British American Tobacco
3.7 of 5 192 reviews
www.bat.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

British American Tobacco Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.7 192 reviews

                             

81% Approve of the CEO

British American Tobacco CEO and Director Nicandro Durante

Nicandro Durante

(96 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Great link performance - pay, attractive bonus, great work life balance"
    in 10 reviews
  • "supportive working environment, like minded professionals, always learning"
    in 14 reviews
Cons:
  • "No work-life balance or compensation for extra-hours work"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Not so many mid/senior management roles, compared to the number of skilled lower management employees"
    in 11 reviews
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    Positive atmosphere, collaborative working, lots of opportunities for personal professional development

    R & D Technologist (Former Employee)
    Southampton, England (UK)

    ProsCommunication within the company is excellent. Lots of interdepartmental meetings which you can take yourself along to or pass on if you wish.
    Praise and positive attitudes surround the office.
    Opportunities to learn are endless.
    Very flexible with working hours

    ConsOften the extra opportunities are encouraged but the pressure to get your work done does not slacken.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be a great company to work for

    Various Mid to Senior Level Jobs (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat attitude to people
    Diversity of cultures
    Openness
    Those were the values and the company lived by them

    Consthe time of the values is gone
    Company is less people focused, is fatigued by constant restructuring of the HQ which never lead to the desired effect since they are never seen through to the end.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive people in the markets more entrepreneurial power

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great salary and opportunities

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    Pros- Outstanding Salary and benefits,
    - Bonus payments at mid level plus (Grade 37 i.e. over 10 years experience) unto 100% of basic salary with an average of 50 to 80% per year.
    - Frequent international travel
    - Opportunity to be posted oversees
    - Good work life balance
    - Multi cultural

    Cons- Very political
    - too much internal focus rather than external focus
    - not enough external recruiting leading to senior management with no outside experience, not qualified and no leadership capabilities
    - comparatively high salaries leads to protectionist attitude of senior managers
    - no questions on how things are done as long as a result is achieved
    - big gulf between the culture in the head office and the culture in the end markets. employees in head office can be overgrazed and under qualified compared to similar level employees operating in more challenging and consumer focused end markets.

    Advice to Senior Management- cut down the headcount in the head office
    - stop the buddy buddy culture
    - keep innovating
    - CEO has no personality but is perfect to lead the company through this period

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It is a very good experience.

    Trainee Engineer (Former Employee)
    Dhaka (Bangladesh)

    ProsThey work hard and as for trainee they are sincere.Their leadership quality is very very strong , at production it is highest rated.

    ConsThe time of polices is good, but the environment is not very good if a man work 10 years continuously he could get ill. He could have bronchitis.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease rise up career opportunity, and please start the campus recruitment in Bangladesh .Create opportunity for fresh graduate.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Excellent experience, lots of knowledge, and lots of friends :)

    IT Business Analyst (Former Employee)
    Cairo (Egypt)

    ProsCareer development and Friendly environment

    ConsMain focus on Marketing and trade people but if you find your way with the available HR options, you will be satisfied...

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the good work :)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A good learning environment

    Finance Analyst (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsBAT is presint in almost all countries of the world. It is possible to do a multinational career. Pay is relatively better, though it is getting more squeeze.

    ConsDifficult to get promoted if not from graduate scheme. Promotions depend mostly on who you know and subjective one-two interactions with senior management - probably this is same in any other big organization.

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    Enjoyable but with very little opportunity for development

    Executive Assistant (Current Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsIt's a fairly laid back environment with lovely facilities such as an onsite gym, costa and roof terrace. There are many perks and benefits open to people, subsidised lunch and free cake on Thursdays

    ConsWorking in a very junior role has left people with a slightly diminished view of my skill set, meaning development would be difficult.

    Advice to Senior ManagementA more transparent development process would be beneficial to staff retention.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Highly political, useless decision making process, long working hours

    Marketing (Former Employee)
    Seoul (South Korea)

    ProsGood benefit - car and gas
    Opportunity for a promotion at junior level

    ConsIndustry declining
    Social pressure
    Too many expats
    Only political people get promoted
    No delegation and empowerment
    Very long working hours including meetings in the evenings
    Expats pay no respect to the local people, only care about their bonus

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't abuse local employees any more. They are not working machines.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great working environment for entry level candidates

    Accounts Payable Specialist (Current Employee)
    Bucharest (Romania)

    Prosgood balance work versus life

    Constakes time to get a promotion

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    Great people, great benefits, poor senior management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou get paid a more than fair amount of money for the work you are expected to do. You get nice benefits.
    The people are awesome. I have met friends for life.
    Everyone is very approachable. The communication is very informal. People are pretty laid back. The only time you fill find someone dressed up in a suit is because some important top management person is visiting.

    ConsSenior management has been making some poor decisions which lead to a great amount of people leaving the company or being dissatisfied. Decision processes take forever. The tobacco market is continuously declining, making it difficult to stay profitable. Therefore the pressure is really high. HR is a joke - no transparency, poor talent management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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