Unilever Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated July 4, 2014
Updated July 4, 2014
712 Reviews
3.7
712 Reviews
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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.  

    One of the nicer FMCG companies to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Great to get commercial experience and training, looks good on CV, amazing brands, great/smart people, brilliant values that they are really driving.

    Cons

    salaries aren't the best after initial entry. Huge organisation with a lot of internal competition and politics.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great support in return for hard work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Insight Manager
    Former Employee - Insight Manager

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great social side to the business, good support for development and lots of opportunities. The UFLP is fantastic, a great entry to the world of FMCG and all the challenges that go with it, I'd recommend it highly.

    Cons

    Work-life balance can be an issue, as the workforce reduces but the volume of work to be done doesn't. Often you need to move site/category/country to enable a step up, sometimes people leave the business for a year or two and come back at the next level up. Progression is slow. Lots of red tape & politics, but often the same in other businesses. Pay relatively low.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

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

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fantastic market leading brands
    Great Head Office in Leatherhead and London
    Opportunity to move across brands to give depth to CV
    Fantastic maternity leave
    Great staff shop
    Fully subsidised staff restaurant with huge choice
    Gym and salon on site
    Free Ben and Jerrys Ice cream!

    Cons

    Difficult to move cross function, especially the higher up in the organisation you move, for example marketing to sales
    Can be quite beaurecratic given its size
    Pay reviewed only once per year despite job changes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    great flexible working practices, frustrating bureaucratic

    Former Employee - SME  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - SME in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    flexible working
    great people
    good opportunities
    good work life balance
    company has great values

    Cons

    bureaucratic projects
    political environment
    too many useless offshore resources
    too much reliance on consultants in IT

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to build a career

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

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

    Pros

    Varied training both formal and informal, strong leadership for the most part, passionate colleagues, good office environment in central location. Great sustainability agenda.
    The company name helps CV to stand out

    Cons

    lack of HR/ IT support, pay not as competitive, restructuring, job can be very demanding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    review pay packages vs other large FMCGs and give more transparent progression opportunities across work levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Insightful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Safety Health & Environmental Intern  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Safety Health & Environmental Intern in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Offered a good intern experience with access to managers and a good rounding of skills, sustainability initiatives are fantastic

    Cons

    Locations aren't always the best for young graduates, demanding hours for many employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share knowledge both internationally and nationally

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    The people make it great

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Talented people to work with, good opportunities to learn, international exposure. Great variety in work, every day is different.

    Cons

    Poor work-life balance, too much work for the time available, evening and weekend working a fact for many. Long winded decision processes, slow or inadequate IT tools, only senior management levels get focus for career development. No opportunity to share learnings so everyone has to find their own way. Hard as mid career recruit to have previous experience recognised/ appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead by example on work-life balance, address the processes which slow things down. Recognise that reducing head count must mean some work should be discontinued and employees educated on how to do this.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Company to build a career with

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Huge width of categories and depth of geographies that you could work in. Fantastic brands. Great marketing and R&D capabilities.

    Cons

    You tend to look at the world through the company systems, which is bound to happen when you work at a large company for years

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great development opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Cell Engineer  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Warehouse Cell Engineer in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    People, the benefits you can recieve (such as maternity leave, sickness, Bupa)

    Cons

    Some times it does feel like big decisions are made high up which massively affect local sites and you are then just seen as a number, not a individual

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to all your people & make real educated decisions based on site knowledge

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good, but not great

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting brands and ambition, good flexible and agile working

    Cons

    Still feels like jobs for the boys and who you know

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk with gender diversity and support female talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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