Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated June 24, 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. Great company to grow as a young professional.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Logistics Analysis
    Former Employee - Logistics Analysis

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

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

    Pros

    Good work environment, stable multinational company, ethics and training are very good.

    Cons

    Slow career growth. Since market and products are very stable the atmosphere for challenges and innovation is slow.


  2. Scientist

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

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The company has a great culture and allows for great growth and opportunity to move around the company. There are also opportunities all over the country and in different divisions. Good hours.

    Cons

    The work can sometimes be monotonous depending on what function you are in. Also if you don't enjoy hands on lab practice you may not like this position. Mandatory trainings are pointless.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs a better way to rate people. A lot of ratings are based simply on pedigree of where the individual went to school instead of actual work performance.


  3. Overall good company, great people

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very professional and helpful. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Need to improve career development. Short project timelines do not allow successful project execution. Lots of changes happening within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Improve career development opportunities. Better communication with employees.


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  5. broker manager retail & HQ

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Good company. Good benefits. Caring.

    Cons

    limited advancement without 2 years in NY


  6. Colgate-Piscataway from a Co-Op's Perspective

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research and Development Co-op in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Research and Development Co-op in Piscataway, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible and understanding of hours
    Dedicated co-workers with great experience and advice
    Wonderful place to expand your network
    Amazing company store
    Networking events and holiday events are great

    Cons

    Senior management is very technical and political
    Expensive cafeteria (very frustrating)
    Co-Ops are not valued as highly as interns which is quite unfortunate since we are dedicated and familiarized with the company
    Competitive

    Advice to Management

    META COMMUNICATION


  7. System implementation, mainly SAP software

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

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

    Pros

    Excellent company, diversity, cutting edge technology, global presence

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities, IT is not the key area,


  8. Easy working environment. Respectful colleagues. overall satisfied.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Continuous Improvement Engineer in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Continuous Improvement Engineer in Istanbul (Turkey)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    not too much hard work or pressure from top-management
    no overtime needed
    private health insurance
    respectful working environment

    Cons

    out-fashioned and slow mindset.
    decisions take too much time
    low salary
    not standardized career planning

    Advice to Management

    career management and training system should be improved.
    Currently nearly all training is performed by CP employees.


  9. Global Project Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Global business, Well recognized brands, Good Quality, Customer Focused, open to new technologies.

    Cons

    "Heavy walls" separate "product category groups" preventing valuable cross-learning.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid expensive technology work duplication among product categories. Make Category learning permeable through organizational walls.


  10. Good job as a start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Warsaw (Poland)
    Current Employee - Intern in Warsaw (Poland)

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

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

    Pros

    getting experience in worldwide FMCG company, working with experience people, nice atmosphere, people are willing to help and share their knowledge

    Cons

    Business Partner employees (on a contract by external agency) are treated as a secondary employees, they have no trainings, have no clarity when there will be headcount available, company preferes to employ people from outside not to promote interns on a assistant possition

    Advice to Management

    concentrate more on the development of people who are already working for the company not taking people from the outside, keep your promises, do not lie to people that they will get raise or they will be promoted and not keep your promises,


  11. Helpful (1)

    Solid company

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The CEO is very ethics and quality focused. There is a formal process where everyone lists their career goals every year. The company also went through a restructure, and impacted people where given sufficient notice and opportunity to apply for other open positions. Headquarters is in NYC which is great for people who like big-city life. The company also has some smaller offices in smaller towns. Also a very, very strong internation presence. The company does a great job moving high potential talent across different countries.

    Cons

    There are a few people who are low performers who I've seen get shifted from job to job. In my mind it would be better to let them go instead of letting a low performer stick around for 15 years. Having headquarters in NYC is a negative for me. I wish Colgate was based in a city with lower cost of living. The international business can be seen as a con; if a promotion opens up, you are not only competing with people in your home country, but people all over the world for that promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the constant messages about quality and ethics.



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