Unilever Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. handpacker

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    Current Employee - Handpacker in Blodgett, MO
    Current Employee - Handpacker in Blodgett, MO

    I have been working at Unilever (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company store and good benefits

    Cons

    Work nights is a con.

    Advice to Management

    Supplemental status sucks!

  2. Great work, life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You have some great perks, company store, onsite salon, work from home, summer hours. Supply Chain is tough but there is work life balance here, more so depending on what boss you get.

    Cons

    The advancement opportunities are challenging as there are a pool of people competing for the same roles, however if you know someone they can move you along much quicker, however, not in my case

    Advice to Management

    Less politics especially in moving up the ladder, not fair for all employees

  3. Global Category Procurement

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    Current Employee - Global Category Procurement in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Global Category Procurement in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Agile workplace, ability to change roles, continual learning opportunities, lots of great people to work with

    Cons

    Poor roll out of strategy, unrealistic work loads, long hours, favoritism in promotion, constant change of strategy and database upgrades that don't make things more efficient, projects lead frequently by too young/green marketing team with more attitude than project management skills, still too beuocratic, and don't plan on a long career as ageism is a trend.

    Advice to Management

    Set clear and realistic goals. Improve the onboarding process. Control scope creep. Protect your team from burn out and retain talent. It is a great company and has great products but the fun in work has slowly gone away, now it is a daily grind without break.

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    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    decent pay, free ice cream

    Cons

    poor managment, no accountability, wasteful

    Advice to Management

    Less meetings, more time actually witnessing plant

  6. Customer Business Manager

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    Current Employee - Customer Business Manager
    Current Employee - Customer Business Manager

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, systems and information accessibility, scale, training opportunities, ablity to move laterally to different lanes of business (SC, Sales, Catman, etc.)

    Cons

    Diversity at the expense of talent, high levels of bureaucracy, lack of bias for action, paralysis by analysis, back looking instead of future looking business practices, weak future looking strategy

  7. Helpful (1)

    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

  8. Associate CMI Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Great employee developmental/professional training. Good work like balance.

    Cons

    Can be very hierarchical. Can be difficult to navigate your way up the ladder.

  9. Helpful (2)

    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  10. 20+ years in IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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

  11. Great people, ok place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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