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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated July 11, 2014
Updated July 11, 2014
248 Reviews

3.8
248 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor (in 32 reviews)

  • Great benefits and still has some great people there (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance was no good for me at all (in 12 reviews)

  • very conservative; the decision making process is too long (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good place to work if you're not a BP

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Trainee  in  Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
    Former Employee - Finance Trainee in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.
    You can be innovative without borders.
    They respect personal education time.
    Great company... to put on your resume.

    Cons

    Salary sucks if you're a BP, contract or temporary.
    Personal growth is only available if you look for it yourself.
    Management is not really there for you most of the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire BP, contract or temporary people. You're making great potential employees for OTHER companies and creating those so called "career advancement" outside of Colgate-Palmolive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    x

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Manager
    Former Employee - Brand Manager

    Pros

    - a lot of things to learn in the first 2-3 years as entry-level both from other employees and trainings
    - very good implementation of culture & values (can be seen on website)
    - salary as market average + extra-benefits and bonuses
    - high business ethics standard
    - environment where employees feel free to share and discuss any ideas/issues even with top management
    - opportunity to work abroad, though reduced since 'the economic crisis'

    Cons

    - depending on personal capabilities, after 2-3 years from entry-level you might reach a halt in learning if left on the same position/category/project
    - since 'the economic crisis' the strategy is has not been clearly defined and communicated
    - strategy is strongly driven by financial KPIs, not focused on consumers
    - middle managers have 10+ years in the company and are a bit stuck in the 'old ways' of doing things
    - in commercial departments overtime is a given and not compensated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - clearly define and communicate company commercial strategy
    - focus the strategy more on consumers (research), brand communication
    - start building long term plans (vs current very short term) and actively enforcing flawless implementation for long term results
    - less is more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Decent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate  in  Ahmedabad (India)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate in Ahmedabad (India)

    Pros

    Respect for peers, Good work culture

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, slow career progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better opportunity for a work life balance to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Mixed Signals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Sofia (Bulgaria)

    Pros

    Multinational allowing for growth and development, internal online and on-the-job training. Team work, communication and management skills valued the most. Opportunity for recognition of efforts beyond one's job via YCMAD programs.

    Cons

    Small office, distant location and little light in the room. (Sofia office) Limited opportunity for further development after end of short-term assignments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to automate as many tasks as possible to reduce manual data processing and analysis. Consider BI graphs and charts on all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid, stable company for mid-level to senior management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Some of the best benefits (health, vacation, etc) when comparing to other companies
    Promotes networking and working in teams
    Willing to let employees try roles that do not exactly match their backgrounds

    Cons

    Management is very conservative and it is extremely hard to make changes to practices already in place
    Promotions tend to be based on politics rather than work accomplished
    Little focus is put on developing and retaining young talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time focusing on feedback from the younger employees. Afterall, they are the future of the company - if they decide to stick around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Colgate Peru

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lima, Lima Region (Peru)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lima, Lima Region (Peru)

    Pros

    Good place for learning, launching a career

    Cons

    Career path depends on relationships, more than performance

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Promotions are not based on performance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Topeka, KS

    Pros

    After 20+ years in the company the benefits become a competitive advantage for Colgate when evaluating going to another company.

    Cons

    Tired of working hard and not getting promoted even after great performance reviews. Specific individuals got promoted out of the sudden despite complaints from business partners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking the company is perfect and has nothing to do with regards motivating people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    cologate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    great people, great company to grow with

    Cons

    low pay , no rotational program

  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Tired of waiting to be promoted

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    Pros

    Great values and culture
    Collaboration, teamwork
    Good salary
    Great shares performance
    Stable brand success

    Cons

    Succession planning is not transparent. Waiting time for promotion can be exhausting, with no specific feedback received on why there is no promotion. Some people are promoted fast but it is not clear how to get on that fast track

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not demoralize talented employees by promoting the same individuals and ignoring others, unless it is a strategy to get rid of certain people. If you are not satisfied with performance please give immediate feedback. It will help both the employee and the perception of the Company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent Detal and Health Benefits

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Morristown, NJ

    Pros

    People, coporate culture and salary.

    Cons

    Difficult to maintain work life balance and no shedding of dead weight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Latin America is not the only place where the company has talent.

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