Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated June 25, 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. Finance Coordinator

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

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Company benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Stressful and some people do not appreciate you.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to be more upfront with their team and other employers and learn more of their "leadership" skills the company always mentions in regards to being a manager.


  2. Not proper for an ex auditor good title for new graduate

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Istanbul (Turkey)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global Company with exchange chances.
    Acceptable working hours
    Not hard environment to work

    Cons

    Jobs are person oriented lack of job handover, too hard to get promoted, Sales Marketing oriented company

    Advice to Management

    Give value to all employees not for core business. Accelerate promotion reduce mancom spendings


  3. Ok company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Strong health benefits package, and salaries are somewhat competitive. Higher levels are more likely to enjoy the salary benefits.

    Cons

    If you are considered "good" or "an expert" at something, it follows you for your entire career - unless you're able to make a significant category change. Many choose the option of leaving the company to make that change. Ongoing training to acquire or maintain skills are limited because of budgetary and time constraints. Middle management tends to have poor people skills which can cause additional stress and frustration. The expectations to work beyond typical in-office hours has increased significantly, leaving little room for rest and work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that the pressures may outweigh the benefits after a while, and the strain of working longer hours every week will take a significant toll on personnel health-wise and in other ways.


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  5. project manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good hours, good pay and good work life balance

    Cons

    bad benefits and hr dept is terrible.


  6. Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company with lots of growth potential. Caring senior executives who help foster a great working environment .

    Cons

    Big on relocation after every few years and long distance traveling.


  7. Helpful (1)

    I was an incredibly hard worker, but totally underappreciated by the Big bosses

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I enjoyed most I worked w/especially my line leaders. They gave me opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    The long hrs and being called in on days off. Also being underappreciated by the big bosses...(though the line leaders were awesome and made up for it a lot)

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your workers and their needs and wants. They gave good ideas yet those in charge didn't want to listen. And people got frustrated and quit. You would've kept more people if you' listen to your employees.


  8. Internship at Maintenance Department

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)
    Current Employee - Intern in Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    A good working environment, good culture Good salary. The managers are very kind. Co-worker are friendly.

    Cons

    Most of managers are very young, hard to have promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Good company for who have experience in consumer product.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Great benefits and competitive salary but be prepared to swim in the deep end from the start as it's so slimmed down now

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Benefits, competitive salary, global mobility if that is what you're looking for. Flexible time off and a decent bonus structure if you can make it to EICP.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy at its prime. Put your best lips on cause if your not kissing up, you might as well forget that next promotion. This is a marketing company, everything else is currently being outsourced to India in order to fund their growth because they can't seem to get their cost structure right. Severe spending inefficiencies in capex. New restructuring is so uprooting it is leaving loose ends.

    Advice to Management

    Show a little appreciation for the people who made this company tick for so long, you are only hurting yourself further because now that wisdom is out the door no matter how many work activity analyses you perform.


  10. Great People, Great Benefits, Opportunity to Improve Management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very unique and valuable financial benefits, Highly Ethical internally and externally, Compensation and Bonus structure is competitive in the industry

    Cons

    Lack of transparency from Senior Management, Loss of Market share in US, Expectation for employees to do more with fewer resources


  11. Great company to work for

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Colgate is a good school and it also provided good benefits. It is company that is always looking to improve systems and processes. It also has good professionals

    Cons

    Some times it is hard to continue your professional growth because they can't spare the people to be assigned to other opportunities because they are tied in personnel



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