Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor (in 36 reviews)

  • Good work family balance with great benefits (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Work / Life Balance seems to be deteriorating quickly (in 14 reviews)

  • Decision making by consensus sometimes means some opportunities are missed (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Well-oiled machine

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Strong financial management permeates all departments

    Cons

    Several brands not living up to their full potential due to low priority

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, remember to connect with the teams on the ground periodically.


  2. Challenging But Rewarding Internship

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Greenwood, SC
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Greenwood, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Was given actual projects from the team that were important for me to complete for the sake of the site/company. Once I started getting over the learning curve, I was able to contribute ideas and opinions on projects, and I felt like a team player because people listened and used or debated over what I said. - Don't except to find resources very easily. The projects are there, but the ones I were given were only in idea form and hadn't been started by anyone yet, and was only given a little information about who I can talk to to start it - Opportunity to meet directors and VPs in the company - Great company culture that definitely keeps in line with "Colgate cares" - In general, open minded people if you aren't very pushy and listen - Interns are treated as regular employees

    Cons

    - If only assigned a manager and you never get to see him/her, can make the internship very difficult due to lack of feedback, general guidance, him/her knowing what you're doing - I was given many major projects that I was expected to complete by the end of my internship. Would be better to have been given only 2 or 3 to focus on


  3. Good work environment-good pay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good culture. Work environment lets you work to your full potential. Good pay as well.

    Cons

    Some managers do not have their interns actively participate in the critical thinking process of their projects.

    Advice to Management

    Interns could be more than just an extra set of hands.


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  5. Finance Category Lead

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Best place to work organization

    Cons

    nothing at this point for enjoy working with Colgate


  6. Marketing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    summer fridays, work smart program

    Cons

    company has not evolved with today's economy, cookie cutter mediocre employees in order to maintain culture, extremely political and hierarchical that you waste more time networking / sucking up to people and doing coffee chats than doing your work, HR has way too much power here and does not plan next roles timely, promotions are extremely slow, vacation days are limited, very few great managers, not built for today's generation so would not advise anyone under the age of 40 to join this organization, does not reward employees based on merit, employees are constantly looking for new jobs


  7. review

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good brands and very strong systems and process. Very conssitent global strategies and a diversified global market

    Cons

    too rigid with polices sometimes. They need to show some more flexibility to high performing employess and improve relocation benefits

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build global process and implement in all markets. Invoest more in people development to make them feel valued


  8. Great employer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best place I've worked at, great people, great corporate policies.

    Cons

    Can be slow moving for a fast moving consumer goods company. Experience can vary widely depending on country management style.

    Advice to Management

    While it's a great company to work and develop in due to it's stellar corporate culture, the world is fast changing. Companies that are bold enough to experiment with policies like Google's 20% Time or Unlimited Vacation days are becoming more and more attractive to the millennials.


  9. CP positive and negative aspects

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service & Logistics Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Customer Service & Logistics Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive Salaries and Benefits Free Friday afternoons in summer season.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities due to internal politics


  10. Director

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good dental benefits, strong brands, strong financials

    Cons

    it is not the same company like 10 years ago, more agresive in cost reduction, border line with Caring value

    Advice to Management

    do not forget people


  11. Great Company for Co-op

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The people were extremely nice. As a co-op, within the first few weeks, my work was going to be worth something.

    Cons

    Some of the employees in the labs have been there for a long time and are a lot older. They seemed to be having a hard time accepting that younger people are becoming in-charge of them. This was expressed to me verbally by one individual.



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