British American Tobacco

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  1.  

    Graduate marketing finance assistant

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    Current Employee - Marketing Finance Assistant in Seoul (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Marketing Finance Assistant in Seoul (South Korea)

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn a wide range of work, ( budgeting, profitability and so on)

    Cons

    Not really have cons, everything is up to my ability and willingness to learn.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Trade Marketing Representative

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Trade Marketing Representative in Accra (Ghana)
    Current Contractor - Trade Marketing Representative in Accra (Ghana)

    I have been working at British American Tobacco as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great working culture among staff

    Cons

    Promotion is mostly subject to someone leaving the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Junior staff should be really considered in decision taking. Remuneration should be at par in all the various market if not the disparity should not be too much.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great opportunities in the past, scope of opportunities is fast dwindling in the future

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    In the past it has been the travel, the work opportunities, great development and training. Good pay and conditions but this does depend on what country you are based in. Dependent on role (and direct line manager) have often been given great responsibility and headroom to make decisions.

    Cons

    Heavy cost cutting pressure as there is less and less opportunity to grow the top through the traditional tobacco business...except via price. Massive reduction in International Assignees may result in flow of talent out of the business over next few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to stop the over-correction of the pendulum in terms of the travel freeze, training reduction, IA lockdown.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Welcoming atmosphere, a great place to work even temping

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The general aura of the employee base is relaxed and friendly, with flexible work hours and a supportive network of peers BAT is an enjoyable employer. Work is varied and the continuously developmental nature of the industry means that work is hardly repetitive. The company is globally successful which is reflected in the diversity of the employees.

    Cons

    Potential risk of being type-casted for working in the tobacco industry, although from experience all peers that I had were brilliant.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing Organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    A great multinational organization with dynamic and talented workforce. Possesses excellent cross functional team and values employers diversity and rewarding career opportunities. Open door policy to cultivate new and innovative way of doing business.

    Cons

    Fast paced environment at times can be stressful. However, if you love and enjoy new challenges and constant ad-hoc changes then definitely BAT would be an ideal place to work for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your work life balance policy is simply amazing and will look forward to have more perks despite the economy crisis.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    friendly environment, high workload

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at British American Tobacco

    Pros

    nice & friendly colleagues, good benefits, stable job

    Cons

    high workload, sometimes hard to balance work & personal life

  8.  

    It's a good company in a completely wrong industry!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing Manager in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing Manager in Sofia (Bulgaria)

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

    Pros

    Very well internally structured with clear responsibilities for each position. Highly professional managers from whom you can learn a lot. The total compensation system is well thought of and balanced. You are a part of a huge multi-national organization so you see your company's brands everywhere you travel ;)

    Cons

    Working in tobacco: you are basically participating in a massive conspiracy against humanity. No bright future: both for the company and you. You see that the restrictions are getting tougher everywhere and the company is constantly going through another restructuring. Also, the more you stay in tobacco, the harder it is to get out of there, especially if you are from sales or marketing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of politics and bottom-kissing to keep the big bosses happy. The end-market preparation for market visits by some higher-managers is ridiculous.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Political and male-biased working environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good pay and bonus, and a good work life balance. Share scheme is a good perk. Really good people to work with (outside of senior management).

    Cons

    Promotion opportunities are rare and when they do happen they're based on political alliances and personal motivations rather than merit. Also, if you're female forget it as you'll rarely get above a certain level.
    Senior management rarely communicate anything meaningful beyond company platitudes.
    Constant restructuring and budget cutting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start promoting based on merit, not who scratches your back. and stop the male bias.
    Also, allow one restructure to settle and see the results before you start planning the next one.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    politics !!!!!!

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Melbourne (Australia)
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in Melbourne (Australia)

    I have been working at British American Tobacco part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Out on the road alone

    Cons

    The way we are instructed to do things is ridiculous.I think british american think they are in the world domination game

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get real

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to start and learn

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

    I worked at British American Tobacco (more than a year)

    Pros

    Ability to learn cutting edge technology

    Cons

    work life balance could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train people more and listen to feedback.

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