Beiersdorf Reviews

Updated October 5, 2014
Updated October 5, 2014
20 Reviews
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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work for many years until changes in upper management changed the culture at BDF

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Beiersdorf full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many women were in management positions, and creative ideas were valued and nurtured. Fun, inspiring work environment, and people cared like a family. For the first 10 years of my employment, the culture was inspired and I felt very valued and everyone loved the company very much. No one ever left! But, changes occurred and things changed.

    Cons

    New management came in and we were reduced from being valued and talented sales professionals to basically being managed by on-line systems and data--constantly managing and inputting data on a variety of websites, whether it be forecasting, costs, expenses--it was very depleting and uninspired. Relationship selling was strongly discouraged and new ideas were often set aside. The work/life balance was completely unrealistic, senior management was not in touch with the culture or what people needed. They systematically reduced head count and did not care about the effect on the culture or workloads. Sadly, what had been a fantastic place to work became a very stressful, and uninspired place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Enlightening

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Beiersdorf full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The policies are settled up until the tiniest detail. It really makes life easier

    Cons

    At some points the steady policies can turn rigid and need a bit of a tweak to handle

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avoid if you care about performance

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Beiersdorf full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Soft culture, family friendly, paradise if you are German, offers work-life balance, great for those looking for stability/steady income

    Cons

    Very political, racist, not very performance driven, merit and sales play no role. It's not what you know but who you know at Hamburg that matters. Bad paymasters. HR is a toothless function.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start focussing on performance and look beyond Germany or stay at 7bn in 100 years while Dove overtakes you in 20.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Fun

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Beiersdorf

    Pros

    Working was fun and challenging

    Cons

    I have experienced no cons

  6.  

    Awesome experience with a great company

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    Former Employee - Working Student in Hamburg (Germany)
    Former Employee - Working Student in Hamburg (Germany)

    I worked at Beiersdorf as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The work-life balance is great. Definitely fair pay! Great push to get employees aware of new products (always giving out samples with fun twists). Also - great / free lunch!

    Cons

    The company has changed its official language to "English" but - working there - you would never know it. Get to learn some German.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More of an effort to keep interns/working students from abroad to work for the company in their home countries.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great (solid FMCG champion) company!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna (Austria)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vienna (Austria)

    I have been working at Beiersdorf full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company culture is really great at BDF. Senior colleagues will always try developing junior colleagues and share their knowledge. In general, a majority of the people here are extremely helpful. At the social events of BDF one can clearly see that people are happy here and also friends in private life. Good mix of old and young, male and female employees. Compensation is very competitive (given that you are not expected to work 24/7 and get a lot of fringe benefits). Management really cares about their direct reports. Some fringe benefits include home office, beach volleyball, football (soccer), yoga, fitness center, medical check ups (statutory health care in Austria is great already anyway), a works council that takes good care of the staffs needs and an amazing canteen (best canteen ever!).

    Cons

    There's lots of satisfied senior, very skilled managers that will not leave their jobs as the company is really a nice place to work. As a result, no turbo-career path there unless you are an expat coming from/going to Hamburg HQ. So if you are ambitious and want to grow and develop after a while you may have to wait or do a career step somewhere else in the Eastern Europe Region or BDF global. Some say there is too little "conflict culture" - people don't fight enough over resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put a bit more focus on development paths and celebrate people that you train and later go to headquarters or somewhere else. Create (even more) an image of the Vienna-based affiliate being the one company within BDF that creates excellence. At the same time continue to take good care of those experts that have been there for long periods.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Marketing internship at the GBU in Hamburg

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Beiersdorf

    Pros

    Responsibilities internationality Atmosphere mentoring Events

    Cons

    length of internship
    Salary
    location
    work life balance

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    great internship

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    Former Employee - Intern in Hamburg (Germany)
    Former Employee - Intern in Hamburg (Germany)

    I worked at Beiersdorf as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    good image
    competent co-workers
    great free food

    Cons

    working long hours
    not very centrally located

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Lot of growth opportunities in a caring environment

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    Current Employee - Shopper Marketing Director in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Shopper Marketing Director in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at Beiersdorf full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People oriented culture, caring environment, company results are on track

    Cons

    Slow decision making, marketing is too global

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See the bright side!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Demand planner and s&op manager

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    Former Employee - Demand Planner in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Demand Planner in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Beiersdorf full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Benefits are above maker average

    Cons

    Small company, few opportunities for young reps

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More attention to young talents.

    Recommends

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