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Imperial Tobacco Reviews

Updated February 7, 2017
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  1. "Senior Systems Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Senior Systems Engineer in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Business, Good Work Team

    Cons

    Management changed because of move


  2. "Not enough focus on people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time

    Pros

    People you work with
    Unstructured environment means you can carve out opportunities
    Exposure to seniors

    Cons

    Not a rewarding workplace
    Too much politics
    Very gossipy and relationship driven
    No real development opportunities in place


  3. "Front Line Leadership"

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in North Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in North Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company leadership is open & honest. Focus is on safety, quality, utilizing assets, and reducing & eliminating waste to be the low cost producer.

    Cons

    Change! If you do not like change this may not be a good fit! Developing a Continuous Improvement Culture is a high priority.

    Advice to Management

    Make yourself visible to all. Develop a culture that empowers the employee and drives ownership of the business to the factory floor.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "low"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time

    Pros

    None. Clearly that have no concern for individuals. They are only concerned about making a dollar. No compassion for others. There is no postives.

    Cons

    Multiple. Inconsiderate. Have 0 compassion for people. Lie, all about the dollar. Not any concern for employees, unethical. Unrealistic goals

    Advice to Management

    All about money, do not care about their employees.


  6. Helpful (5)

    "So long and thanks for all the fish!!!!!!!!!!!"

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

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

    Pros

    Good brands, global organization, average pay/benefits. The tobacco industry is not for the faint of heart, but if you thrive on challenge and change, it can be very rewarding.

    Company and brands with loads of growth potential in the US, but not confident that the correct leadership/strategies are in place yet to make it happen. Wouldn't trade a minute of the last 10 years, but excited to escape the 'growing pains' to come and move on to the next chapter in my career. Good Luck to my former CA family.

    Cons

    Buy a small, successful, streamlined company...insert incompetent leadership ... add layer after layer of unnecessary complexity ... micromanage from across the pond...talk the talk, but don't walk the walk about company culture and values ....and then act surprised at the results...SERIOUSLY?

    Advice to Management

    Alison - giving your 'heartfelt' thanks to people for all of their hard work, without which the deal could have never happened, comes off as really cold and heartless when it's been merely hours since you notified hundreds of those same people that the actual result of all their hard work was to be displaced by someone they helped you acquire as part of the deal.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Imperial"

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    Current Employee - Planning Work Stream Member and OEE Analyst in Bayamon, PR
    Current Employee - Planning Work Stream Member and OEE Analyst in Bayamon, PR

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities of leaning and apply knowledge.

    Cons

    Most of the positions are temporary.


  8. Helpful (6)

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

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    Current Employee - Sales Development Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Development Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  9. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER in London, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Constantly changing environment due to regulation, always challenging , some great people working there. Good systems for KPI tracking in place.

    Cons

    Talk a lot about their "People" but in reality don't really care. Only focus on quick wins not sustainability for business.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of big egos to manage


  10. "Tobacco companies have little future"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yerevan (Armenia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Yerevan (Armenia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    With the highest profit margins, they can afford to pay much!

    Cons

    Constant restructurings and reorganizations to maintain profit margins affect employment stability.


  11. "Not recommended"

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    Current Employee - Québec in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Current Employee - Québec in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Never work on weekends or holidays

    Cons

    -Extremely disorganised company, most days one of the systems is down.
    -Lying management, they promise bonuses that never come or come 5-6 months after the scheduled date and that you don't get if you're no longer an employee regardless of your involvement in the project.
    -Management will randomly twist your arm into doing overtime or unpaid work and then only offer to bank your hours but will make you feel guilty if you ever request to use said banked hours
    -Very few advancement oportunities.



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