Colgate-Palmolive
3.8 of 5 235 reviews
www.colgate.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated May 31, 2014
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3.8 235 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook

Ian M. Cook

(158 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Co-Op (Current Employee)
    Piscataway, NJ

    ProsGood exposure to real life work environment in Research and Development.

    ConsNot a lot of independence in terms of lead of projects.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Solid, stable company for mid-level to senior management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsSome of the best benefits (health, vacation, etc) when comparing to other companies
    Promotes networking and working in teams
    Willing to let employees try roles that do not exactly match their backgrounds

    ConsManagement is very conservative and it is extremely hard to make changes to practices already in place
    Promotions tend to be based on politics rather than work accomplished
    Little focus is put on developing and retaining young talent

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend some time focusing on feedback from the younger employees. Afterall, they are the future of the company - if they decide to stick around.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThis fortune 500 company is great to work for. I have worked there for more than 8 years and can say the company offers great growth opportunities as well as work and family balance.

    ConsIts a large company, so be prepared for lots of competition

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very solid Company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Pros- Colgate is a truly global Company, when working there you really feel you are part of a global team. Lots of interactions with people from different geographies
    - Financilly solid with consistent positive results
    - Very focused and internally aligned
    - Strong team spirit. Respect and caring values applied.

    Cons- You need to be globally mobile and make yourself 100% available in terms of timing and location in order to grow in the company. If being an expat you reject a move to another country you get localized in whichever country you are at this moment
    - Too centralized few room to develop ideas or new ways of doing
    - Diversity only in terms of nationality, few women in top management and most men with same traditional profile (married with wife and children following them around the world)

    Advice to Senior Management- Review current practices to promote good talent to senior positions
    - Push for real diversity open mind to different ways of building carreers
    - Leverage dividends payout with salary increases

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tired of waiting to be promoted

    Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat values and culture
    Collaboration, teamwork
    Good salary
    Great shares performance
    Stable brand success

    ConsSuccession planning is not transparent. Waiting time for promotion can be exhausting, with no specific feedback received on why there is no promotion. Some people are promoted fast but it is not clear how to get on that fast track

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not demoralize talented employees by promoting the same individuals and ignoring others, unless it is a strategy to get rid of certain people. If you are not satisfied with performance please give immediate feedback. It will help both the employee and the perception of the Company.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Promotions are not based on performance

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    Topeka, KS

    ProsAfter 20+ years in the company the benefits become a competitive advantage for Colgate when evaluating going to another company.

    ConsTired of working hard and not getting promoted even after great performance reviews. Specific individuals got promoted out of the sudden despite complaints from business partners.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop thinking the company is perfect and has nothing to do with regards motivating people.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat people, great company to grow with

    Conslow pay , no rotational program

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    Excellent Detal and Health Benefits

    Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
    Morristown, NJ

    ProsPeople, coporate culture and salary.

    ConsDifficult to maintain work life balance and no shedding of dead weight.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLatin America is not the only place where the company has talent.

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosit has very good company culture

    Consthere is nothing to say it

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    Good company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat company values, diversity in every department

    ConsLacks development commitment, length of employment is rewarded instead of performance

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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