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Updated February 14, 2017
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Philip Morris International Chief Executive Officer André Calantzopoulos
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  • no work life balance, difficult to excel above senior manager level if not mobile to move around countries every 3-5 years (in 55 reviews)

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  1. "A special place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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""

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Totally Dysfunctional"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  7. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  8. "Review PM"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Philip Morris International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Multicultural environment, good possiblities to expand business knowledge

    Cons

    Not a lean organization, more accent on politics and networking then on actual performance

    Advice to Management

    N/a


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Limit yourself with PMI"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary a bit above the average
    HQ is a super modern huge mall like office with escalators inside
    2 restaurants, 1 take-away, post office, dry cleaning, Swisscom, chocolate & candy store, fitness & sauna
    A very nice lake view
    Themed Christmas parties

    Cons

    Office politics
    Hierarchy
    Distinct separation between contracted & permanent employees (in terms of salary, benefit working style, even hours are different in fitness salon for contracted)
    No team spirit
    Employees are nothing but a headcount, contracted are not even a headcount, which makes them invisible in the company
    Everybody only tries to keep their jobs and burn others to do that
    You cannot trust anyone in the company, gossiping is the company's culture
    Company tries to sack you after the age 50 with an early retirement package
    No career advancement for hardworking, promotion or even being permanent is based on who you know in the company (you should be a relative or friend of a director or senior management)
    Middle managers don't know how to lead
    CEO thinks not everyone can be in the headquarters, young should work in Algeria or Tunisia

    Advice to Management

    Treat your contracted workers as equal as your employees (remember both are people). Don't brag about equal pay between men and women. There is a huge pay gap between contracted and permanent. There are very few women in director level and in senior management. Your diversity program is quite a joke as you hire millenials on contract basis and forget (or just don't care) that they also need job security and advancement in their careers. You cannot go forward with the old thinking, bring fresh blood and create leadership programs for the young and women.

    Philip Morris International Response

    Nov 8, 2016

    Hello, thank you very much for leaving a review on our Glassdoor page. We’re pleased to hear that you liked the space in our Operations Centre. We wanted to create an environment where people from ... More


  10. "This is your career in tobacco"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Former Employee - Middle Manager in Melbourne (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Philip Morris International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    No real accountability across middle and senior management.

    Cons

    Far too much political performance measurement. Make the most noise and you will move forward.

    Advice to Management

    Establish a vision, mission statement and KPI's to run the business, tobacco is too expensive to sell themselves now.

    Philip Morris International Response

    Nov 8, 2016

    Hello, thank you for leaving a review on our Glassdoor page. We’re sorry that you felt your time with us was undermined by a political environment. Our commitment to our teams is to offer ongoing ... More


  11. "Stay for a short time"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities if you are deemed worthy of promotion and have no problems relocating to other countries as required. Compensation and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Executives do not care about employees and will do whatever is required to achieve their objectives. Executives are relocated every three years so they seldom suffer the consequences of their decisions. Poor job security as their is is an active effort to cut costs by outsourcing as many functions as possible to low cost affiliates.



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