Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated July 19, 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. Helpful (1)

    Stable but stale

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The reputation is great and its a wonderful resume builder. You couldn't ask for better training. The skill development is outstanding. There are opportunity to build your skills in many ways.

    Cons

    Its very political, it is best if you kiss up to get ahead. Some of the people leading the organization need to retire. They have done the same things for a very long time. Not really an organization that embraces diversity although they pander to the minority community.

    Advice to Management

    Follow the research not what you believe to be true.


  2. Helpful (1)

    LET THE GM RUN THE BUSINESS

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good school with excellent brands. Company with good intentions and potential if leadership is right.

    Cons

    Talks too much but still lot needs to be achieved. Sets goals on the spur of the moment. Does not have clear long term plans bottom up.

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to people bottom up. Trust your business leaders in country. Review division role seriously lot is being filtered here.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Friendly work environment.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in Piscataway, NJ

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly, tight-knit community. People who start with the company tend to stay with the company for a long time.

    Cons

    It seems that people don't have many opportunities to move within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Restructuring occurs too frequently.


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  5. Colgate-Palmolive: Stabile Company to Work for in Uncertain Times

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Piscataway, NJ

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Colgate is a well-respected company with global effects. The best reason is stability and the opportunity for gaining career information.

    Cons

    communication is not the best in our group

    Advice to Management

    please keep everyone up to date on the happenings of the company


  6. Colgate Palmolive

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    safe working environment, good climate of trust amongst employees, excellent profit results, stock value and company performance, opportunities to work abroad

    Cons

    slow career advancement, focus more on P&L than on innovation, no real courage in top management to bring about much needed change

    Advice to Management

    Take risks, invest on IT and systems infrstructure in order to allow people to focus more on strategic work and less on the operational part.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Stay for a few years, then leave

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Coming out of College it is a good company to start of with Knowledge of low level workers are very helpful to you. Gives you access to move up rapidly to a Grade 13 (That is when things start to get hard) Offers in house courses to help you

    Cons

    Pay Scale is low especially if you live in NY area and are thinking or having a family and are a grade 14 or less Tuition Reimbursement $10000 per year especially in NY area for graduate courses is low Communication is poor like most big companies.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure what can be done so that people will listen. Still cut throat and have to be very careful and watch out for your best interest


  8. Helpful (1)

    Best place to work ????

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall Colgate is a stable company.

    Cons

    really not best place to work and a few (alot) managers think thet are the alpha and omega!

    Advice to Management

    Have more training on how to treat staff!


  9. Good place to learn but behind the competition

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Procurement Agent in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Procurement Agent in New York, NY

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn and grow, especially at lower levels Good, caring coworkers Stable environment Strong global brands Excellent benefits

    Cons

    Highly political Employees not given latitude to make decisions Some senior management not walking the talk Focus on short term results and cost cutting instead of brand building Antiquated dress code

    Advice to Management

    Think strategically Don't cut so far that key programs for employees are hit Move to business casual at NYC office


  10. Helpful (1)

    Good training ground

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -good learning on the job -disciplined approach to brand management -consistent/ stable company

    Cons

    -mostly trade marketing. they don't build brands and don't really invest in brands other than toothpaste -very traditional company. mostly run by sales -its all about cost-cutting and hitting volume targets to report to wall street -current leadership team is not so caring. morale is really low. very low staffed. they squeeze their peopel

    Advice to Management

    -value your people more -invest behind your brands and build equities. you can only do buy-one-get-one-frees and free-after-rebates for so long before your brands become commodities


  11. Great Company to work at - If you are a Baby Boomer...

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very successful company with great benefits. Wonderful place to start your career. You get to work closely with some of the most successful companies in the world (Like Wal-Mart)

    Cons

    Very thick glass ceiling that can only be shattered by moving up the chain slowly. Seriously -it takes decades to advance there.

    Advice to Management

    You have groomed a lot of great younger talent. Let them take over much sooner and guide the company to even higher heights.



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