Unilever Reviews

Updated August 28, 2015
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Unilever CEO 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. Factory Closure

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good benefits and pension package

    Cons

    too much big company red tape


  2. Great Brands - Bogged Down and Internal Politics

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    Current Employee - Customer Development in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Development in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get a chance to work with great, well know brands. The agile work environment gives you flexibility depending on your manager - most people work from home on Fridays. It's not a cutthroat environment like some companies.

    Cons

    There seems to be a shift in culture where people now find reasons NOT to help each other. Internal politics are also more in play. On a global basis, each region/cluster head is more worried about building their own empire vs doing what is right for the company as a whole. We like to talk about "One Unilever" but it's just talk. Processes are too complex and decision making is still way too slow despite efforts to simplify. Restructuring takes place about every 24 months, which just throws things into chaos. People are also rotated out of roles every 12-18 months, which is too fast to really gain experience from a role. There is very little room to move into a Director role. You basically have to wait until someone leaves, which never happens.

    Advice to Management

    There is still a LOT of work to do on simplifying processes, decisions etc so we can move faster. The company as a whole needs to be more unified. The current clusters operate as individual empires sometimes competing with each other vs competing companies/brands.


  3. Consumer Services Advisor

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    Current Employee - Consumer Service Advisor in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Consumer Service Advisor in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

    Pros

    good atmosphere, team setting

    Cons

    wish it was a full time position


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  5. Lab Technician

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor

    Pros

    Good place to start to get some lab experience. Good place to start to familiarize yourself with how a lab works and the type of work involved in the cosmetic industry.

    Cons

    Company makes temps feel like temps. I twas really hard to feel like you were actually part of the team as a temp even though you would be making all of the scientists prototypes.

    Advice to Management

    Incorporate the temps more and allow them to do more then just batch and stability.


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    Preweigh Technician

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    Current Employee - Preweigh Technician in Jonesboro, AR
    Current Employee - Preweigh Technician in Jonesboro, AR
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benifits for employees if thats what your looking for.

    Cons

    If you don't have a degree or are not a good ole' boy your won't make it very far.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the work your employees give you and not what your peers are saying about them. Its better to actually have proof then hear say.


  7. Human Resources Intern

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends

    I worked at Unilever as an intern

    Pros

    People are very eager to help, you get paid A LOT and there are a lot of fun intern events. They really try to woo you

    Cons

    Your project is tough and people put you as their last priority, you're given a big task but not neccesarily the resources to complete it. You're paid well but not as well as other big companies


  8. OK Place to start as a finance analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    -Good work/life balance -Room for growth -Friendly coworkers -Everyone goes out of there way to make newcomers feel welcome

    Cons

    -Low pay -Very limited training -Not too many younger works on campus so for a young analyst, it can be hard to make friends -Little interaction with senior management

    Advice to Management

    Senior management should make more of an effort to be accessible to workers in order to get feedback and also feel like they can relate to their superiors.


  9. Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great starter company, but difficult to move up without knowing someone on a day shift. Off-shifts you're often forgotten about.

    Cons

    Long hours during holiday seasons without temp relief.


  10. Advancement opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Really flexible hours, work life balance, strong resources and tools available, easy to take initiative and roll with an idea, lots of autonomy

    Cons

    Difficult to move cross functions, career path is made and dictated for you, not enough transparency and leadership group is always very very focused on hitting their current year by sacrificing long term goals, so that they get a big payout in-year for their job. Short sighted decision making, and failure to admit mistakes, high resistance to consider options outside the industry quo.

    Advice to Management

    Be willing to take more risks with product innovation. Walk the talk. Way too much time spent in town halls, letters, speeches and politics. Organizational culture has become very watered down and employees are more focused short term than ever before because trust in leadership decision making, especially on strategy and movement of people within the organization, is so low. Not enough job posting and interviewing, almost all roles are cherry picked and announced before anyone even knows a role was available.


  11. NA Supply Chain

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Bridgeport, CT
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Specialist in Bridgeport, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, nice office good health benefits

    Cons

    too much time making out worthless KPI's and reports. work life balance ok until you need to push it a little further. move experienced people way too much. loose continuity

    Advice to Management

    follow the USLP - allow more time to work remotely.



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