British American Tobacco Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
200 Reviews

3.7
200 Reviews
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British American Tobacco CEO and Director Nicandro Durante
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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)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Palce to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at British American Tobacco

    Pros

    Good communication
    Close friendship
    Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Low salaries
    No fair promotions
    Not Sufficient seminars motivation

  2.  

    Great place if you want to have a easy job with good work life balance.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trade Activation Executive  in  Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Current Employee - Trade Activation Executive in Copenhagen (Denmark)

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    High salary
    good international possibilities
    introduced a new strategy that might change something there
    Extremely easy job. You do not work that hard.

    Cons

    Very low or non-existing moral among employees
    you need to work 6 years before you get promoted.
    you need to know the right people in order to get a promotion
    very operational. No skill-set is really needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make it easier for people to move up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cold selfish, politics driven organization, with downturn momentum

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seoul (South Korea)

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

    Pros

    - High salary and benefit to compensate for long-term career loss because of industry regulation
    - Opportunity to get involved in major project even at junior level

    Cons

    - Highly politic driven company
    - Low morale level of employees in general

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Contributing social hazardous products. Plenty of time to waste.

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    Former Employee - Key Account Manager  in  Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in Seoul (South Korea)

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Easy money. No brainier. Good locations. Good car benefits with gas support

    Cons

    Nailing down you since boss has plenty of time to kill. Non-smokers can not survive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people from local even though they can't speak English.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    A culture devoted to exceeding expectations

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Managers are fully aware of the implications of the tobacco restrictions on your performance

    Cons

    You need to build meaningful relationships to develop your career in this boys club

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to identify and develop top candidates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Highly passionate employees with willingles to help you

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development  in  Athens (Greece)
    Current Employee - Business Development in Athens (Greece)

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Diversed population and higly rewarding enviornment

    Cons

    It has enough bureaucracy, but it is trying to improve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More time with the employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good for juniors .. bad for building a career in IT

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    Current Employee - Database Administrator  in  Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - Database Administrator in Bucharest (Romania)

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - good work conditions
    - motivational base salary
    - good extra-package

    Cons

    - no future for employee
    - small to none implication for staff development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more time and ressources to keep talets inside the company

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Best practise, best talent, always!

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    Former Employee - Accounts Assistant  in  Nairobi (Kenya)
    Former Employee - Accounts Assistant in Nairobi (Kenya)

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Training and development, remuneration and open door culture.

    Cons

    Policies are as they are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share information, keep the spirit of openness strong.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Similar to government, very political and globally fragmented organisation

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Global organisation. Working towards a centralised, global business model.

    Cons

    Male dominated, slow to implement strategic initiatives. Internal career progress is based upon being part of the boys club rather than individual merit or performance delivery.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply learnings from outside the organisation, and recruit some fresh senior leaders to lead the organisation and modernise the culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Junior Accountant
    Former Employee - Junior Accountant

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Culture, nice, nice, nice, nice

    Cons

    not motivating, monoton, big workload

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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