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. Hard work - but fair days pay for a fair days work

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    Former Employee - Sales Trainer - Retired in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Trainer - Retired in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Imperial Tobacco (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Challenges you to think differently about options - one option is no option, two options a dilemma but with three or more options you have choice to make a better decision.

    Cons

    Not exactly a HR driven Company which can mean stated Values can be overlooked

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management ego and a culture of Managers know best can stifle people and decision making by people at the "coal face"

  3. 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

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  5. Enriching, good working environment surrounded with knowledgeable colleagues

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

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    good working environment
    very professional people
    Good communication among colleagues
    Colleagues very helpful
    sport facilities such as gym, football pitch, personal locker
    Tea/coffee making facilities

    Cons

    Not much to say here, I really enjoy working for the company.

  6. Enjoyable company to work for who encourage employee engagement

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    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

  7. Friendly people more like a family

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    Former Employee - IS Support Analyst in Nottingham, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IS Support Analyst in Nottingham, England (UK)

    I worked at Imperial Tobacco full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and pension scheme plenty of camaraderie.

    Cons

    Last few years were always filled with uncertainty.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the staff informed of all decisions pertaining to them and the company's future.

  8. Work life balance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Imperial Tobacco

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Teamwork, staff benefit is the best in town

    Cons

    No business strategy at all

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

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    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.

  10. Challenging jobs in an International environment with excellent salary

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    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

  11. Awful experience, every person is miserable, worried about losing their position to others they work with, would never g

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Account Executive in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Imperial Tobacco full-time

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

    Pros

    The money is excellent as is the benefits but you are selling a product that kills people and that lingers in the place in tearms of peoples attitudes

    Cons

    cant trust anyone. managers are ruthless cold and a little nasty. never know where you stand and was so happy to get out of the place

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