Clorox Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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Clorox Chief Executive Officer Benno Dorer
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Pros
  • Mostly easy work with good work/life balance (in 67 reviews)

  • Work life balance slightly better than some competitors (half day Fridays in summer, flexible telecommuting policy on Fridays/ongoing) (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Too many hidden agendas at upper management level, no concern for employee well being, work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • First, consult the process and then wade through layers and layers of decision making (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Clorox was always good to me

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Clorox full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I always liked most of the people with whom I worked. I think people at Clorox have good human values. Some aren't good managers of people, however. Compensation was good. Good access to senior leaders. It's a big company that feels small.

    Cons

    I don't think very highly of its people development programs. It can do better. If you're a hi-po then you'll get your opportunities. If you aren't a hi-po then my advice is to aggressively pursue your own learning and development. Secondly, the organization has a control orientation to it, at least so it seemed to me. If you're looking for creative freedom it might not be your place.

    Advice to Management

    Teach middle managers how to coach their direct reports.


  2. Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA

    Pros

    Good work force and cooperative people

    Cons

    concern foeir products and qualityr th


  3. Group Manager - R&D

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    Former Employee - Group Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Group Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Amazing place to grow as a people manager - very clearly defined process and expectation. In general did not find "lifers" who didn't deserve to be there. A lot of emphasis on the what and the how when it came to performance management. Extreme focus on innovation across all BUs was exciting and challenging and work-life balance was achieveable for those seeking it.

    Cons

    Because of competitive pressures, budgets were generally compressed and decisions were compromised because of this. In particular when it came to staffing and finding the right people for the right job. Some groups were "created out of thin air" in order to sound cool and relevant; however, the work product was not clearly evident even with a 5 year window.

    Advice to Management

    Continue driving efficiency and innovation but do it with genuine inentions vs. just buzzwords.


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  5. Great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clorox full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Focused on people, work-life balance, smaller company vs some of the CPG giants out there so seems like there's more room for creativity and less bureaucracy standing in the way of getting things done.

    Cons

    Matrixed organization that is a bit difficult to understand and navigate - hopefully this changes soon.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify org structures - no need to be this complicated. Let Marketing take more of the reigns when it comes to brand strategy and setting direction to drive overall results (vs. being very Sales-driven)


  6. Pretty good, if you are a style match with your management

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great latitudinal rotation opportunities. Strong focus on culture by some in management.

    Cons

    Very challenging to get promotions without style match between you and your manager. Also challenging to balance the nicey nice culture - even for someone who is nice - with a need to deliver results. Political issues.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people management skill and impact when promoting management. Not on who is a favorite pet politician. Value outside experience and promote from within. Set clear path to promotion and transparent value structure for management. PS - join the 19th century and offer some sort of child care support


  7. Great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Clorox full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great perks, good work environment, good employees

    Cons

    Not much room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Be as transparent as you say you are being


  8. Ideal place if you are looking for cush job / work life balance but don't care about career advancement.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people - this is why people stay even with the cons mentioned. Work life balance is one of the best. Half day Fridays during summer.

    Cons

    Losing direction/vision for where to take existing brands. No more room for innovation or growth so grasping at straws to make changes to improve/cut costs such a recent re-org. Continue to do shady things such as forcing vacation over Thanksgiving telling employees it's due to them holding into too much vacation. Good learning experience but politics outweigh benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Management makes call on everything regardless of data/consumer testing so why waste everyone's time. Continue to recruit/bring in specific personality type and only value outspoken employees - if your style is differ you will not succeed here.


  9. Senior manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Oakland, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Oakland, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clorox full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well-known brands, collaborative and caring people, family friendly, matches donations to almost any nonprofit, summer Fridays

    Cons

    Innovation could use a shot of adrenaline.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Does not value or reward scientific/technical ability or experience.

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Clorox full-time

    Pros

    + Good location in Tri-Valley near 580, 680, BART, ACE train + shuttle service. + Good summer half day Fridays. + Friendly people. + Some people have a good work life balance. + Good corporate values. + Diverse product portfolio.

    Cons

    - Limited to no respect or reward for experienced technical people. - Antagonize experienced employees via top-down performance management program and preferentially reward newbies. - Limited advancement opportunities on technical track. - High turnover in R&D as a result, which ever increases the burden on the few remaining experienced employees.

    Advice to Management

    + If you are in or want to be in management, you are probably happy with a great work/life balance and the ability to choose to work remotely. - If you are in the lab or lab-equivalent, good luck - you'll need it depending on which of the increasing number of non-technical managers is thrust upon you.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Clorox Rox

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Pleasanton, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work life balance is taken seriously here. We have half day Fridays in the summer months and management is very flexible about time you may need away from the office to be with your kiddos.

    Cons

    They recently got rid of cash awards. We still have annual bonus targets but we used to be able to nominate someone for a (smaller) cash bonus on the spot. That was a little de-motivating. Also, it is harder to get promoted in a support function vs. a business unit function.

    Advice to Management

    Have more defined career paths for those in support functions.



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