Procter & Gamble Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
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Pros
  • Everyone is empowered to improve the Business while there is a great work-life balance (in 161 reviews)

  • P&G is known as the company with the best marketing and brand management training (in 255 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be a problem in the current environment long hours expected (in 166 reviews)

  • Their are not enough traditional P&G managers in the acquisition sites as well (in 223 reviews)

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  1.  

    professionally limiting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

    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

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  5. 2 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.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate Culture and recognition is more due to politics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work experience, not the company many claim

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Good job, horrible hours, no room for advancement, horrible politics

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Technician in Avenel, NJ
    Current Employee - Plant Technician in Avenel, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great salary, a lot of paid time off for holidays, good benefits package, great company to work for

    Cons

    Terrible hours, mandatory 3 shift weekly rotation, no room for advancement, no positions available with a steady shift, forced overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of 3rd shift!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Plant Technician

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

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

    Pros

    Still decent benefits and pay
    Could be a great place to work again one day
    Has the ability to be a wonderful and innovative arena with a little room to breathe and less fear. Right now it's just not good anymore, hope to say it's different again soon.

    Cons

    Currently working 110+ hours every two weeks. Told to flex out a day during the week to replace day off on the weekend. Cannot due to staffing restrictions. Therefore not unusual to work 12-13 days straight with NO option to take a day off. Not even using vacation days.

    Bare minimum attitude from employees caused by culture of knee jerk reactions for disciplinary action for minimal mistakes and fear. There is no learning by mistakes at P&G and they will attribute every mistake to not paying attention to detail. Doesn't matter if it was an error with writing, walking or learning a process. Even if you should have had a trainer with you and there was not someone available to help the untrained employee they are still penalized if they don't do the task and penalized if they do the task and make a simple error or miss a step. There does not have to be a loss to the company in order to be punished for the error. Depending on your ability to lie and brown nose will be the extent of your discipline.

    They preach accountability yet let people who have the ability to brown nose slide. If you do your work and set people up to succeed they penalize you by giving you the work of someone who does not do their work. Why because "I know you will make sure it will get done." These people who take pride in their work are loaded down and punished for having ethics. While others surf the internet or spend the day wandering the plant or playing on their phones.

    Pay has been backsliding and we have recently been told we are getting paid too much for the community/standards of the packing communities in the area. Benefits are being standardized to the general company standards in the US as a whole and P&G wants to remain in the middle of the pack on these things. The yearly celebrations have dwindled and/or been cut back and the gift boxes for the year over the last 5 years have been cut down it won't be worth the cost to ship in another 5 years at the rate they are going.

    The attitude of the general populace is if you are only gonna compensate both through money and benefits at the middle then people are not going to give top performance. Down side is the few who have the mentality and ethics to perform their jobs at any level of excellence are now being punished by being overloaded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time finding out what your employees do with their time, who does the actual work and even reward those who perform. Perhaps showing up in the work areas unannounced from time to time you will see what is truly going on in the production areas. Take the time to invest in your employees and make them feel appreciated. No one wants to hear there are a 100 people who would line up outside for your job if you don't want to do it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Starter Job in a Rough Economy

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

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

    Pros

    Paycheck, going home at the end of the day.
    Decent training that will provide you with the ability to look for other positions outside of the company.
    Company still holds a good name when you talk to those outside of it.

    Cons

    Depending on the area you are hired in to, work life balance is non-existent. You will be expected to sign over your personal time in order to better the business. expect phone calls at all hours of the evening and morning. Required to bring your work laptop home to work over weekends. I have had managers ask me if I was willing to bring my laptop with me on vacation.

    Pay is below average, but they tell you that the benefits make up for it. Currently those are being stripped down and the cost has increased significantly on them the past 3 years. At the same time the retirement is 1/3 of what it was just 15 years ago.

    If you aren't hired in as a manager, you will fight for 20 years to be promoted to one if you are lucky.

    Currently the management bloat is reaching an all time high. I have 12 managers between me and the "executives".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start recognizing that people have personal lives. You can't continue to tell people that their role's main benefit before it came to Cincinnati is that it was a day shift position. 99.9% of the roles in Cincinnati are day shift, so instead of treating people poorly, find a way to make them feel good about their job.

    Also, you can't keep cutting the benefits and increasing their costs, not while we are being underpaid by 30-50% in many cases.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overworked and under appreciated plant tech

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Team Leader in South Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Team Leader in South Boston, MA

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you like to work there is plenty of overtime

    Cons

    Work with and train unqualified new technicians.
    Don't EVER get Hurt! You will be blacklisted.
    Only kiss asses succeed.
    Promotions with no monetary value more work same money! Title only!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop hiring people based on a behavioral test!
    Punish technicians who cannot or will not perform their job instead of increasing the work load for those who can and will...

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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