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Imperial Tobacco Reviews

Updated August 2, 2014
Updated August 2, 2014
16 Reviews

4.0
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    Bureaucracy and Ivory Tower syndrome holds back the potential for growth and limits success.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Development Executive  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Development Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Pros

    Great people. Outstanding Medical benefits. Somewhat flexible with time.
    Employees are always open to adapt and follow new strategies. There's will.
    Stock could be higher if practices are more organized all across the globe.

    Cons

    They have an Ivory Tower syndrome: Trying to decide from the UK what's best for every market in the world when THEY DON'T KNOW THE LOCAL MARKETS. If you reflect on this, you can see why they're limiting growth and success.
    Career aspirations are not taken seriously. It is mandatory to include them in the performance appraisals but nothing happens after that. There are no serious budgets for training.
    Disorganized/ Bureocratic/ politically charged company. Sales and Marketing strategies are weak at best. They keep changing every quarter or so (how are you going to measure success with so little time).
    The process to get investments approved is ridiculously bureaucratic and inefficient (they confuse being 'cost conscious' with fiscally responsible). Example: You can get a budget approved for a project by all levels. However, they can take away those funds at any point during the project. This creates a lot of risk of work not being delivered as planned and affects many areas of the business. I don't think they believe in best practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the 'DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO' modus operandi.
    You have great people who are willing to follow leaders with charisma.
    BE MORE FLEXIBLE WITH MANAGEMENT IN LOCAL MARKETS (especially the US = now your bigger market )
    Embrace change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bristol, England (UK)

    Pros

    great culture, expertise and vision

    Cons

    could improve in communication and procedures

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company to work for if you like a challenge

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)

    Pros

    Working environment is good, demanding roles but lots of support available if you choose to use it

    Cons

    Benefit package is better than some other companies, but could be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Price & Forecast Analyst  in  Oosterhout, North Brabant (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Price & Forecast Analyst in Oosterhout, North Brabant (Netherlands)

    Pros

    Good pay and career outlook (long and stable with a promotion after after a few years). Family type company, very forgiving and room to nourish and grow skills.

    Cons

    Pay is normal within the tobacco industry. Key competitors are more red than this blue company, which is a disadvantage. Lack of cutthroat attitude makes the company always running one step behind. Colleagues are with the company for a long time and will still be there (blocking outlook to promote upwards).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A plan to achieve business targets is not enough. Create a vision that people can rally for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Job for Life... I thought they were a thing of the past

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Telemarketing Senior  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Telemarketing Senior in Bristol, England (UK)

    Pros

    I've only been with Imperial Tobacco for a few months, In that time i've seen the companies core values every day. It's one big Family, they are one of the very few companies left that want you to do well. I'm really happy here and I hope to grow within the company, The Tobacco Industry is one of the most honest industries to work in.. And I love it when a friend or family member challenges me about it.

    Cons

    Only 1 but it is being worked on - Reporting System for Telemarketing needs some help askit needs a Jump start!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the Family feel the same, don't ever forget that people work so hard because how they are cared for by ITUK.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A fantastic employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Bristol, England (UK)

    Pros

    An exciting role with lots of autonomy - outstanding pay and rewards - work hard - play hard - challenging but really engaging - lovely values - great new office. This is one of the best employers I have worked for and would absoloutley recommend to anyone

    Cons

    The tobacco market decline - work life balance can be a bit off at times. Noy everyone is on-board with the drive for sucess and are coasting

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose the family feel in a big organisation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in Bristol, England (UK)

    Pros

    Autonomy, Engaged team. Pleanty of challenge but the ability to get things done and to have fun doing it despite being a controvercial industry. If you come to work here you will be pushed and challenged - but well rewarded. Having worked in other industries, if things get me down, I just think about how much better it is being here!

    Cons

    Can take a long time to get things done in terms of decisions. Very few cons in my view working in this business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Money driven forget about the people (Avoid).

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    Pros

    -Friendly staff.
    -Good organisation of the company.
    -Good track record.
    -Salary is good.
    -HAD an attitude of put their staff First.
    -If u want to dedicate your life to Imperial Tobacco then progression is a option.

    Cons

    -All about the money, in the process they will eat there own staff to achieve this.
    -Feels like your owned by the company from the moment you join.
    -Greedy.
    -Set unrealistic goals.
    -Goals keep changing.
    -Boys club enviroment.
    -Due to the way the company works, senior staff have no CARE for staff,
    -The whole atmosphere is extremely NEGATIVE.
    -If IMPERIAL TOBACCO was a person I reckon they would sell their mothers but only if they made a profit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think about your people that work for you. Dont treat us as battery hens.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The perfect way to improve your Knowledge in HR - This is a good company to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - International Human Resources Manager  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - International Human Resources Manager in Paris (France)

    Pros

    A very active working area with a large opportunity to develop your competencies.

    Need a hight level of dedication and proactivity

    Cons

    Sometime this dedication and the way you need to work very quickly at a hight standard doesn't give you a perfect balance between professionnal life et personnal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Top management team is always looking to optimize the level of communication, and feedback

    Recommends
  11.  

    A superb employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)

    Pros

    I have never woken up in the morning and not wanted to go to work! A bold statement however it is true. Imperial Tobacco UK is superb employer.
    I don't work in HR this is honest feedback.

    Cons

    Other people’s attitude towards the tobacco category. Anyone joining the company should expect some people in their lives to take a dim view of their new career. However as an employee you very quickly realise that you only sell and market tobacco products to adults who choose to smoke, so there is nothing to be ashamed of. Tobacco is a legal product and adults in the UK should have a right to buy it if they so choose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understandable budget cuts will always be accepted in times of recession; however there is still considerable waste within the organisation that should be reduced. This would allow for the redirection of funds towards forward thinking sales and marketing opportunities.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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