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Procter & Gamble Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
2,160 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Good training, terrible politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time

    Pros

    Tons of training, they definitely invest in your learning and growth, there is a sense of pride in how tough it is to get a job at P&G that they will instill in you.

    Cons

    Huge amount of internal politics that mean if you want to get ahead and promoted you'll have be a big butt kisser. I get the sense that managers fail upwards, that they are the ones that are able to navigate the internal politics, rather than be the best at their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Frustrating

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    Current Employee - Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Technician in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time

    Pros

    Clean, good pay for work

    Cons

    The overtime is very heavy at times, and is forced and generally that is around holidays and during the summer. My work days are twelve and half hours long, and I work every other weekend. Do not feel valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of telling employees how great the company is that they work for make them feel it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good enough?

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Excellent retirement benefits, child care on site.

    Cons

    50% of the job is politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try being a decent manager vs. thinking of a way to get promoted to the next level.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good school for entry level, political club as you become senior

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    Current Employee - Director in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Director in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Early responsibilities, big exposure, dynamic, challenging, great colleagues overall

    Cons

    Executive team focused on self interest, to progress to senior level you need to belong to one of the clubs and have seniority, for senior levels it's not about meritocracy or capability, it's about your internal network and who pushes for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    go back to the PVPs and care about the shareholders long term value and not your legacy or retirement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good company going through a tough time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Solid company with strong values and sense of commitment to people. Most P&G people are truly exceptional and some of the smartest I've ever known - it's what keeps me at P&G. The scale of the company means that it can make a big impact so it has a number of really great brand initiatives around the world (Pampers ending neonatal tetanus, Always school programs in Africa, Tide Katrina relief, ...).

    P&G cares about its people and has a number of good programs to help employees, although I wish these were more "built into" the work and not left solely to the employee to implement.

    Competitive salary and great benefits. Overall I've been happy at P&G.

    Cons

    Complexity in decision-making and sheer number of transactions are the most frustrating aspect of working at P&G. Decisions are often made at the wrong level, with senior people not giving authority to people who should be making decisions, or pushing complexity down.

    P&G is too big and needs to be smaller - everyone knows this and changes are being made. Unfortunately, work tends not to be eliminated and work loads increase when work isn't eliminated, although that may come in time. The culture can be very impersonal and has become more so over time.

    Work-life balance is very difficult as well, especially in a time of reductions (i.e. productivity) although everyone knows that P&G is too big.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the necessary cuts quickly and without apology - everyone knows that the company is too big and complex. Make courageous decisions that are appropriate your level and trust people your make decisions at theirs. Believe in your people.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great School especially for a marketing career

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Sales Manager

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time

    Pros

    Business Resources / Great Brands

    Cons

    Complexity / Bureaucracy / cero work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be in touch with the employee / invest in the business more wisely / see the competition more closely

    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It was OK

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Procter & Gamble

    Pros

    A lot of responsibilities very early on.
    A lot of training.

    Cons

    Too many layers of management.
    Low pay
    Slow to react

  9.  

    Heavily compensated, but little work life balance.

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    Current Employee - Plant Technician in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Plant Technician in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    If you like overtime this is the place for you. They pay employees pretty well.

    Cons

    They have some inexperienced managers that make arbitrary or ill-informed decisions. They have a policy not to work any over 60 hours a week, but some employees are forced to work 80 hours a week.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Move to one Union contract.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    P&G is a good company to work for, but ...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Nice well run company. A legacy of strong brands. Some two dozen billion dollar brands. Driven by consumer understanding and best in class technology.

    Cons

    Some of the down-sides of working at P&G include: (a) It's a large organization and one can easily get "lost" in the maze, (b) It's a tough place for introverts, women and minorities to make it, and (c) work-life balance really sucks especially now that we are focusing so much on improving productivity driven in part by threats of more (5%) layoffs coming in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    (1) Take fear out of the culture! (2) Do things to improve work-life balance. (3) Truly invest strategically in the innovation pipeline across the company. Not just Design. (4) Support diversity & inclusion and truly ensure that women and minorities truly get a fair shake especially in the TCS technical career system.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A nice place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time

    Pros

    Lots of access to training, decent salary, flexible work arrangements, and the ability to move around the company over time are all perks of working here.

    Cons

    Some of the work doesn't feel very meaningful, its difficult to advance, teams dont really feel much like teams - more like co-workers, easy to get comfortable and not reach your potential.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage employees at all levels to do things differently, create new paths, and not get stuck on the beaten path. It feels like we are too worried about process and not about innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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