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Imperial Tobacco Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Great company to work for lots of benefits and good salary (in 7 reviews)

  • They are all genuinely nice people and are broadly supportive for new people coming into the business (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 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


  2. 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.

  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.


  4. "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


  5. "personal development"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mechelen (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mechelen (Belgium)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    people development, constant change, individual contribution

    Cons

    post integration issues, short term vs long term

    Advice to Management

    manage change, look at long term, focus on organisational growth


  6. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Sales in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Autonomy, Engaged team. Pleanty of challenge but the ability to get things done and to have fun doing it despite being a controvercial industry. If you come to work here you will be pushed and challenged - but well rewarded. Having worked in other industries, if things get me down, I just think about how much better it is being here!

    Cons

    Can take a long time to get things done in terms of decisions. Very few cons in my view working in this business

    Advice to Management

    -


  7. "Credit analyst"

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    Former Contractor - Credit Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Contractor - Credit Analyst in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great workplace, fun people. The job is fun, especially if you like arguing and being in contact with costumers ( commercial ).

    Cons

    It's certainly not good for your karma. Some tasks are very repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    Talking about business growth without addressing public health issues is a bit ostrich-like. Maybe showing a bit more consideration, overall, for the big picture would help with the business culture.

  8. "Great company to work for if you like a challenge"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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


  9. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bristol, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great culture, expertise and vision

    Cons

    could improve in communication and procedures


  10. "Stable company"

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    Current Employee - Controlling Manager in Madrid (Spain)
    Current Employee - Controlling Manager in Madrid (Spain)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company where you can learn a lot of enterprises procedures. Work-life balance depends on your managers.

    Cons

    Very big company where initiatives are very difficult to implement. Boring most of the time. It's not posible to have a clear view of the business because the Information Systems.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure HQ expenses and processes
    No global vision of the business. Sales and Production are linked!


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