Unilever Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman
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Pros
  • Appreciate agile working for work/life balance (in 69 reviews)

  • flexible working hours, ability to work from home, good staff benefits (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • The work life balance is non existent (in 57 reviews)

  • Time-consuming decision making process (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Great products..

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

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Working from home, open office environment

    Cons

    Old ways of working holding this company back. Culture needs to improve trust. Development of employees optional and not a priority. Processes run the,people not the,other way around.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from other great companies like Google on how to motivate and keep great talent. Great products are one thing..great people are another. Get rid of the forced ranking system. Find ways to let people shine. Require management to know their people.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Overworked

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

    I worked at Unilever (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing Benefits
    Inspiring company mission and vision
    Passionate coworkers
    Exposure to great business projects

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations
    No work like balance
    Worked 24/7 even when your best efforts where given
    No recognition or appreciation for your contributions
    Do more with less headcount

    Advice to Management

    set clear and realistic expectations to drive the organization in a more successful manner.


  3. Helpful (2)

    good learning experience but horrible people management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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  5. Helpful (7)

    Need to improve on their Diversity Program

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

    I worked at Unilever

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There is a clear classism and racial bias in the company.

    Cons

    There is a clear classism and racial bias in the company. HR managers need more cross cultural training and the company needs to hire upper management that practice humility and should learn to work with middle and lower management with compassion not passion for their egos. People of color are often hired just for the company to say they are diverse but tenure for colored people is low because of racial discrimination. Also, prepare for a lot of ethnocentric upper management.

    Advice to Management

    Do more cross cultural training the EEOC details are not just for you to post on boards and intranet.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Planning

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

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, summer hours, no limited sick days

    Cons

    Managers have no clue what their reports do or how they do it

    Advice to Management

    Get to know what your direct reports do


  7. Helpful (1)

    A great place to work until.....

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Operations in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Operations in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary OT
    Great technical support
    Great boss
    Great people
    Travel

    Cons

    Terrible decisions from upper management.
    Rough part of town
    The small of mayonnaise at 100 degrees
    Lousy temp agency

    Advice to Management

    Let your people do their job.
    Use facts.
    Be aggressive with improvements.


  8. Disorganized HR organization, no onboarding

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Person
    Current Employee - Human Resources Person

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Agile, flexible work, nice campus

    Cons

    flat organization, poor senior management

    Advice to Management

    employee onboarding necessary


  9. Helpful (4)

    Great people and brands, terrible work life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

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


  10. Seemingly good company, terrible training program

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

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

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

    Pros

    Decent Compensation, agile working environment

    Cons

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


  11. Wish I Hadn't Taken the Offer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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