Unilever
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91% Approve of the CEO

Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

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80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Finance dept. is a disaster

    Associate Finance Manager (Former Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsLooks good on your resume

    ConsEverything (lack of transparency, poor career options, bonus is minimal due to poor company performance)

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

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    If it sounds too good to be true, IT IS.

    Machine Operator/Sanitation Staff (Current Employee)
    New Century, KS

    ProsThe pay and insurance is excellent and they buy your boots and uniforms for you. That is the where the pros END!

    ConsI was lured in with a false claim that forced overtime and working weekends was a rare thing. WRONG. I work overtime (forced) EVERY DAY. I work Every other weekend! If you want to work for this company, you had better have NO family, hobbies, need for sleep, or life other than work. I HATE this place with all my heart and soul! It has ruined my life! I am seeking a way out as quickly as possible. Before Unilever I was an artist and a performer. Now I am a nameless cog in their dying machine. I was unable to see my terminally ill Dad for the holidays. I am unable to perform the most basic self-maintenance. I am to the point where I want to be fired just so I can escape!

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour employees hate you. Forcing us to work 84 hour weeks during the holidays is sick and immoral. Your employees are so tired that they are exhausted to the point of being walking safety risks! I can't wait to leave so I can see my family, paint, dance, and tell my boss he can force some other poor sap who has sold his sold for money to work my job! My health is more important than your numbers!!!

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

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    Management is lacking clear direction

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsI liked my coworkers in the department I worked for the most part. Although it was a challenge because of the lack of work life balance, at the end of my experience, I ended up in a new field.

    ConsHR let directors get away with firing or letting go people who never had a chance to defend themselves. They unilaterally made the decisions on their own and most of the time, the decision was based on personal feelings and not business related. There was no checks and balances when it came to this practice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut in a sound process of checks and balances and ensure that people in leadership roles are not being dictatorial and abusive toward their employees.

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

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    Maintenance (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGood money. The ability to work on your own.

    ConsNo chance for advancement, although they say so. Very much a political place. You need to be with the "IN" crowd. This is a union shop. Contractually you can be forced to work every weekend and forced to stay over. And the senior men acquire the premium shifts or the shift of their choice. Also the operators are unable to do their jobs so the burden falls upon maintenance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't just "LOOK INTO IT". Do something!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Melrose Park, IL

    ProsWas a Great Place to work before Alberto Culver Sold out to Unilever.

    ConsUnilever did the typical bought Alberto Culver and fired everyone that helped make Alberto Culver a top notch company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice to give.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Expect to be laid off / fired/ humiliated

    Human Resources Specialist (Former Employee)
    Englewood, NJ

    ProsI loved working with a special set of people who endured a lot of painful moments.

    ConsWorst senior management of a seemingly profitable company. They are only about the about the bottom line.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some real managers, directors, and vice presidents who don't have their heads in the sand. Don't let leaders in the organization get away with abuse and terrorizing their employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not about the employees. It has changed over the years.

    Distribution Coordinator (Current Employee)
    Trumbull, CT

    ProsThe company is pretty good about letting people work from home when needed.

    ConsEmployees are overworked. Constant system issues. Very poor leadership. Promotions are very political and not based on merrit. More benefits dissapearing over the years. Talk about how work/life balance is important, but there is no balance. Leadership takes too long to make decisions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire more employees to spread out the work. Stop forcing employees to work so late, on weekends, on holidays. Promote people that can do the job and not your friends. Stop coming up with terrible projects because you feel the need to prove things are being done.

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

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    Poor Management and No Guidance

    Supply Chain (Former Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsWork life balance. The company allows you to work from home when needed.

    ConsThe company is constantly restructuring, spending all of their time focused on the bottom line and very little to no time on its actual employees.

    Transitions between roles are stretched out over months causing employees to work multiple jobs and long hours.

    Poor Management and turn over leaves employees either zero management or multiple mangers in one year.

    Programs in place for mentors or employer advancement are poorly managed unless you are a member of their SCMP program. Full time employees have the option to join a management program however the likelihoods of a promotion is low.

     Regular employee programs are so poorly managed that employees tend to wait over a year for a mentor.

    Unless you are hired from the outside compensation is very low. Recent college graduates are not offered competitive salaries and must leave the company in order to receive industry standard.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave some management and focus on the employees.

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

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    Based on my experience, I hate Unilever

    Customer Service Analyst (Current Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsFlexible company, pays interns fairly, large company for lots of networking

    ConsMicro-managing boss, projects for interns are bogus and can be extremely difficult... even for full time staff

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou guys need less interns. Seems like you just pack everyone in for no reason. The projects I received had no deliverables and provided me with hardly any learning experiences except bite your tongue when your boss tells you that youre wrong, even when you're quoting them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start-off or drop by for then moving on

    Brand Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat learning experience especially for more junior profiles. Great brands to work on. Good to have on your CV. Great mission and overall good company culture.

    ConsWork life balance is getting dramatically worse in recent years due to continuous FTE cuts which result in massive workloads for a good amount of employees in all functions. Managing relationships is far more important than focusing on real business challenges. Absolutely no focus on developing employees to keep internal top talent in, especially in regards to junior profiles up to managers. Low pay vs. peers. Poor HR. Low accountability of certain employees and functions. Certain business processes and systems are hell to work with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on the (good) people, results will follow even better. More focus on accountability and results. Increase slightly base pay. Improve some of the most terrible business processes and systems.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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