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Unilever Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated May 20, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

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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    Definitely in the Top Ten of companies of this nature

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

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

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    IT Manager (Former Employee) Port Sunlight, England (UK)

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good

    Occupational Health Nurse (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsGood for training, PRP and development

    Conslots of red tape made redundant

    Advice to Senior Managementkeep people informed

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

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    Moving to Unilever was the best choice I made

    Business Analyst (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

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

    Consintra-team working, benefits for contractors

    Advice to Senior ManagementSometime intra-team working should be promoted more

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

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    One the best companies I have ever worked for

    Communication Specialist (Former Employee) Bedford, England (UK)

    ProsEncouraging, professional, entrepreneurial, supportive, innovative,forward thinking

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep 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

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

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    24 years & still happy in my job

    T 2 Operator (Current Employee) Leeds, England (UK)

    ProsGood 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.

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

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

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    Brilliant, best place I have ever worked.

    Procurement Officer (Current Employee) Liverpool, England (UK)

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

    ConsBig 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 Senior ManagementDo what you say you will do. Embrace technology particularly in the office.

    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 nicest companies to work for but sometimes bureaucratic to extremes.

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

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

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

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

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    Assistant Brand Manager

    Assistant Brand Manager (Former Employee) Leatherhead, England (UK)

    Prosfast paced
    lots for work
    independent assignments
    more responsibilites

    ConsSometimes you feel lost, less time for self

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

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    Unilever is Challenging, Driven, Passionate and Determined to Win

    Operations Manager (Current Employee) Port Sunlight, England (UK)

    ProsCaring, passion to win, exceed customer and consumer expectations

    ConsSlow decision making, poor people management of poor performers

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove corporate communications and develop more opportunities to collaborate across the business

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

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