Colgate-Palmolive
3.8 of 5 224 reviews
www.colgate.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.8 224 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

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

Ian M. Cook

(152 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great company to work for

Finance (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than 5 years

ProsExcellent benefit, exposure to cross functional department and no limit to career growth (for those willing to relocate frequently)

ConsJob safety not anymore guaranteed with several outsourcing initiatives toward Mexico and India effecting many departments (Accounting, Finance, HR, IT, Customer Service...)

Very old school mentality.

Strong resistance to change as well as extremely long process to implementation when such process changes are approved.

Advice to Senior ManagementToo much uncertainty in light of the current changes and outsourcing plans which is dragging efficiency down, need to focus on CP people and show the true "Caring for People" in this difficult time

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

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Good Company but limited opportunity for those not recruited right out of school

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

ProsExcellent salary and benefits and great discounts on products.

ConsThe company tends to identify those they want to promote early on by ability to relocate around the country and world. If you are not recruited right out of college you may be limited in opportunities for advancement.

Advice to Senior ManagementUtilize the talent within the company more effectively.

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I interned in Colgate for a year. It is great!

Co-Op (Current Employee)
Piscataway, NJ

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern for less than a year

ProsI learned a lot when I interned there, cowokers are nice, ready to help and friendly. Hourly pay is good and time is flexible.

ConsIt is hard to get a full time position if you are a co-op.

Advice to Senior ManagementI wish I can attend more activities in the company and network with more other people, but there are not that many opportunities.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Strong company that shows employees appreciation.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Piscataway, NJ

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive part-time for more than a year

ProsStrong and understanding management, diverse culture, opportunities to partake in consumer tests for extra cash, company store is a huge plus.

ConsSome job cuts have occurred recently. transferring between departments is made difficult

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work with amazing people

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than a year

ProsQuality of people is unquestionable. Sociable and enjoyable place to work. Having the opportunity to work on heritage brands that have been in my life since I was a little kid has been a rewarding challenge and great experience.

ConsIt is a political and hierarchical environment to work in that can be very frustrating. Given a responsibility to shareholders, it is (at times) be risk averse, and can tend to over-think strategies - making it slow to respond.

Advice to Senior ManagementFoster a culture that promotes change and allows middle management to challenge the status quo. Embracing different views can often bring something new to the table with great potential.

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

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Co-Op (Current Employee)
Piscataway, NJ

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern for more than a year

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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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

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)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

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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Great company in the NYC area

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than a year

ProsGreat people, culture and values.

ConsSometimes can be seen as political

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to develop talent

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

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Good place to work with great benefits and longevity

Analyst (Current Employee)
Smyrna, GA

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

ProsIf you have a 4 year degree and are interested in moving up the food chain, this is a great company to work for.

ConsLocal management shows little or no interest in employees unless you are one of their pets. A 4 year degree is required for any position.

Advice to Senior Managementget to know your employees

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

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