Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. Internship at Maintenance Department

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    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.

  2. Helpful (1)

    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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    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.

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

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    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

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  5. Great company to work for

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    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

  6. Tough place to hang your hat

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    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

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

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity for those who want to explore executive opportunities overseas. If they like you, it's the kind of place you can spend your entire career.

    Cons

    The US company is not a fun place. Most of the opportunities are overseas. Still very much an old boys club.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Great for building experience

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    Former Employee - Associate Manager Consumer Insights in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Manager Consumer Insights in New York, NY

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

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

    Pros

    In my position, I was hired earlier than usual. I came in through a non-standard internship in which I had incredible mentors, and then, access to a position in marketing that I would never have normally obtained without an MBA or 3 to 6 years of prior experience in my field. Therefore, I learned a lot, and met wonderful people along the way.

    Cons

    The company is full of great people who are highly skilled in their fields. That said, there is a lack of potential to pursue creativity or innovation; or to build skills beyond the slow-moving corporate training. I could hack it now, but as a younger Millennial at the time, I reached a point at which I needed to branch out externally to further my career.

    Advice to Management

    Do not discount the creative drive of employees. If hires need mentoring in a particular skill set, give it to them. Also, as a company leader, I would not begrudge employees assistance in further education other than MBA degrees. Instead, I would urge HR to consider what sorts of educational opportunities could be enriching for employees in a way that could enhance the capabilities of specific departments.

  8. Great environment, many international development opportunities but a lot of pressure and average payslip

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Rome (Italy)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Multinational, opportunities for growth and development (especially if you are geographically mobile), good training curriculum - especially leadership skills, respectful people and good teamwork. The everyday working environment is relaxed and fun, although this may vary by team / function. The company has clear strategies, future vision, strong ethical values, as well as a very solid financial performance.

    Cons

    The compensation and benefits are average (the bonus and annual raises are low). After a certain point, career progression requires international mobility, even outside one's continent, and the expat package budgets are getting lower and lower. Demanding management, a lot of pressure, fast moving environment but also many long processes can be frustrating and bad for work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    They are doing the right things for the business. They should not forget giving people opportunities for growth and motivation in the context of tough global economic environment and corporate restructuring.

  9. Good company, progressive and diverse

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good company, progressive, diverse, and good benefits,

    Cons

    increasing cost of medical expense

  10. Once Upon a Time It was One of the Best Places to Work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    - It is a place where you can learn a lot if you are lucky to get a good mentor.
    - Hardworking team.
    - It is a top brand so it really boost your resume.

    Cons

    - Top level lacks empathy with employees.
    - Set year objectives for employee, plus a huge volume of everyday job. If you do not accomplish all the year objectives you are qualify as an inefficient employee, even if you were outstanding on your everyday job,
    - Low salary

    Advice to Management

    - Recognize people contributions, even if they do not seem like such a big deal.
    - Don't just boss around; be mentors, coaches and leaders.
    - Bring back the caring value, it doesn't feel like you care anymore.

  11. Good Job, Gone Bad

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Morristown, NJ

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay was excellent benefits as well vacation time sick pay paid holidays etc.

    Cons

    Micromanaged silly policies that change day to day. HR department was a complete joke and company informed employees its moving and shutting down plant. In Morristown NJ.

    Advice to Management

    KICK ROCKS!

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