Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated June 2, 2015
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor (in 36 reviews)

  • Good work family balance with great benefits (in 18 reviews)

Cons
  • Work / Life Balance seems to be deteriorating quickly (in 14 reviews)

  • Decision making by consensus sometimes means some opportunities are missed (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Wonderful internship experience in IT.

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    Current Intern - GIT Intern in Morristown, NJ
    Current Intern - GIT Intern in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern

    Pros

    Everyone is very nice and looking to help. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Nothing negative to say about company


  2. I call it as I see it

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    Current Employee - Operator Technician in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Operator Technician in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Opportunities are endless depending on your professional outlook and personal drive.

    Cons

    There are no cons that I have seen.


  3. An Exceptional Hub for Experiential Learning

    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    As a full-time cooperative student intern, I gained invaluable experience and insight on lab-scale and pilot-scale process development by being granted the opportunity to contribute to various ongoing projects involving soaps and underarm products. I also gained exposure in the handling of raw materials and active ingredients within a cGMP-compliant environment and further developed my mindset as a professional engineer in a lab-based and plant-based setting. My mentors and superiors were amicable, resourceful, and proactive in fostering my skills and knowledge in the field of chemical engineering. Thank you for everything, Colgate-Palmolive.

    Cons

    If granted the opportunity, I would like to return to Colgate-Palmolive as a full-time employee.


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  5. A good, stable company with good intentions and potential

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very stable, often very caring. The benefits are great, and very comprehensive. As a global leader there are many opportunities to gain valuable experiences. If a person wants to work internationally there are lots of opportunities. In fact, promotions at times require that an individual accept moving around and even taking an international assignment.

    Cons

    It can be hard to get promoted without political connections. Some folks appear to be fast-tracked and others who work very hard are overlooked. Recognition is seen by some as being inconsistent. The training program is weak. Employee turnover. The efforts to save money can be short sighted. Example: plant shutdowns and other budget restrictions.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate and R&D functions should be more in touch with plants.


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    Great company that has lost focus on its employees.

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    Current Employee - Project Leader in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Leader in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Colgate truly understands the work-life balance. This is stressed by senior management and true for all employees. Some departments even include programs to work from home. While there may be exceptions during times of go-lives or product launches, management recognizes that we are a toothpaste company and work should not interrupt family life on a daily basis. The benefits package are fair.

    Cons

    Management's understanding of who is really performing the work and providing the greatest value to to company is often misguided. Promotions are far too political and not based upon merit. Competition for retaining employees is a challenge due to local competition. Management only views other consumer goods companies as competition for employees, not recognizing that many skills are easily translated to other industries. Despite this, turnover is still relatively low, since it is a good company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the employees, for it is the employees who make the firm and are its future. Improve efforts to retain employees, including improved internal training, and merit based promotions.


  7. Fulfilling

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    Current Employee - Manager GIT in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager GIT in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    1. 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

    Cons

    1. 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 Management

    The 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).


  8. Work Experience

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    Current Intern - GIT Intern in Morristown, NJ
    Current Intern - GIT Intern in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They help you out a lot. Good place to work at

    Cons

    Not a big fan of a corporate job

    Advice to Management

    Good Job


  9. Good Company to work

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    Former Employee - Global Lead in Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Global Lead in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees are respected and lot of learning experience . Its a truly global company with strategy driven centrally and IT is also globally located in US.

    Cons

    Slow growth once you reach a certain Grade/Level.


  10. easy work, good pay, but no growth

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -good pay -flexible hours -they pay for your education -people do respect each other -no pressure/stress on the job

    Cons

    -no career growth for people that are just starting out -company is too conservative -they have strict rules on people working from home only after a year -managers aren't too technical -ideas are welcome but they prefer to stick to their old ways

    Advice to Management

    -take classes and become more technical -management is full of 1st generation people that have not caught on to the latest technology -it is OKAY to employ new people -a good manager is one that is able to do all of the work on the team and knows how much time and effort each task may require -relying on certain members of the team to figure out "what next???" shows inability to lead a team.


  11. Average company to work for - ability to learn many new technologies!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Analyst in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Analyst in Morristown, NJ

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance Summer hours Work from home Plenty of training

    Cons

    Salary 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 Management

    Hire new employees with strong IT background and get rid of others who do not belong in



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