I worked at British American Tobacco full-time (More than 10 years)
BAT offers Development Opportunities, The possibility to learn from a true multinational, it’s complexity can be challenging but for those willing to develo is a great Global exposure, Good Reward package and benefits
As any other big company there are too many Politics. Over the years has become too corporate, constant pressure and work/life balance is not ideal.
Advice to Management
Grateful for the opportunities and professional growth which brought me to where I am today. I was made redundant and even under these difficult circumstances BAT takes good care of its people. After leaving, the skills and experience acquired landed me a good and well paid job but not all is perfect and like in any other environment, continuous budget cuts is leading to 1 person doing the job of 2 if not 3. Pressure is mounting, unhappiness all around and over the years BAT is loosing that great sense of family and cool culture I once knew. The Top leadership behave as Gods and rightfully their position allows them to do that but wouldn’t it be inspiring and motivating to observe such Senior level engaging their people, specially their teams? Thus still remains a great company to work for.
I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at British American Tobacco in September 2017.
Highly unpleasant and aggressive. Probably the worst interview (and the most aggressive and rude interviewer) I have ever had in my career which even left me doubting my own capabilities as an FMCG marketer with 6+ years of experience.
Applied online and was immediately invited to do the culture test, math test and verbal test.
Was then told via automated email that HR would be in touch re: next steps.
4 weeks later, receive an email scheduling a call with HR to discuss my CV. The call went well and was told I would be scheduled for an in-person interview with the hiring manager.
A week later I went to the BAT office for the interview, where the hiring manager, proceeded to ask me questions about my CV and then: would not let me finish any of my answers, abruptly cut me off and moved to the next questions, rolled his eyes multiples times, openly doubted my experience then mid-interview told me I lacked experience and this would not work out.
I was left shocked and confused and wondered if this was BATs style?
Had I gotten further in the process I would have declined.
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The Field assignment helped me to strengthen my negotiation skills and gave me a deep understanding of the business.
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