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Updated June 22, 2017
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British American Tobacco CEO and Director Nicandro Durante
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  1. "Good experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Student in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Student in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British American Tobacco (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing team that was willing to help me in all new things.
    Very international and outgoing people, the work culture is really good.

    Cons

    A lot of quantitative and dry analysis involved and not a lot of liberty as intern.

    Advice to Management

    Improve intern trainings


  2. "A nice to company to work with in London"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Global Analytics Project Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Freelancer - Global Analytics Project Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at British American Tobacco (Less than a year)

    Pros

    * Benefits are above most of the companies I have applied in the UK
    * Balance life-work is good
    * Facilities in the building for employees are outstanding

    Cons

    * Job is in the city center, which may not be ideal for commuters
    * Management is a bit old style
    * As all big companies politics matter to grow insider the company

  3. "Poor choice of judgement when promoting."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Representative in South Newbald, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Representative in South Newbald, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people in the sales teams which makes this job really
    Some really good managers
    Some good benefits which include private healthcare.

    Cons

    Bullying by some managers on very experienced staff
    Pay is propped up by free shares that you lose if you don't stay for 3 years.
    Always want you to do more out of usual hours.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure you pick the right person for the role as many people are out into roles because their face fits. Make the basic salary more appealing.


  4. "Overall Review of BAT as an Employer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees are encouraged to take responsibilities, encouraged to develop their skills, open management style where views of employees on matters affecting company or improvements to processes are positively received. Opportunities to move across functions and geographies and above all an excellent paymaster!

    Cons

    Should enforce a policy of mandatory maximum period in any given management role, especially when excellent performance level has reached.


  5. "Standard Big Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well paid, great benefits, flexible working arrangements, good people

    Cons

    Too many politics in the office, constantly restructuring


  6. "Corporate Finance Controller"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Corporate Finance Controller in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Corporate Finance Controller in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and a lot of opportunities to grow / mobility

    Cons

    A por of pressure tu reduce costs ( constantly,)

    Advice to Management

    To pay more attention to career plans


  7. "Amazing Internship"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at British American Tobacco as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Really being part of a team, even though you're technically an Intern.
    - Diversity: more than 70 nationalities working at the head office.
    - Opportunity to work on various global projects from day one.
    - Massive learning experience because of the size of the company.
    - Exposure to senior leaders

    Cons

    - Such a large company can be bureaucratic at times.
    - Tobacco

  8. Helpful (2)

    "contractual breach and unfair dismissal"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    global company with strong business performance

    Cons

    They seem to have forgotten the human side of human resources, mistreating committed and hard workers to the point to breach contractual conditions. Management seems to want people to do the job not caring about developing and supporting individuals to succeed, on the contrary, placing the blame seems preferable to constructively achieve goals as a team
    I am seriously concerned about the HR practices I have witnessed in Globe House, the HR management did not hesitate to unfairly dismiss a team member, not only by breaching all internal procedures and irresponsibly disregarding good practices, but with a completely unnecessary humiliating approach. If this continues to be the HR leadership this is not a recommendable place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Management in HR needs to review the way they want to treat employees
    Leaders and managers should be reminded about the accountability in developing high performance teams and individuals. Also about their role in making a company a good place to work,
    People managing and communication skills are only the basics, as an organization that wants to have the best talent of the class, they should start by having inspiring and capable leaders, this is certainly not the current case in HR/Reward teams (BAT globe house)


  9. Helpful (1)

    "British American Tobacco"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing Representative in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing Representative in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Loads of opportunity and well paid. The training at BAT is amazing and they really take time to spend time with you.

    Cons

    Expectations are sometimes to high and not attainable regardless of how much work you put in, in an industry that is forever changing.

    Advice to Management

    As there is lots of favoritism sometimes they need to not be so narrow minded and see that there are other people with bags of potential.


  10. "It's all about the bonus"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Huge company, great office in London, good pay.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy and favouritism, but mostly tobacco.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure it would make any difference.


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