Unilever Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated March 9, 2014
Updated March 9, 2014
699 Reviews

3.7
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Pros
  • Work/life balance is fair but seems to be getting worse each year (in 56 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours, great remuneration and understanding line managers (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 44 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 25 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning and responsibilities but poor reward and career progression

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You can drive complex projects and be exposed to great learning - being Unilever a sort of marketing academy with more than 100 years of best in class activities and products.

    Before you realise it, you would massively grow your product, project and brand management expertise.

    Cons

    The company is extremely hierarchical, to the point that entry level managers will probably never be able to be exposed/interact/take decisions or simply talk to top managers.

    The reward/salary is simply unacceptable for a company that aims at attracting and retaining top talents.

    The career progression and development is deadly slow and unstructured, leaving room for uncertainties and unfairness that are totally neglected by both managers and HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote a more democratic and open culture within the company. Implement for real the so-called "performance culture".

    Increase reward and incentives to younger/entry level employees - otherwise the leaders of tomorrow will be the submissive of today who accept the current conditions instead of pushing or leaving for something better.

    Give more structure to the career progression system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Too big to care

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

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Opportunities to work globally (different cultures and timezones)

    Cons

    Constantly worried to lose your job during the re-organisation (Very frequent)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You do not have to make people redundant to be successful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good but not great

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Director in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great brands
    Professional environment
    Multi cultural acceptance
    Challenging roles
    Acceptable reward

    Cons

    Poor career planning
    Slow and almost government like
    Stuck in legacy
    Too much number management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen listen listen
    Get out of justifications
    Get more reality facing
    Career career careers

    Recommends
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    Some great brands and budgets, but caution and slow pace can frustrate.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some great brands (Axe/Lynx, Magnum, Dove)
    Global coverage
    Diverse set of colleagues - some very bright
    Some big budgets
    Decent media spend
    Ridiculously good maternity leave deal

    Cons

    Adverse to taking risks
    Leadership by consensus rather than vision
    Slow to take decisions and often make U-turns
    Frequently lose out to P&G
    Often flips from being too self-reverential to hopeless self-contempt
    Lots of 'plodders' - people who do the minimum
    Employee pool becoming less bright - obedient process monkeys, rather than free thinking intellectuals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They would never read this!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Unilever a giant tryng to catch up a flee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Packaging Manager  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Packaging Manager in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Global working asnd global brands

    Cons

    TRADITIONAL AND SLOW IN INNOVATION

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Speed up decision making

    No opinion of CEO

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