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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated September 1, 2014
Updated September 1, 2014
254 Reviews
3.8
254 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.  

    A great place to work

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Career advancement and opportunity to add value.

    Cons

    Overly conservative. Slow to make decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a little more risk

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Product Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for learning and growth. Mentoring and growth of employees is a strength of senior management. Company has many opportunities to grow all over the world.

    Cons

    Can be an overly formal atmosphere. Lots of presentations to senior management. The overall style is not for the faint of heart. Most people who work in product management are very smart and very demanding.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    N/A

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Morristown, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, TN

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    The engineers are very serious about their jobs. They are always busy, either out on the floor or in a meeting, but if you schedule your time well, they will sit down and explain what you need to learn with you.

    Give big responsibility to interns.

    Cons

    Morristown location is horrible. The town is dead

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Not Perfect, But Hands Down One of the Best Fortune 500 Companies Remaining

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great pay, good people, great benefits

    Cons

    Good ole boy network - have people who can get away with stuff that is crazy and they are not challenged or fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company - do some light house cleaning and foster innnovation.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Management recognizes and promotes strong performers; opportunities for growth and advancement in your career; company store is great!

    Cons

    Non-management salaries are just OK; workload is not evenly distributed (i.e. some people are out the door at 4:59pm every day, while others constantly work late); there is an unspoken understanding that to progress in the Finance group, you must do an international rotation in a foreign subsidiary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to recognize and promote strong performers;

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company but as always - room for improvement

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Truly multinational company that seriously values international exposure and experience and provides opportunities for short and long term assignments overseas and or across functions. Strong brands with stable financials and proven track record in good and bad economic times. Strong leadership training and development programs at higher levels of the organization.

    Cons

    Slow to adopt flexible ways of working to refelect the needs of today's employees. We do not have formal work from home options and in most cases working from home is still perceived poorly by management. Difficult to rise to senior management positions if you are not open to relocating to different country or region during your career. Slow career progression compared to new economy expectations of early in career folks coming into the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We really need to break out of the archaic midset that a person needs to be in the office to get the work done. We need a way to manage and balance career progression expectations of high potential high performing employees. Our promotions seem to be much slower than I would have expected.

    Recommends
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  8.  

    Great Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pismo Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pismo Beach, CA

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Overall the people are very competent at their jobs and work environment is friendly. Ability to travel to various locations internationally.

    Cons

    Base salaries are low and path to promotions are long. Company is a bit conservative for its own good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more programs for employees to become even closer to the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GSC Intern  in  Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - GSC Intern in Piscataway, NJ

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    It is a medium size company to work for but has a global focus which keeps work interesting and fresh. They have lots of opportunity for advancement and change can happen as fast or slow as you want it to be.

    Cons

    Not as big as other companies and most people only think Colgate-Palmolive makes toothpaste(which isn't true). Colgate has growth potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your younger employees and we love to hear feedback negative or positive. That is the way of the youngest generation in the workforce.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    High-Paying Internship Opportunities

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Great pay, highly flexible schedule, great growth opportunities

    Cons

    Very conservative corporate culture, not much room for personal development or growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open-minded to changes and upgrades in technology and processes

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Lives it's core values of: Caring, Continuous Improvement and Global Teamwork, wonderful people, process and systems, Managing with Respect culture. Great benefits and takes care of it's people overall (i.e. great beneftis, career advancement opportunities).

    Cons

    Overall still a very conservative cutlure which at times stifles innovation and creativity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall very well run company and quite proud to be a part it!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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