Unilever Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
701 Reviews

3.7
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Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is fair but seems to be getting worse each year (in 56 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours, great remuneration and understanding line managers (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 44 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 25 reviews)

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  1.  

    Disorganized, demands a lot, good benefits

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    Current Employee - Quality Technician  in  Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Quality Technician in Kansas City, KS

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

    Pros

    Good benefits: medical, dental, long-term disability, tuition reimburssment
    Company store, can buy a lot of personal products for discounted price
    Decent salary...exactly average for the position type and region of country
    They pay OT for some positions

    Cons

    Limited locations
    Demand A LOT from you - have to wear their uniforms, hairnets, earplugs, painful steel toe shoes
    They keep the staff spread pretty thin so you are always moving

    Work Saturdays AND Sundays
    Work 12 - 16 hour shifts
    Have to work at night./overnight/ very early in the morning
    Terrible work/life balance...feels like I'm always at work. Used to have a life... not any more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire enough people so the job can be done right and your people can have a decent work./life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Going global has dehumanized the company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Trumbull, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trumbull, CT

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    After a period of time, you may have the opportunity to work from home occasionally.

    Cons

    Bringing all of the components and regions of the company together has been over-whelming for the employees. There is no work-life balance anymore. And it is rare that you have an 8 hr day. You work until all issues or time sensitive tasks are completed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no work/life balance anymore. The majority of the employees are very stressed, overworked, and burnt out.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Sales (Customer Development)

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    Current Employee - Customer Development
    Current Employee - Customer Development

    I have been working at Unilever full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Great brands, competitive compensation, great benefits, good training ground.

    Cons

    - All CPG companies going through tough challenges, avoid this space if at all possible (commoditization, private label brands, retailer consolidation)
    - All new management with little tenure at Unilever (in US), from outside the company...therefore more than usual back stabbing, lack of trust, no relationships, no one in upper management wants to make tough decisions. Focus will be on personal care brands, which means if you are out in the field working with Grocery retailers, your relevancy to your customer is shrinking daily. I give it less than 5 years before Ice Cream is sold (margins vs personal care). They are 15 years behind P&G in pruning their Foods portfolio.
    - Have upgraded Talent, however if you are not a Director by age 35, you're time is limited, not a VP by 42, you are out the door. Move up or move out, no room for steady Eddies.
    - Moving to a revolving door enterprise, how 'sustainable' is that?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You already know it all.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Talented employees

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    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager  in  Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Marketing Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazingly smart and talented marketers

    Cons

    Always restructuring and changing organization, very disruptive. low pay relative to market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    reward merit and develop talent

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Complex organization, with little trust in upper management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people in entry to mid level positions, great agile working environment that fosters a good company culture. Field offices are have the most positive culture

    Cons

    Too much political complexity that causes slowness in the organization. Recent reorganization left people unaware of the new ways of working with more responsibilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Once upon a time

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Englewood, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in Englewood, NJ

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You get to work on amazing, well-know brands with healthy marketing budgets. Smart people. You will learn a lot. The company is flexible with personal needs and has solid benefits.

    Cons

    There is constant structural change. It has gotten very cut throat. Lost a lot of great people. No downtown - more work with less resources. Morale is very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    The logo U sometimes is said to stand for University. One learns world class marketing, and to some extent business management, here. There's a global Marketing Academy based in London to ensure the latest and brightest thoughts and practices in marketing are shared in the community.

    Great brand portfolio and very bright people making it a highly engaging place to work.

    The company does care about the environment sustainability and has done a great deal to contribute to this cause.

    Cons

    Recently there have been way too many reorganizations, leadership changes, strategy changes. This has caused a drop in morale, low engagement, and most importantly lack of progress on many important fronts.

    The company is highly matrix in nature with multiple stakeholders on almost anything and everything. A lot of time is spent aligning stakeholders, and/or bring new stakeholders on board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline processes and organizational layers. Help talents have more time to actually work and less time navigating internal politics.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Started out good, then you see the real thing.

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    Former Employee - Palletizer  in  Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Palletizer in Clearwater, FL

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, flexible work schedule, meet a lot of nice coworkers, beautiful parties, and outside activities, awards and cash give aways.

    Cons

    Too much politics and wanting you too always be a yes man, won't let you ever have a say, management can never be wrong. You will be alienated if you speak up and pushed out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and take some advice from employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A very strong training ground for finance, but with many of the silos and challenges of any large multinational.

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    Current Employee - Finance  in  Englewood, NJ
    Current Employee - Finance in Englewood, NJ

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start a career in finance, as even specialized finance functions are given great responsibility and accountability for deliverables from Day 1. By the time new hires have a few years of experience under their belt, they know how to manage all kinds of operational challenges. The fact that this is a marketing-driven organization means that finance –by necessity- learns how to partner well with all different kinds of functions and personalities.

    Cons

    Like any very large multinational, it is a highly structured environment with a many silos, and there are often situations where leadership in one area may not talk to leadership in another, as well as duplicate work streams, conflicting incentives, and resources deployed to process rather than results. To the degree that leadership is aware of this, there are efforts to improve, but after seeing several cycles of these efforts, real change in this area will be slow. Professional Development could also be better after the first year.

    Very difficult to grow professionally and move up, unless you have a strong relationship with an influential membership of leadership. This depends on personal chemistry and politics rather than merit, though this is true of nearly all workplaces. As a result, promising talent and innovative ideas can go unrecognized and slip through the cracks. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for lower level team members to gain exposure to, present to, and partner with leadership. Focus more on looking to the future rather than analyzing the past. Make more use of finance talent- finance can play a much greater role in contributing strategically, in addition to day-to-day operational activities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ok

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Trumbull, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Trumbull, CT

    I have been working at Unilever full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Nice people, good benefits, easy to implement new ideas given the size.

    Cons

    Seems to be completely run by white European men, not a lot of diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote within more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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