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Updated July 20, 2014
Updated July 20, 2014
314 Reviews

3.2
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Pros
  • Its fast paced, rapidly changing, continuously innovating and pushing things forward (in 41 reviews)

  • Good career opportunities in general (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • no work/life balance - the scope pushed into the roles is bigger than I've seen before elsewhere (in 54 reviews)

  • No work/life balance what so ever (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Values Bottom line above Consumers, Employees; Disrespectful

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Parsippany, NJ

    Pros

    Very competitive compensation packages (base salaries, starting and yearly bonuses/bonus multipliers) attract tons of post-MBA and undergraduate talent with the promise of great financial stability.

    The international nature of the company paired with its willingness and enthusiasm to sponsor international talent means an incredibly diverse pool of employees. In any given meeting you will be the only person from your country in the room, with people who have completely disparate backgrounds, cultures, and languages.

    Cons

    SHORT-TERM MINDSET: At all levels brand, sales, supply are always thinking of how to meet their yearly bonuses- completely fair, but it means that brand-building long-term investments are rarely made. Brand managers consistently make decisions for short-term gains that negatively impact long-term growth.

    WORK-LIFE BALANCE: Most (though not all) teams are under-staffed, with people doing the work of 2 or more people; in some cases empty positions are left open for months (or left un-filled), as the company looks to save on costs. This means things get lost in the cracks and talented smart people are burned out.

    DISRESPECTFUL: RB says that its people are "direct," but often this is conflated with being rude and disrespectful. Cursing, short tempers, and sometimes blow-ups, are the norm. There is little concern for others.

    ANTI-COLLABORATIVE: Cross-functional team collaboration is ESSENTIAL for this kind of company, but due to the attitudes (see above) cross-functional team members often approach each other as adversaries rather than allies. Unproductive and de-motivating.

    Overall RB is a negative environment where many of its (smart, talented, creative) staff are demoralized and quickly burned out- it's not a good thing when the norm is for people in the company to say that it is "terrible," "awful," etc. and are building or trying to enact their escape.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage LONG-TERM thinking- growth shouldn't only be achievable through acquisitions.

    Build, develop, and INVEST in your talent- it takes so much less effort and resources than you think to properly train new hires, and this will pay in dividends when your talent flourishes and WANTS to stay on-board beyond a year. You also may be able to get away with paying lower salaries and bonuses if you provide a more positive environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    What a terrible place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Supply in Parsippany, NJ

    Pros

    salary is usually pretty good, depending on your department, good bonus plan. you can learn all you can absorb

    Cons

    Some really bad middle management. Currently 'cleaning house' and firing or making the environment so challenging they quit. warehouses have been trashed, with no leadership left in them. Plants are going their own way. Supply is a shambles thanks to crappy leadership. Corporately a 'dog eat dog' environment, with no clue about what happens outside of Parsippany. "A" is for arrogance. People are our strongest asset? Not at Reckitt. Hope no one calls the EPA, DEA, or FDA.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to what your underlings are doing, for heaven's sake!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA

    Pros

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

    Cons

    HR 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 ManagementAdvice

    Replace 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible management and leadership, no vision

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing in Parsippany, NJ

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Everything is terrible except the brands

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some American leadership in the us business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Parsippany, NJ

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get smart.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, lots of responsibility

    Cons

    You 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Parsippany, NJ

    Pros

    Get some free products and more vacation days than most companies

    Cons

    Horrible 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get new management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Packaging+  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Packaging+ in Saint Louis, MO

    Pros

    Superior 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.

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    Learn 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management Problems in Springfield Missouri

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Worker  in  Springfield, MO
    Current Employee - Production Worker in Springfield, MO

    Pros

    Good line leads. Overtime available.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Use common sense!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Soul Crushing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Manager  in  Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Trade Marketing Manager in Parsippany, NJ

    Pros

    Opportunity to handle mutltiple projects

    Cons

    Work life balance, feedback, training.... etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees, interact with them and address their feedback

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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