Philip Morris International

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Philip Morris International Reviews

Updated 24 January, 2015
Updated 24 January, 2015
200 Reviews
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Philip Morris International Chief Executive Officer André Calantzopoulos
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good salary and benefits are another pro (in 11 reviews)

  • good package, good salary and benefits (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance is not a question - everything is one short term profit and very individualistic (in 19 reviews)

  • Lack of consistency & transperency in decision making from top mgment atleast in India (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Frustrating

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great & smart colleagues
    Good conditions but degrading
    Access to trainings and personal development
    Global company with many opportunities
    Leader in its segment

    Cons

    Salaries still remaining on the high end but eroding
    Discrepancies between intentions and reality especially in terms of intended change of culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great learning experience and advancing opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Director in Lausanne (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    For young people who look for a great learning experience, fast track moves and international environment, PMI is certainly the company that offers all of that. Multicultural experience, opportunity to develop in both mature and emerging markets and to move cross functionally is all there .Internal processes are well structured and clear.
    Good salary and benefits are another pro.

    Cons

    There is quite a lot of corporate politics at the top and hence difficult for those who join in at a later career stage. The image of the industry is clearly not an advantage and one has to confront the unfavorable public opinion when working with external stakeholders.
    The decision making is quite hierarchical and layered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaner decision making and encouraging more risk taking could make PMI move faster and retain more talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Toxic environment. Stay away.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Director in Lausanne (Switzerland)

    I worked at Philip Morris International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good salary. Good international opportunities.

    Cons

    Ego maniacs at senior management level.
    No basic respect for people.
    Too much politic.
    Too focused on ppt rituals and too disconnected from reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Dismantle the polish connection.
    Promote senior managers who are equipped with human skills.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Both interesting professional and personal experience

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

    I have been working at Philip Morris International

    Pros

    Competitive salary, great team, international mobility

    Cons

    Working hours, declining and over regulated industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

    disappointing management of people and company culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Manager in Lausanne (Switzerland)

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

    Pros

    higher pay than average in Swiss market.

    Cons

    extreme work pressure. Management directive is changing all the time. Inefficiency due to heavy bureaucracy. very low empowerment of employee (2 VPs and 2 directors in the room for 2 hours changing order of a powerpoint slides; no one can take decision for 20k overspend on a project since no VP present); this creates amazing overheads for no value. Knowing the right people is the main way for career advancement. Little space for entrepreneurship and initiative. Everyone should better stay in a normal and complacency mode. no reward to people to taking risk. No place for learning from mistake. knowing politic is much more important than talent and skills to progress. very short term vision and priority focusing on immediate profits. little collaboration to achieve the big picture, instead VP fights to justify their jobs and mainly prioritize their own needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    should really walk the talk. for many years, they talk about employee empowerment but it is not happening. Should dedicate time to listen to ideas of middle-management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Continuous Learning Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Jakarta (Indonesia)

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

    Pros

    A great place to learn, strong people development, good compensation and benefit. Company with strong organization culture.

    Cons

    bureaucracy, work life balance. sometime you have to work during your weekend or even holiday, but we truly understand that it came with the package

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review organization structure, to much interference at regional level. find a new way to streamline the business process.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    "No such thing as a free lunch"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Philip Morris Holland

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Bergen op Zoom (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Quality Engineer in Bergen op Zoom (Netherlands)

    I worked at Philip Morris International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company has a Good Salary house;
    There is alot of Freedom;
    There are many Development oppertunities when it is about education, training and skills improvement.

    Cons

    Culture is on the decline;
    Company future unstable;
    Everybody is a number.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Challenging, demanding, but rewarding

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

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

    Pros

    People are very competitive and you always need to be at your best. Lots of opportunities for international assignments. Compensation is above market average.

    Cons

    Too much of a top-down feel. PMI remains a very conservative company. Many in the company are resistant (and unwilling) to change which means it's a battle improve things. There is a fear of being judged which inhibits innovation and encourages everyone to stay within what's "normal." There rarely recognition for having the courage to stand-out, be bold and take a chance on something new.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should be more transparent about compensation. Consider allowing everyone to purchase company stock. Far too much duplication and waste partly because many are stuck in their silos and don't want to share, partly because not enough time and thought is dedicated to evaluating and assessing the resources that we have already.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    manager

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Philip Morris International

    Pros

    Great development, constant change, great benefits, good pay, fun, lots of opportunities, wonderful offices, constant search for excellence, looking for simplification

    Cons

    Constant change, senior management far away from employees, often too bureaucratic and need of multiple green lights before sharing, risk adverse.

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