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Imperial Tobacco Reviews

Updated 8 February 2017
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Pros
  • Great atmosphere, good work/life balance, learning opportunities (in 4 reviews)

  • Great company to work for lots of benefits and good salary (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Massive change but heart in the right place"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - HRBP in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - HRBP in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Imperial Tobacco full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Loyal employees, sense of camaraderie, fantastic benefits, nice working environment. Is committed to its workforce

    Cons

    Senior managers don't model the organizational values

    Trying to drive a shift in culture and as part of this have removed the really good HR operational team that used to be in place whilst moving to a shared service model, this hasn't been smooth and saw some really strong people leave the business..


  2. "Great Company - Lacks Heart"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Bristol, England
    Former Employee - Marketing Analyst in Bristol, England
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Above average pay
    Challenging operating environment puts emphasis on you to think differently
    Sometimes low morale

    Cons

    Good remuneration can be an impediment to moving on
    Lot's of secrecy
    Rumours dominate outlook
    Uncertainty about future careers
    Appraisal system seriously flawed


  3. "Decent place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IS Department in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - IS Department in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco (More than a year)

    Pros

    Easy working atmosphere,

    Nice people to work with.

    Full time staff have decent benefits.

    Cons

    Management don't really plan very well.
    No-one ever knows what's going on
    Communication is lacking

    Advice to Management

    Don't spend so much time changing small things,

    spend more time planning and less time reacting to the unexpected.


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  5. "My role"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Junior Project Engineer in Nottingham, England
    Current Employee - Junior Project Engineer in Nottingham, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great atmosphere with great colleagues

    Cons

    Long hours but fun work

    Advice to Management

    Keep people informed


  6. Helpful (1)

    "fantastic company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nottingham, England

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good conditions, good rates of pay. Plenty of opportunities to be recognized for achievements and input. Chance of working in other countries.

    Cons

    People rarely leave so might have promotion difficulties, other than that, you get out what you put in to search for promotion opportunities.


  7. "It was great when I joined 3 years ago"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England

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

    Pros

    - open, friendly atmosphere
    - work with great, talented, kind, downtoearth people
    - very international
    - generous benefit for expats

    Cons

    - lately cost down has changed everything
    - good people are leaving
    - too much politics left in HQ & no real inspiration from either works or leadership

    Advice to Management

    too far away from reality, markets


  8. "Good company, great people"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, colleagues and is a "small" enough international company so you can make a real contribution

    Cons

    No real cons at the company

    Advice to Management

    Management seem very competent and the company is going in the right direction. Perhaps a little less short term thinking


  9. "Great company to start your career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Great atmosphere, good work/life balance, learning opportunities

    Cons

    If you look for a research position, here it is very limited.. career progression not very well defined.

    Advice to Management

    Create a clear career progression plan


  10. "Great!"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant in Farnham Royal, England
    Former Employee - Assistant in Farnham Royal, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Team spirit, Great and approachable Management

    Cons

    No cons for me. Left due to company moving to other location. Still missing the company after 4 years!


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to work - managers too nice and slow to make decisions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits package
    Top class facilities
    International opportunities
    Serious focus on development

    Cons

    Too many 'lifers' - resulting in lack of experience and best practice from other leading companies
    Too many of the senior management have the knowledge and technical skills, but lack the leadership / people skills
    Senior managers too corporate and lack the strength and courage to vital make decisions and drive positive change

    Advice to Management

    Recruit based on merit rather than 'old boys network' mentality
    Give more recognition and merit to those vital 'do-ers' rather than the 'talkers' or those that play a good political game


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