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Unilever Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
787 Reviews
3.6
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Disorganized HR organization, no onboarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Person
    Current Employee - Human Resources Person

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

    Pros

    Agile, flexible work, nice campus

    Cons

    flat organization, poor senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employee onboarding necessary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great people and brands, terrible work life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Business Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Customer Business Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits
    Many great brands with very good consumer demand
    Very smart and hard working people

    Cons

    Work life balance horrendous
    No matter when vacation/holiday time is scheduled, expectation is you will work. Especially month end or year end.
    Sales executives are very short term focused, too much time spent discussing daily and monthly sales numbers
    No training on brand heritage or history and very little sales training
    8 downsize reorgs in 10 years
    HR is not advocate for employee and you rarely speak to or hear from them
    Decision making is slow and tedious, not competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must be better and more nimble to compete in digital world. Training and investing in employees needs to improve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Seemingly good company, terrible training program

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

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Decent Compensation, agile working environment

    Cons

    Long hours, insufficient training program for such a large company, little to no communication with management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Wish I Hadn't Taken the Offer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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 full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance, Ability to work from home

    Cons

    HR gives inaccurate benefits information upon being hired (specifically regarding tuition reimbursement), Onboarding process is horrible, Little opportunity for development opportunities/courses to take to improve in critical skills, Almost no focus on diversity and inclusion, Business is measured to unrealistic targets, Extermely top-down focused

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't tell people you're extending offers to lies about benefits.
    Set realistic expectations and targets for the various funcional groups.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Large Dynamic Complicated Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Offers lots of training and career offerings for people age 50 and under;

    Cons

    Performance rating protocol completely unfair with planned thinning out the herd assigning low ratings per bell curve every year. Things became even more complicated ironically when they launched the campaign for simplification.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the Talk -

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    management very unfair

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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

    good learning exp. good pay

    Cons

    playing favorites alot of corruption cheating lying double standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    check warehouse management closely very corrupt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Company was great, management was not.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Large company offering exceptional pay, benefits and work schedule.

    Cons

    Small minded, micromanaging at the Regional Sales level. Unreachable goals for a product line (TIGI/Catwalk) professional salon products that were diverted and being sold at unauthorized locations, (Target, Costco, etc). Salon owners didn't want to carry a product line that their customers could pick up at regular retail stores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When sales personnel are struggling to meet goals, offer advice and solutions vs. management by intimidation.

  9.  

    I am a current employee of 10+ years.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Trumbull, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Trumbull, CT

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

    Pros

    Great managers, agile work environment, opportunities to gain technical and cross functional experience. Great benefits and the people are stellar.

    Cons

    Going global has reduced the roles for technical opportunities in North America. New processes are not in place and the overwhelming trend is do what we say don't question. There is no dialogue to address local concerns or markets. Working agile now means working 24/7 to support all regions and although managers understand this, at the VP and SVP level they question why no one is in the office during a snow storm. The leadership team is primarily white males and it is ruled without a heart or sense of family. They are fortunate that the day to day managers have the heart to retain what talent they can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to stem the bleeding of leaving talent and finalize ways of working in the latest structure. Truly embracing agile working and realizing core hours in a global environment is no longer 9-3. Senior management needs more people management training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not so great any more, headed downhill fast... and now I hate it...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Category Management Manager
    Current Employee - Category Management Manager

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Nice name to add to the resume
    Experience and exposure to learn so much.
    You have lots of tools and training (until cut backs)
    Health benefits are good
    Retirement benefits are pretty good
    Company perks, like cars and covered expenses for certain positions are good (but beware they are starting to cut back and dwindle)
    Salaries to start off are okay, but raises are so minimal and the work load increases exponentially in the same position
    Some WFH flexibility in some positions

    Cons

    Micro-managers
    Worklife balance is horrid
    People who work till the wee hours of the night and weekends are looked upon highly as if that's what defines work ethic and if you refuse to join this craziness, people think you don't take your job serious or you don't care which is so far from the truth - Unilever has no idea what work ethic is and how to instill that in people
    Budget cuts are ridiculous - everyone is always out of money and you have to get permission to do anything now
    Ways to move up are getting harder and more competitive as Unilever is going "lean" - they claim they brought "oxygen" to the organization (aka a bunch of consultants to figure out where to cut staff to cut costs as opposed to investing more to generate more, just rely on the tried and true tactics of bad corporations, so basically they miss a sales goal, then they cut back expenses and start with the staff and quality of products, but don't dare touch the CEO bonuses or VP perks)
    Unilever has cut staff but preach that you don't need to worry you'll keep a healthy work life balance, yet Unilever expects the same amount and level of work to get done - SO RIDICULOUS
    Salaries are becoming less competitive but since Unilever likes to compare themselves to industry "averages" they think they are above, which is ridiculous - Unilever as a global company and one of the largest CPG companies in the US should hold their standards far higher than the industry averages, if they want to attain and retain good talent, it's complete BS
    Raises are so minimal & bonuses aren't much any more - but super competitive to get
    Rating system is so flawed - pretty much every one will fall in to average buckets, those on growth businesses will get higher ratings
    Directors and Managers can be very judgmental
    Sales goals are ridiculous - they like you to increase sales but wont invest even a little more to make more - typical issues in selfish corporations, Unilever wants to generate more profit, cut cost but not invest in anything
    Staff working in HQ drink the Unilever kool-aid and become criticizing know-it-alls (not all them but a lot)
    Product quality is questionable some times especially when you aren't drinking the kool-aid
    Supply chain is a nightmare - they expect you to sell more product, but they can't even keep up with manufacturing it and getting it out there, lacks so much credibility
    Lots of pointless calls to get on and pointless discussions
    Always connected - every one wants something from you ALL the time and if you don't get back to them people freak out, emails at all times of the day
    Unilever is now a place to stay 2 to 3 years max, get some great experience but you'll need to broaden your horizons

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    DON'T micromanage, stop being judgmental, fake and trying to intimidate, be real leaders and down to earth...AND PLEASE stop the criticism of everything, do you think we don't see business issues we need to address - it's insulting and we can't snap our fingers and solve everything...trust in your people and they will deliver. Fight for us, don't accept the direction the organization is taking, stand up for us - you want good people and good results, voice what it takes to get there - write a controversial white paper or something, get your hands dirty.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Untrustworthy and chasing tails

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Demand Replenishment Planner in Trumbull, CT
    Former Employee - Customer Demand Replenishment Planner in Trumbull, CT

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I learned a lot and gained invaluable skills while working there

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs and system integrations, impersonal on and off site management who don't understand what we do. Promotions are handed out to people with no experience just out of college or to others who get to know the management by stabbing others in the back, then they become your superior which leads to not trusting management. Dull environment that is not fun or original at all. No sense of self.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do it yourself for a day. Start caring about your people as well as money. Get fun. Be involved at times other than calibration so you know who you're evaluating.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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