Colgate-Palmolive

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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
257 Reviews
3.7
257 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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170 Ratings

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 12 reviews)

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162 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Good company to work for

    • 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

    Great Benefits, promotes a team environment, very focused on cost saving initiatives, good work / life balance, encourage telecommuting, very strong financial record

    Cons

    Decision making process is sometimes slow, a lot of red tape in backfilling of positions, some areas of organization are too lean and need to add additional headcount to key areas, too many people are stagnant in one position too long

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Co-op

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    gives you room to excel and challenge yourself

    Cons

    Not a very social atmosphere

  3.  

    Colgate

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Innovative place, growth, salary/benefit/employee discounts are great, summer schedule (get off at 1pm on Fridays during the summer)

    Cons

    corporate and rigid culture, always sizing down,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Intense experience

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

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

    Pros

    Colgate has excellent benefits and my personal experience has been one of rewarding professional development opportunities. I was able to complete my MBA during my first 2 years with the company. During a period of downsizing, I was given an opportunity to work in NJ. While it was a long commute, I at least continued to be employed.

    Cons

    The environment is pretty conservative, never really felt relaxed at work nor comfortable enough to share any problems I'd experience in the course of performing my role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would want to say that an investment in a source of support for the employee as a person would be an added bonus to the great benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It is a very good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Manager  in  Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in Topeka, KS

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and caring environment

    Cons

    Very political and conservative conservative company. Old school, stodgy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give opportunities to the people to get the job done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Job security when you need it the most

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager  in  Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Topeka, KS

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

    Pros

    Great relocation package, excellent 401K benefits

    Cons

    Very conservative, old school company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to employees who are driving innovation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ethical, good people, well run and stable

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Colgate has excellent employee programs and is very well run. Colgate is slow moving, but consistent and rewards hard work. Colgate people generally want to do the right thing and are seasoned

    Cons

    Colgate is hierarchical, slow to innovate and people are stretched very thin. Cost saving is valued above quality at times. Passion is not valued at Colgate. There are a lot of empty suits that move ahead by giving the semblance of competance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus on changing the old guard and the top down approach. It is a bit stifling and does not really allow for change or creativity. Where are the women?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Analyst - Engineer - Co-op

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great management, Have a set job, Work around your schedule, Very friendly , Decent pay for a student still in college

    Cons

    Expect more hours then you can give during school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training at the beginning of the job should be more structured

  10.  

    Great Company

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    I love everything every people there

    Cons

    NO any Cons? I Love it so much!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Highly political.

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

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

    Pros

    With the exception of paid time off, good benefits. Lots of training and employee activities. I had an office when I was there but those have been eliminated recently. Some opportunities for overseas assignments especially if you work in Finance.

    Cons

    Extremely political. One person doesn't like you and you can be gone without knowing what happened. Also, some departments - particularly sales - are the typical "old boys network". Very conservative. Even in the worst heat of summertime, men are expected to wear long sleeve shirts and ties. In some ways felt like high school with all the "cliques" - just look at the cafeteria and how departments have lunch together and talk about other people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More emphasis on better managers and people development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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