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Philip Morris International Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
178 Reviews
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178 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great career opportunities, if you work in the field (in 10 reviews)

  • Good working environment, satisfying salary, and good overtime payment (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not a question - everything is one short term profit and very individualistic (in 16 reviews)

  • Tobacco industry- I have personally lost a good friend because of my choice in employer (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Merchandiser

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    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Former Employee - Merchandiser in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, development opportunities, very good working environment

    Cons

    decrease market in the last decade

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Age and gender discrimination

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lausanne (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Philip Morris International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Generation Y get lured in with high salaries but quickly realize that they cannot easily grow further and leave within first two years (new hire turnover is very high and cost the company $23 million last year).

    Cons

    The culture has changed dramatically since Louis Camilleri left. After massive budget cuts in 2013, the company is going through the same exercise again this year. Employees are stressed and overworked. Managers think of politics and saving their own backsides rather than helping the company grow.

    RRP is supposed to be the big cure all but it will take years---if we are commercially successful--to make up for disastrous decisions in conventional market.

    Age discrimination is rampant. You will be fired before you are 50--- guaranteed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of hanging out together in Montreaux and talking about behaviors, you should try to actually change them... Beginning with yourselves.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low morale company. SINKING SHIP.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Philip Morris International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits
    Travel policy
    Good if you're smokers. Bad if you're not.

    Cons

    Low morale
    Lots of unqualified managers
    Politics
    No career development and no autonomy
    Follow template

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review the process of performance review

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Working at Philip Morris

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    Former Employee - Tax Analyst in Marikina (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Tax Analyst in Marikina (Philippines)

    I worked at Philip Morris International as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    great benefits, high salary, promotions and stuff

    Cons

    sometimes toxic and too many office works and calls and deadlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    absorb the contractual employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work at

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Bologna (Italy)
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Bologna (Italy)

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

    Pros

    Salaries above the average
    Meritocratic environment
    Efficient & effective organization in terms of roles & responsibilities definition, IT infrastructures and tools available
    Clear internal communication
    Supportive HR department
    High quality & expertise of colleagues & middle management
    Demanding & challenging work environment
    Global footprint
    Strong focus on learning & development

    Cons

    The strong standardization can lead sometimes to repetitive tasks
    Lack of strategic activities out of HQ functions
    Strong segregation between manufacturing affiliates and market & sale ones
    Not "so exciting" product & sector

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    One of the best employers out there that stretches you but invests in you like no other company does

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    There is really good compensation and great benefits. You can travel in some roles but don't have to.
    You can also change your role in the organization every 1-2 years which makes work not boring at all.
    Very diverse in terms of population.

    Cons

    It's sometimes stressful but not more than any other Fortune 500.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue with some of the changes you are implementing and this organization will become more attractive again for people than it currently may is.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people are leaving the company. The rest is waiting for new opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You get paid quite generous regarding to your responsibilities and exposure
    You meet some helpful talents

    Cons

    Great people are leaving the company or talents working 1-3 years then leave this sinking ship.
    Many careless and stupid decisions on talent reviews. NOT about your ability on the way but about your first impression ( I have worked a few companies before but I have not seen a stupid company like this on talent review). Useless tool even if they already do marketing company on this.
    Bad and immoral culture
    People here have low high education level like less than 5%. Not so good on decisions.
    Play with political group or decision all the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talent reviews. A useless tool to review employees, build career paths and develop people.
    Why so many department heads in the companies. They are incapable of managing the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very political, no empowered, very centralized, detailed and stressful

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Great benefits kick in when you work more than 5 years. They hired you from very senior position in the market, but put you in quite junior in the company when you first join. So, at that junior level, you think you have better benefits than in the market, but think again.
    Training classes are the best.
    You will find some super smart people. They are new hire 1-2 years from outside (best in the market). But people work long time like 8-10 years or more, they are just more political and sometimes make stupid decisions...
    Company are quite well organized and IT system is great here.

    Cons

    Titles in this company are terrible (sucks). People work 7-15 years are still managers. They do not want employees leave. So, why give them fancy titles?! Here is the process how to block employees:

    1. New hire from outside with 5-10 years of experience. You will work 1-2 years at your interested position. Then, you have to move to under function so you will stay there forever or kick out.

    You will move to new function for 1-2 years then another function for 1-2 years.
    After 5-7 years, you cannot work anywhere as your experience is not deep enough. Actually, I've seen people working here for 15 years, they're so bad, but good at political and know how to make their boss happy!

    Benefits at the company are high with the title that you have. I am sure with the same title you cannot find the job else where.

    At this stage, you work very hard and move around. Some people like it but some don't. But you have to follow. You don't have many choice at your career at this point. Think again, if you want to build your expertise. This company does not fit you.

    Managers who work here for 10-15 years are those are will endorse your career or kick you out. You need to make friends with them even if you don't like. Stupid right?

    if you like what you're doing and continue to build your career path like you've chosen, this company is not for you.

    This company does not need competency (very emotional decision). This company is about who you know. Managers sometimes cannot help you as they are so busy to do politically for themselves. I saw many painful cases in this company.

    This industry is sinking. So, benefits are recalculated and cut. So, no more great perks.

    You are more likely to move to some places that you don't like. Some dangerous countries. So, it's bad!

    Your career will be flat for while and so much dependent on the hands of gangs in the company.

    This industry is so morale. Sometimes, you feel ashamed to work here. Cigarettes? Why - your friends will ask

    If you are graduates and you get hired here. You career will be in sales, planning, IT, marketing and likely you cannot find a place elsewhere after 3-4 years. You have to move and move. There is no other choice.

    2. Karma is another thing that I observed. I saw mysterious stories happened to family members or diseases of the employees. It happened so frequently in the office. It scared me so much. At first, I did not believe but so many cases happened in a short time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very political - I don't know how you can fix.
    It's like "Old Boy Club" but worse you will see "Axis of Evils"
    Your salary is not great any more
    Too much cost cutting

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Learning Curve!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Philip Morris International

    Pros

    If you would like to learn and upgrade our skills. Here is the best place to be.

    Cons

    Sometimes you might feel underpaid with the amount of effort or impact you have contributed.

  11.  

    Great place to work in Switzerland

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Philip Morris International

    Pros

    International approach & compliance policy

    Cons

    Political environment & bad work-life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions by performance are critical. Otherwise, people will get demotivated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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