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Philip Morris International Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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Pros
  • The new Work-Life balance approach is also convenient to allow fast track career, but still a descent family life (in 25 reviews)

  • Amazing people, constantly learning, great salary and benefits, excellent career opportunities (in 23 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-Life Balance can be Challengin (in 63 reviews)

  • No work life balance in the company (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "A special place"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Philip Morris International (More than a year)

    Pros

    High caliber staff and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Often Too process-centric; limited commercial liberties in many markets


  2. Helpful (5)

    "what is this company?"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Medical Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Medical Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Philip Morris International (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    good free coffee, nice facility, gym...

    Cons

    great company to master political science subject

    Advice to Management

    to modify culture where merit based performance, supported by relevant education and training is more like norm and not exception:-)

  3. Helpful (10)

    ""No such thing as a free lunch""

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Philip Morris International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent Pay and Benefits Package, Development Opportunities

    Cons

    Absence of work-life balance, "Throw into the deep end" mindset for developing people, Lack of guilt-free vacation leaves

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that whatever is shared by top management is cascaded down to the ranks (e.g. reduce work volume through proper planning). There's so much talk about process improvement, pushing the needle, etc. but it's reached the point where it's not clear if management cares about the people at all or if it's all just numbers.


  4. "Well run company - if you are going to work in tobacco, this is the company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Philip Morris International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Experienced management; responsible corporate citizen ; excellent health benefits

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy; the product is not good for you.

    Advice to Management

    See if you can re kindle the spark and internal pride that took us to where we are


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Totally Dysfunctional"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Philip Morris International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - If you know the right people and happen to get lucky, there are international opportunities available for you where you can learn and grow (unfortunately it seems to be a very small number of employees).
    - Benefits

    Cons

    - Old Boy's Club
    - VERY Old, staunch, boring company and people- totally against innovation and doing new things. The technology SUCKS
    - Very political and conservative- red tape to make even the simplest decisions
    - Tobacco industry- I have personally lost a good friend because of my choice in employer
    - Highly dysfunctional- There are individuals who have been the company 30+ years who have not evolved past the 80s and have no idea to how to use technology. These people are often at the top of the food chain and rely on you to do all the work for them for them to take credit and present to senior management. A colleague of mine's boss doesn't even write his own emails.
    - Highly individualistic culture where people overlook the basic duties of a job in favor of doing the "showy" things so that they can be recognized and promoted, even though they basically failed at their job.

    Advice to Management

    Deal with underperformance! It's honestly ridiculous how many incompetent people I deal with on a daily basis. Also, if you really want a culture change here and would like to join the rest of the world in the 21st century, then walk the talk- it's still an old boy's club stuck in the Reagan years and this environment does not work for most people.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Tobacco - probably one of the toughest industries to be in, go at your own peril."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging industry with top talent in Marketing Roles.

    Cons

    Industry is not going anywhere and the top management does not see this.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on developing its people and providing realistic assessment of the markets in which it operates.


  7. "Full of new experience, strongly driven to make results, try if you are fine to give up your personal life"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Seoul (South Korea)
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Philip Morris International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Passion, Drive, getting things done, competitive salary, work levels are usually good and smart talent. Do not hang up with cost. Company is generous in treating employee financially - nice office in good location, furniture, good canteen etc.

    Cons

    Lack of balance, leadership is not mature, do not know how to prioritize and focus. Still very hierarchical and conservative, though leaders think they are open and treat people well

    Advice to Management

    Be a role model of what you ask to other. Trust and support your people

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Hard days ahead"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Director in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Philip Morris International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Still producing a sound level of cash ( although diminishing year on year). The new culture looks great and may create greater and more focused used of resources. Lots of smart people, with the caveat of politics getting in the way too many times.

    Cons

    The salary and benefits are good but under pressure since the category is suffering from limited capability to leverage pricing, declining volumes and cheaper cigs worsen the algorithm for eps and the new heat not burn future is a tough one as it sucks huge resources and demostrated success outside Japan is still a big if given regulatory hurdles and slower than expected consumer offtake.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Executive in Neuchâtel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Senior Customer Service Executive in Neuchâtel (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Philip Morris International (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good Salary
    Nice situation and nice offices
    Nice colleagues

    Cons

    Employees are stressed out to their limits
    Poor management (divide and conquer)
    No evolution possibilities

    Advice to Management

    Respect people and their accomplishments


  10. "Philip Morris International"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Philip Morris International full-time

    Pros

    Possibility of international career, good pay.

    Cons

    Lack of respect for employees.

    Advice to Management

    Care about the employee.

    Philip Morris International Response

    Aug 7, 2017

    Hi there,

    It’s great to know that you were happy about the international careers at PMI. We believe that by offering international opportunities to our employees, we equip them with the skills... More


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