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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated Jul 11, 2014
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3.8 240 reviews

90% Approve of the CEO

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

Ian M. Cook

(163 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor(in 31 reviews)

  • Great benefits and still has some great people there(in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance was no good for me at all(in 12 reviews)

  • very conservative; the decision making process is too long(in 12 reviews)

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    Brand Manager (Former Employee)

    Pros- a lot of things to learn in the first 2-3 years as entry-level both from other employees and trainings
    - very good implementation of culture & values (can be seen on website)
    - salary as market average + extra-benefits and bonuses
    - high business ethics standard
    - environment where employees feel free to share and discuss any ideas/issues even with top management
    - opportunity to work abroad, though reduced since 'the economic crisis'

    Cons- depending on personal capabilities, after 2-3 years from entry-level you might reach a halt in learning if left on the same position/category/project
    - since 'the economic crisis' the strategy is has not been clearly defined and communicated
    - strategy is strongly driven by financial KPIs, not focused on consumers
    - middle managers have 10+ years in the company and are a bit stuck in the 'old ways' of doing things
    - in commercial departments overtime is a given and not compensated

    Advice to Senior Management- clearly define and communicate company commercial strategy
    - focus the strategy more on consumers (research), brand communication
    - start building long term plans (vs current very short term) and actively enforcing flawless implementation for long term results
    - less is more

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Decent company to work for

    Human Resources Associate (Current Employee) Ahmedabad (India)

    ProsRespect for peers, Good work culture

    ConsPoor work life balance, slow career progression

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide better opportunity for a work life balance to employees

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

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    Mixed Signals

    Business Development Manager (Former Employee) Sofia (Bulgaria)

    ProsMultinational allowing for growth and development, internal online and on-the-job training. Team work, communication and management skills valued the most. Opportunity for recognition of efforts beyond one's job via YCMAD programs.

    ConsSmall office, distant location and little light in the room. (Sofia office) Limited opportunity for further development after end of short-term assignments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry to automate as many tasks as possible to reduce manual data processing and analysis. Consider BI graphs and charts on all levels.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Lima, Lima Region (Peru)

    ProsGood place for learning, launching a career

    ConsCareer path depends on relationships, more than performance

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    nice culture

    Marketing Intern (Current Employee) Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    Prospeople love what they do

    ConsMost projects lack of stability, group communication is not good

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

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    • Disapproves of CEO

     

    Customer Development

    Customer Development (Former Employee)

    ProsI would say that there are many good things about working here:
    Great benefits
    Good employee compensation (even with only a mediocre review)

    ConsYou are losing a lot of good people because of the lack of transparency.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Relationship based CPG firm

    Marketing Intern (Former Employee) Guangzhou, Guangdong (China)

    Proscollaborative environment, lots of international opportunities

    Consvery conservative; the decision making process is too long

    Advice to Senior Managementneed to improve strategy execution

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

     

    Marketing Driving Company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood people
    Relaxed atmosphere
    Good work/life balance

    ConsLax management - too many unnecessary middle managers
    Not very innovative

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    Development chemist for personal care

    Development Chemist (Former Employee) Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    ProsChallenging environment, professional management in an industry which is not affected so much by the economy

    Consnot innovative enough, too much focus on oral care and not enough investment in other areas.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Experience at COLPAL

    Executive Associate (Former Employee) Mumbai (India)

    ProsFixed job timing, not much stress at work

    ConsNothing much to explore and learn

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove KT sessions

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

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