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Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
269 Reviews
3.0
269 Reviews
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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.  

    Promote agile working but push you until you break

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

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    You can work from home when you want. You can get a lot of responsibility at a young age. You can travel a lot, including internationally. The people are really nice and really willing to help

    Cons

    They work you really hard and call it agile working. The structure is not very organized and there are frequent reorgs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aware of the hours your team is putting in and resource appropriately

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pleasant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits, friendly employees, & nice Company store

    Cons

    Too much finger pointing, clique mentality, & low morale
    Very little training & guidance

  3.  

    Procurement Co-op- worked with suppliers to procure corrugate packaging

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

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Company discounts on a lot of everyday products you use are home
    Compensate you a certain amount to go back to grad school
    Many opportunities to grow horizontally

    Cons

    Goals between departments are sometimes not aligned therefore communication is difficult

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  5.  

    Big company environment

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

    I worked at Unilever as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of resources. Helpful people. Easy work hours. Accommodating managers.

    Cons

    Inconsistent motivation across the teams. Poor guidance. Upper management too removed from the issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your team better. There are many 9-to-5ers just hanging out without accomplishing much. If you can find and properly reward the good ones, it will help you get a better sense of what is happening at the ground level.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Decent Company to Work For

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

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

    Pros

    WONDERFUL people to work with
    BIG company culture, international company gives opportunity to work with a very diverse group of people.
    Free tea and coffee all day
    Company store!! - buy most Unilever products at just above cost
    Decent salary and benefits

    Cons

    Foods business isn't doing as amazingly as they want so there are tons of hire freezes and downsizing going on. They seem to take away more and more of the "perks" of working here every year. If you are in the Lisle group it is much smaller and every year people wonder how much longer the office there is going to last. The only other location (for non-plant workers) is Englewood Cliffs, NJ or Trumbull, CT which doesn't leave many options. They are currently changing systems and none of it was thought out well. North America needs to take all specifications from Europe yet there are different standards and regulations that it just isn't working. IT is outsourced to India so it's almost impossible to get your computer issues fixed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking away all the money and perks of working here!

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

    FAIR

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Analyst in New Century, KS
    Current Employee - Quality Analyst in New Century, KS

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

    Pros

    good pay
    good experience
    lots of talent people working above you
    big company ---- job security
    overtime pay

    Cons

    constant overtime for factory floor people
    bad hours
    bad hours
    bad hours
    bad hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do we really have to work *every* Sunday??

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Product Development Intern

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

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    agile working, cool products, lots of responsibility

    Cons

    people were very competitive in house which caused a loss in productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove mentors in the internship program that do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Development and performance management lacking

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

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Company strives to be the best

    Cons

    Lack of leadership among middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide invest,
    Ment in structured leadership management. Start caring about feedback. Try to retain employees better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Just like corporate america

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

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    agile working, people, time flexibility

    Cons

    lots of young managers with no people skills/experience, advancing opportunities are all subjective

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look for value, and try to understand if management is really effective directly from the employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good work experience, incredibly skewed experiences across offices

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Great work experience, had a chance to learn a lot via hands-on projects and the like.

    Cons

    Main office in Englewood cliffs gets far better treatment than the remote offices in terms of amenities, employee diversity, team support, etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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