy that is limited to hiring very young, inexperienced college students (from 20 universities). They are hired as interns then "converted" to full time hires. These young people are pushed up the management ladder without sufficient training in how to manage people and the business -- trial by fire. Some make it, many don't. As a result, Altria is always hiring. If you are a University Hire, you have many automatic opportunities for exposure and advancement. If you are a seasoned professional there is no career advancement. People are blacklisted quickly when they decline to move or do not have the right image.
4. Throwing money at problems instead of getting to the root cause. Lots of money to be thrown around for consultants.

Advice to Management

1. Instead of making people second-rate "experts" by placing them in specialized jobs where they have no idea what they are doing, hire professionals with a track record of success in other companies.
2. Listen to employees.
3. Get rid of bullies. Apply rules evenly.
4. Fear of lawsuits is hampering innovation.

Other Employee Reviews for Altria

  1. Helpful (6)

    "Good pay and benefits, but limited advancement opportunities, declining industry"

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    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Mansfield, MA
    Current Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Mansfield, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Excellent compensation, starts at $54k for territory sales managers
    - 401k / Profit Sharing is tough to beat. 3% match 401k plus 15% of annual salary
    - Territory sales manager get company car, computer, internet and cell phone bill reimbursed
    - Company is responsible, does not market its products to kids

    Cons

    - Tobacco industry is declining, so cost-cutting will only continue
    - Altria plays it too safe, always afraid of getting sued
    - Countless brand extensions that nobody wants. Not innovative enough
    - Altria outsources almost all IT, despite how much they rely on it.
    - A lot of people at HQ are full of themselves, not responsive to feedback

    - Altria's biggest opportunity is with advancement opportunities. There's no way to search internally for open positions in the field sales force or at HQ. Also, Altria is more interested in your willingness to relocate (not have a family) than your talent.

    Advice to Management

    - Setup internal system for viewing vacancies, advancement or developmental opportunities
    - Recruit more true sales people, not kids trying to be managers as soon as they can
    - Trade programs are too complex ... Retailers don't have MBAs. Keep it simple
    - Encourage more collaboration, more 360 feedback
    - Current PPP process is painful, not valuable & a waste of time
    - Invest more on in-house IT ... India isn't cutting it


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Best/worst Job Ever"

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent management team, hours are ok. Pays above minimum wage.

    Cons

    Upper management in the company honestly cares very little about their employees

    Advice to Management

    Learn to work together; stop throwing each other under the bus. Remember ownership? Practice what you preach, guys.

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