Imperial Tobacco Reviews

Updated 7 April, 2015
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  1. Credit analyst

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    Former Contractor - Credit Analyst in Montreal, QC
    Former Contractor - Credit Analyst in Montreal, QC

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great workplace, fun people. The job is fun, especially if you like arguing and being in contact with costumers ( commercial ).

    Cons

    It's certainly not good for your karma. Some tasks are very repetitive.

    Advice to Management

    Talking about business growth without addressing public health issues is a bit ostrich-like. Maybe showing a bit more consideration, overall, for the big picture would help with the business culture.

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    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

  3. Enjoyable company to work for who encourage employee engagement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Availability Representative in Derby, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Availability Representative in Derby, England (UK)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good management, career prospects and training

    Cons

    Excellent benefits and career prospects

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  5. Good opportunities for progression if you work hard, no clear development channel but this is improving slowly,

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Hamburg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Hamburg (Germany)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can only achieve as much as you put yourself out there - networking with the right people is essential, making yourself seen is also important. bonuses are handed out for good project work and is something to work towards. office culture is good, less politics than the english offices, flexible working hours, generous holidays and overtime system, bosses are generally nice people.

    Cons

    favoritism(director level and up) - if you are good looking, smile and laugh a lot then you will get noticed more and more opportunities will be given to you - regardless of the output of your work. This negates other smarter people who might be slightly more introverted but know the business and can contribute on a wider scale. this culture impedes the growth of genuinely smart people who can potentially contribute more. This is something that is evident in the Hamburg offices.

    Advice to Management

    treat people equally and they will grow and make your business stronger, they will be more willing to make a contribution rather than feeling sidelined for no good reason. focus on individuals to make them grow.

  6. Challenging jobs in an International environment with excellent salary

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hamburg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hamburg (Germany)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    International Environment,
    Very good salary
    Lots of interesting projects as the company is in transformation
    Clear Company Values
    Open and honest working relationships

    Cons

    Some areas (Systems) and processes very old fashioned (but transformation started with the generation change)
    Expect Politics like in most large organisations

    Advice to Management

    Keep living the values and improve change management and comms

  7. Bureaucracy and Ivory Tower syndrome holds back the potential for growth and limits success.

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    Current Employee - Sales Development Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Development Executive in Fort Lauderdale, FL (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Outstanding Medical benefits. Somewhat flexible with time.
    Employees are always open to adapt and follow new strategies. There's will.
    Stock could be higher if practices are more organized all across the globe.

    Cons

    They have an Ivory Tower syndrome: Trying to decide from the UK what's best for every market in the world when THEY DON'T KNOW THE LOCAL MARKETS. If you reflect on this, you can see why they're limiting growth and success.
    Career aspirations are not taken seriously. It is mandatory to include them in the performance appraisals but nothing happens after that. There are no serious budgets for training.
    Disorganized/ Bureocratic/ politically charged company. Sales and Marketing strategies are weak at best. They keep changing every quarter or so (how are you going to measure success with so little time).
    The process to get investments approved is ridiculously bureaucratic and inefficient (they confuse being 'cost conscious' with fiscally responsible). Example: You can get a budget approved for a project by all levels. However, they can take away those funds at any point during the project. This creates a lot of risk of work not being delivered as planned and affects many areas of the business. I don't think they believe in best practices.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the 'DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I DO' modus operandi.
    You have great people who are willing to follow leaders with charisma.
    BE MORE FLEXIBLE WITH MANAGEMENT IN LOCAL MARKETS (especially the US = now your bigger market )
    Embrace change

  8. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Bristol, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    great culture, expertise and vision

    Cons

    could improve in communication and procedures

  9. Great company to work for if you like a challenge

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bristol, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working environment is good, demanding roles but lots of support available if you choose to use it

    Cons

    Benefit package is better than some other companies, but could be better

  10. Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Bristol, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales in Bristol, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Autonomy, Engaged team. Pleanty of challenge but the ability to get things done and to have fun doing it despite being a controvercial industry. If you come to work here you will be pushed and challenged - but well rewarded. Having worked in other industries, if things get me down, I just think about how much better it is being here!

    Cons

    Can take a long time to get things done in terms of decisions. Very few cons in my view working in this business

    Advice to Management

    -

  11. personal development

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mechelen (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mechelen (Belgium)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    people development, constant change, individual contribution

    Cons

    post integration issues, short term vs long term

    Advice to Management

    manage change, look at long term, focus on organisational growth

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