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Imperial Tobacco CEO Alison Cooper
Alison Cooper
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  • 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

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

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    Disapproves of CEO
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    Disapproves of CEO

    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

Imperial Tobacco Interviews

Updated Apr 15, 2015

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Imperial Tobacco (London, England (UK)) in April 2015.

    Interview

    I applied on-line and after the evaluation through an on-line test I received the invitation for a telephone interview.

    The Process took 2+ months and the interview concerned typical questions of motivation and leadership.

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Additional Info

Website www.imperial-tobacco.com
Headquarters Bristol, United Kingdom
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1901
Type Company - Public (ITYBY)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $10+ billion (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

Imperial Tobacco is a leading international tobacco company with a balanced market footprint and a unique portfolio of brands and products across all tobacco categories

Mission: We focus on delivering high quality sustainable sales growth, whilst effectively managing our costs and cash flows.

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