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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
263 Reviews
3.7
263 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 36 reviews)

  • Great benefits and still has some great people there (in 16 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.  

    Great people, satisfying work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Recognition - awards, options, etc
    Wide variety of assignments
    Global footprint
    Flexibility

    Cons

    Lack of women in senior leadership position
    Glass ceiling at a certain level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to offer diverse opportunities across categories and functions

  2.  

    Great!

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Very Good people to work with and good work life balance a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    Can get repetitive and need to make things interesting on your own.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great experience so far

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

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

    Pros

    Stable, caring environment, smart people, lots of work that stretches you, dynamic, globally successful company

    Cons

    Lean; how to engage millenials

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue good focus on broadening diversity at leadership levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Solid general management training and development

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

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

    Pros

    A formal educational training program ideal for career switchers looking to shift from an individual contributor-type role pre-MBA to a general management, team leadership role post-MBA.

    Cons

    Pay is average for the industry, which means low for NYC. A BM salary in Cincinnati goes a lot further than in NYC. The culture is also very specific and not for everyone: tons of presentations, meetings, alignment, consensus building. If you like to make fast, sweeping decisions, this is not the place to do so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue delivering strong, steady financial results, but do keep am open mind for new ideas. Colgate hits tons of nice hits, but fewer big grand slams. You need some grand slams to be desirable and credible in this industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Diverse place to work

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

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

    Pros

    They company has a diversity of backgrounds and ethnicities. The benefits and pay are comparable if not better than other companies.

    Cons

    Like most companies the heirarchy is prominent. To get promoted it seems you have to be in the 'IN' crowd. Many people stay at the company for a long time which is good but it makes it difficult for newcomers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better career path roads and the ability to step outside your current role and try something different.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Family Feel At Colgate-Palmolive Atlanta

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Revenue Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Revenue Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable staff, great opportunities for cross functional experience, friendly people, family feel

    Cons

    Management is not great at developing talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to find ways to develop younger employees

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

    So far so good

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

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

    Pros

    I would say that there are many good things about working here:
    Great benefits
    Good employee compensation (even with only a mediocre review)
    If you are ambitious and willing to work for what you want you usually can get it (within reason)
    Good evironment to grow and cultivate your career
    Ability to work overseas and move around if you're disatisfied with your position
    Opportunities to grow yourself as a person and not just as an employee

    Cons

    Somestimes stuffy and conservative, but getting better (more transparency)
    Middle managers seem to be chosen based on advanced degrees and succession planning instead of actual managerial qualifications; I think this has to do with promoting people who've earned it, but by being limited to the promotion scale within the company. In order to get to a certain level, generally you must have people to manage, but not everyone can be a manager, so there are challenges there.
    HR is sometimes kind of a joke; they are not really well versed in the company policies for the benefit programs or leave programs...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revising the promotion structure would be a good start. Being careful about promoting employees with advanced degrees when it appears that that is the reason for promotion. Working harder to reach young employees and jaded employees with the realties of being a large corperation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A very caring company that has changed dramatically over the last years, turning to outsourcing jobs overseas.

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    1) Good Pay 2) A very caring environment up to 2 years ago 3) Many career opportunities 4) Challenging Work

    Cons

    1) Outsourcing functions overseas to India for substandard work 2) Reduction of NVOs to all time low-more work, less people. 3) Too focused on margin

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You became successful because of the people that worked hard for you that you are now outsourcing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Comfortable, family-oriented company. A little old fashioned.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits and pension program. Medical after retirement. Good succession planning in company. Family-oriented environment, many loyal employees (except maybe in Marketing function). Finally have work/life balance program. Caring company. Merits and bonus still implemented so far. Open-minded and GBLT friendly.

    Cons

    Old fashioned. Cutting corners now in the wrong places. Only focus on high potentials and not so much the strong base and foundation of loyal employees lower on the totem pole, so few growth opportunities for them. Pay not necc competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show that you care more about the employees that keep the company well supported and running - they are loyal, but are often passed over for early level/mgt opportunities that now seem reserved only for hi-potentials/expats. Be less old-fashioned and trust your employees more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Wonderful internship experience in IT.

    • 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

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice and looking to help. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say about company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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