Unilever Reviews

Updated July 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. QA

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raeford, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raeford, NC

    I have been working at Unilever

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

    Pros

    Health insurance, 401k, vacation time accrued

    Cons

    Hot uniform, not much chance for advancement due to politics, low wages when compared to the amount of responsibility, no health benefits for retiredn and no pensions. Next to impossible to get vacation time approved..and it doesn't roll over.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the hard work of employees, show appreciation, pay increases to meet the cost of living standard ..


  2. General manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Massive size multinational corp , opportunities of advancement locations worldwide

    Cons

    Very structured, low flexibility, low salaries compared to competitors, too much buraucracy


  3. people culture fundamentally broken

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Schaffhausen (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Schaffhausen (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Unilever

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    recognisable brand, agile workplace allows to work from virtually anywhere with no issues, multicultural environment, most jobs are challenging and interesting

    Cons

    networking-based company (smiling a lot towards higher paygrades is way more important than doing a good job), not performance-based; poor career perspective at lower level; no career perspective in switzerland; culture totally not inclusive.

    Advice to Management

    recognise that rudeness in the office is a big problem, take care in including all people in what happens. in Unilever change happens from the top.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Always Prioritizes MTs

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Paco, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Paco, Manila (Philippines)

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

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

    Pros

    Good exposure to different fields, can opt to transfer from one function to another, good compensation

    Cons

    ALWAYS values MTs more than other employees. Lesser experience of the graduate trainees makes it hard to deal, make them difficult bosses because they "lack experience". Always focuses on KPI. Slowly losing "human touch", too focused on KPIs and business need rather than employee development

    Advice to Management

    Give opportunities to your other hires as well. Do not focus only on business needs and targets. Review salary grade, i believe the company provides less versus competitors.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Senior Brand Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Development Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Development Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

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

    Pros

    Great company with genuine, smart, caring professionals. Good team culture. Reasonable hours and flexible schedule allows you to have a perfect balance between personal and professional life. That's why it's a perfect company for women professionals starting a family (80% of marketing ABMs and managers are women). It is very easy to have kids and being able to work from 9:30 to 4:45 during 4 days a week, working from home on fridays.

    Cons

    It is a consensus driven and very political organization. Poor performance is tolerated as everyone tries to be nice with each other and avoids conflict even at expense of performance or results. Your chances of succeed are better by being nice than delivering good results, so people spend their time on internal stakeholder management exclusively. You hardly hear anyone talk about competitors or consumers. Results don't count and your performance is irrelevant to progress in the organization. It is all about who you know, who is your mentor and whether you are nice to everyone. That's why highly political people that arrive to a compromised solution that pleases internal stakeholders will do much better than determined, results oriented and action oriented people that make decisions based on consumers and business, which would be penalized. It is all internal driven. Promotions are so slow and unfair that the best talent leaves fast after their training to other companies that are truly meritocratic. There's a lot of talking about sustainability, but the reality of the portfolio strategy (divest from foods and invest on super premium PC) shows that they don't walk the talk.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that talent is your biggest competitive advantage. The huge attrition level shows that your system is broken and consequently your business is set for failure.


  7. Customer Marketing Manager Jr

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

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

    Pros

    new experience, challenge, structure and interesting cases

    Cons

    strong personal relationship with everyone


  8. Brand Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Guatemala (Guatemala)
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Guatemala (Guatemala)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Quality products, advertising campaign and money

    Cons

    Corruption, if you are friend with someone with power you get benefits

    Advice to Management

    Practice justice


  9. Helpful (4)

    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.


  10. Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    good management, well treated, promotions available

    Cons

    hard work, long hours, repetitive


  11. Talk to the People Who Currently Work Here, Don't Just Read Reviews

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

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

    Pros

    Definitely a lot of learning opportunities here, great medical and dental coverage, good insurance, staff perks like a hair salon and free ice cream. Great staff culture, though not averse to politics Some really great people to work with here

    Cons

    Work-life balance is non-existent in many departments. This and retaining the staff were issues brought up quite a few times to the leaders. Being able to work at home (termed "agile working") seems to actually be more of a necessity to prevent a higher turnover rate rather than a real perk. What happens most of the time is that your days are usually so full of meetings and answering emails that you don't get to do your actual work till after the day is done. Promotion takes a long time. There are many processes that are not efficient. If you are in a marketing role, which is what Unilever is known for, be prepared to experience high pressure with a good deal of complexity. You sink or swim here, so you really have to like what you do. Like many reviewers have mentioned, there have been a series of staff cut-backs, thereby increasing stress and the hours.

    Advice to Management

    Please hire more people to ease up on the workload.



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