BAT Reviews

Updated 9 May 2021

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3.9
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BAT Chief Executive  Jack Bowles
Jack Bowles
48 Ratings
Pros
  • "fast paced with a great working environment(in 107 reviews)

  • "Good salary, nice people, wide perks(in 74 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "work life balance can be better(in 129 reviews)

  • "difficult to balance Social life with long Working hours(in 54 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee
      Featured Review

      Global company and very people oriented.

      14 Jul 2020 - Senior Digital Transformation Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      Takes good care of its employees

      Cons

      Tobacco manufacturer and highly regulated industry so may not appeal to everyone!

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    2. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Great place to work

      6 Apr 2021 - Project Engineer in Southampton, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Diversified environemnt with different background collegues

      Cons

      Very narrowed field due to Government restriction

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    3. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Not the worst place, but stale, outdated and not very efficient

      7 Apr 2021 - N/A in London, England, England
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      Pros

      The vast majority of junior people seem okay. Senior management is another story, however. The salary is higher than the industry average even for entry-level jobs.

      Cons

      - Insane hours - Back to back meetings during the day and having to do the ACTUAL work that I'm supposed to do during my evenings, weekends and non-existent spare time. No work-life balance. - The vaping division announced a 52% rise in profits and then not even a week later the company announced the biggest wave of cuts the company has seen in years. Really tells you something about how much the company values its staff. The senior management is determined to keep showing an increase in profits at the expense of laying off people and cutting resources. In other words, they are in lights switching off mode it seems. - Extremely disorganised processes. Nobody on the team actually understands the fundamental step by step processes needed to execute a project. It's frankly alarming. There is really no proper structure anywhere (at least in the vaping division) - POINTLESS Bureaucracy. Why do we need all these stupid meaningless forms that need to be filled out every step of the project? Why do we need to have so many alignment and pre-alignment meetings? WHY?! - The guys at the top are very clearly an old boy's club. -Lots of sucking up in meetings to senior management. Gross to watch. -Proper good old fashioned corporate machine.

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    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Good compensation but can get pretty political

      9 May 2021 - IT Project Delivery Manager in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Compensation is good (bonuses not salaries)

      Cons

      Environment can get pretty political; Its practically up or out (tends to hire significantly externally at all levels rather than promote and keep internal talent

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    5. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Multicultural environment and strong diversity, though challenging work-life balance

      11 Mar 2021 - Associate Marketing Director in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Global career opportunities Multicultural team from every part of the globe and strong diversity agenda High calibre talents and profound professionals in every country, very supportive people

      Cons

      Still more traditional management & many organizational layers - top down cascade and pressure to deliver, team empowerment can be improved Multiple restructuring over the last years led to significant roles cut, more restructuring to come Intense & demanding work requires frequent significant overtime work

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      1 person found this review helpful
    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Good Company to work for

      20 Apr 2021 - Anonymous Employee in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great team of people to work with

      Cons

      The working hours can sometimes be too long.

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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      great place

      14 Apr 2021 - Commercial Finance Analyst in London, England, England
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      Pros

      environment is very nice to work

      Cons

      hours can be adjusted but overall all good

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    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

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      13 Apr 2021 - RePack Planner in Southampton, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly environment, multicultural, providing all IT tools you can imagine.

      Cons

      Long working hours, poor handover

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Great place to work if you are willing to work hard

      8 Apr 2021 - Demand Forecaster in London, England, England
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Talented colleagues, great personal and professional opportunities, international, fast pace,

      Cons

      Can be stressful, very corporate culture

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    10. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 5 years

      The world champions of botched SAP implementations

      4 Dec 2020 - Senior IT Manager in London, England, England
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      Pros

      None that I could list.

      Cons

      While the rest of the company manages its operations on a shoestring, the IT department still believes that "BAT has too much money"; that standpoint drives the whole department behaviour in terms of performance, culture and integrity. Regarding performance, the vast majority of IT projects fail miserably. When I was working in that department, the joke was that BAT were the world champions of failed SAP projects. The reason is, failure is not seen as an issue in that department, confidence and arrogance are valued much more than competence. And, of course, your ethnicity: woe be to those outside of "CANZUK" + (white) South Africa. As a result, the culture is based on blaming others for one's own failures, and hijacking your neighbour's successes. People at the top are low-level technicians whose only skill is to relish in abject subservience to their superiors, unable to see the big picture while convinced they are "leaders". Bullies flourish within BAT IT department, and attain the highest positions. And, as "BAT has too much money", the way vendors are selected and managed is particularly worrying. Again, they are not selected with the business' interests in mind. More expensive, less performing vendors are preferred over more efficient and cheaper ones, even when the choice implies a huge risk to operations. Or useless technologies are purchased to allow the IT "architects" to garner their resumes with that specific skill. Sometimes vendors are selected based on the "cultural fit", meaning the nationality of the vendor - pure Brexit style. If you have any principle or talent, avoid at all cost.

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      4 people found this review helpful
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