Imperial Tobacco Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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  1. Great place to work - managers too nice and slow to make decisions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits package
    Top class facilities
    International opportunities
    Serious focus on development

    Cons

    Too many 'lifers' - resulting in lack of experience and best practice from other leading companies
    Too many of the senior management have the knowledge and technical skills, but lack the leadership / people skills
    Senior managers too corporate and lack the strength and courage to vital make decisions and drive positive change

    Advice to Management

    Recruit based on merit rather than 'old boys network' mentality
    Give more recognition and merit to those vital 'do-ers' rather than the 'talkers' or those that play a good political game

  2. Enriching, good working environment surrounded with knowledgeable colleagues

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good working environment
    very professional people
    Good communication among colleagues
    Colleagues very helpful
    sport facilities such as gym, football pitch, personal locker
    Tea/coffee making facilities

    Cons

    Not much to say here, I really enjoy working for the company.

  3. Definite pros and definite cons, depends on what you value out of your career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This review is for ITUK. They do look after their staff well - good salaries, with an above average pension package as well. The work is challenging, but really interesting and we work with some great big name brands and large customers, which obviously looks great on the c.v.! We have a lovely, new, modern office as well now (free gym, great cafe - delicious food!); the working environment I feel is a definite plus point. The vast majority of people I work with are great; I believe that people you work with can make or break a job. My particular manager is good: collaborative, open to debate and flexible.

    Cons

    This review is for ITUK. The life balance can be more tipped to the work side, especially as when people leave the company, they tend to not fill the gaps so you find yourself doing 2 jobs. Whilst the company values are in theory good, they are very americanised and as an organisation they better value people who talk the talk rather than those who get their job done. They also offer quite a range of training and personal development (pro), but you may struggle to find any time to attend these (con). There are a lot of people who are 'lifers' and don't realise that the way Imperial works it is not necessarily the way other companies work, so it can be difficult to implement positive changes.

    Advice to Management

    It is widely acknowledged amongst employees that there is a fundamental lack of decision-making that comes from ITUK senior management. It takes far too long to get stuff signed off!

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  5. Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great culture, expertise and vision

    Cons

    could improve in communication and procedures

  6. Great company to work for if you like a challenge

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working environment is good, demanding roles but lots of support available if you choose to use it

    Cons

    Benefit package is better than some other companies, but could be better

  7. Job for Life... I thought they were a thing of the past

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Telemarketing Senior in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Telemarketing Senior in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I've only been with Imperial Tobacco for a few months, In that time i've seen the companies core values every day. It's one big Family, they are one of the very few companies left that want you to do well. I'm really happy here and I hope to grow within the company, The Tobacco Industry is one of the most honest industries to work in.. And I love it when a friend or family member challenges me about it.

    Cons

    Only 1 but it is being worked on - Reporting System for Telemarketing needs some help askit needs a Jump start!

    Advice to Management

    Keep the Family feel the same, don't ever forget that people work so hard because how they are cared for by ITUK.

  8. A fantastic employer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    An exciting role with lots of autonomy - outstanding pay and rewards - work hard - play hard - challenging but really engaging - lovely values - great new office. This is one of the best employers I have worked for and would absoloutley recommend to anyone

    Cons

    The tobacco market decline - work life balance can be a bit off at times. Noy everyone is on-board with the drive for sucess and are coasting

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose the family feel in a big organisation

  9. The Best Employer You Will Ever Find!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Service Delivery in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Service Delivery in Bristol, England (UK)

    I worked at Imperial Tobacco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generous salary and benefits, a sense of belonging extremely supportive and friendly, I had 15 very happy years there.

    Cons

    None I really cant think of any cons

  10. Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy, Engaged team. Pleanty of challenge but the ability to get things done and to have fun doing it despite being a controvercial industry. If you come to work here you will be pushed and challenged - but well rewarded. Having worked in other industries, if things get me down, I just think about how much better it is being here!

    Cons

    Can take a long time to get things done in terms of decisions. Very few cons in my view working in this business

    Advice to Management

    -

  11. Very friendly, best employer I had

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Bristol, England (UK)

    I worked at Imperial Tobacco full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great no-nonsense managers
    extremely generous pension
    work-life balance
    very little employee turnover - no fear of failing though some are simply stuck in their ways. Overall it's more a pro than con as it contributes to a very nice atmosphere.

    Cons

    I wish they had a London office so I could still work there :)

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