Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated August 28, 2014
Updated August 28, 2014
250 Reviews

3.8
250 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
Ian M. Cook
168 Ratings

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.  

    Great people, conservative management - poor communication

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    • 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

    People are great - my peers really want me to succeed
    Good benefits and mostly supportive management
    Flexible work arrangements - not clock watchers

    Cons

    Cheap - very conservative and makes it difficult to invest in important ideas
    Micromanagement from most Senior Levels
    Promotions are often given to favorites or to those they want to make "examples" of
    Tends to not plan well in advance

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    N/A

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Coordinator  in  Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Coordinator in Piscataway, NJ

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Flexible work arrangements
    Positive work environment
    Good people.

    Cons

    Lack of direction.
    Efforts going in too many directions.
    Lack of communication amongst leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees and follow through on what you promise. Earn the respect of employees by "walking the talk".

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great overall company, but the culture that was so attractive in the past is rapidly deteriorating

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    • 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

    They truly believe and strive to be an ethical, fair and honest company.

    Cons

    The company is not authentic in it's communications to it's employees. It lacks or has lost it's focus on developing talent. It tolerates bad middle managers and it has lost it's focus on truly caring for it's people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realign focus on the Colgate people. Address (not simply promote) those managers who have a history of bad management characteristics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Family friendly with a close knit group of people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager  in  Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Piscataway, NJ

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Family friendly; good benefits; flexible hours; nice offices; nice people; easy work; proud of the products we manufacturel

    Cons

    Recently has become very political. Has caved to the recession mentality of shipping jobs off to India and Mexico. Sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have a great group of people here and you are doing very well. Why do you want to ruin the atmosphere and fuel the recession by shipping jobs out to Mexico and India? I would suggest cutting your bonuses back a little instead. FOR SHAME!!!!!!

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great development opportunities, Short term assignments, Recognition from leadership

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Great development opportunities, Short term assignments, Recognition from leadership

    Cons

    Politics, hierarchical, conservative but trying to innovate

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A really good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    * Good work life balance
    * Truly global company with a diverse work force
    * Reliable business that is well run
    * Good corporate culture
    * Good overall morale

    Cons

    * A little to focused only on cost cutting, need more focus on growth
    * Culture in the HQ is a little more political than elsewhere in the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Think about partnering with "best in class" instead of "who we do business with" all the time. The benefits of partnerships should be world class tools and delivering results
    * We can be penny wise and pound foolish
    * We need a more long term mindset around launching products
    * Overall, this is a great place to work and I like it a lot. Thanks!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Colgate Palmolive is a great place to work

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Lucrative equity packages for sr. employees, decent work-life balance, strong culture of ethical values, great people, very good future for the company

    Cons

    The company is overly conservative, it is difficult to foster an entreprenuerial spirit in the US organization, but the conservatism has served us well in the poor economy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to get more external with customers and strengthen the effectiveness of our marketing campaigns, seem to be overly conservative

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Rock-Solid Company, But Overly Political

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    * Extremely stable environment makes for anxiety-free employees.
    * Large number of expats creates a very dynamic and competitive work environment (a plus)
    * Very good internal training programs.
    * Relationships matter
    * NYC office location is fantastic
    * Generally the expoused values are lived

    Cons

    * Sr. Management is afraid to cut dead weight . Poor performers are sidelined, but never let go. If you have one on your team, or God forbid above you -> you're screwed
    * Highly political environment.
    * Extremely conservative decision making, no one ever takes a risk
    * Decisions (even small ones) are made at a ridiculously high level. Very much a top-down culture
    * Bureaucratic. Some processes exist solely for the sake of saying we have a process
    * When things go wrong, people are extremely quick to finger-point. It's always "who messed up" and not "what can we do to fix it."
    * People move jobs too quickly and leave a complete mess in their wake (especially Marketing & Supply Chain).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Push decision making further down the chain
    * If you want to truly innovate, let people fail. Innovation very rarely grows from safe bets.
    * Cut poor performers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    GMDP Program

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    high profile rotation program
    good benefits
    great cosmopolitan location
    broad global opportunities
    good training and development programs
    young vibrant people

    Cons

    it's too bureaucratic
    it's too formal
    old fashioned
    conservative
    formal attire required
    old dark ugly offices
    hierarchical
    slow and lumbering

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    loosen up! it's just freakin' toothpaste. its not an investment bank and should be less formal to spark creativity and motivation among young employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company

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

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Benefits package - Full medical, excellent dental, 401K company match up to 6% of contribution. Casual Friday, office closes at 1 pm on Friday for summer hours. Salary is competitive. Job satisfaction relies quite a bit on where you are assigned and its the luck of the draw. Managers are rotated constantly.

    Cons

    Admins are assigned to up to 9 people. They have a lot silly training programs that don't really apply to admins although we were forced to participate. Company is extremely cost conscious and focused on shareholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that managing with respect applies to all and is not just a phrase. Stop the excessive perks for top management on the backs of lower level employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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