Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated March 8, 2015
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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  1. Solid company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The CEO is very ethics and quality focused. There is a formal process where everyone lists their career goals every year. The company also went through a restructure, and impacted people where given sufficient notice and opportunity to apply for other open positions. Headquarters is in NYC which is great for people who like big-city life. The company also has some smaller offices in smaller towns. Also a very, very strong internation presence. The company does a great job moving high potential talent across different countries.

    Cons

    There are a few people who are low performers who I've seen get shifted from job to job. In my mind it would be better to let them go instead of letting a low performer stick around for 15 years. Having headquarters in NYC is a negative for me. I wish Colgate was based in a city with lower cost of living. The international business can be seen as a con; if a promotion opens up, you are not only competing with people in your home country, but people all over the world for that promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the constant messages about quality and ethics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The work/life balance is execellent. So is the company culture. I love that this is a family oriented company who understands that employees have lives outside of work. The office hours are great! You can't beat 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM! Summer Fridays is a bonus as well and I feel that the company does think about employee retirement and does a lot to ensure that employees have a good income even once they retire.

    Cons

    The salary is ok, but it could be a bit higher in New York since the cost of living is so high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Great Benefits, work life balance, and Compensation.

    Cons

    To many managers. Everyone has idea, creating road blocks to finish plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a plan a see it through before changing plans.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. highly collaborative culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent community of colleagues.
    Supportive culture.
    Plenty of opportunity for those prepared to work hard and be flexible about where the company wants to place you.

    Cons

    High alignment culture means that things can move very slowly.
    IT & Technical systems are old and high control which makes it difficult to keep pace with outside world.
    Salary and benefit programs are very rigid. Work by rule rather than guiding principles and logic, eg terrible vacation policy which management recognizes but won't change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Supervisor

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Extremely diverse company make everybody welcome
    People are overall very nice and polite

    Cons

    Colgate moves slowly - not a fast pace company
    Depending on the dept where you are, it can take forever to be promoted and move to the next level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. Stable, Good Resume Builder

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Design Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Managers/Colleagues are generally very respectful of your time. Decent benefits: half-day summer Fridays (Memorial weekend- Labor day weekend) Transportation assistant program; Hearth coverage starts on your start date; pension; For every dollar you contribute to your 401K the company matches .50 up to 6%; success sharing; annual bonus. 3 week vacation after 5 years of service. Sound financials e.g stable company.

    Cons

    company is very cost conscious which means limited resources. Lots of personnel shifts in marketing which impacts cross-functional partners. Poor management communication.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Excellent Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, diverse culture and lot of opporutnities to growth

    Cons

    If you want to growth you have to be able to relocate to any place in the world

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Good company

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    They are a stable company. Good work family balance with great benefits. Good pay and great tuition assistance program. Good place to work.

    Cons

    It's tough to get promoted. They like to hire outside the company and don't promote much within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Overall positive.

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern

    Pros

    Friendly and intelligent employees, willing to help you, want to see you be successful.

    Cons

    Could have used more intensive training relevant to my role.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    HR Operations Intern

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern

    Pros

    Pay well, real responsibility.

    Cons

    Corporate downsizing.. May not have openings after the internship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture is very traditional.. Very..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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