British American Tobacco

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British American Tobacco Reviews

Updated November 26, 2014
Updated November 26, 2014
230 Reviews
3.7
230 Reviews
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British American Tobacco CEO and Director Nicandro Durante
Nicandro Durante
110 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They acknowledge the importance of work-life balance (in 15 reviews)

  • Professional and flexible and understanding work environment when it comes to the company (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Locally - depending on the country commercial performance- there is less work-life balance (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Love everyday at work...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture... Some very good people... Joyful work environment... Loads of career opportunities.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can become a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Standardising the HR policies around the world would help a lot in a Global company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Positive atmosphere, collaborative working, lots of opportunities for personal professional development

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R & D Technologist in Southampton, England (UK)
    Former Employee - R & D Technologist in Southampton, England (UK)

    I worked at British American Tobacco as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Communication 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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in Cairo (Egypt)
    Former Employee - IT Business Analyst in Cairo (Egypt)

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Career development and Friendly environment

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good work :)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It is a very good experience.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trainee Engineer in Dhaka (Bangladesh)
    Former Employee - Trainee Engineer in Dhaka (Bangladesh)

    I worked at British American Tobacco as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Please rise up career opportunity, and please start the campus recruitment in Bangladesh .Create opportunity for fresh graduate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A good learning environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    BAT 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.

    Cons

    Difficult 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.

  7.  

    Enjoyable but slow

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

    I have been working at British American Tobacco as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    learning with new experiences and knowledge share

    Cons

    not much help with existing processes

  8.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Talent Intern in Nairobi (Kenya)
    Current Employee - Talent Intern in Nairobi (Kenya)

    I have been working at British American Tobacco as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Limitless stretch on time and deliverables.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Highly political, useless decision making process, long working hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Seoul (South Korea)

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Industry 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't abuse local employees any more. They are not working machines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great working environment for entry level candidates

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Accounts Payable Specialist in Bucharest (Romania)

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good balance work versus life

    Cons

    takes time to get a promotion

  11.  

    Great people, great benefits, poor senior management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time

    Pros

    You 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.

    Cons

    Senior 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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