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British American Tobacco IT Manager Reviews

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  • Poor Work Life Balance and Stereotype Performance Management (in 59 reviews)

  • The only negative thing about BAT is that there's no work/life Balance at all (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "IT Project Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting Work
    Good quality Colleagues
    Partnerships with major Global IT Suppliers means access to technology and services

    Cons

    Poor Senior Management
    Confused IT Strategy

    Advice to Management

    Adapt


  2. "Good employer with a high potential killed by bureaucracy"

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    Former Employee - BNLX Junior IT Services Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - BNLX Junior IT Services Manager in London, England

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - good life/work balance
    - good company culture
    - above market salary
    - challenging tasks

    Cons

    Worked for the IT department which has been re-shaped and a lot of tasks has been outsourced to regional hubs, India and London HQ.
    Reaching a decision was sometimes a lengthy process of meetings and e-mail exchange.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Good company"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British American Tobacco (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, good conditions and generous remuneration package. Opportunities for travel and career progression

    Cons

    Many examples of middle management wasting significant amounts of money taking advice from consultants to keep them safe in their comfortable roles.

    Advice to Management

    A lot of money is still being wasted not moving the company forward. Put people in positions who are competent, not because of who they know.


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  5. "Great place to work,"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, especially for new joiners, salary good
    Great people and working environment anywhere you go in the world
    Staff generally has a "can do" attitude

    Cons

    Slow decision making due to sheer amount of stakeholders from, Global, Regional, local etc.
    Too many people playing politics at senior levels
    The passion for the business, which used to be shared by all staff is now less obvious

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time doing and less time talking about doing.
    Make decisions more quickly rather than taking 80% of time discussing and then expecting staff to execute in 20%


  6. "Life is not always pretty"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Current Employee - IT Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Friendly environment, multi-cultural work space, global and regional projects, and good image.

    Cons

    Lack of consistency and transparency, high level of politics and out of the blues changes.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and less prearranged deals


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Globalisation"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Numerous experience opportunities. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Less career opportunities. Unsuitable for talented females.


  8. "Management"

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Bucharest (Romania)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time

    Pros

    good career path, powerful company, interesting environment

    Cons

    high pressure on costs, too many managerial levels


  9. "IT Marketing Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Marketing Manager in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Former Employee - IT Marketing Manager in Kiev (Ukraine)
    Recommends

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid international company with right business processes

    Cons

    Specific top and middle (T&M) management hiring process

    Advice to Management

    To improve T&M management hiring process


  10. "Area IT Manager"

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Manager in Dubai (United Arab Emirates)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay & Benefits, good culture.

    Cons

    career path not clear, very political

    Advice to Management

    Need to focus more on Emotional Intelligence and maturity.


  11. "Good for salary and politics, but not good for your skill up in IT"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Seoul (South Korea)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Seoul (South Korea)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You can use power of money from company when you are doing project with 3rd party

    Cons

    Most of time, Company paid big money to 3rd party who doesn't have proper skill set and not helpful to your skill up