Imperial Tobacco Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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  1. A superb employer

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  2. A fantastic employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time (More than 5 years)

    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 Management

    Don't lose the family feel in a big organisation


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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Telemarketing Senior in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Telemarketing Senior in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time (Less than a year)

    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 Management

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


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  5. Enriching, good working environment surrounded with knowledgeable colleagues

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good working environment very professional people Good communication among colleagues Colleagues very helpful sport facilities such as gym, football pitch, personal locker Tea/coffee making facilities

    Cons

    Not much to say here, I really enjoy working for the company.


  6. Best company to work for!!!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Coordinator in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Staff Coordinator in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Looks after its employees, very good salaries, very good bonuses, very good share saving program, very good pension scheme, offers free gym facilities, lockers, showers, drying rooms, free running track and football field, free parking space, free coffee, tea, milk etc., restaurants within both buildings, organising events with free food and drinks, monthly free drinks at the restaurant, dress down day every Friday, collecting money for charity.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of at this point is that we have no ATM machine in order to withdrawal cash.

    Advice to Management

    Can we please have an ATM machine? :)


  7. Great place to work!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Internal Communication Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Internal Communication Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture is supportive and collaborative

    Cons

    Challenging sector. You need to be resilient.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing and encouraging.


  8. Helpful (2)

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

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    Current Employee - Sales Development Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Development Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time (More than 5 years)

    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 Management

    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


  9. Imperial

    Current Employee - Planning Work Stream Member and OEE Analyst in Bayamon, PR
    Current Employee - Planning Work Stream Member and OEE Analyst in Bayamon, PR

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunities of leaning and apply knowledge.

    Cons

    Most of the positions are temporary.


  10. personal development

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mechelen (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mechelen (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    people development, constant change, individual contribution

    Cons

    post integration issues, short term vs long term

    Advice to Management

    manage change, look at long term, focus on organisational growth


  11. Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time (More than 10 years)

    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 Management

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