Colgate-Palmolive
3.8 of 5 223 reviews
www.colgate.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.8 223 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook

Ian M. Cook

(151 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor"
    in 28 reviews
  • "Great benefits and still has some great people there"
    in 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-life balance was no good for me at all"
    in 12 reviews
  • "very conservative; the decision making process is too long"
    in 12 reviews
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Average company to work for - ability to learn many new technologies!

Analyst (Current Employee)
Morristown, NJ

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

ProsWork life balance
Summer hours
Work from home
Plenty of training

ConsSalary not competitive
Work tends to get boring
Slow growth, promotions based on every other year regardless of contributions
Performance reviews based on seniority, work enough years and you'll reach the top
Talent retention issues while others just get by doing nothing
IT management are non technical folks making technical decisions

Advice to Senior ManagementHire new employees with strong IT background and get rid of others who do not belong in

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Fulfilling

Manager GIT (Current Employee)
Morristown, NJ

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

Pros1. Excellent work life balance : The company truly cares for its employees personal priorities
2. Lot of focus on development of the employee : A lot of effort is put into planning development of individual careers
3. Challenging work : Lot of fulfilling work available

Cons1. Not enough dynamism in overall company strategy : The company does not appear to care much about achieving a higher growth rate (topline or bottom line)
2. Too system driven : Almost bureaucratic in the approach in many areas
3. Too cautious in decision making.

Advice to Senior ManagementThe top management needs to focus on building strategies for generating higher topline growth to provide faster growth opportunities to employees to grow their careers. This could include inorganic growth options (mergers and acquisitions).

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Enjoyable and Sometimes disappointing

Senior Package Engineer (Current Employee)
Piscataway, NJ

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

ProsGreat benefits, ability to travel globally

ConsCan be challenging to move throught thenorganizationif you are not flexible enough to travel often...or cannot do short/long term assignments at the Global facilities

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Decent company.

GIT (Current Employee)
Piscataway, NJ

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

ProsDiscount on products.
Work isn't too demanding.
Decent working conditions.
Okay pay.
Stability, they say they don't normally
fire people that have been hired.

ConsWork is very very boring.
There are tons of meetings.
Pay is somewhat less than other positions.
Work may not translate to other jobs.

Advice to Senior ManagementBetter training for new employees.
Better functions to bring new members to
the team.
Improve user interface of the systems.

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Great internship

Finance Intern (Current Employee)
Rogers, AR

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

ProsGood experience, good way to get your feet wet

Consnot a lot of work gets done in that office

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Senior Management is out of touch.

National Account Manager (Current Employee)
Morristown, NJ

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

ProsGood benefits and products with strong brands.

ConsSenior Management is out of touch with the reality of the sales environment. Key positions are not filled in a timely manner. Management has a bullying style of leadership. Senior Management uses the same rhetoric over and over with no action behind the words. The are viewed as hyporcritical. Very risk-averse and conservative. HR works for management and not the employees. Colgate is a good news company and honesty is not encouraged.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt's time to make some changes in key management positions to bring a fresh perspective and a 21st century style of management back to the US Company. Let HR work for the employees and separate them more from the opinions of senior management's bias and influence.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Colgate-Palmolive is the best place I've ever worked in 20 years.

Global Equity Manager (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

ProsIts a very strong global company with a great reputation. Additionally, although sustainability is new to CPG, over the years we have been quite sustainable considering we were meeting cost savings objectives.

ConsIf you work within Finance or Marketing there is a lot of career growth. If you are in Global Design, there is a glass ceiling almost no one penetrates.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere should be a mentoring and growth program combined where some one is mentored and guided on their career path.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Becoming the Worst Place to work.

IT Department (Current Employee)
Piscataway, NJ

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

ProsStable Co. Meets OP target as per Wall Street.
Good Dental Benefits
Co. Store

ConsMicro Managing. Lack of Direction. Chaos IT Dept.
Middle Managers are Non-Technical making tech. decisions. Some even don't have right qualifications for IT jobs. Completely Fake HR. HR works for managers.
Promotions are given based on Friendship and Likings.
High level managers with power hires their friends and family members. Amazing...
How does HR approves this ?? GOD only knows!!!!
No Planning. When things goes wrong trying to find fault and finger pointing instead of fixing the issues. No training provided. No travel/training for real tech. people but Mgt. flies 1st class around the world without any issues. What a joke!!!!
India runs the whole IT show.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of Non-tech managers. Give them another round of VERP.
Trust your people. Spend money on training.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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A great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

ProsCareer advancement and opportunity to add value.

ConsOverly conservative. Slow to make decisions.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake a little more risk

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It was a great experience.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Morristown, TN

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

ProsColgate was a great place to work because it had a very good environment.

ConsA lot of work to be completed in one shift.

Advice to Senior ManagementCreate a better schedule rotation.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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