Unilever Reviews

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  1. Risk Assessor

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    Former Employee - Risk Assessor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Risk Assessor in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever

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

    Pros

    a lot of great people to work with

    Cons

    glass ceilings in place, too many cliques

  2. Helpful (2)

    good learning experience but horrible people management

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    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

  3. a challenging experience but unaffordable as far as work ethics

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    Current Contractor - Finance Manager in Athens (Greece)
    Current Contractor - Finance Manager in Athens (Greece)

    I have been working at Unilever as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    personal development, many opportunities to be an expert in your field, many chances to travel abroad and have an international experience, specialization in fmcg processes, understanding of the market and products

    Cons

    many infighters, lack of respect in work ethics and diversity, difficulty in compliance with the rules, unhealthy competition between team members, work life balance doesn't really exists.

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  5. Political.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

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

    Pros

    Good brand and flexible working.

    Cons

    Too many politics, not enough teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more

  6. Helpful (6)

    Need to improve on their Diversity Program

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    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Planning

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    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

  8. Helpful (2)

    Poor pay, long hours...

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    Former Employee - Customer Development
    Former Employee - Customer Development

    I worked at Unilever

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good company culture, very inclusive

    Cons

    Lowest pay versus competitors.
    No recognition unless you are a 'favourite'.
    Strong emphasis on short term opportunities which increases stress levels throughout the business.
    Long hours and poor work/life balance, you are expected to put in the extra hours with little to no acknowledgement.
    A lot of people become comfortable and do an 'ok' job, they are kept on purely so as not to offend.

    Advice to Management

    Series of staff cut-backs has led to a stressful working environment. Has also meant that opportunities for progression have severely been reduced.
    Need to address the bigger issue and stop focusing so much on the short-term.
    Very slow to react to the rest of the market and its competitors, this will set Unilever back in the next few years.

  9. Helpful (1)

    A great place to work until.....

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    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.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good company but worse shopfloor leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits and world class manufacturing

    Cons

    Shop floor leader focus on the output but neglect human connections.

  11. Disorganized HR organization, no onboarding

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    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

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