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Unilever Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
792 Reviews
3.6
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Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance can be excellent depending on which category you work on (in 69 reviews)

  • Good working culture and Flexible working hours (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 57 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    Okay Experience

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    Former Employee - R&D Process Engineering Intern in Trumbull, CT
    Former Employee - R&D Process Engineering Intern in Trumbull, CT

    I worked at Unilever as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Well organized internship. Unilever provided housing and transportation for those who lived far away. Unilever gives interns an opportunity to interact and volunteer with the community. Additionally, they organized excursions into NYC for food shows, bowling etc.

    Cons

    Experience widely depends on assigned manager or mentor. My experience was less than ideal due to a hard-nosed and often absentee mentor. Hiring is completely dependent on a final presentation. Can be monotonous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rather than reviewing employees, give lower tier workers an opportunity to review managers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Experience, easy to move around within function. Limited upward opportunities

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    Current Employee - AFM in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - AFM in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

    Pros

    There is a great culture here and people are great to work with.

    Cons

    Limited Growth Opportunities at Manager Level. Job can be demanding and if you value w/l balance, it can be tough.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    For years, I enjoyed working at Unilever, a wonderful, engaging, ethical company with great brands a legacy of giving back to communities.

    Cons

    Since the arrival of Paul Polman, Unilever's focus has shifted to relentless cost cutting and promoting managers from Europe and developing nations. Morale in the US has declined significantly, despite what the internal company survey says. Everyone I know in the US is now looking for a job elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Brands and Great People

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced environment with an open door to manage your career

    Cons

    Appreciation, No work life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    If they gave me a reason to have stayed I would have

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great training, good marketing strategic thinking

    Cons

    Bad compensation, no opps for promotion

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    ch ch changes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    great training ground for brand managers, and the skills I learned there are evergreen...they're still what I use.

    Cons

    Particulalry in the US, too many changes, too little strategy, no clear direction from the top. The "strategy" is totally kitchen sink, and it's all too based on whomever is making the decisions that day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline and really lock down a true strategy, rather than saying everything is important.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Once a good company. Still decent but depends.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

    Pros

    CPG company with a presence in almost everywhere in globe
    Very strong marketing and supply chain
    Learn advanced supply chain process and business models
    Learning curve is steep depends on your area but very helpful in your career.
    Global mindset
    Management program for college graduates (SCMP)
    Somewhat diversity (see cons)
    Work/life balance is fair but seems to be getting worse each year. Many people work during nights at home (depends on your department)

    Cons

    - Only diverse at a lower level. However, if your definition of diversity is by nationality, then Unilever is one of most diverse company in the world.
    - Too many ineffective meetings. Some managers are held up in meetings 7-8 hours a day. Not sure if they are getting anything done.
    - Many departments running by group of people from Latin America. They are all buddies from their country and share manager/director positions among themselves. e.g. In one department, many managerial positions are taken by Argentinians because their leader (global director) is from Argentina. Some of these managers are clueless and/or over power-trip. Some managers stays home at least 3 times a week or 'away' for more than 3 hours daily; and give their responsibilities to their analysts or even to interns.
    - Very bureaucratic. Impossible to move up unless your are very close with people, one/two levels above you
    - Many young (mid 20s) managers. Not saying they are bad but it is true they are somewhat inexperienced.
    - Constant reorgs. Getting rid of positions force turnovers because limited managerial or directorial positions are shared by Latin Americans or SCMP. Existing experienced Americans have less opportunities to move up.
    - Increasing turnover in Supply Chain and Procurement. This is driving current employees crazy because they are very slow to fill in positions and/or eliminates the position when it becomes vacant.
    - Doubling the business by 2010 but with half of people is leading to 2-4 times of workloads to current employees. I've seen many people not happy and eventually leave the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please slow down the reorgs and stop eliminating the positions. Many American managers/directors are being forced out from US locations. Please stop this, as I am not sure if it's worth to spend extra money (relocation support) to some incompetent expats from Latam. It's crazy how one team is very Brazillian and others are very Argentinian, etc. Diversity is good but do better job prevent giving wrong empowerment to these people. I've seen some people getting cursed and threatened by these people from different culture.

    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    A good company with good products. Historically a very nice place to work with smart people with great benefits. There is god opportunity to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Has become a very difficult place to work in recent years. The expectations on people have become unreasonable; you are expected to work 24/7. The atmosphere is one of distrust and morale is very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revise the performance reviews.

  10.  

    Good Overall

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Trumbull, CT
    Former Employee - Intern in Trumbull, CT

    I worked at Unilever as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good place to work strong management team. Well pay and very productive. Good benefits for all employees. During the busy season, spend long hours at work with good compensations. Alot of free lunches and company store a plus. Work-life balance is good.

    Cons

    It's a very mundane place to work. Not much exciting opportunities. Sometimes it is a challenge to find the appropriate person to assist with your day to day activities....over 100, 000 people. Too much office politics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Very fulfilling

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company's values and commitment to diversity are outstanding

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to move up the corporate ladder

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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