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British American Tobacco Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.7 195 reviews

80% Approve of the CEO

British American Tobacco CEO and Director Nicandro Durante

Nicandro Durante

(97 ratings)

76% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great link performance - pay, attractive bonus, great work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Professional and flexible and understanding work environment when it comes to the company (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • No work-life balance or compensation for extra-hours work (in 13 reviews)

  • Basically you have no work life balance especially when they are launching new products in new markets (in 6 reviews)

More Highlights
195 Employee Reviews
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    Enjoyable but slow

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

    Proslearning with new experiences and knowledge share

    Consnot much help with existing processes

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    The most intense and engaging experience for an entrant into the HR profession.

    Talent Intern (Current Employee) Nairobi (Kenya)

    ProsNew and challenging experiences, good mentorship and coaching for career growth.

    ConsLimitless stretch on time and deliverables.

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

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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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    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    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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    Finance Manager

    Finance Manager (Former Employee) Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    ProsGood global processes. Tries to be up-to-date with globalisation.

    ConsToo many approvals required. Promotions based on project work. Good business as usual support tend to be overlooked. Projects tends to be over budget.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKPis are important but do spend time on retaining talent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    learn, discover & develop

    Head of Brands (Current Employee)

    Pros- development
    - social atmosphere
    - people
    - career

    Cons- tobacco stigma
    - decision process is lengthy and unclear

    Advice to Senior Management- we need to get lean on process

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat employee´s diversity, multicultural environment, results driven

    ConsSometimes too hierarchical, sometimes too conservative

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

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    Perspective company for your growth

    Trade Marketing Specialist (Current Employee) Kiev (Ukraine)

    ProsStable world-known company with comfort workplaces and good people development

    ConsGlobal company doesn't enough fast and sometimes company standards don't reflect market specific

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

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    Rat race and nothing more

    Marketing Planning and Information Manager (Former Employee) Warsaw (Poland)

    ProsJob experience that can prepare you for the cruel life reality.

    ConsOnly one quality has been considered for a right one, political correctness, keep your mouth shut and if asked always say what is expected to hear.

    Advice to Senior ManagementInstead of doing everything to keep your chair consider to really change something or implement solutions to ensure company growth in a shrinking market.

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

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