How they work at British American Tobacco
British American Tobacco was founded in 1902. Since then, everything has been in the history of the tobacco corporation – both ups and downs. As befits any large business. Now the total number of employees in British American Tobacco is more than 57 thousand people. The Russian representative office of the company, opened in 1991, employs only about 3 thousand people. But how!
We decided to look behind the scenes of the production of famous tobacco products, and see how the Russian office of the corporation is arranged.
There is one wonderful place in Moscow, which is called the “business park”. This is Krylatsky hills – an office project where many successful companies operate. British American Tobacco Russia is also based there. Employees of the company do not drive Mercedes of the latest brands (as it might seem, the company is still serious), but get to the office on ordinary minibuses from the Krylatskoye metro station. British American Tobacco Russia’s office neighbors are more than pleasant – the Russian representative offices of Microsoft, Johnson And Johnson and Sun InBev are also located in Krylatsky hills.
The management of British American Tobacco Russia particularly appreciates its employees. After all, their recruitment takes place according to a more than serious scheme, so only the best can pass the test. The test is more personal-psychological than qualification. If you can quickly make decisions, be a leader in the team, have the gift of persuasion and an extraordinary mind – then you have every chance to become part of the team of the British Tobacco Corporation. It is these qualities that are highlighted when applying for a job. Work experience is also important, but in the presence of personal qualities of the appropriate level, they may not look at insufficient experience.
Each candidate for the position passes a specially designed test. With its help, recruitment specialists determine how prepared the candidate for work in British American Tobacco Russia is from the standpoint of their values and priorities.
You do not smoke, but would like to work for British American Tobacco Russia? You have every chance of it. The question of smoking during an interview is not asked, and as company leaders say, addiction to cigarettes absolutely does not play any role in employment in British American Tobacco Russia.
After a successful interview with an HR specialist, a meeting is already scheduled with the manager of the recruiting department. This is where the most difficult part begins. First, a conversation is held with the candidate, in which he must share situations from his past professional life in which he was able to successfully demonstrate certain key qualities (stress resistance, solving problems in extreme conditions, efficiency, etc.).
And then the applicant is invited to complete tasks similar to those that he will solve already being in the status of a permanent employee (if, of course, an interview is held). These tasks usually have several possible solutions, and their implementation is limited in time. The goal here is to see how quickly the applicant can navigate the problem and choose the best way to eliminate it.
First of all, all newcomers to the company are introduced to the history of the corporation, the responsibilities of each department and conduct a tour of the office. Also in British American Tobacco Russia there is one very friendly tradition: to introduce each new employee to colleagues in a non-working environment. A team in the updated composition can go together to a cafe or to some cultural event and get to know each other better.
This is exactly the approach taken by department heads at British American Tobacco Russia. They believe that 70% of each employee’s knowledge is knowledge that he acquired directly during the performance of his job duties, 20% of knowledge is acquired from mentors and colleagues, and only 10% is knowledge acquired during training, seminars, courses.
Nevertheless, trainings are conducted in British American Tobacco Russia quite actively. The company has its own small staff of trainers and staff development specialists, but outside trainers are also invited to conduct individual seminars. British American Tobacco Russia is particularly fond of personal growth trainings.
British American Tobacco Russia has a liberal outlook on the work process. Employees can come to work in any clothes. Therefore, in offices you can often see people sitting at computers in jeans and T-shirts. But everyone understands in which situations you can look informally, and in which not. At a business meeting or negotiations, all the same, everyone dresses properly.
The work schedule is also free. Employees must work out the standard eight hours a day, but what kind of hours will they have the right to decide for themselves and coordinate this with their immediate supervisor. But there is a small rule – you must be present at the workplace from 11 am to 4 days.