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British American Tobacco Reviews

Updated 15 October 2017
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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. "Review"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    exposure to leadership team
    career growth in some areas
    good package depending on the country
    enviroment and colkleagues

    Cons

    standardisation that comes with less opportunities


  2. "excellent talent"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Associate Director in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of talented people
    Very meritocratic
    Great attention to career development

    Cons

    If you are not a concrete passioned achiever, you will not fit


  3. "Great opportunity provided to reach out from comfort zone; as well as exposure to the international environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    1) BAT provides the challenging- but rewarding- experiences to employee, which motivates employee and really helps to develop skills in a very short period of time.
    2) Rotation is made often within the function, which helps for the total understanding of the business.
    3) For GGP, fast track program itself is a huge benefit which challenges oneself and enables one to grow faster than anyone else in other companies.
    4) As an international company, almost everyday exposure to international environment is given, working between multinational colleagues and branches.

    Cons

    1) Would not suit for person who does not like to change or challenge stretch target.
    2) It may be difficult to find work and life balance depending on which function/role you are in.


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  5. "Working Student"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good integration into teams
    interesting projects

    Cons

    smoking in building is allowed


  6. "Great pay and challenge - management style needs some work"

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

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

    Pros

    Money and benefits are excellent.
    Challenge is high - opportunity to grow is good.

    Cons

    High level of politics with no outcomes.
    People management is not valued by senior leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to people management not just the money. Results could be even better. Poor management practices mean people are just staying for the money - not because they love working there.

    Conduct exit interviews - no one ever asked my what I thought - it was like I was dead to the company when I decided to leave. Left a bad taste in mouth after many happy years.


  7. "excellent learning environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HR Manager Europe Operations in London, England
    Former Employee - HR Manager Europe Operations in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    open culture, excellent in getting the best out of people, wide range on development opportunities, truly international, career paths

    Cons

    job mobility can be an obstacle for the right work-life/family balance

    Advice to Management

    do not let the old-boys-network take over the excellent HR systems and processes


  8. "Great organisation and talented colleagues"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Internal Audit in London, England
    Former Employee - Internal Audit in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at British American Tobacco full-time

    Pros

    Great organisation to work for with lots of opportunities to learn, develop and travel. I enjoyed engaging with a lot of very talented people daily and saw a tremendous personal growth during my time in BAT

    Cons

    A lot of change programmes happening with a lack of transparency and clarity on future roles

    Advice to Management

    More pro active management of staff during periods of change


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Great company but not what is used to be...."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Fast career development
    International exposure
    Investing in fast growing e-cigarette category

    Cons

    Mature industry
    More cost cutting focused than on delivering organic growth (ie innovation, creativity, etc)
    Highly bureaucratic decision making


  10. "Intern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable, well managed company. A great opportunity to learn about how MNCs work.

    Cons

    Big, slow and overly bureaucratic. Moreso than other companies due to the regulatory restrictions in the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Let your employees advance faster, or they will go somewhere else.


  11. "Excellent"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hampshire in Southampton, England
    Former Employee - Hampshire in Southampton, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for.
    Numerous opportunities to extend ones career path either by promotion or moving sideways to other functions to gain wider knowledge.
     Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Can't think of anythingetting negative

    Advice to Management

    Not sure I am best placed to advise management of anything.
    I worked at BAT for 11 yrs and can't remember a time when I could fault management.


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