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"Perfect opportunity for "hungry" College Grad's to kickstart their professional career"

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  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Sales Representative
Current Employee - Sales Representative
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

-Opportunities for upward mobility if you are willing to RELOCATE and put in the work to get there.
-Work Hard, Play Hard Company culture (if you're into that)
-Developing Talent is highly valued... this company will invest in you!
-All promotions are within the RAI talent pool (outside RAI hires are rare)
-Benefits are fairly good (Vehicle/GAS, 401K, Health/Dental).

Cons

-little opportunity to be creative. Much of the work is execution and robotic based. Unfortunately, the job can get somewhat monotonous and boring.
-inconsistency at entry level manager due to inexperienced manager's. Some manager's are excellent, some are horrible. In my opinion, much of this is due to RAI's "fast-track" strategy with succession candidates.
-Some bureaucracy (like any other fortune 500).
-Work Environment is primarily at Gas Stations and Convenience Stores... not exactly a glamorous work site.

Advice to Management

Give people the opportunity to share new ideas, practice creativity and innovation. The Tobacco Transformation you are trying to construct may be right under your nose.

Other Employee Reviews for Reynolds American

  1. Helpful (7)

    "Santa Fe Natural Tobacco Co: No Leadership, Bad Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Reynolds American full-time

    Pros

    Decent starting salary, company car, benefits, 401k with match.

    Cons

    1.) Treated as property; salary means "you do". No motivators outside of "we pay you".

    2.) Clocking in/ out: that's right, as a salaried outside sales professional you must clock in/ out and are held accountable to making a certain number of visits per day within an 8 hour time frame. Make any more than said number (which changes quarterly, or semi-annually) and you're not making "quality calls", make any less and you're given some other watered down excuse for management.

    3.) First time manager every year: "promote from within" basically means a first time manager will be learning from their mistakes, consequently effecting your career, every 1-2 years.

    4.) Blatant favoritism: people who come into power easily typically have a hard time maintaining that power (see above). Promotions are not a result of hard work and industry knowledge, it comes down to filling affirmative action quotas and a fairly pathetic version of "networking".

    5.) No leadership: people in power are coasting on organic growth of a niche brand.

    6.) Bad Culture: it doesn't take long to see through the "generosity" of this company. SFNTC operates as the rich father who's family is falling apart because he tries to buy love and is blind to what really needs to be done.

    *Extension of 6.) There is no integrity of company values. People in power do not care about sustainability or the value set behind the "image" American Spirit tries to portray to the public. The people running this company are making money from a growing niche, and "greenwashing".

    Advice to Management

    Gut all Director level positions and start from scratch.


  2. "Okay company..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, company car. I've had one really great manager and one really bad. So much of the job depends on who your boss is since that is your main contact.

    Cons

    You will have no control over where you live. Employees that want to advance are given very little say in where they are relocated to.

    Advice to Management

    Post job openings and allow employees to apply for promotions in areas they are interested in.

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