Procter & Gamble Reviews

Updated June 23, 2015
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Procter & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley
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Pros
  • Company is very Flexible which alows you to have a work life balance Knowledge transfer (in 169 reviews)

  • I have worked at P&G for 14 years (in 256 reviews)

Cons
  • Little respect for work-life balance (in 168 reviews)

  • No retirement plan in P&G Singapore (in 225 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    Not the Company it used to be...at all.

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

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    World Class marketing exposure, global project opportunities, it's seen as a leader in the consumer products arena, lots of responsibility

    Cons

    To much hierarchy, decisions take way too much time to push through, too many chiefs afraid to truly push the envelope, they don't really understand what innovation really is. They had a moment where they sought to truly understand the consumer, but they've slipped again, real people on a budget can't afford their products. They have so many types and styles of products it's confusing to the consumer. They've stopped the innovation pipeline. They're now becoming more inflexible and severely curtailing work from home. I've personally seen classism, gender inequality and they appear to go very much against their "PVP" by targeting the "mature" and disabled with their packages. They rate older workers out, forcing them to take packages When people agree to a package ( no matter how bad it is...it's still something) they have to agree not to sue. So people are over a barrel...I'm deeply embarassed to work for this company now. The rating system is subjective, it's who you know and who likes you, nothing more. If you're a braggert, you'll do well. If you have that ability to take credit for other peoples work you'll do VERY well. And if you're a white male who can do both of those things, you'll run the upper eschalons of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing things...there's been very little work done since the layoffs 2 years ago. Your service to shareholders at any cost has made you a cold unfeeling company that people no longer want to work for. Your people were your strength. Now you have a bunch of young kids ( you've gotten rid of all the knowledgable people) who cost you less...but will cost you the entire company in the long run. It's already starting to happen as you sell off the beauty division. Also you need to start offering competetive salaries and benefits again and true flexibility. The Millenials are not going to want to work here...they may for a year or two, but they'll leave when they understand how it truly works.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Plant technicians

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator to Plant Technician in Cockeysville, MD
    Former Employee - Forklift Operator to Plant Technician in Cockeysville, MD

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great place to work if you had started while the company was still under the Noxell corporation.

    Cons

    Workers who made the products for consumers were treated as retards, managers have no clue how to run areas there in charge of, and only know how to spend companies money, not how to make it. Does not care about consumer in the end.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the person making your end product and have sympathy for those who are killing themselves working the holidays and missing out on seeing there family for your end product just for you to take credit and then fire your hard workers and then you get a promotion for no hard work done at all.God bless America I guess.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Horrible Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - E&I in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - E&I in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None. Gave me E&I experience and that's it. X x x x x x x x x x x x

    Cons

    Makes everyone work swing shift, even when there is no need to. We had to work 60-70 hour work weeks while changing shifts every week!

    Advice to Management

    Try caring about your employees and give them a life.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Not so good anymore

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    collaboration, smart people, good reputation

    Cons

    Where do I start? Flight of great talent via "productivity", poor leadership from senior leaders. Recycling senior leadership. In 4 years the beauty brand I work on a has had 8 GMs (4 global/BFO,4 regional), 2 Group presidents, and the additional layer of a president. Each has come in with a completely different strategy and stopped all work. If the last leader says "black" the new one will say "white". NOTHING gets out the door. Director level leadership is focused on protecting and building their careers over the brands. And we wonder why share does not grow?

    A.G. used to be great - inspiring, a true leader. Now I feel he just wants to flip stock and get out.

    Advice to Management

    Pick a strategy and stick with it. Leave your personal opinion at the door - listen to consumers and the team.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Not optimistic

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good people, established company, worldwide business experience

    Cons

    Subjective rating system, too much restructuring, Also disabled/mature workers targeted for layoffs that seem very counter to their "values"

    Advice to Management

    Stop restructuring, reduce the management layers, become truly agile and invest more in innovation.


  7. Helpful (2)

    not the same P&G

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    nothing really a pro right now

    Cons

    the company is going through changes... they don't care about the employees.


  8. Cell Storage

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

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Boss and people you work with

    Cons

    Attitude of company toward employees

    Advice to Management

    Have good attitude toward employees and talk to them in person


  9. Helpful (3)

    i may be expecting too much

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

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    people are incredibly nice! You have to either commit a crime or commit an eggregious error to get fired

    Cons

    terrible work/life balance. Affecting stock price is always top of mind when managers (Band 3+) make decisions. Their compensation is based on it. Look it up - it's called STAR. You will need to go back to the Mother Ship in Cincy to move your career forward. Diversity there is pretty low. They all drank the punch.

    Advice to Management

    reconsider COLA for those in SF/ NYC


  10. Helpful (1)

    P&G Reducing Workforce in USA

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - D-Level A&T in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - D-Level A&T in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Procter & Gamble

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I loved working for P&G, but with each year, it was becoming more obvious that the focus of the company is not the USA. The company has great compensation.

    Cons

    P&G is moving their focus to the Asia market, reducing their American workforce in order to beef up their Asian operations. P&G benefits have decreased dramatically over the last 10 years until their benefits are no longer a good incentive to hire on or remain employed there.

    Advice to Management

    The A&T system in the USA is broken. Most Admins are doing the work of Band I employees, yet A&T's are not rewarded with recognition or promotion opportunities.


  11. Helpful (5)

    If you don't play the game, prepare to get played

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

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    For the Researcher position the pay is nice, even for the Midwest

    Cons

    Cincinnati-a city that hopes to Chicago or Indy, but is too stuck in its ways to become great. Life of a young professional here pretty much is dead. Pretty much like the companies in the city

    Politics-you literally have to spend as much time on actual work, as you do managing your career if you want to get ahead. A lot of brown nosing.

    Boring work-gets pretty mundane in R&D

    Work Life Balance-What is that? I worked on average 6 days a week, pulling down 50+ hours. During plant EOs, 18hr days were the norm.

    At the Researcher position, there is literally no career progression. You get one promotion (Sr. Researcher) for the entirety of your career, and that is it (you do get pay increases). Your engineering friends will out earn you (they start at ~$20K more than you do) and have the career of their dreams, while you are stuck at one position for the rest of your career. But you won't initially be told this. You won't find this out until you go to a onboarding training where they show you the percentages of people at each level, and what percent make it to their desired level in the TCS.

    Odd TCS placement: There were people with MS/MPHs and other graduate degrees that were at the same level as I was with a BS.

    Middle Manager Glut-the band 3 manager position is insanely bloated with untalented people, who only seek the money. Not people who know, or want to learn how to manage

    Company Culture- They talk a good game about managers being flexible, and understanding the needs of their employees. Your section head/AD can literally decree: No flex time and no OT. So I just worked 12hrs, and I am expected to be here tomorrow before 9am? And I won't get pay for that additional 4 hrs I worked? GTF. But you will always have friends in other business units where flex time is the norm.

    Egos/Hierarchy-It exists. Like, literally the time you go to lunch tells where you are on the totem pole at some R&D sites. Also, the stroking of egos must be done to get ahead. And never outshine your daily coach, in any fashion, you will regret it, because they will feel intimidated.

    My advise: Go to graduate school, teach, do whatever, cause you won't be happy here. The city is very conservative and not a great place for young people, the company doesn't understand Millennials or what we desire in our careers, I never felt that I was making a difference in the world selling tooth paste, or paper towels.

    If you want to sit in your cube, kiss up to people who are not really that talented just to get ahead, then this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Its running the way you designed it to run, so do what makes you happy. It is not a sustainable though.



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