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 a “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 around in the latest brands of Mercedes (as it might seem, the company is still serious), but get to the office by ordinary minibuses from the Krylatskoye metro station. The office neighbors of British American Tobacco Russia are more than pleasant – the Russian offices of Microsoft, Johnson And Johnson and Sun InBev are also located in the Krylatsky Hills.
This is what the office looks like from a bird’s eye view:
How they work at British American Tobacco
Smoking is optional
British American Tobacco Russia management especially values its employees. After all, their recruitment takes place according to more than a serious scheme, so only the best can pass the test. The test is more personal and psychological than qualification. If you know how to make decisions quickly, be a leader in a team, have the gift of persuasion and an extraordinary mind, then you have every chance of becoming a part of the team of the British tobacco corporation. It is these qualities that come to the fore when hiring. Work experience is also important, but if you have personal qualities of a suitable level, you may not even look at the lack of experience.
Each candidate for the position passes a specially designed test. With its help, recruiting specialists determine how ready a candidate is to work in British American Tobacco Russia in terms of their values and priorities.
Don’t smoke but would like to work for British American Tobacco Russia? You have every chance of this. The question of smoking is not asked during the interview, and as the company executives say, addiction to cigarettes absolutely does not play any role in employment in British American Tobacco Russia.
Non-childish tasks for a while
After a successful interview with an HR specialist, a meeting is scheduled with the manager of the department to which the recruitment is taking place. This is where the hardest 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 (resistance to stress, problem solving in extreme conditions, efficiency, etc.).
And then the applicant is invited to perform tasks similar to those that he will solve while already 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. Here the goal is to see how quickly the applicant can navigate the problem and choose the best way to eliminate it.
All newcomers to the company are first introduced to the history of the corporation, the responsibilities of each department, and 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. The new team can go to a cafe or some cultural event together and get to know each other better.
Let’s learn in the process!
This is the approach taken by department heads at British American Tobacco Russia. They believe that 70% of the knowledge of each employee is knowledge that he acquired directly during the performance of his job duties, 20% of knowledge is adopted from mentors and colleagues, and only 10% is knowledge gained during trainings, seminars, courses.
Nevertheless, trainings are held in British American Tobacco Russia quite actively. The company has its own small staff of trainers and staff development specialists, but third-party trainers are also invited to conduct individual seminars. British American Tobacco Russia is especially fond of training on the topic of personal growth.
From interns to leaders
The internship process at British American Tobacco Russia deserves special attention. When recruiting for an internship begins, the excitement among those wishing to work in the giant of tobacco production is not weak. Only twenty applicants are selected, and the competition for one place can be up to 600-700 people! The internship program lasts two years, during which young specialists are given the opportunity not only to gain theoretical knowledge, but also to participate in the company’s current projects. The interns are already getting paid for their work. And the most successful graduates of the trainee training course can immediately be offered the chair of the head of the department.
Freedom in everything
British American Tobacco Russia adheres to a liberal view of the work process. Employees can come to work in any dress. Therefore, in offices you can often contemplate people sitting at computers in jeans and T-shirts. But everyone understands in which situations you can look informal and in which not.