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Imperial Tobacco Reviews

Updated November 27, 2014
Updated November 27, 2014
19 Reviews
3.8
19 Reviews
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  1.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A fantastic employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose the family feel in a big organisation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    The Best Employer You Will Ever Find!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very friendly, best employer I had

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 an year)

    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 :)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A superb employer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    I have never woken up in the morning and not wanted to go to work! A bold statement however it is true. Imperial Tobacco UK is superb employer.
    I don't work in HR this is honest feedback.

    Cons

    Other people’s attitude towards the tobacco category. Anyone joining the company should expect some people in their lives to take a dim view of their new career. However as an employee you very quickly realise that you only sell and market tobacco products to adults who choose to smoke, so there is nothing to be ashamed of. Tobacco is a legal product and adults in the UK should have a right to buy it if they so choose.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understandable budget cuts will always be accepted in times of recession; however there is still considerable waste within the organisation that should be reduced. This would allow for the redirection of funds towards forward thinking sales and marketing opportunities.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging jobs in an International environment with excellent salary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hamburg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hamburg (Germany)

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

    Pros

    International Environment,
    Very good salary
    Lots of interesting projects as the company is in transformation
    Clear Company Values
    Open and honest working relationships

    Cons

    Some areas (Systems) and processes very old fashioned (but transformation started with the generation change)
    Expect Politics like in most large organisations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep living the values and improve change management and comms

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Bureaucracy and Ivory Tower syndrome holds back the potential for growth and limits success.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Development Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Development Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL

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

    Pros

    Great people. Outstanding Medical benefits. Somewhat flexible with time.
    Employees are always open to adapt and follow new strategies. There's will.
    Stock could be higher if practices are more organized all across the globe.

    Cons

    They have an Ivory Tower syndrome: Trying to decide from the UK what's best for every market in the world when THEY DON'T KNOW THE LOCAL MARKETS. If you reflect on this, you can see why they're limiting growth and success.
    Career aspirations are not taken seriously. It is mandatory to include them in the performance appraisals but nothing happens after that. There are no serious budgets for training.
    Disorganized/ Bureocratic/ politically charged company. Sales and Marketing strategies are weak at best. They keep changing every quarter or so (how are you going to measure success with so little time).
    The process to get investments approved is ridiculously bureaucratic and inefficient (they confuse being 'cost conscious' with fiscally responsible). Example: You can get a budget approved for a project by all levels. However, they can take away those funds at any point during the project. This creates a lot of risk of work not being delivered as planned and affects many areas of the business. I don't think they believe in best practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the 'DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO' modus operandi.
    You have great people who are willing to follow leaders with charisma.
    BE MORE FLEXIBLE WITH MANAGEMENT IN LOCAL MARKETS (especially the US = now your bigger market )
    Embrace change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    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 an year)

    Pros

    great culture, expertise and vision

    Cons

    could improve in communication and procedures

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company to work for if you like a challenge

    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Solid company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Price & Forecast Analyst in Oosterhout, North Brabant (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Price & Forecast Analyst in Oosterhout, North Brabant (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay and career outlook (long and stable with a promotion after after a few years). Family type company, very forgiving and room to nourish and grow skills.

    Cons

    Pay is normal within the tobacco industry. Key competitors are more red than this blue company, which is a disadvantage. Lack of cutthroat attitude makes the company always running one step behind. Colleagues are with the company for a long time and will still be there (blocking outlook to promote upwards).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A plan to achieve business targets is not enough. Create a vision that people can rally for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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