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British American Tobacco Reviews

Updated 22 October 2017
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  • Poor Work Life Balance and Stereotype Performance Management (in 55 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. "Excellent"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  2. "Bat .. Good employer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good employer, cared for their staff which was refreshing.

    Cons

    Tabacco company
    So good at looking after staff that I was board


  3. "Contractor"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    Growth potential for young professionals
    excellent work environment
    great and supportive team to work with.
    great organizational culture of respect for all.

    Cons

    Due to the short duration spent there no major cons noted, however very competitive to join as many people want to join the org

    Advice to Management

    Maintain,
    Growth potential for young professionals
    excellent work environment
    great and supportive team to work with.
    great organizational culture of respect for all.


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  5. "Great pay and broad exposure"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Multinational, diverse culture, fantastic opportunities, very good pay.

    Cons

    Heavily regulated industry, limited ability to leverage marketing tools

    Advice to Management

    embrace innovation


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Field Review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Representative
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Representative
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Positive work/life balance
    Great deal of autonomy
    Structured formal training
    Competitive commission structure
    Competitive base salary

    Cons

    No link between field and office
    Slow chain of command
    Limited progression for field team

    Advice to Management

    Look to manage the link between field staff and office staff more effectively; improve internal communications as there is very little and can be very slow; look at ways to develop staff in more ways than 6 week induction.


  7. "Best career choice I've made."

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time

    Pros

    Autonomy, smart colleagues who challenge and stretch you, collaborative, inspiring leaders, global vision, excellent perks, great culture, constantly evolving and aiming to create safer products for the future, whilst protecting the incomes of the hundreds of thousands of people globally who rely on tobacco for a living.

    Cons

    It's a huge company so stakeholder engagement can be challenging, but equally rewarding when you get it right and a superb learning experience.

    Advice to Management

    Consider out-of-the-office working.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Human Resources Director"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Multinational culture.
    Fully results oriented.
    Excellent salaries.

    Cons

    Very little innovation.
    Conflict based culture - the more conflict you create, the more you will grow.
    Your job is always on the line.

    Advice to Management

    Turnover cost is very high and the main reason is not because lack of talent. but because of talent burnout.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Brand Marketing"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Executive in London, England
    Current Employee - Brand Executive in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - structured processes;
    - solid product management experience;
    - good work/life balance

    Cons

    - relatively weak brand marketing experience due to the tight regulation of the industry;
    - conservative way of thinking among senior level managers.

    Advice to Management

    Be more willing and open to innovation.


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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Challenging but rewarding"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Reward package is very good, lots of scope for advancement, both uk and overseas. Staff generally well looked after. Early responsibility.

    Cons

    Can be slow and bureaucratic. Too many people involved in the simplest of decisions. Self interest of some managers can get in the way of the right decision

    Advice to Management

    Remove some management levels


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