Unilever Reviews

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  1. Unilever

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    decent pay, free ice cream

    Cons

    poor managment, no accountability, wasteful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less meetings, more time actually witnessing plant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Ten years passes before you know it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, flexible schedule, room to grow, lofty ambitions

    Cons

    change takes time, huge org can be tough to navigate

  3. 1 person found this helpful

    good learning experience but horrible people management

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    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    best in class marketing education and experience, great brands to work on

    Cons

    subpar compensation, office culture has changed from great work life balance and team comradarie to cutthroat and no work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people, compensate your marketers better given their importance to delivering top and bottom line growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 20+ years in IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    -Global, large scale, innovative IT, UN follows industry standard practices
    -Agile (flexible) work arrangements
    -Socially and Environmentally conscious operating principles - the company gives back to comminities and has strict sustainable sourcing standards
    -Very broad work experience. Roles change almost every year. Challenges are plently with support from Sr. Management which generates energy and motivation to perform.

    Cons

    -Salary growth has been very slow. Doesn't even keep pace with inflation.
    -Handling much more responsibility for several years with no promotion
    -intense competetition from colleagues
    -Management giving most of the choice opportunities with an advancement path to young job entrants right out of college.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the long term employees that brought the company to where it is today. The UFLP will complete graduate degrees and run for the hills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Great opportunities for training and breath of exposure to different categories/brands. Global experience very valuable.

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    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big enough so opportunities exist to enhance your experience regularly

    Cons

    People are not objectively valued, highly political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out ways to reward strong managers do they do not burn out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great people, ok place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Experience in a fast past, high stress enthronement. It's like boot camp for CPG companies.
    Talents colleagues
    Learn a lot
    Great resources and access to training

    Cons

    Bureaucratic nonsense makes it tough to navigate the company, especially if you didn't start your career there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better at on boarding and trying to retain good talent through more than than just the UFLP program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. A great company with strong brands that strives to grow stock price but in turn burns out its employees

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    Current Employee - Category Management
    Current Employee - Category Management

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    An extremely strong portfolio of brands across multiple categories

    Cons

    Reactive company that has troubles managing channel conflict.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Excellent place to begin your career

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    Current Employee - Management Trainee
    Current Employee - Management Trainee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Highly formalized program designed to give cross-functional experiences, and international work experience
    - Work life balance is great, agile work-style affords you to work from home when necessary as long as you meet your deliverables
    - Great colleagues who are very supportive and strive to give you meaningful projects
    - Free ice cream and products occasionally
    - Formal training and development
    - Variety of career trajectories, if you are proactive about it, you can land where you want

    Cons

    - Typical annoyances of large corporation when it comes to IT, HR, and some administrative things
    - Have to pay your dues, some roles can be rather boring, but important stepping stones for better things
    - Like to relocate people a lot and have to live your life 8 months at a time -- obviously it's what you sign up for though and for some people it's a pro
    - Field offices can leave you feeling dislocated from the larger mission

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Promote agile working but push you until you break

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    Current Employee - Food Scientist
    Current Employee - Food Scientist

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    You can work from home when you want. You can get a lot of responsibility at a young age. You can travel a lot, including internationally. The people are really nice and really willing to help

    Cons

    They work you really hard and call it agile working. The structure is not very organized and there are frequent reorgs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aware of the hours your team is putting in and resource appropriately

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Pleasant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits, friendly employees, & nice Company store

    Cons

    Too much finger pointing, clique mentality, & low morale
    Very little training & guidance

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