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  1.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax Accountant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Tax Accountant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    great flex hours in summer

    Cons

    large bureaucratic company, too much PDP focus

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for, bad company to be a "contractor" for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Trumbull, CT
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Trumbull, CT

    I have been working at Unilever as a contractor

    Pros

    Employees were treated very well. Often they had food brought in on the company, many workshops about health and wellness, company get-togethers and events. They were well paid, had good vacation time, and they were treated like human beings. Unilever employees had it good.

    Cons

    When I was there, they had tried to pass me off as a "Contractor" while actually treating me like an employee. The state of Connecticut has very specific rules about what constitutes each type of worker, so make sure that you check into this if you are going to become an "Independent Contractor" for Unilever.

    It's not bad insofar as you get paid well, but you are ineligible for a lot of the benefits that Unilever employees get, including unemployment - which is the biggest problem if they decide to terminate you at any point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well, for one I'd be careful classifying people as independent contractors and treating them like employees, but beyond that... My situation was a bit unique. I didn't have any room for growth as I was the sole member of the department I hailed from. I didn't have a lot of oversight because no one really understood what I did. It seems like management throughout the rest of the company spends a lot more time checking in on everyone.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Like any workplace, has its pros and cons

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work hours (summer hours)
    Great 401k match (almost 10%)
    Global resources/brands/opportunities
    A brand name that people recognize externally

    Cons

    Depending on your function, politics can play a big role
    At the analyst/associate level, under-rewards the top performers relative to the mean
    Changes happen slowly b/c of org size (battleship, not rowboat)
    Can definitely feel like just a cog in a massive machine
    High turnover in recent years

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward your top performers if you want them to stay (adopt the Netflix model)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great marketing training but no senior marketing career advancement

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great Brands, great training and a high tolerance for risk taking when creating marketing and activation campaigns. Has become a very flat organization and therefore will allow for some independence in decision making for Associate Brand Managers, Brand Managers and Senior Brand Managers.

    Cons

    While providing great marketing training at the junior levels, it is very, very hard to get promoted to a Marketing Director - you can be very talented and spend years at the Senior Brand Manager level. Most people end up leaving for Director jobs at other companies. There is no work life balance as although the company recognizes this is an issue, the senior leaders are not really changing their behavior to address it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A descent place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Line Tech in Covington, TN
    Current Employee - Line Tech in Covington, TN

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

    Pros

    Good benefits & some of the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Leadership & management make it the worst place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If management wants the people to do the right things then they should also.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place for Networking

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Supply Chain in Englewood, NJ
    Former Contractor - Supply Chain in Englewood, NJ

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to exercise skills in Networking and Team Collaboration

    Cons

    Meetings can turn really hectic ... just need to be good at time management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep Up!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Politics play a huge role in your experience

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay, flexible work arrangements, company store, on-site gym, credit union, tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Revolving door for non-management. Analysts seem to work for a year or less and jump ship either to other groups, or other companies. Nobody seems interested in staying in one place longer than a year. This creates gaps in knowledge as well as coverage as Unilever HR takes months to replace someone.

    Rating system is flawed. End of year rating is a popularity contest, and your bonus/raise can be significantly impacted by this. Managers fight for their own employees by putting down all others, so you may get no bonus because you neglected to hold the door for a manager one day.

    Internal advancement opportunity is non-existent. When someone leaves, management fills the position in their heads with internal people before the role is even posted. Interviews take place as a formality, but the candidate has already been vetted and decided on. It makes applying for promotions impossible.

    Work-life balance is a joke, and the ones to blame are analyst level employees. Many people spend 12 hours at the office, often taking a two hour lunch, or going to the gym for an hour. The flexibility is nice, but these people purposely do this so at 5:00pm when managers and directors are leaving, they see Susie Q hard at work, dedicated as ever.

    Upper management has cloudy vision when it comes to reality. A project was just completed in one of the buildings where all cubes were to be cut in half in height, many people moved around, until it was stopped because the project went over budget, at $300,000. And only HALF of the project was completed... So half of the people on our floor had their cube chopped in half, and half of the floor were left alone... This was said to be done as a morale booster. The disconnect in upper management's ability to view reality is stunning.

    Perception is major. There are too many people who talk the talk, but can't walk the walk. People are rewarded and thought highly of based on their ability to glad-hand and hold conversations with upper management, yet when it comes to work, fall very short.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the bleeding. Keep employees in their roles for longer than a year. Perform performance evaluations based on skills, not just perceptions. Stop pouring money into things that don't matter.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to learn. Have to be top performer to move up

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Ability to work in different finance roles every 2 years
    Great brands

    Cons

    Long hours
    Politics when it comes to getting promoted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the true high performers well. Or you will continue losing good talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good big company experience but limited career advancement opportunities

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

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Opportunities for global experiences, learnings and interaction

    Cons

    Can be difficult to navigate through all of the politics.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for training, poor for career development

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

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Great brands, good experience working with accounts, chance to work internationally

    Cons

    Very little upward movement of internal employees, promotions given to fit criteria of candidate not talent level, too many favourites are picked and given opportunities, very poor bonus structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't speak out both sides of your mouth concerning career development, pay more competively, restructure bonuses to reflect individual accomplishments

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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