British American Tobacco

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Constantly changing

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

Pros

Company stands out in the crowd if you join as a Management Trainee: offers good development possibilities, foreign assignments, inspirational trainings, etc. Support and career opportunities given to MTs are outstanding.

BAT promotes fairness, equality of race, sex etc. Employees have lots of freedom and work/life balance is acceptable.

Generally well-defined processes are in place and most employees would work against clear KPIs, at least in the factories.

Cons

The most irritating part of life at BAT - and everyone admits it - is the state of constant change. Project scopes, timelines, structures, decisions are different from day to day. There is no point for managers to plan ahead for more than one month. The absurd pace of change seriously disrupts work if you're an organized and strategically-thinking person.

Second of all, complex matrix structures at regional & global levels do not function well. Amount of bodies, centres, global processes, stakeholders is overwhelming. In such a spaghetti structure there is always at least one stakeholder reluctant to make good business decision and "needing to consult another stakeholder". This is sad, because back in 2007 BAT was much more flexible and adapted easily to market needs.

Lastly, there are limited development opportunities for non-management - money is invested in Management Trainees (this is me speaking - one of them in the past). This leads to paradoxes when people with little expierience take over departments instead of good internal talents.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Simplify structures (=get rid of all "regional centres for..."); promote talent inside the company (=recruit fewer MTs) and promote a culture of working where plans do not change every day.

Recommends
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Great Learning opportunity but eventually frustrating

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Islamabad, Islamabad (Pakistan)

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

    Pros

    * As a new joiner, you get great hands on exposure to the job through training and other on the job opportunities
    * Good processes and systems
    * Good job security; at least used to be when I was there. Lots of tolerance for poor performers and a reluctance to take adverse decisions on people
    * Good progression if you manage your perception and visibility
    * Good benefits

    Cons

    * Lots of politics and managing upwards. Careers, ratings and promotions are decided based on who is your "sponsor" and your "visibility" as opposed to your competence, capability or performance
    * No work / life balance. Not because there is any work (actually there isn't any) but because you are expected to stay long hours to create your visibility
    * Lots of incompetent and ego driven senior managers
    * Lack of ethical standards in quite a few businesses
    * Tobacco industry
    * Stagnant culture in the recent years with lots of good people leaving the organisation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really need to review your organizational future. It is a general consensus amongst the current employees that the culture is going downhill with a lot of incompetent people making it to the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Fantastic !

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager Senior in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager Senior in Jakarta (Indonesia)

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

    Pros

    Very good developmental, learning and international career opportunities.

    Cons

    Currently under a bit of pressure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better at acquisitions...

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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