Colgate-Palmolive

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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
280 Reviews
3.8
280 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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187 Ratings

Review Highlights

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)

  • very conservative; the decision making process is too long (in 13 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Limited Career Potential

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Strong Consistent Business Performance
    Good Training Opportunities

    Cons

    Limited Career Advancement once you reach mid-management
    Very Political Environment; A few "Chosen Ones" get put on the Fast Track
    Who you know and Who is fighting for you are more important then overall job performance
    Work / Life Balance seems to be deteriorating quickly
    Culture and Values have drastically changed over that last few years for the worse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outline and Map out career progression opportunities to retain talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    A slow but sure decline in values and the treatment of employees, always a take away never a give back

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Half Decent Pay, Some good people still left in the company

    Cons

    Gradually reducing employee rewards and benefits, the You Can Make a Difference Program is a Joke. HR is invisible (high turnover), Moving jobs overseas to very underqualified people. Lots of managerial infighting. Loosing its values "best place to work" is now "a place to work". Very political. Used to be awesome but now it's not, the place is becoming like a government job without the security. Small cubes, small work space, like rats in a wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The "bad economy" excuse is out of style, quit trying to squeeze all the juice out of the lemon and give back to the employees. It's only a matter of time before the quality people realize the grass actually is greener on the other side. Cut the BS, you can follow corporate guidelines but don't over do it with rules, regulations and micromanagement. Take off the plastic face masks and act like real people, nobody likes a plastic. Dump the mothballs and open the windows, let the place get some air. From an employee point of view, CP Management can only wish it had the employee respect it did 5 years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, great work life balance, great products

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Knowledgable CPG company, stock price reflects effeciency and growth, fair time-off policies including Summer Fridays, very much interpersonal

    Cons

    Highly political, slow moving, bad at recognizing young talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to recognize your best entry level talent and then reward and grow them. The HR department at Colgate is very weak.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Finance in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefit, exposure to cross functional department and no limit to career growth (for those willing to relocate frequently)

    Cons

    Job safety not anymore guaranteed with several outsourcing initiatives toward Mexico and India effecting many departments (Accounting, Finance, HR, IT, Customer Service...)

    Very old school mentality.

    Strong resistance to change as well as extremely long process to implementation when such process changes are approved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much uncertainty in light of the current changes and outsourcing plans which is dragging efficiency down, need to focus on CP people and show the true "Caring for People" in this difficult time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Work Experience

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    They help you out a lot. Good place to work at

    Cons

    Not a big fan of a corporate job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    a very good company with excellent work policies and good people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Oral Care Consultant in India Hook, SC
    Current Employee - Oral Care Consultant in India Hook, SC

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Caring company
    Work life balance
    good work environment
    good work policies
    adequate training facilities provided.
    HR Policies are also very good

    Cons

    not dynamic enough
    Grown to an extend that it cannot grow the same percentage year on year with the existing strategies.
    bad politics in the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please try to acquire and retain good talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company but limited opportunity for those not recruited right out of school

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefits and great discounts on products.

    Cons

    The company tends to identify those they want to promote early on by ability to relocate around the country and world. If you are not recruited right out of college you may be limited in opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize the talent within the company more effectively.

  9.  

    I interned in Colgate for a year. It is great!

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I learned a lot when I interned there, cowokers are nice, ready to help and friendly. Hourly pay is good and time is flexible.

    Cons

    It is hard to get a full time position if you are a co-op.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish I can attend more activities in the company and network with more other people, but there are not that many opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Colgate was best employer I've ever had

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Colgate offers many opportunities for advancement. It also has a great management team.

    Cons

    Long term, if you're not interested in international business, Colgate may not be the best place for you.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Strong company that shows employees appreciation.

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Strong and understanding management, diverse culture, opportunities to partake in consumer tests for extra cash, company store is a huge plus.

    Cons

    Some job cuts have occurred recently. transferring between departments is made difficult

    Recommends

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