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British American Tobacco Reviews

Updated 13 December 2017
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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. Helpful (2)

    "Brand Marketing"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  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 (1)

    "Challenging but rewarding"

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    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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  5. "Great place to work!"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Representative in Richmond, London, England
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Representative in Richmond, London, England

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

    Pros

    BAT UK provides great career opportunities and gives people opportunities to grow and challenge themselves regardless of age or experience.
    The pay is pretty good, and in a good year the bonus is very generous.
    There is a very positive culture (it's fun, relaxed and informal). Anyone can go and talk to senior management, there are no airs and graces and no big egos.

    Cons

    It's not really a 'con' as such, but it's hard work! You definitely have to work for your money. Sometimes it feels as though some departments are more 'up against it' than others, which can feel a bit unfair, but it tends to even itself out across the year.

    Advice to Management

    Keep on providing the career opportunities and make sure they are available to everyone. Have more of a focus on flexible working arrangements.


  6. "Very good option for growth"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at British American Tobacco full-time

    Pros

    Well paid, and a great work / life balance

    Cons

    You get a lot of negativity as its a tobacco company


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Trade Marketing Representative"

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    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Representative in London, England
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Representative in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Well established company making waves and beating the competition.

    Cons

    Remuneration is below market anchor. Tick box culture. High staff turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Less red tape. A move towards "a happy worker is a productive worker" would be nice.


  8. "good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good salary, good management, good working env

    Cons

    poor technology, no air condition, bad food


  9. "In House lawyer"

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

    Pros

    Great people. Great opportunities. Good solid corporate.

    Cons

    poor flexible working. Less fun than use to be.

    Advice to Management

    More flexible working.e


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great People and Packages, Controversial Products and Politics"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - PMO Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - PMO Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are very helpful, collaborative at mid-management and below.
    Packages are (have to be) very competitive so staff retention is generally high, although people keep saying things are changing.

    Cons

    Organisation is very federated and sometimes too cumbersome when trying to implement change.
    Networking and a little too much emphasis on who you know rather than what you've delivered.
    Organisational change and restructuring leaves people bewildered at times as moves happen frequently and without much regard to career aspirations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep recognising talent but align the individuals career goals to the opportunities available.
    Keep working on products that are less controversial if that's possible.


  11. "Ico Manager"

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

    Pros

    Great Company, Lovely people, beautiful building and view

    Cons

    Focused less on people but on profit


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