Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated August 2, 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. Colgate sustains growth and profit through the Quality of its' leadership, products and people

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    Current Employee - Merchandiser in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Merchandiser in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
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    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very focused and willing to listen and provide people opportunities

    Cons

    Scale of the business versus competitors (ex Latin America)

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to test and learn in categories beyond Oral Care. Secondly, is Y&R really capable of delivering the competitive advantage in TVC copy that is required in todays' market?


  2. Great financial opportunity if you are willing to put in the time and make sacrifices on work life balance.

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Financial results are strong, low debt and job security.

    Cons

    High vacancy rate, lack of work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Re-focus on being the best place to work - as defined by the employees.


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    Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Human Resources in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
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    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lives it's core values of: Caring, Continuous Improvement and Global Teamwork, wonderful people, process and systems, Managing with Respect culture. Great benefits and takes care of it's people overall (i.e. great beneftis, career advancement opportunities).

    Cons

    Overall still a very conservative cutlure which at times stifles innovation and creativity.

    Advice to Management

    Overall very well run company and quite proud to be a part it!


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  5. High-Paying Internship Opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Intern in Topeka, KS

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay, highly flexible schedule, great growth opportunities

    Cons

    Very conservative corporate culture, not much room for personal development or growth

    Advice to Management

    Be more open-minded to changes and upgrades in technology and processes


  6. Good Internship

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GSC Intern in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - GSC Intern in Piscataway, NJ

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a medium size company to work for but has a global focus which keeps work interesting and fresh. They have lots of opportunity for advancement and change can happen as fast or slow as you want it to be.

    Cons

    Not as big as other companies and most people only think Colgate-Palmolive makes toothpaste(which isn't true). Colgate has growth potential.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your younger employees and we love to hear feedback negative or positive. That is the way of the youngest generation in the workforce.


  7. Great Company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pismo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pismo Beach, CA

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall the people are very competent at their jobs and work environment is friendly. Ability to travel to various locations internationally.

    Cons

    Base salaries are low and path to promotions are long. Company is a bit conservative for its own good.

    Advice to Management

    Need more programs for employees to become even closer to the company.


  8. Great Company but as always - room for improvement

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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

    Truly multinational company that seriously values international exposure and experience and provides opportunities for short and long term assignments overseas and or across functions. Strong brands with stable financials and proven track record in good and bad economic times. Strong leadership training and development programs at higher levels of the organization.

    Cons

    Slow to adopt flexible ways of working to refelect the needs of today's employees. We do not have formal work from home options and in most cases working from home is still perceived poorly by management. Difficult to rise to senior management positions if you are not open to relocating to different country or region during your career. Slow career progression compared to new economy expectations of early in career folks coming into the business.

    Advice to Management

    We really need to break out of the archaic midset that a person needs to be in the office to get the work done. We need a way to manage and balance career progression expectations of high potential high performing employees. Our promotions seem to be much slower than I would have expected.


  9. Great company to work for!

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Management recognizes and promotes strong performers; opportunities for growth and advancement in your career; company store is great!

    Cons

    Non-management salaries are just OK; workload is not evenly distributed (i.e. some people are out the door at 4:59pm every day, while others constantly work late); there is an unspoken understanding that to progress in the Finance group, you must do an international rotation in a foreign subsidiary.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to recognize and promote strong performers;


  10. Not Perfect, But Hands Down One of the Best Fortune 500 Companies Remaining

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great pay, good people, great benefits

    Cons

    Good ole boy network - have people who can get away with stuff that is crazy and they are not challenged or fired.

    Advice to Management

    Great company - do some light house cleaning and foster innnovation.


  11. N/A

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, TN

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The engineers are very serious about their jobs. They are always busy, either out on the floor or in a meeting, but if you schedule your time well, they will sit down and explain what you need to learn with you. Give big responsibility to interns.

    Cons

    Morristown location is horrible. The town is dead



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