Employees want challenging, meaningful work. They want to make decisions that matter, while developing their careers. We provide these opportunities, including paid internships and diverse assignments designed to stretch capability.


We recruit people with strong leadership potential. Our companies have longstanding recruiting relationships with 13 universities nationwide. Each year, we offer students paid co-ops or internships and many of these interns begin their careers with Altria after they graduate. Our university recruiting is complemented by our efforts to hire experienced employees with demonstrated leadership capabilities. In 2019, we examined university partnership and made some changes in order to increase diversity.

We also partner with a number of organizations that support diverse students. Some of these partnerships include the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, the Hispanic Scholarship Fund, Association of Latino Professionals for America and Management Leadership for Tomorrow. Our university recruiting is complemented by our efforts to hire experienced employees with demonstrated leadership capabilities.


Our talented people are our competitive advantage. Continuing to invest in them will ensure success for years to come.

The learning and development of our employees was a critical focus for us last year. We invested in a new operating model, moving from a decentralized approach to a federated model. We stood up a new learning and development team in Human Resources to lead our efforts in partnership with learning professionals already embedded within functions. This strategic shift has allowed all employees, regardless of operating company or position, to have access to learning resources, provide leadership development across the enterprise, and free up the functions to do what they do best: build the technical proficiency of employees. 

In 2019, our companies invested $10.3 million in training and development programs.

Enabling Employees to Perform

Employees are at their best when they find meaningful, strategically driven work, when they continually learning and growing, and when they feel empowered to shape their careers. We hold employees accountable for their results, including how they achieve them, through our pay-for-performance strategy.  In 2020, we launched a new talent platform called myPath that brings together learning and development, performance, and career planning.

Our Talent Planning process helps develop and measure the readiness of employees to advance into new positions and identify candidates for leadership roles. This process allows us to fill a high percentage of our openings with internal candidates. Most of our positions filled by external candidates are for entry level positions, to fill talent gaps identified in Talent Planning or to support new business initiatives. 

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Empowering Veterans at Work

In 2019, Altria and SALUTE were proud to be featured in a five-minute segment of Military Makeover: Operation Career with Montel.
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Thinking Differently about Women’s Leadership Development

It is critical for our company to truly tap in to the unique talents of every employee in the organization and identify opportunities to better support our women and diverse leaders.
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Investing in Employees through Skilled Trade Career Pathways

Learn how Altria is investing in skilled trade and apprenticeship programs to set up its employees for meaningful, long-term careers.