Unilever Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Unilever CEO Paul Polman
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Pros
  • Appreciate agile working for work/life balance (in 69 reviews)

  • flexible working hours, ability to work from home, good staff benefits (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • The work life balance is non existent (in 57 reviews)

  • Time-consuming decision making process (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Finance Asst. Mgr. (Info. Mgmt & Master Data)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great working place, with great colleagues, great brands to work with.

    Cons

    No cons at all.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great employer

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    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A great, values driven business and a good solid business culture. In my experience Unilever has proved to be a highly flexible employer who prioritised the development of its employees.

    Cons

    The pay could be better, especially when compared to other large FMCG firms.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more.


  3. Sales Specialist

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong sales training. Good supportive sales manager. Good culture. Enjoyable team culture.

    Cons

    Political. The best managers seemed to be overlooked in favour of weaker ones with better political moves

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the high quality of sales training and opportunity to move internationally.


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  5. New energy with Polman leading transformational change & a culture of doing work that matters

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Agile working, autonomy, responsibility, creativity, fun at work, great culture & teamwork.

    Cons

    Can be Political, can be risk averse, can be slow to move on new opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Move fast & break things, technology is changing everything.


  6. Culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very nice environment, friendly and supportive people.

    Cons

    Not really any cons. Workspace too crowded maybe


  7. Helpful (1)

    Unilever Marketing Industrial Placement

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever as an intern

    Pros

    Amazing support and guidance from manager to improve skills. Large amount of responsibility for big projects from the start. Opportunities to lead and manage my own projects. Opportunities for bottom-up ideas and senior leaders respect your opinion. Unilever culture easy to fit in and a great atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    A lot of high pressure work under tight deadlines. Free ice cream every lunchtime isn't recommended for your waste band.

    Advice to Management

    Make marketing less bureaucratic and reliant on agencies - bring the creativity and control back to Unilever. Continue the work with small tech companies to build up innovative programmes - it really helps develop something new. Brand development needs to avoid 'westernisation' of projects especially given the percentage of business in emerging markets and avoid the infuence of the western location. Grad scheme pay isn't competitive with the rest of the industry competing for talent - many good graduates are opting for consultancy positions or venturing into banking.


  8. PROFILE

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    Former Employee - Workplace Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Workplace Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very good benefits and encourages flexible working and great work life balance

    Cons

    Some loopholes in Executive decision making


  9. Great company proud to have worked there

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    Former Employee - Incident & Problem Lead in Ewloe, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Incident & Problem Lead in Ewloe, Wales (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good experience and great people. Lot's to get involved in.

    Cons

    The core business don't take IT seriously they're just interested in getting it as cheap as possible. Way too many 3rd parties and the cheapest outsourcing vendors.


  10. Excellent company if you haven

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingston upon Thames, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingston upon Thames, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic easy going relaxed culture where everyone is passionate about what they do. Love the attitude to flexible working and family friendly policies.

    Cons

    Compared with similar roles at other multinationals in the South East, the salaries are not at all competitive meaning that lots of folks stay for a while so they can include Unilever on their cv's, then move on.

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. A multinational company which is a true innovator

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    Former Contractor - Consultant in Port Sunlight, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Consultant in Port Sunlight, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Always looking to stay ahead of their rivals through adopting new technologies, processes and ways of working. Treat employees (internal and external) with respect which makes for a pleasant collaborative working environment.

    Cons

    Occasional clashes between 3rd party vendors

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing



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