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Procter & Gamble Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
2,157 Reviews
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Pros
  • Everyone is empowered to improve the Business while there is a great work-life balance (in 169 reviews)

  • P&G is known as the company with the best marketing and brand management training (in 256 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be a problem in the current environment long hours expected (in 168 reviews)

  • Their are not enough traditional P&G managers in the acquisition sites as well (in 225 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great learning experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble

    Pros

    Good reputation. Great training programs. Opportunities to move. Decent benefits. Fortune 500 company with good reputation and solid winning brands.

    Cons

    Large company that can get tied up with policies that prevent swift action and the ability to be agile in the market. Struggles to understand how to succeed with a business model outside of their traditional comfort zone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that talent comes in many forms and that diversity of skills, particularly in upper management, is crucial to the growth and survival of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Personal branding and ladder climbing are the key skills for a successful career. Hard work and honesty are not rewarded

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Procter & Gamble

    Pros

    Flex work times, work from home for some units, world travel is still possible if you latch onto the right project with a budget. If you are really good at getting others to do the work, you will excel.

    Cons

    Too much management focus on building their own brands so they can get the next promotion and so much focus on diversity that they are demotivating those in the majority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management culture needs a major change but promoting from within will never achieve that goal. Get back to basics - get your primary job done and stop all the extra-curricular activities that add no bottom-line value.

  3.  

    P&G is not really a company to develop engineering expertise (at least in manufacturing and at the plant level).

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    P&G provides a nice salary with opportunities to really grow your salary provided you follow the P&G way. P&G has some good people who really look out for you and provide mentoring opportunities. P&G looks good on your resume for future employment.

    Cons

    Have to know how to play the P&G game to move up. Results are mostly based on how your 1 up manager views you and assesses your performance. At the plant level, plant managers seem to view you based off of how your 1 up manager and/or plant leadership views you. Also, not much opportunity to solve technical problems with creativity. Often times, you have to follow the P&G way to solve every single problem (which sometimes is overkill and wasteful). If there is any real engineering work to be done, contractors usually take care of it. Manufacturing engineers focus primarily on process reliability (compiling data, eliminating machine stops, etc.) without really diving in too technically (i.e. minimal design work). To top it off, managers working in the plant level are expected to work minimum 50-60 hours/week, so the P&G mentality can become draining (which is why I left).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create job descriptions, so new engineering graduates have a better idea of what they will be doing (instead of a generic "this is what you could be doing at P&G"). With this, allow new engineering graduates to have some say in whether they want to work on projects, build technician capability, or improve process reliability through day to day analysis of machine stops. Lastly, find ways to the eliminate the existing P&G attitude of "we are P&G, we've been doing this for over 150 years, so we're going to continue doing it this way". Honestly, in the engineering sense, you're not really as great as you claim.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Proctor and Gamble job review.

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    Current Employee - Plant Technician in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Plant Technician in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, Decent vacation package.

    Cons

    Terrible work schedule, terrible management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    professionally limiting

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    Current Employee - Communications in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Communications in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    P&G employees are warm, generous, personal and driven for quality. They are a great group of highly talented people.

    Cons

    The Company over hires, meaning they look for the best, but that often puts highly competent individuals in lower level roles, with limited ability to advance, which can be professionally and personally frustrating.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Limited upward mobility if you are in sciences with a BS or MS

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    Current Employee - A&T in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - A&T in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time

    Pros

    HR is very good at recruiting people by talking about examples of people who moved up the career ladder from the bottom to CEO or got 10% raises. Unfortunately, these examples are not practiced except for very rare cases. The examples have been accumulated over the very long history of P&G.

    Cons

    If you have a MS don't believe the stuff you will be told during recruiting. If you are a high quality candidate, you will likely be coming in 2 levels below where you would be at in other employers. You will be told that they benchmark against companies which give nationally competitive salaries. Not until you start working there will they admit that the benchmarking is done for engineers and PhDs only. Employees who work in sciences with AS, BS, or MS degrees (yes - they all come in at the same level) are benchmarked against talent local to Cincinnati (the contract companies for P&G). The example that all CEOs are hired at the bottom of the ladder and work their way up should not be told to technical people. The pool of potential CEOs is limited to marketing and other executive positions led out of P&G's Global Headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.

    MS technical staff should come in at principle researcher level, but come in two levels below at researcher level. They cap the number of principle researchers. Promotions to principle researcher are determined by showcase examples. If your promotion won't help them get in a diversity magazine (i.e. Working Mother) or help support HR's pet projects (coop/intern programs), you will likely never be promoted to the level at which you should have started even if you are doing better work than those several levels above you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truthful to your employees and potential employees. Run the business as a meritocracy not an advertising campaign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Standardized work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Structured approach towards problems, opportunity to learn and improve personal knowledge, close contact to production and market problems, big potential to grow quickly

    Cons

    Too much of burocracy for very simple daily jobs, very 'americanized' way of thinking and working, 'time is money thinking'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better support in career path, motivate people with what they have been hired for and not park them in a job because you have the necessity for it

  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career. Horrible place to continue one.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Procter & Gamble

    Pros

    Excellent at project management and lots of resources at your disposal to execute good ideas. Great training for smart people right out of college on strategy development, execution and analytical evaluation. P&G is great at identifying young professionals with high aptitude and then training them to be leaders.

    Cons

    If you didn't start your career there, you are basically treated like a domestic servant. You're needed, but you'll never be part of the family, and thus, your career very quickly will bump into a glass ceiling that you will never raise. If job security is what motivates you, you'll be happy. If advancement opportunities are desired, you will be very frustrated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be very upfront with experienced hires. Despite your best intentions, you know the glass ceiling exists for these people. Just be honest with them and you'll attract people that will be happy with the job security you provide.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate Culture and recognition is more due to politics

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    Former Employee - Healthcare Account Manager
    Former Employee - Healthcare Account Manager

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits, other reps I had made during training

    Cons

    Not numbers focused as everyone gets an automatic raise and recognition within the company can get skipped over due to politics and sadly not numbers focused for a sales representative

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work experience, not the company many claim

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    Current Employee - SIP Planner in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - SIP Planner in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good, although they are getting more expensive. Nice people, culture is decently relaxed

    Cons

    Pay is awful. Management makes it sound enticing, but when you find out other companies pay 20-30k more for the same postion its a bit demoralizing. Absolutely no room for advancement. If you arent hired as a manager, its just about impossible to become one.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop talking about growing leaders and promoting from within, actually do it. Once entry level manangers are promoted, they hire kids right out of college to fill in, leaving deserving employees who have been there for years wondering when their shot is.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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