When I started with RJ Reynolds in 2014 the company was going in a good direction; merging with other company's and growing the portfolio. The company is still making these advancements, but by doing so are adding to the everyday workload for their employees. In the 4+ years I have worked for this company there has been no noticeable changes to our compensation package. The way they treat their employees has noticeably declined and we no longer get compensated for the work that we do.
The company is a good company, they promote within if a person wants to advance. The job changes constantly, so employees must adapt to change, or fail. The work life balance is poor. Pay and benefits are good, but must be dedicated to the job and constantly working even on own time. Middle management for the most part is not trustworthy as I witnessed over the 20 years of employment. Change happens constantly, and time to execute is never enough. Fast paced, and turnover on employees is high. Constantly have to help out in vacant territories, while still expected to complete all work in assigned territory. Very stressful job.
Can never complete projects when pulled out of territory to help in vacant territories.
Overall it is a great benefit package with competitive salaries. However yearly review ratings have percentage caps tied to them.
Employee (Current Employee) – Winston-Salem, NC – June 21, 2018
New hires that are high performers get promoted quickly. Once vested those promotions become lateral move opportunities for most. Yearly achievement review ratings have a percentage cap placed on them. Thus only a set percentage of employees, in a given level, can attain either exceeds or high achieves.
I think I judged them fair. rjr provided for me they wanted you to be there on time which I was, They gave you every chance possible it is hard to get fired rjr they will help you any way they can. They still have the buddy system in management but their day will come.
Account Executive (Former Employee) – New York, NY – June 10, 2018
I came straight out of college, and started a career with RJ Reynolds Tobacco company. I was very successful there I was one of the top sales people and was being considered for a promotion on several occasions. I enjoyed working there it was my first real job, and the older employees made me feel comfortable. They also let me know that I was do an excellent job, and they were hearing great things from management about me. They encouraged me to get up the good work as some of the employee were retiring. I hated to see them leave, such nice people.
I been working for American Snuff Company for almost 5 years now. The only bad thing about the job is no room for advancement and we only work 40 hours a week. We hadn’t work no overtime in about 3 years. Some people would say that’s a good thing but considering the holidays are around the corner that’s really not a good thing.
RJ Reynolds was a great company to work for. I learned a lot during my employment at this company. I gained skills there with consumers and how to approach different ways to conduct surveys and experiences with consumers.
TRADE MARKETING TERRITORY MANAGER (Former Employee) – Atlanta, GA – March 5, 2018
This is a great entry level job to develop your business acumen. You will deal with gas station owners and help them evaluate your products against competitors in the tobacco business. You must be willing to put hard work in, be organized, and diligent with follow up. This job has a lot of moving elements and you have to be agile to balance a mix of administration, relationship and account management, analytics, planning, and selling to excel at this job.
I believe your Manager makes this job. My manager was too much of a micro manager, and there are hundreds of ways to excel at this job and there way may not necessarily be your way to do it. My numbers were always high, but since he has been there for years, he is one that thinks his way is the only way.
Great skill development, Company Car, Great PTO, Autonomy
Depends on the Manager, Territory may or may not be desirable, you must move for career advancement
Worker (Former Employee) – King, nc – December 9, 2018
Great place to work but always worried about getting laid off due to lower tobacco use in US and abroad. Great benefits, great pay and company wants you to improve and be your best and allows you to do so.
Territory Manager II (Former Employee) – Thermopolis, WY – February 4, 2018
Absolutely NO work-life balance. You are not allowed to think creatively nor outside the box. Merit means nothing, only sucking up. Denver Region Director expects you to work minimum 10 hours per day, not including travel time to Sales areas, with your administrative work done at home or on weekends.
Trainee (Former Employee) – Winston-Salem, NC – May 14, 2018
Learning the whole process of production. I was one of the few to learn the whole process. Management is very nice. The workplace culture is hard working, high efficiency & productivity. The hardest part is to learn everything in a short time. The most enjoyable part is learning.
not pleasant working conditions..more like a sweatshop
Territory Manager (Current Employee) – Rhode Island – July 30, 2018
Terrible working conditions and the Division Manager in RI has no management skills in Coaching or upselling. Discrimination has a tendency to occur on a daily basis and would not suggest this company for employment to anyone