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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 for 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

Other Reviews for British American Tobacco

  1.  

    Fantastic !

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 for 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
  2.  

    great culture, performance and development focused. a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Copenhagen (Denmark)

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

    Pros

    strong focus on people development
    taking the private life into consideration as much as the job
    performance oriented and delivering growth
    rewarding at all levels for good performance

    Cons

    process needs optimization
    very restricted environment to operate in

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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