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Imperial Tobacco Reviews

Updated 7 April 2015
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  1. Hard work - but fair days pay for a fair days work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Trainer - Retired in London, England
    Former Employee - Sales Trainer - Retired in London, England

    I worked at Imperial Tobacco (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenges you to think differently about options - one option is no option, two options a dilemma but with three or more options you have choice to make a better decision.

    Cons

    Not exactly a HR driven Company which can mean stated Values can be overlooked

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management ego and a culture of Managers know best can stifle people and decision making by people at the "coal face"

  2. Great place to work - managers too nice and slow to make decisions

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits package
    Top class facilities
    International opportunities
    Serious focus on development

    Cons

    Too many 'lifers' - resulting in lack of experience and best practice from other leading companies
    Too many of the senior management have the knowledge and technical skills, but lack the leadership / people skills
    Senior managers too corporate and lack the strength and courage to vital make decisions and drive positive change

    Advice to Management

    Recruit based on merit rather than 'old boys network' mentality
    Give more recognition and merit to those vital 'do-ers' rather than the 'talkers' or those that play a good political game

  3. Enriching, good working environment surrounded with knowledgeable colleagues

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bristol, England
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bristol, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good working environment
    very professional people
    Good communication among colleagues
    Colleagues very helpful
    sport facilities such as gym, football pitch, personal locker
    Tea/coffee making facilities

    Cons

    Not much to say here, I really enjoy working for the company.

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  5. Enjoyable company to work for who encourage employee engagement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Availability Representative in Derby, England
    Current Employee - Availability Representative in Derby, England

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good management, career prospects and training

    Cons

    Excellent benefits and career prospects

  6. Friendly people more like a family

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IS Support Analyst in Nottingham, England
    Former Employee - IS Support Analyst in Nottingham, England

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and pension scheme plenty of camaraderie.

    Cons

    Last few years were always filled with uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the staff informed of all decisions pertaining to them and the company's future.

  7. Awful experience, every person is miserable, worried about losing their position to others they work with, would never g

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England
    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England

    I worked at Imperial Tobacco full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The money is excellent as is the benefits but you are selling a product that kills people and that lingers in the place in tearms of peoples attitudes

    Cons

    cant trust anyone. managers are ruthless cold and a little nasty. never know where you stand and was so happy to get out of the place

  8. Definite pros and definite cons, depends on what you value out of your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    This review is for ITUK. They do look after their staff well - good salaries, with an above average pension package as well. The work is challenging, but really interesting and we work with some great big name brands and large customers, which obviously looks great on the c.v.! We have a lovely, new, modern office as well now (free gym, great cafe - delicious food!); the working environment I feel is a definite plus point. The vast majority of people I work with are great; I believe that people you work with can make or break a job. My particular manager is good: collaborative, open to debate and flexible.

    Cons

    This review is for ITUK. The life balance can be more tipped to the work side, especially as when people leave the company, they tend to not fill the gaps so you find yourself doing 2 jobs. Whilst the company values are in theory good, they are very americanised and as an organisation they better value people who talk the talk rather than those who get their job done. They also offer quite a range of training and personal development (pro), but you may struggle to find any time to attend these (con). There are a lot of people who are 'lifers' and don't realise that the way Imperial works it is not necessarily the way other companies work, so it can be difficult to implement positive changes.

    Advice to Management

    It is widely acknowledged amongst employees that there is a fundamental lack of decision-making that comes from ITUK senior management. It takes far too long to get stuff signed off!

  9. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bristol, England

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great culture, expertise and vision

    Cons

    could improve in communication and procedures

  10. Great company to work for if you like a challenge

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

  11. Great money terrible and repetitive work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Development Executive in London, England
    Former Employee - Retail Development Executive in London, England

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great salary and other benefits and great people to work with.

    Cons

    Poor management, face fits right job, bullying by managers, nepotism is rife

    Advice to Management

    Promote best performers and invest in your people

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