Procter & Gamble
3.9 of 5 1,740 reviews
www.pg.com Cincinnati, OH 5000+ Employees

Procter & Gamble Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.9 1,736 reviews

                             

95% Approve of the CEO

Procter & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley

A.G. Lafley

(274 ratings)

88% of employees recommend this company to a friend
29 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in
  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • No Opinion of CEO

 

18.5 years at Mehoopany

Data Administrator and Systems Owner (Former Employee)
Mehoopany, PA

I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time for more than 10 years

ProsLarge Fortune 500 Company. Looks great on a resume. Opportunity to travel to other sites and meet new an exciting people. Free products once a year if the plant does well. Nice employee gift basket during the holidays in December.

ConsVery poor management at the plant level. Company claims to put value their employees but this is not evident at a plant level. It is extremely difficult for non-management employees to advance in the company. It is very difficult to get training and yet the employees are penalized (and even fired) for not learning fast enough. At the plant that I worked, the management is systematically getting rid of any employees with health issues. They are covering their backsides by finding every reason to write up employees to gather evidence to prove they have cause to terminate. For example, I was doing my own job and covering another position for an employee to had left the company. I had volunteered to cover the extra work until a replacement could be identified. I told my management that I would do the best I could to ensure that all the work was completed. I was written up because they told me that "I will do my best" was taken the wrong way.... WHAT? How is that statement taken the wrong way? There is only one way to take that statement and it is definitely a positive statement. Especially when I volunteered to cover the extra work? I was stepping up to the plate to do what was best for the company. I have at least a half dozen examples like this from the last 6 months that I was employed there. I am glad to be out of there. This type of behavior by the management makes for a very hostile work environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementPractice what you preach. Actually value your employees and work they put into the company. Don't just give this lip service. Your employees are the most valuable asset that a company has. Treat these most valuable resources with the respect they deserve and that they have earned.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • No Opinion of CEO

 

P&G is untrustworthy and internally corrupt

Senior R&D Scientist (Former Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood pay, good benefits, nice buildings to look at.

ConsWorking in R&D, our team learned about some specialized software could help the work I and a couple other folks were doing. But the most advanced versions of this software were not commercial products. Rather they were tools developed and used by academic scientists. We learned that the intentions of the author of the sofware were that this code was not for commercial use and we were told it would therefore not be made available for use at P&G. When I told my boss about this he suggested we could just have one of the most senior PhD scientists use their academic email address to request a copy of the software. Of course this idea explicitly violated written Company policy. This was just one example of a whole series of unethical practices in the department where I worked for over 10 years. It was very common for people to not tell the truth about projects being less than successful or results of research that might contradict a story my bosses wanted to tell their superiors. I was told more than once by my next boss up that "at P&G things are different" and we don't talk about problems except to call them "opportunities". Even when I found a lot of very reliable research that flatly contradicted work we were doing I was told to just not talk about it. Then I was also told by another very high-level experienced scientist that at P&G we are supposed to just call any problem like this "a success" then "move on". At one time I tried to have a simple direct conversation about these attitudes with the 'next boss up". He gave me 30 minutes. But he did all the talking and he was joined by someone from HR. They basically told me they had NEVER heard about this sort of thing at P&G and that P&G people were always honest. Later I tried to talk to HR about it one more time. But this time I was asked why I "didn't get along" with my boss and why I didn't have more work to do. I was also told I didn't want to get a reputation as someone who complains and that my ratings were at risk. This is the real way P&G works. Company values are a total joke. It's all about people protecting their friends and core values of honesty and integrity are simply ignored. I would never recommend P&G to people who care about integrity. I am very glad I don't work there anymore.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Disapproves of CEO

 

Offsourcing is the king at P&G

Support Engineer (Former Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I worked at Procter & Gamble as a contractor for more than 3 years

ProsGood work life balance. Good team work among employees

ConsIT department is the worst place to be. Offsourcing to India is the preferred choice. Cutting cost all of the time. Outsourced the IT to HP and then HP outsourced it to India and elsewhere else

Advice to Senior ManagementWhen all of the US employees are gone, who will buy your product ?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Approves of CEO

 

to the person that said stay away

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time for more than 5 years

Prosdecent pay and somewhat decent benefits

Consthe andover plant is run by idiots, they work people to death and when they get hurt its there fault and they fire you. real classless facility. i wonder if there is any air condition in there, I hear they dont use it and people sweat to death there, somone needs to call OSHA or the Labor Board before someone gets seriously hurt. could not agree with you anymore to the person that wrote the review 'stay away'

Advice to Senior Managementget a clue, people wanna quit

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Disapproves of CEO

 

Stay away

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Andover, MA

I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time for more than 10 years

ProsBrands brands brandsand thats it

ConsI was a former gillette employee with 27 years of service. I always felt pg looked down to gillette employees and that became truth when I was fired for having an industrial accident. Management was more worried what to say to osha. No one cared about me after I returned to work I was fired. They were pissed that someone called 911 instead on calling a taxi. They made it sound that i don't bay attention. What the real truth is the Andover plant has a lousy saftey record. They forced the plant manager to quit and HR manager. They bring in new managers and they don't fix any thing but to make you think its your fault.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Approves of CEO

 

Stay Away You Will Never Have A Life

Just A Number to Manager (Current Employee)
Andover, MA

I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time for more than 8 years

ProsNot many, they treat you really bad.

Consits like working in an oven, they come up with new standards and we have to wear long sleeve shirts, hair nets, beard nets, and a bump cap when ever going into a machine. its not even summer yet and people are exhausted from the heat. management wanting you to do to many things at once but tell us to keep our mind on task, yeah right, which task there are so many. management making employees cry. in general they treat there employees like they are worthless human beings. also, NO PENSION. the profit sharing is only good if the stock stays up, if not, you have nothing at retirement

Advice to Senior Managementyou need to get a clue or your gonna loose a lot of good people who really do care but hate how you treat them like low lifes

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Disapproves of CEO

2 people found this helpful  

Not Honest

Senior Scientist (Former Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat salary, Excellent Benefits, Smart and Talented People, Pleasant Environment, Opportunities to work with some of the most talented people to be found.

ConsAll is not what it seems at P&G. In principle, the Values statement of the company is great. In practice, they are ignored and no one does anything about it.

The CEO will preach the values, and claim the Company takes them seriously, but it isn't so...

If you lie, cheat, or steal so that you have a well-placed supervisor in your management chain that is either a collaborator or will be embarrassed if your dishonest actions are revealed, you can almost certainly get away with it. If you try to report this sort of thing, you can be punished. The hierarchy doesn't favor truth at all; it is designed first to cover up anything that might make the Company look bad. If you don't care about honesty very much, then you will probably like P&G a lot.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe honest for a change

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Culture & Values
         
  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • No Opinion of CEO

 

Disappointed. Disorganized. Lack of Plant Management Leadership & Support.

Process Engineer Intern (Former Employee)
Mehoopany, PA

I worked at Procter & Gamble as an intern for less than a year

Pros- Two plants in one location.
- Great projects linked to business need
- Great people, especially those that are non-management
- Culture

Cons- Your placement will be based on the current business need and not your preference.
- Preferential treatment provided to previous interns and co-ops.
- Location. Closest "city" is nothing more than a town with no energy. Great location if you are an outdoors person.
- No work/life balance. On average most people work 12 hours/day.
- Interns provided with projects that are not funded properly and lack resource and team support.
- Plant Management concerned about their own personal goals and ambition and not about the people they lead.
- Plant Management are not genuine on performance reviews.

Advice to Senior ManagementBe more genuine in your performance reviews of interns and do not provide them with false performance feedback. The final interview and final offer decision for candidates should not be decided by two managers who barely/never had any interaction with the intern. Be mindful of your actions and decisions as you are a representation of the company and interns are using this as an opportunity to determine if this is where they want to work full-time.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • Disapproves of CEO

6 people found this helpful  

P&G treats many peopl well; not everyone. They dislike originality and may be intolerant of criticism even if accurate.

Senior Scientist (Current Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I have been working at Procter & Gamble

ProsSalaries + benefits are historically generous. There is considerable intellectual stimulation in many areas also and one is given opportunity - most often - to do challenging work. The intellectual skills of P&G folks are generally well above average and people are usually motivated to work hard.

ConsThe peculiarities of the reward system and internal 'culture' means that 'bad news' is generally unwelcome. Sometimes however, bad news is accurate news so flaws of projects and work are typically glossed over even when the flaws are very serious and eventually lead to problems. There is a mentality of 'taking the credit and moving on' which in effect, rewards people for not really following the company principle of being "data based and intellectually honest". The simple fact is, MUCH WORK at P&G is conducted in a spirit that is NEITHER data-based or intellectually honest and there is no real punishment for this behavior. Most often it is effectively rewarded. Even a past CEO has noted that this is true. If anything, that aspect of culture has grown worse over time in my opinion, so people feel quite comfortable "gaming the system". In fact, proposals are rarely critically appraised for flaws, so people literally feel entitled to be rewarded even for very flawed thinking that leads to considerable cost. If you refuse to 'go along' with this type of thinking, you can (and often are) punished. Within the Company there are MANY ethical violations and they are simply casually ignored. Ethics can be a 'slippery slope'. At P&G that slope is steep and very slippery due to a lack of real oversight. The real first 3 principles of the Company are: (1) Do not criticize a superior, no matter what they do, (2) When you have doubts, it is usually best to keep them to yourself, and (3) Never embarrass the Company (meaning if you see a violation of law or ethics it is best to keep that to yourself too). Frankly, this culture has gone way "too far" in my opinion and I am glad I don't have much time until my retirement. Frankly, I find much of the culture of P&G to be very, very disturbing and far less than honest.

Advice to Senior ManagementReward ethical behavior and put penalties in place for unethical behavior. Don't just pay "lip service" to these ideals.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review

  • Work/Life Balance
         
  • Senior Management
         
  • Comp & Benefits
         
  • Career Opportunities
         
  • No Opinion of CEO

4 people found this helpful  

Do not come to P&G if you have a degree in chemistry or biology

Senior Researcher (Current Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I have been working at Procter & Gamble

ProsHaving P&G on your resume makes you very marketable to other companies. There are some non traditional roles available for people with science backgrounds.

ConsShort of having a Bachelors in Engineering you will be a second class citizen. The R&D system is truly flawed. People with bachelors or masters degrees in a scientific discipline come in 2 levels underneath those with bachelors degress in engineering. If you have a science background you will not come in as a manager (like your classmates in engineering will). All of the effort is put into developing engineers for leadership roles. People with science backgrounds are expected to be a pair of hands in the lab. You may luck up and get a manager who gives you the opportunity to do the type of work that the engineers get to do but expect to get paid $20-30K less for the same work. What they don't tell you when you are interviewing is that only a very small percentage of people with science backgrounds ever get the 2 promotions necessary to get them to the entry level position for an engineer. For the few who do, the average timing is 10 years. It is very common for a person with 15+ years with the company who came in with a bachelors/masters in science to be managed by someone with a bachelors in engineering who is right out of college. To add insult to injury, any degree that you obtain while working for P&G does not help you advance. The expectation is that the new degree will just enhance your abilities within your current role. Also, those coming in with a PhD in a scientific discipline will enter at the same level as a bachelors in engineering. (P&G loves their engineers!)
On another note, you can also expect to spend your time imitating your competitors b/c the culture has gone away from taking the risks associated with being innovative and has instead gone to a copycat paradigm.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop recruiting over qualified people for researcher positions. If the idea is to get people into a system with limited opportunity for advancement that develop a strong expertise in executional work, then go back to the old model where you recruited high school graduates and train them to do the researcher work. You are bringing in young college graduates with high potential for growth and then trying to limit their mobility and this is causing very bad morale among this group of employees.
Also, lets get back to being category leaders by focusing on long term strategic growth as opposed to prioritizing short term copycat initiatives.

Was this review helpful?
Yes | No
Add Employer Response Flag Review
RSS Feed Embed

Worked for Procter & Gamble? Contribute to the Community!

Procter & Gamble – Why Work for Us?

​​​​​​Did you know P&G products are enjoyed 4.6 billion times a day in over 180 countries, making us perhaps the two most successful letters on the planet?​​​​​​ With the strongest portfolio of trusted, quality… Full Overview

Provided by employer [?]

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.

Glassdoor is your free inside look at Procter & Gamble reviews and ratings — including employee satisfaction and approval rating for Procter & Gamble CEO A.G. Lafley. All 29 reviews posted anonymously by Procter & Gamble employees.