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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
273 Reviews
3.7
273 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)

  • 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  

    LET THE GM RUN THE BUSINESS

    • 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

    Good school with excellent brands. Company with good intentions and potential if leadership is right.

    Cons

    Talks too much but still lot needs to be achieved. Sets goals on the spur of the moment. Does not have clear long term plans bottom up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to people bottom up. Trust your business leaders in country. Review division role seriously lot is being filtered here.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable but stale

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    • 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

    The reputation is great and its a wonderful resume builder. You couldn't ask for better training. The skill development is outstanding. There are opportunity to build your skills in many ways.

    Cons

    Its very political, it is best if you kiss up to get ahead. Some of the people leading the organization need to retire. They have done the same things for a very long time. Not really an organization that embraces diversity although they pander to the minority community.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Follow the research not what you believe to be true.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    - 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great learning experience and opportunity due to lean organisation setup

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Sales in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Lots of autonomy, close team relationships and close interactions with superiors

    Cons

    Can be shorthanded at times due to lean structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better aligned staff benefits benchmarking to industry standards

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Review of Colgate Palmolive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Very good compensation, benefits and work life balance. The company has very good core values and fosters a team environment.

    Cons

    The company has been restructuring for the past 30 years. It's very difficult to plan a career with the company. Senior positions within the company are selected from global candidates as opposed to employees working their way up the "ladder".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At what point does the company understand that people are required to perform the jobs. The company has an extremely healthy bottom line and it was people who made it happen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good place to work if you're not a BP

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Trainee in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
    Former Employee - Finance Trainee in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.
    You can be innovative without borders.
    They respect personal education time.
    Great company... to put on your resume.

    Cons

    Salary sucks if you're a BP, contract or temporary.
    Personal growth is only available if you look for it yourself.
    Management is not really there for you most of the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire BP, contract or temporary people. You're making great potential employees for OTHER companies and creating those so called "career advancement" outside of Colgate-Palmolive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Brand Manager
    Former Employee - Brand Manager

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

    Pros

    - a lot of things to learn in the first 2-3 years as entry-level both from other employees and trainings
    - very good implementation of culture & values (can be seen on website)
    - salary as market average + extra-benefits and bonuses
    - high business ethics standard
    - environment where employees feel free to share and discuss any ideas/issues even with top management
    - opportunity to work abroad, though reduced since 'the economic crisis'

    Cons

    - depending on personal capabilities, after 2-3 years from entry-level you might reach a halt in learning if left on the same position/category/project
    - since 'the economic crisis' the strategy is has not been clearly defined and communicated
    - strategy is strongly driven by financial KPIs, not focused on consumers
    - middle managers have 10+ years in the company and are a bit stuck in the 'old ways' of doing things
    - in commercial departments overtime is a given and not compensated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - clearly define and communicate company commercial strategy
    - focus the strategy more on consumers (research), brand communication
    - start building long term plans (vs current very short term) and actively enforcing flawless implementation for long term results
    - less is more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Decent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate in Ahmedabad (India)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate in Ahmedabad (India)

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

    Pros

    Respect for peers, Good work culture

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, slow career progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better opportunity for a work life balance to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Mixed Signals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Sofia (Bulgaria)

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Multinational allowing for growth and development, internal online and on-the-job training. Team work, communication and management skills valued the most. Opportunity for recognition of efforts beyond one's job via YCMAD programs.

    Cons

    Small office, distant location and little light in the room. (Sofia office) Limited opportunity for further development after end of short-term assignments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to automate as many tasks as possible to reduce manual data processing and analysis. Consider BI graphs and charts on all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Colgate Peru

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lima, Lima Region (Peru)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lima, Lima Region (Peru)

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

    Pros

    Good place for learning, launching a career

    Cons

    Career path depends on relationships, more than performance

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