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British American Tobacco Project Manager Reviews

Updated 15 September 2017
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British American Tobacco CEO and Director Nicandro Durante
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  • Poor Work Life Balance and Stereotype Performance Management (in 54 reviews)

  • The only negative thing about BAT is that there's no work/life Balance at all (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Planned the new photo library to incorporate the vast stock of British American Tobacco images worldwide."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Media Project Manager in London, England
    Former Contractor - Media Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and superb restaurant. F1 team at the time which was very exciting. Good people to work with and enjoy a coffee with at the in house Starbucks.

    Cons

    Obviously smoking is not an ideal product to be promoting and this can play on ones conscience. Senior management could be aloof and create an us and them culture.

    Advice to Management

    Be more inclusive.


  2. "A nice to company to work with in London"

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    Current Freelancer - Global Analytics Project Manager in London, England
    Current Freelancer - Global Analytics Project Manager in London, England

    I have been working at British American Tobacco (Less than a year)

    Pros

    * Benefits are above most of the companies I have applied in the UK
    * Balance life-work is good
    * Facilities in the building for employees are outstanding

    Cons

    * Job is in the city center, which may not be ideal for commuters
    * Management is a bit old style
    * As all big companies politics matter to grow insider the company


  3. "Truly global company, offering a great stage to perform."

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global reach, ability to run meaningful initiatives if you make a solid case for change.
    Predominantly experienced and passionate professionals with product affinity, corporate social responsibility is a genuine part of its culture.

    Cons

    Potential risk of a schism between HQ and Regions/End Markets due to increasing numbers of local recruits into Globe House with insufficient 'coal face' exposure.

    Advice to Management

    Safeguard adequate employee rotation across the globe, which is why most people join a multinational.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Difficult"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in City of London, England
    Former Employee - Project Manager in City of London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay, money for technology, employee benefits

    Cons

    Highly political, lots of infighting

    Advice to Management

    Get better working relationships between new IT restructuring team and existing IT functions


  6. "Best Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in San Jose, San Jose (Costa Rica)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    People are helpful here. Good place to work, good people.

    Cons

    No/Few training on current projects and business.


  7. "Hard to leave company"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santiago (Chile)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Santiago (Chile)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Friendly and multicultural environment
    - People development is taken really seriously. You won't be stuck in the same position for more than 1-2 years specially when you are starting.
    - People training is very good, you have workshops at least once a year to improve individual or team performances.
    - Challenging industry, regulations change at least once a year and you need to reinvent your marketing strategy constantly. Thinking outside of the box will really help you.
    - Management Team is really flexible and you can always obtain permission for doing personal things
    - Very good year bonus for achieving company's objectives
    - Good Health Benefits
    - Gym discounts
    - Good location if you work for the southern cone area.

    Cons

    - Balance with personal life is not good at all. There is a bad inherited habit that is normal for people to stay until 7-8 or more and is considered acceptable. Besides there is always budget limitations for hiring more people.
    - Bureaucracy can be really tiring. People end up doing the same task 5 times because approvals are needed locally, regionally and globally. And of course all directors think differently.
    - This is not a very plannified company, changes are constant and people end up running all the time to achieve the same deadlines.

    Advice to Management

    To improve balance with personal life, top management should give the example. Flexible time initiatives are trying to be implemented, but this won't succeed if there isn't a drastic change starting from top to bottom.


  8. "IT Sr. Project Delivery Manager"

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    Current Employee - Regional Senior Project Delivery Manager in Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Regional Senior Project Delivery Manager in Monterrey, Nuevo León (Mexico)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work environment and opportunities to growth.

    Cons

    New Regional model reduces local opportunities.


  9. "Good place for work; controversial industry"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Moscow (Russia)
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in Moscow (Russia)

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation
    Excellent friendly corporate culture
    Invest in people (education programs, rotation)

    Cons

    Politics sometimes get to the highest levels
    Controversial industry

    Advice to Management

    Keep delivering! Good job!


  10. "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager
    Current Employee - Project Manager

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, career opportunities offered to ambitious people, reasonable to great compensation, great people around wherever you go in terms of location or department

    Cons

    Politics seem to be more important than anything, stakeholder management takes lots of time and slows decisions, the good part of it is the democratic aspect everybody knows and agrees, the downside is that sometimes is exageratted and overrated in disfavour of results

    Advice to Management

    Speed up decisional process by trusting and empoweringnpeople in a genuine way


  11. "PMO"

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    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Hamburg (Germany)
    Former Contractor - Project Manager in Hamburg (Germany)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Sehr gutes und verantwortungsbewusst Unternehmen

    Cons

    Zigaretten und Digital Industrie und Digitalisierung ändern das Geschäft

    Advice to Management

    Die machen es alles richtig