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Updated Apr 17, 2014
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83% Approve of the CEO

RB CEO Rakesh Kapoor

Rakesh Kapoor

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52% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    More lucky than skilled.....

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Springfield, MO

    Prosexcellent pay, decent benefits, and 'paper' policies are sound. Good environmental conscience, supports Save the Children.
    A truly international corporation- aggressive acquisition strategy paying off big time

    Consmiserable hours to required to complete unrealistic expectations. No regard for employees, in spite of 'paper' policies. massive gap between the corporate environment and the plants, warehouses, and field sales. Majority of corporate managers have no idea what happens outside their building.
    new motto is speed over accuracy - unbelievable

    Advice to Senior ManagementPay attention to morale, those in the field. Follow the legal requirements instead of doing it quick and fixing later. Leadership is really weak, especially in corporate - clueless managers leading badly

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

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    Stay away from the Pharmaceuticals Division based in Richmond, VA. Terrible place, poor leadership, horrible management

    (Current Employee)
    Richmond, VA

    ProsOther departments are OK. Stay clear from the Clinical group in particular.

    ConsHR does not do their job for employee, serves as company puppet. Sr. Managements take the laws in their own hands, incompetent to run their departments. No culture, promote unethical behaviors. Many current law suits.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReplace the current clinical management group if you want to bring this company forward. Please poll a survey from current employee and past employee to see for yourself why the turnover rate is skyrocketing.

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

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    Horrible management and leadership, no vision

    Trade Marketing (Former Employee)
    Parsippany, NJ

    ProsIf your European you will get jobs you don't deserve

    ConsEverything is terrible except the brands

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some American leadership in the us business

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

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    Third rate, minor league company. Avoid if you value your dignity.

    Senior Brand Manager (Current Employee)
    Parsippany, NJ

    ProsInternational experience at GBMM level (one above Sr. BM).
    Good bonus structure (if KPIs are met).

    ConsI should have listened to the many recruiters who tried to dissuade me from joining Reckitt. This is the most toxic CPG company I have worked for (American and international).This has to be the worst culture I have encountered. Listen to us malcontents - there is something fundamentally wrong with the culture which puts profits way, way ahead of people (to be fair, these guys are at least overt about it). The culture is beyond tough, aggressive or assertive, (all of which are to be expected at most competitive companies), but Reckitt is downright vicious. They have a very high attrition rate, low intake from business schools (not surprising).

    While the brand management role is interesting, it's also suffers from the worst from a work life balance (again, beyond reasonable expectations). I would attribute the toxic culture to a very weak HR department, international (mostly European and APAC) managers (mid and senior) and the aforementioned mercenary mentality.

    To be clear, I have worked at companies that were absolutely capitalistic at heart, but also capitalistic WITH a heart. That's the biggest difference at RB. It will always remain a b-grade, suburban, third rate company, with mediocre people. Make no mistake, the financial rewards are terrific (folks around here jokingly call it BST money - blood, sweat and tears money), and there are some pretty interesting (but low-engagement) brands.

    On the balance - avoid like the plague and find your fame and fortune elsewhere.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet smart.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If it's not done the European way..it's not done right. Your opinion doesn't matter...just do what you are told!!

    (Current Employee)

    ProsSalary, benefits, lots of responsibility

    ConsYou can work as hard as you want, it is irrelevant to Management if you don't give your entire life to the company, and even then...you might move up.! If they ask you to move to China tomorrow and you refuse...they will find a reason to get rid of you or stick you in a dead end job! No such thing as work life balance or job security! You are a piece of meat and they tell you...."we have a line of people (Europeans) ready to come take your place, for less money, if you don't like it...leave!"

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou should not talk about how important people are when all of your actions say that you don't care.

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

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    Horrible place to work

    Financial Analyst (Former Employee)
    Parsippany, NJ

    ProsGet some free products and more vacation days than most companies

    ConsHorrible atmosphere, no growth. Everyone has an attitude, and rather than trying to work and fix the problem everyone complains that it's not their issue or complains about adding too much work on their plate. Also, this company has no loyalty to their employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet new management.

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

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    They want to bring in the talent, but not support them once they are in place.

    Packaging+ (Former Employee)
    Saint Louis, MO

    ProsSuperior benefits, fair pay, opportunity for advancement based on your desire to move up the ranks. Some corporate perks such as the store, safety bonuses and others.

    ConsLack of support, upper management not in touch with what really goes on in the plant (especially on night/evening shifts) control freaks with seniority who will sabotage newbies that do not kiss up to them as they see fit, clique type dynamics which leads to a hostile working environment, long 12 hour shifts, lack of decent air conditioning in hot summers, favoritism, not a progressive or supportive manufacturing environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn and understand what dynamics are actually in play in the manufacturing environment you bring your new hires (especially from outside) into. Maintain contact, follow up, and listen to the individuals you bring into your organization. Support and cultivate the employees instead of immediately feeding them to the sharks with some seniority- who should not wield all the control and power, but do. You seek quality star people with drive and initiative, but these same people are the ones targeted with hostility and predjudice by others with closed minds and or jealous tendencies toward any new people or ideas that do not fit their status quo. They (some RB's with some seniority) create power plays even so far as pitting the temporary workers against your new RB hires.(some of these temps blatently disregard all company rules such as safety glasses and steel toed shoes and get away with doing very little work, and others just rob your company blind of your products on a nightly basis- but since they are in the clique, nothing is ever said). Some of these temps,(not all-you do have great ones) along with a few bad RB's, rally against your new hires and blatently sabotage any efforts to fit in and excell within your company. You have many great people employed within your company but there are also several people that will always hold you back in this facility. Hostile and divided -but management does not seem to know about these dynamics or seem to care to. High turnover in management does not help this either. I saw several extremely talented people fall into this same predicament. Sad for us high achievers who never get the opportunity to shine and show the very talents you hired us for.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Management Problems in Springfield Missouri

    Production Worker (Current Employee)
    Springfield, MO

    ProsGood line leads. Overtime available.

    ConsThe company need a manager with common sense. Today, a new protocol was implemented: workers are fired with no warning for opening the door for other employees. Keep in mind, over half of the employees here don't have access cards. There is a breakroom/lobby area and the factory proper requires another access card. "For our saftey" workers aren't allowed to wait for their shift to start in the building. This rule was implemented in 102 degree weather!

    Rules like this are more and more common. This was a great company, but the management thinks they can screw the workers and help the bottom line.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse common sense!

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

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    Soul Crushing

    Trade Marketing Manager (Current Employee)
    Parsippany, NJ

    ProsOpportunity to handle mutltiple projects

    ConsWork life balance, feedback, training.... etc.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrain your employees, interact with them and address their feedback

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stay away from RB as the culture is very different.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Parsippany, NJ

    ProsCompensation especially when you exceed targets (Bonus multiplier makes a huge difference)
    Some of the people
    Great Brands

    Cons* Culture - very abravise
    * People Mgmt - a lot of the mgmt are people there have not earned their stripes and have quickly been promoted due to their international mobility.
    * Bias towards Americans - UK based and for whatever reason they have a negative perception towards Americans.
    * Senior Mgmt - extremely cold, do not walk the talk and are in it for their own personal gains.
    This is especially true with certain executives who have survived their and put up this brave front, but clearly are waiting for their own golden parachute. I not sure how they sleep at night, as they are not to be trusted.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWalk the talk!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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