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Imperial Tobacco Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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  • Great atmosphere, good work/life balance, learning opportunities (in 5 reviews)

  • Great company to work for lots of benefits and good salary (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cayey, PR
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cayey, PR

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

    Pros

    good place to work good paid with benefits

    Cons

    to much managers, poor knowledge of quality products

    Advice to Management

    get rid of poor managers


  2. "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.

  3. 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.


  4. 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


  5. "Great, whilst it lasted."

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    Current Employee - Middle Management in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Supportive company with great training.

    Cons

    Redundancy. It's a shrinking market.

    Advice to Management

    You've lost some knowledgeable, talented employees through redundancy.


  6. "Good place to work for good team spirit and work-life balance"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Madrid (Spain)
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Imperial Tobacco as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very straight forward interview and onboarding process. Collaborative and welcoming team

    Cons

    No structure to deliverables and no training.

    Advice to Management

    More training prior to job


  7. "Operations Manager"

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Birmingham, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience gained working in a multicultural multinational

    Cons

    Many Organizational Culture Obstacles exist...

    Advice to Management

    Have more conversations and collaboration with your junior teams

  8. "HR Business Partner"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversity and lovely workplace atmosphere
    Great E-Learning toolkit system
    People oriented and friendly
    open door policy
    Successful and profitable business
    Great company values

    Cons

    Cigarettes and Tobacco industry is controversial
    Financially Focused
    Lack of systems
    very slow in implementing new technologies and ERP system
    Group functions are not yet effective on global standardized level

    Advice to Management

    Depend on your own workforce more than depending on 3rd party consultants
    Empower the Group functions to build more effective global standards


  9. "Good Tobacco Company with stronger values than its competitors"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Imperial Tobacco as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Salary/remuneration - although lower than competitors

    Cons

    constant changes in structure. reduction in workforce. not growing.

    Advice to Management

    better explanation of the company structural changes


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Massive change but heart in the right place"

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    Former Employee - HRBP in Bristol, England (UK)
    Former Employee - HRBP in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Imperial Tobacco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Loyal employees, sense of camaraderie, fantastic benefits, nice working environment. Is committed to its workforce

    Cons

    Senior managers don't model the organizational values

    Trying to drive a shift in culture and as part of this have removed the really good HR operational team that used to be in place whilst moving to a shared service model, this hasn't been smooth and saw some really strong people leave the business..


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