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Unilever Reviews

Updated Jul 18, 2014
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3.7 668 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

(374 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is fair but seems to be getting worse each year(in 56 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours, great remuneration and understanding line managers(in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate(in 44 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation(in 25 reviews)

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    Good experience overall

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI enjoyed the flexibility and casual atmosphere that Unilever offers. You get the opportunity to work in a lot of different areas of the business and with cross-functional business partners, which keeps things interesting.

    ConsThere is a breakdown in communication about promotion timing. Sometimes it feels quite hierarchical with little engagement between upper management and lower level employees. There is little room for growth without a willingness to go abroad.

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    Its been eye opening.

    Technical Operator III (Current Employee) Jefferson City, MO

    ProsLots of room for advancement, plenty of time off for family and great people that are willing to help you succeed.

    ConsNight shift is a little difficult to manage and there are too many whiney, spoiled people here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work but maybe watch a little better for potential on the line. Try to focus on the positive a little more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work and grow

    Senior Procurement Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsWonderful learning experience, if you find the right people to mentor and develop you the learning can be endless

    ConsHours can be long, people can be harsh, and results need to be met. If you can handle that you will be fine.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on removing barriers and automate tracking. People want to feel like they are making a difference, not just filling out spreadsheets all day. If you truly think we are all working so hard (which you tell us all the time) give out an unexpected perk, a bonus, or change the KPI structure to something attainable so we don't have to spend all our time finding ways to "make it up".

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice internship for at school student

    Engineering Summer Intern (Current Employee) Trumbull, CT

    ProsVery challenging to a student who has never involved in the real industry. Good experience to put in resume.
    Always keep you busy but still give life and work balance.

    ConsThe system is not perfect. Too much things going on and need better training for new employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A very strong training ground for finance, but with many of the silos and challenges of any large multinational.

    Finance (Current Employee) Englewood, NJ

    ProsGreat place to start a career in finance, as even specialized finance functions are given great responsibility and accountability for deliverables from Day 1. By the time new hires have a few years of experience under their belt, they know how to manage all kinds of operational challenges. The fact that this is a marketing-driven organization means that finance –by necessity- learns how to partner well with all different kinds of functions and personalities.

    ConsLike any very large multinational, it is a highly structured environment with a many silos, and there are often situations where leadership in one area may not talk to leadership in another, as well as duplicate work streams, conflicting incentives, and resources deployed to process rather than results. To the degree that leadership is aware of this, there are efforts to improve, but after seeing several cycles of these efforts, real change in this area will be slow. Professional Development could also be better after the first year.

    Very difficult to grow professionally and move up, unless you have a strong relationship with an influential membership of leadership. This depends on personal chemistry and politics rather than merit, though this is true of nearly all workplaces. As a result, promising talent and innovative ideas can go unrecognized and slip through the cracks. .

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more opportunities for lower level team members to gain exposure to, present to, and partner with leadership. Focus more on looking to the future rather than analyzing the past. Make more use of finance talent- finance can play a much greater role in contributing strategically, in addition to day-to-day operational activities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok

    Senior Scientist (Current Employee) Trumbull, CT

    ProsNice people, good benefits, easy to implement new ideas given the size.

    ConsSeems to be completely run by white European men, not a lot of diversity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote within more

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great experience

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsLarge company, lots of flexibility and opportunities

    ConsProjects take long time to complete

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    U will love working here; I'm Love it!!

    Senior CHEMIST (Current Employee) Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsCompetitive salary, great benefits, vacation, Personal days, holidays, great peers, nice working environment web- seminars, good work/life balance, discount product and working with amazing products be innovated and so far great leadership.

    ConsUnfortunately, the company has suffered turn over recently years. However great people has been hired and compensated for the loss. Unilever would like to address the issue but sometimes is not that easy( time after time). As a large organization is easy to get lost... Unilever is a trustworthy company who respects their employees and cares their well being.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing is perfect!!!. Every large organization has weakness and strengths. Reinforce the strength and address the weakness.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to develop your career: Come in and welcome on board!!!

    Chemist (Current Employee) Englewood, NJ

    ProsGreat benefits, Great salary, bunch of holidays, half Fridays off, training, Great team, Wonderful brands, upward career mobility, Interact with different departments , organized and moral values. the message is very clear: Come in and welcome at board!!!.
    Rewarding fast pace environment, do not mind to stay after hours, the deadlines are getting done and accomplished new lines of launches. Perfect place to grow and make friends around the world. Get the hint: Unilever is recruiting many L'Oreal employees due lost on their career path. Many are succeeding and moving forward in their positions.

    ConsNothing to say. I 've worked for 5 international companies, None of them could satisfy my career development as Unilever does. Needless to say, Unilever recognizes talent and delivers results.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease keep doing an amazing job!!! Continue hiring great people.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company to work for, bad company to be a "contractor" for.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Trumbull, CT

    ProsEmployees were treated very well. Often they had food brought in on the company, many workshops about health and wellness, company get-togethers and events. They were well paid, had good vacation time, and they were treated like human beings. Unilever employees had it good.

    ConsWhen I was there, they had tried to pass me off as a "Contractor" while actually treating me like an employee. The state of Connecticut has very specific rules about what constitutes each type of worker, so make sure that you check into this if you are going to become an "Independent Contractor" for Unilever.

    It's not bad insofar as you get paid well, but you are ineligible for a lot of the benefits that Unilever employees get, including unemployment - which is the biggest problem if they decide to terminate you at any point.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWell, for one I'd be careful classifying people as independent contractors and treating them like employees, but beyond that... My situation was a bit unique. I didn't have any room for growth as I was the sole member of the department I hailed from. I didn't have a lot of oversight because no one really understood what I did. It seems like management throughout the rest of the company spends a lot more time checking in on everyone.

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