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Unilever Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated Jul 4, 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

Review Highlights

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 support in return for hard work

    Insight Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat 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.

    ConsWork-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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the nicer FMCG companies to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company

    Sales (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsFantastic 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!

    ConsDifficult 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    great flexible working practices, frustrating bureaucratic

    SME (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Insightful

    Safety Health & Environmental Intern (Current Employee) Leeds, England (UK)

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare knowledge both internationally and nationally

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to build a career

    CMI Manager (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsVaried 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

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

    Advice to Senior Managementreview pay packages vs other large FMCGs and give more transparent progression opportunities across work levels

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The people make it great

    Human Resources Manager (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

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

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementLead 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Company to build a career with

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great development opportunities

    Warehouse Cell Engineer (Current Employee) Leeds, England (UK)

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

    ConsSome 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 Senior ManagementListen to all your people & make real educated decisions based on site knowledge

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good, but not great

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInteresting brands and ambition, good flexible and agile working

    ConsStill feels like jobs for the boys and who you know

    Advice to Senior ManagementWalk the talk with gender diversity and support female talent

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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