Imperial Tobacco Reviews

Updated 2 August, 2014
Updated 2 August, 2014
16 Reviews

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  1.  

    Credit analyst

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

    I worked at Imperial Tobacco as a contractor for more than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Bureaucracy and Ivory Tower syndrome holds back the potential for growth and limits success.

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 for more than 5 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for more than a year

    Pros

    great culture, expertise and vision

    Cons

    could improve in communication and procedures

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Great company to work for if you like a challenge

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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 full-time for more than 10 years

    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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Solid company to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Price & Forecast Analyst  in  Oosterhout, North Brabant (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Price & Forecast Analyst in Oosterhout, North Brabant (Netherlands)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and career outlook (long and stable with a promotion after after a few years). Family type company, very forgiving and room to nourish and grow skills.

    Cons

    Pay is normal within the tobacco industry. Key competitors are more red than this blue company, which is a disadvantage. Lack of cutthroat attitude makes the company always running one step behind. Colleagues are with the company for a long time and will still be there (blocking outlook to promote upwards).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A plan to achieve business targets is not enough. Create a vision that people can rally for.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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 for more than 10 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    -

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    The perfect way to improve your Knowledge in HR - This is a good company to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - International Human Resources Manager  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - International Human Resources Manager in Paris (France)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco

    Pros

    A very active working area with a large opportunity to develop your competencies.

    Need a hight level of dedication and proactivity

    Cons

    Sometime this dedication and the way you need to work very quickly at a hight standard doesn't give you a perfect balance between professionnal life et personnal life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Top management team is always looking to optimize the level of communication, and feedback

    Recommends
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    personal development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Mechelen (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mechelen (Belgium)

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco

    Pros

    people development, constant change, individual contribution

    Cons

    post integration issues, short term vs long term

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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