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Updated March 3, 2015
Updated March 3, 2015
51 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance can be excellent depending on which category you work on (in 69 reviews)

  • Good working culture and Flexible working hours (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 57 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    Use to be a great company. It could be great again but there needs to be change with senior management

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Coworkers are friendly and helpful. Convenient location and in house cafeteria. Decent benefits. Company events held on site which does make it easy for employees to participate.

    Cons

    Many policies in place but those policies don't apply to management. How to get ahead within the company - make sure you have a Sr. Executive as your champion. Hard workers may not be rewarded. Yearly reorganizations with layoffs and positions eliminated and remaining workers get double the workload. They preach about work and personal life balance but don't support it. HR not very helpful with benefits or supporting employees with any issues. No training and very difficult to get new employees on board with equipment. High turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be human and support your employers. Know the work laws of the US and understand the culture. Be fair. Make people want to stay. If you continue to overwork your employees, you will continue to fail to make your numbers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Worse experience of my adult life

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Production Tech in Raeford, NC
    Current Employee - Warehouse Production Tech in Raeford, NC

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

    Pros

    I can think of anything good to say

    Cons

    Hours are long. Management doesn't seem to care and are as messy as some of their workers. Management couldn't be bothered with any issues you may have with work environment. I almost pains them to talk to you. If you don't plan your day out you will find yourself missing breaks and missing lunch. Some of your fellow employees are rude and unprofessional. I won't buy their cheaply made products ever againm

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to CEO... redo the management in your raeford plant

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Hindsight is 20/20 would not have joined the organization if I knew what I know now but it is all a learning experience.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

    Pros

    There are some really great but over-worked people in the organization.

    Cons

    1) There is no work-life balance here. Working early in the morning, through lunch, into the night, at night, and on weekends on a regular basis is the norm. While some areas fortunately do not reap these benefits many unfortunately do. The only upside is least some of these times are working from home but when you are working at 1 am at home that is the least of your problems.
    2) Meetings on top of meetings. There are meetings to discuss meetings many of which do not add any value at all.
    3) With all the re-organization of late roles have become more "challenging and competitive" basically taking on the responsibility of the reformed organization to see who best can manage the responsibility of 4-5 roles in 1.
    4) Individuals have no say as to where they can go in the organization it is decided by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Numerous talented employees have been leaving on their own accord and management keeps coming back asking why. When value-added work is being completed and individuals have more than a modicum of life outside of work they would be happy to stay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Run the other way!!!!!!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Casual work environment, company store, free ice cream, ability to work from home...

    Cons

    NO work life balance, antiquated systems, reactive instead of proactive approach to business. Terrible leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Analyze your turnover rates... There are reasons why so many people are leaving!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    No concern for the employee's basic needs.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    It appears that if you are a higher-level employee (WL 2 or better) then your life won't be so bad. The long-term hourly employees are fantastic, talented people.

    Cons

    For manufacturing workers (hourly and their direct supervisors), the schedules are grueling and expectations are unclear and always a moving target due to the revolving door of upper management. Managers don't take the time to understand what they're managing. When upper management goes home for the weekend, they couldn't care less about what happens to the factory, so calls for assistance on the off-shifts often go unanswered. But come Monday morning if everything is not in working order it becomes a witch hunt.

    This company works their people like they work their machines -- continuously until they completely break down. While the hourly and their direct managers would pull double shifts with 8 hours off in between, come hell or high water, site leadership plasters messages on the company tv's that it's important for your health to get plenty of sleep and good food. It was things like this that showed a total lack of disrespect from the company towards its hardest working and most important group of employees. In fact a particular shift of workers got stuck in the factory for over thirty hours due to inclement weather. What do you think they got from the company to show their appreciation? If you guessed "nothing," you're right.

    In the end I had legitimate issues outside of work to deal with and needed some flexibility in my schedule (namely vacation days here and there), but they often were rejected while another employee's would be granted seemingly arbitrarily. Also, new salary jobs were being formed and not everyone was informed that these jobs existed and were available, essentially hiding the jobs from otherwise qualified employees because upper managers had people in mind when the new jobs were created. I saw this happen twice. In the end I had to quit the job because of the inflexibility. But trust me, no one cared when I left because they are so used to losing people every couple of months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees just as you want to be valued. Just because someone is WL1 or lower doesn't mean they are tools to be used just to achieve your own personal goals for you. They are people with human requirements and needs just like you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Finance dept. is a disaster

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Looks good on your resume

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator/Sanitation Staff in New Century, KS
    Current Employee - Machine Operator/Sanitation Staff in New Century, KS

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Your 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!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management is lacking clear direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    HR 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    I used to love my job and adore this company...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Development
    Current Employee - Customer Development

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Great brands, talented co-workers (the ones that are left), benefits & 401(k). They are a socially responsible company and I appreciate that. I have up to date tools to complete my job functions. Great discounts on our products in our Company Store.

    Cons

    For the last 3 years, our leadership has tumbled. We are now under a microscope constantly. No pay raises for the majority of the employees. Stretching, complicated (and sometimes changing) KPI's. New Bonus structure. We are doing more, but we are not being compensated for it. Constantly changing focus. They are weeding out the middle-aged worker with about 20 years experience. Moral is at an all time low. Little encouragnment offered to employees. Such a different company than it once was. I feel bad for new hires when they realize that they stepped into an organized mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start thinking about employee engagement and retention strategies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Unilever Kilbourn

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good money. The ability to work on your own.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don't just "LOOK INTO IT". Do something!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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