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British American Tobacco Reviews

Updated February 8, 2017
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  1. Helpful (7)

    "Marketing Strategy"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Asia, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Asia, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    An old school place to waiting for pay checks and retirement.

    Cons

    company is running on low budget mode. can not afford to pay like usual anymore.

    Advice to Management

    The office have not renovate for more than 20 years already. we hope management can give some budget to make over our working environment.


  2. "Avoid SAP COE Team"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - PMO Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - PMO Manager in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at British American Tobacco as a contractor

    Pros

    Lots of career opportunities
    Good employee benefits and flex working

    Cons

    You will be treated like an outsider if you are not from spain or greece exp if you work in Habour Exchange.

    Lots of favoritism going on which can be frustrating if you are ambitious.

    Advice to Management

    Investigate the mess going on in the SAP COE team.


  3. "SURYA comment on BAT MALAYSIA"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at British American Tobacco as a contractor

    Pros

    BAT gives good variable ,salary and bonous to their employees but middle level employees play politics.They do not have any responsibility only they deligate their work to vendors when vendor complete their task then senior manager appriciate to delicater "Good job" very funny and interesting. BAT US,U.K. CANADA ovrall good but BAT Malaysia is not good place to work thay donot know anything about technology so play politics if you are politically correct then go and joint to BAT Malaysia.

    Cons

    I want to mention few point about BAT Malaysia
    1) old employee donot try to learn new technology so their concepts are not clear and play politics
    2) BAT senior manager hires to contractors just to play politics so that their group could escape that they did wrong in past
    3)no body in BAT want to do any hands-on work only to delicate to vendor because they do not want to do anything wrong only correct work and for any wrong outcome go to vendor and make them responsible
    4)please donot leave your permanent job for BAT otherwise you will be job less.

    Advice to Management

    Management must stop watching to ppt only as progress report by middle level Manager .
    Management will have to understand to employee friendly politics .


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  5. "Its still a tobacco company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Security Manager in Tehran, Tehran (Iran)
    Former Employee - Security Manager in Tehran, Tehran (Iran)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Only good thing is the money

    Cons

    Too many things to name


  6. "Sales rep"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Car is great , training good customers are great to deal with. Meal allowance of 10 dollars a day is nice. Internet allowance nice

    Cons

    No work life balance Company does not care about you. You will be working 6 days a week 12 hours a day. Sales targets are unrealistic.

    Advice to Management

    Time to care about employees and stop treating them like slaves. President told employees in sales meeting. Your day does not end until you hit your sales targets. Your week does not end until your targets are met


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not recommended"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sydney (Australia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Average salary, good location, some great people, some interesting challenges in a very legislated market, good flexibility and working arrangements

    Cons

    Nepotistic boys club culture where who you socialise with is more important than what you know and only the tough survive.
    Spend more time navigating through the vast political jungle rather than doing actaul work.
    Archaic systems with everything excel based.
    Would not recommend applying for a role hear

    Advice to Management

    Replace the existing top team with professionals who know how to rebuild cultures in abroken companies.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "IT business analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    High salary that is difficult to match elsewhere

    Cons

    Company will close its IT department in 2-3 years

    Advice to Management

    Not worth the temporary switch


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Anonymous"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing I can think of

    Cons

    Long working hours, very political organization, I do not recommend to anybody. The company doesnt care about its employees. Managers are only concerned with getting things done on time, no work-life balance. HR is completely incompetent.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Managed Out"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing Representative in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing Representative in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Extremely enjoyable events the company put on when doing product launches or training. The people I met within my team were very nice, helpful and taught me a lot.

    Cons

    My new manager basically 'managed' me out of my position based on previous agreements with my old manager and the sheer amount of pressure the new one put me under made me fail. There is never time to do things properly and members from other teams cheat to achieve goals - who can get 26 introductions in one day?

    Advice to Management

    Listen to staff more, less pressure and more rewards for achieving targets other than a yearly bonus. Oh, and the amount of time spent of laptops outside of work is insane, every single week you'd spend hours and hours of personal time doing laptop work because it simply never ever ends.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Not a preferred employer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Large organisation with lots of roles. Above average salary & bonus. Few good leaders and in a few markets a great culture

    Cons

    Very short term focussed, only driven by profit, very poor in people management, very internally focussed, too much politics, not a values driven culture or management. Very poor on work life balance


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