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Unilever Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated Mar 9, 2014
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3.8 47 reviews

87% Approve of the CEO

Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

(31 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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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    Great learning and responsibilities but poor reward and career progression

    Assistant Brand Manager (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsYou 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementPromote 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Too big to care

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOpportunities to work globally (different cultures and timezones)

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou do not have to make people redundant to be successful

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good but not great

    Director (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGreat brands
    Professional environment
    Multi cultural acceptance
    Challenging roles
    Acceptable reward

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen listen listen
    Get out of justifications
    Get more reality facing
    Career career careers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsSome 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

    ConsAdverse 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 Senior ManagementThey would never read this!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Unilever a giant tryng to catch up a flee

    Packaging Manager (Current Employee) Leeds, England (UK)

    ProsGlobal working asnd global brands

    ConsTRADITIONAL AND SLOW IN INNOVATION

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpeed up decision making

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