British American Tobacco
3.7 of 5 161 reviews
www.bat.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

British American Tobacco Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
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3.7 161 reviews

                             

81% Approve of the CEO

British American Tobacco CEO and Director Nicandro Durante

Nicandro Durante

(79 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Best Place to Work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at British American Tobacco

ProsOpen minded environment, full of energy and intelligence with great challenges to grow.

ConsHard to balance with personal life.

Advice to Senior Management.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A company that values career development

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I worked at British American Tobacco full-time for more than 8 years

Pros- Good training and development
- Potential for career advancement
- Good benefits

ConsAs with any multinationals, the environment could get a little political on the office front

Advice to Senior ManagementMore transparancy

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good company to work

Intern (Former Employee)
Amstelveen (Netherlands)

I worked at British American Tobacco as an intern for less than a year

Pros- it's a real business where professionals work (you will be probably surprised). People there are [mostly] nice - personally and professionally.
- seems like a good salary, however these days some other FMCG companies offer ± the same
- BAT is another FMCG company (not the last one, btw). If you won't like BAT, you can move to f.e. P&G, because you have relevant experience
- sometimes you have amazing international career in BAT

Cons- big companies are slow - there is no dynamic spirit
- there is a big room for innovations, since changes are slow, sometimes you will feel yourself outdated

Advice to Senior ManagementTo be less conservative (not theoretically, in practice)

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A culture devoted to exceeding expectations

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at British American Tobacco full-time for more than 3 years

ProsManagers are fully aware of the implications of the tobacco restrictions on your performance

ConsYou need to build meaningful relationships to develop your career in this boys club

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to identify and develop top candidates

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Highly passionate employees with willingles to help you

Business Development (Current Employee)
Athens (Greece)

I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time for more than a year

ProsDiversed population and higly rewarding enviornment

ConsIt has enough bureaucracy, but it is trying to improve

Advice to Senior ManagementMore time with the employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Best practise, best talent, always!

Accounts Assistant (Former Employee)
Nairobi (Kenya)

I worked at British American Tobacco full-time for more than 10 years

ProsTraining and development, remuneration and open door culture.

ConsPolicies are as they are.

Advice to Senior ManagementShare information, keep the spirit of openness strong.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good Place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at British American Tobacco

Pros- Good Benefits
- Good Bonus
- Good Salary
- Plenty of opportunities

Cons- Travel Cuts
- Training Budget Cuts

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to invest in your employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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WOW working environment.

Brand Manager (Former Employee)
Dhaka (Bangladesh)

I worked at British American Tobacco full-time for more than 5 years

Pros- Cash rich company, could think & act big.
- Young and energetic team with winning spirit.
- Learning culture with Technology driven
- Always think ahead, which market couldn't imagine now
- Act in right moment

Cons- Market become challenging
- Activist are more active than previous

Advice to Senior ManagementNew segmented product could explore which could be widely accepted. Example, Electronic cigarette where customer has to buy raw material on a regular basis. Total offer would be smoke without bad odor and less harmful but get total satisfaction, above all else.

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Management Trainee (Current Employee)
Moscow (Russia)

I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat learning through the programme, have an opportunity to get wide picture on the whole organisation (working in different projects and cross0functional assignments), a lot of trainings for personal and professional development, a coach from senior management who support during the programme, truly global and open corp.culture

Conschallenging tasks and projects - this job is not for those, who is willing to stay inside own comfort zone

Advice to Senior Managementkeep this open and collaborative working environment

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A company that takes you to new places

Management Trainee (Current Employee)
Kiev (Ukraine)

I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time for more than a year

ProsBAT really values talent and invests a lot of money to attract high-potential employees. There are many opportunities for career growth, you can make an international career if you prove yourself. The company's culture is unique. Salaries are also quite attractive.

ConsEverything can change a bit too quickly - one day your objectives are set in one direction, the other day your objectives can gain a completely different perspective. I guess it's the company's reaction to 'the real world'. However, better planning couldn't hurt. Also BAT's a bit political and bureaucratic- like any other big company. Too many leaders in one place is sometimes a problem seeing as everyone wants to be in the spotlight. Often this can seriously influence decision-making. And, of course, working for a tobacco company can be a huge ethical issue for many.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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