Unilever Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated May 20, 2014
Updated May 20, 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.  

    Definitely in the Top Ten of companies of this nature

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Very rewarding, excellent people, forward thinking, world class perks, interesting challenges.

    Cons

    Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate. Lack of training.

  2.  

    IT Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  Port Sunlight, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Port Sunlight, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    - Great attention to employees.
    - Many development chances if you are flexible and seek opportunities.
    - Global so opportunities to move around.

    Cons

    - IT has been mostly outsourced so opportunities are less. Seek Architecture or Process types of jobs.
    - Felt leadership was becoming too aggressive.
    - Bigger jobs, bigger responsibilities, bigger nightmares...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Too much "ham effect" at manager and director levels.
    - Lack of clarity and resources to achieve your goals.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good

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

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

    Pros

    Good for training, PRP and development

    Cons

    lots of red tape made redundant

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep people informed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Moving to Unilever was the best choice I made

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

    I have been working at Unilever as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Friendly and fun working environment, brilliant work ethic, enthusiasm, line manager support, reliable colleagues, atmosphere

    Cons

    intra-team working, benefits for contractors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometime intra-team working should be promoted more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    One the best companies I have ever worked for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Communication Specialist  in  Bedford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Communication Specialist in Bedford, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Encouraging, professional, entrepreneurial, supportive, innovative,forward thinking

    Cons

    Too often falling victim of the global blue chip company's need to re-structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep encouraging all levels of employee to achieve and take the best of what you've helped nourish to keep the company ahead of the game in people building. That's where your strength lies, that's why your company is and continues to be successful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    24 years & still happy in my job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - T 2 Operator  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - T 2 Operator in Leeds, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good pension, Bupa , look after you , able to progress in your job lots of learning opportunities. Good management team. Several family members work here as well.

    Cons

    Sometimes communication between departments breaks down, can cause issues. Especially within the planning side of things. Lines can be down for days because someone forgot to order simple things like interleaves, glue etc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved with what's going on down on the factory floor.go & talk to teams on the production lines.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Brilliant, best place I have ever worked.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement Officer  in  Liverpool, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Procurement Officer in Liverpool, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Friendly like minded people. Work hard play hard. Laugh a lot but get it done, and done well. Team players

    Cons

    Big workload. Things take time. Not enough communication and interaction between different sites and departments. Very much work in silos. Why is everything on spreadsheets when web pages could be used?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do what you say you will do. Embrace technology particularly in the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    One of the nicest companies to work for but sometimes bureaucratic to extremes.

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    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 3 years

    Pros

    Huge brands, ethical business model, friendly, energetic and enthusiastic colleagues.

    Cons

    Can get caught up in stakeholder management and slow decision making as a result. Also making the jump to management can be harder than it would be in other firms considering the workload differences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Transparency of decision making is key and also enabling faster decisions in general throughout the business.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Assistant Brand Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager  in  Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Leatherhead, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    fast paced
    lots for work
    independent assignments
    more responsibilites

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel lost, less time for self

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Unilever is Challenging, Driven, Passionate and Determined to Win

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Manager  in  Port Sunlight, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Port Sunlight, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Caring, passion to win, exceed customer and consumer expectations

    Cons

    Slow decision making, poor people management of poor performers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve corporate communications and develop more opportunities to collaborate across the business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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