British American Tobacco Reviews

Updated June 20, 2015
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British American Tobacco CEO and Director Nicandro Durante
Nicandro Durante
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Pros
  • They acknowledge the importance of work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • International work environment and supportive culture (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • Locally - depending on the country commercial performance- there is less work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • No work-life balance, overload of work (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Market Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Market Manager in Cairo (Egypt)
    Former Employee - Market Manager in Cairo (Egypt)

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Working for an international company. Professional.

    Cons

    Too much micromanagement. Very serious environment, no fun.

    Advice to Management

    BAT needs to care more about employees.


  2. Ask to Read the 2014 Engagement Survey before joining!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at British American Tobacco

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary Benefits Location Marketing functions Number, location and spend on customer events

    Cons

    Tobacco Poor Leadership Management Career value and progression

    Advice to Management

    I once was proud to work for this business, but like many others, chose to leave and take redundancy to leave rather than stay. The work environment and behaviours are not professional. People are in roles with questionable experience and capability all because of their alignment of one senior manager. The behaviouirs and environment is toxic and unprofressional. You know this, it was reported in Your Voice survey. The way you manage is to get rid of anyone who challenges the behaviours and hire new who will just follow the leader blindly.


  3. Brand Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Salary and benefits. Lots of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Very political and hostile environment. Work life balance is terrible. Lots of restrictions around tobacco marketing so there is only so much you can learn. Your development really depends on who your boss is.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Think carefully before applying !!!!!!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TMR in Brisbane (Australia)
    Former Employee - TMR in Brisbane (Australia)

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    BATA has one of the most comprehensive training programs available. It's an 8 week induction that takes you through everything you will need to know. Good experience can be gained in this industry.

    Cons

    The internal culture of the organization is nothing short of absolute poison. If you decide to apply or accept a position be prepared you are entering a highly toxic environment where the boys club rule like the mafia.

    Advice to Management

    Remove the toxic leaders in senior roles,


  6. Helpful (2)

    Very good company, great money and benefits, not much attention to employees needs and career aspiration

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a truly multinational and multicultural company It is a very successfu company It gives very good salary and benefits

    Cons

    In a few occasions, it felt like the company was taking decisions on employees roles and career moves without really consulting the employees, just working on the assumption that if you are well paid, you should accept everything


  7. People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Big brands, big company, big opportunities potentially.

    Cons

    All about brands and $Bucks and shareholders. $crew the people if their faces do not fit!

    Advice to Management

    Senior managers need a tighter reign on some junior managers who lie and cheat and get away with it, some get caught and are allowed to leave without action....and l hear then go to represent them in legal proceedings which is morally wrong when they lie in court as did HR. Shame on you BAT!


  8. Helpful (2)

    Politics, bullying and sexism!!!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Sydney (Australia)
    Current Employee - Manager in Sydney (Australia)

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary, package and benefits Good commitment to training courses Some opportunity for overseas travel (has reduced a lot recently)

    Cons

    Out of control politics - Progression entirely dependent on relationships rather than performance/results Bullying is rife Sexism is rife - especially in sales dept If you enjoy this type of environment, this is the company for you.

    Advice to Management

    The politics stems from a top heavy management structure which causes empire building and in-fighting. A much more streamlined operation would remove much of this and lead to greater efficiencies.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Rat race and nothing more

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Planning and Information Manager in Warsaw (Poland)
    Former Employee - Marketing Planning and Information Manager in Warsaw (Poland)

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Job experience that can prepare you for the cruel life reality.

    Cons

    Only one quality has been considered for a right one, political correctness, keep your mouth shut and if asked always say what is expected to hear.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of doing everything to keep your chair consider to really change something or implement solutions to ensure company growth in a shrinking market.


  10. Hoped for more from a transnational company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Sales and Trade Representative in Chisinau (Moldova)
    Former Contractor - Sales and Trade Representative in Chisinau (Moldova)

    I worked at British American Tobacco as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Sales training, company vehicle

    Cons

    Stain in your CV (smoking is a choice of the client, but selling tobacco is earning on people's dependence) Very competitive atmosphere, it seems to be created on purposey to separate the employees and manipulate them. Very non-friendly. With the same money I can work at another company. But BAT like would make me a favor if I work there and receive money money from them.

    Advice to Management

    Check the office managers of the Chisinau.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Politics all the way

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Professional in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Professional in London, England (UK)

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large Company, pretending to be implementing large global projects.

    Cons

    Quite low level of skills in IT and its management, most plucked from shop-floor just to avoid redundancies. Intolerant of knowledgeable IT professionals. Few departments full of gangs of fake IT consultants with fake experience, working as freelancers and milking money.

    Advice to Management

    As long as you can bribe the government and sell overpriced poison, you know you have to just pretend that your IT systems matter. In reality you will just do fine without an IT system.



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