British American Tobacco

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Constantly changing

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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 (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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    One place to be

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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

    Good working enviroment, competitive salaries, challenging place of work in every area, satisfied reward package, good oportunity for personal developement

    Cons

    the life work balence can suffer a lot of change (improvement), salaries should be calculated relating to market performance (profit) not related to geografical placement (e.g. East Europe);

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay more attention to people needs and take actions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place for work; controversial industry

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Moscow (Russia)

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

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Excellent friendly corporate culture
    Invest in people (education programs, rotation)

    Cons

    Politics sometimes get to the highest levels
    Controversial industry

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep delivering! Good job!

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