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Philip Morris International Reviews

Updated April 22, 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 22 reviews)

  • Amazing people, constantly learning, great salary and benefits, excellent career opportunities (in 22 reviews)

Cons
  • no work life balance, difficult to excel above senior manager level if not mobile to move around countries every 3-5 years (in 54 reviews)

  • The Mexican affiliate doesn't always put to good use the data available, in the decision-making process (in 17 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very dynamic, globally operational, offers great career opportunities, highly adaptive to change and challenges.

    Cons

    Very regulated environment, the product is disputable

    Advice to Management

    Keep on going and facing the challenges. Watch that a certain work-life-balance is kept.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Company going down hill fast!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Philip Morris International full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits with still many employees striving to do a good job.

    Cons

    Lack of communication and/or proper communication with anyone below Director level. Still an old boy network in the tobacco business. Unrealistic expectations of employees.

    Advice to Management

    You may want to actually mean it when you stress work life balance - not just as a slogan that sounds good. Also, re-think your employee evaluations - how can even the smallest department be required to continually have a bell curve distribution of talent year after year?


  3. Helpful (4)

    "Key Accounts Executive"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Accounts Executive in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Key Accounts Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Philip Morris International (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Solid salaries. Impressive HQ building.

    Cons

    Constant work overload. Too much bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Be more employee oriented.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Strong company with many weak points"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, good salary comparing to others.Credibility of company's name in CV. Possibility to learn a lot, the system itself is very good a lot of staff has been reached in comparison to others. This is very positive.

    Cons

    Not promoting best people. Promoting and pushing only based on political friendships. Even if a promotion turns out to be a bad step - if manager or leader - there is never a plan B. It can not happen management would say - this was a terrible mistake. Even if the company has done big steps, and has done much more in its model as others, the potential is getting lost. So many things could be reached. Good people are leaving, where company invests much into juns, but does not support them/if they are not politically correct/to be seniors. So other companies get sens for free. Its a pity.
    Furthermore, its a shame how some managers promote a recruitment agency, and employ people coming from that agency. Simply it can be called as Agency mafia.Very nice. Where is the giving space to best people motive in that one?

    Advice to Management

    Well, focus on people, choose good people and stop being too political. Focus on job to be done, so that the company does not loose all its good employees. And sometimes it would be healthy to have a plan B, and not to be ashamed to say - well, this was a bad decision, lets try something better.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Pay and Benefits are above average. Not too many good things to say other than that considering my last 2 years."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonomious in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonomious in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    some very pleasant people, pay , benefits, restaurant, fitness and good training opportunities

    Cons

    certain top management and their management members should not be allowed to interact with others, as they do not know the meaning of treating others with dignity and respect

    Advice to Management

    when top management are aware that a new hire (for a top management position) has very appalling evaluation from his past employers, why hire him?


  7. "worst org"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Senior IS Analyst in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Senior IS Analyst in New Delhi (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good payee, no value for efforts, bias

    Cons

    worst management, worst worst worst management, no transparency, no value of resources

    Advice to Management

    they should be more transperant


  8. Helpful (2)

    "It seems such a good company, it´s not like that at all."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Barcelona (Spain)
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Manager in Barcelona (Spain)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Philip Morris International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Its name and its famous.. Good for one´s Cv, nothing else.

    Cons

    Control, Micromanaging, GPS location in every moment, even along weekends you have to be available for your clients and your manager who is asking and asking to do what he is uncapable to do, strong competency among coworkers, everything is allowed in order to get your targets... I´d not reccomened sensitive people to work at Philip Morris couse you´re killing people! smoke kills!

    Advice to Management

    Do more and ask less, let your control out and be more confidence with your team.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "There's a reason they overpay... no one wants to work such a nihilistic existence"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Philip Morris International full-time

    Pros

    I've seen more frivolous spending in the first 12 months at this company than I did in all of my previous companies combined. Want expensive business trips and fancy restaurants? This is your place.

    Talent Management is rigorously (almost dogmatically) adhered to. Many times in order to rise in the company you have to be willing to up and move just about anywhere in the world, which is fine if you're a global nomad, but not if you want a family and any sense of community. There are many instances of inter-company relationships as a result.

    Cons

    Being a company that only makes one thing, and has been profitable for an eternity, has made this company complacent and ignorant to the reality -- working for a cigarette company, no matter what they pay, is never a nice thing to have to admit to yourself or anyone else around you. This breeds 2 kinds of people -- those who are at constant existential angst and always depressed; and those who have been there so long they've sold their soul. Don't be tempted by the golden handcuffs -- this place is a tough place to work and expects a lot of it's employees.

    Turnover at PMI is EXTREMELY low, many people started at the factory floor and have worked their way up. They refer to it as a "family" like culture, which is probably more true than they'd like, as it has many characteristics of a dysfunctional family. Power and politics are the way decisions get made, and everyone seems afraid of guarding their turf or not pissing off their manager, or both.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that you are not capturing 60% of the active employee marketplace because of the product you make. Help new hires acclimate in a way that doesn't destroy their creativity as well as their sense of confidence. Stop expecting people to start all over again in a different country in 3 years time, it's not feasible or sustainable. And way too expensive. Give people a break - work life balance here sucks and not for any reason other than hubris and "busy work".


  10. "Not good workplace"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Something in New Delhi (India)
    Current Employee - Something in New Delhi (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has made a backdoor entry into India as FDI in tobacco is banned it has come thru some other model

    Cons

    Management is not supportive to its people and anyone can be fried anytime

    Advice to Management

    change the senior management


  11. Helpful (2)

    "IT at Philip Morris International"

    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
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    International company
    Big systems infrastructure
    Many paths for development

    Cons

    If you want to develop your tech skills, Philip Morris is not a good idea.
    Bureaucracy is huge, for every single activity it requires lot of approvals.
    IT was great some years ago, and now it got stuck, basically they decided to reorganize the company and now IT is out of scope, so I cannot develop anymore the skills I want.

    Advice to Management

    Demotivation is already huge, I don't have a clue on how this will be fixed, working at Philip Morris today is discussing 50% of time, doing bureaucracy 40%, and doing developing any other skills 10%. Probably for many careers this is ok, for the people willing to develop technical skills it is terrible.


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