Colgate-Palmolive

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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated February 27, 2015
Updated February 27, 2015
302 Reviews
3.8
302 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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Review Highlights

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)

  • very conservative; the decision making process is too long (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Solid company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The CEO is very ethics and quality focused. There is a formal process where everyone lists their career goals every year. The company also went through a restructure, and impacted people where given sufficient notice and opportunity to apply for other open positions. Headquarters is in NYC which is great for people who like big-city life. The company also has some smaller offices in smaller towns. Also a very, very strong internation presence. The company does a great job moving high potential talent across different countries.

    Cons

    There are a few people who are low performers who I've seen get shifted from job to job. In my mind it would be better to let them go instead of letting a low performer stick around for 15 years. Having headquarters in NYC is a negative for me. I wish Colgate was based in a city with lower cost of living. The international business can be seen as a con; if a promotion opens up, you are not only competing with people in your home country, but people all over the world for that promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the constant messages about quality and ethics.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The work/life balance is execellent. So is the company culture. I love that this is a family oriented company who understands that employees have lives outside of work. The office hours are great! You can't beat 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM! Summer Fridays is a bonus as well and I feel that the company does think about employee retirement and does a lot to ensure that employees have a good income even once they retire.

    Cons

    The salary is ok, but it could be a bit higher in New York since the cost of living is so high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Great Benefits, work life balance, and Compensation.

    Cons

    To many managers. Everyone has idea, creating road blocks to finish plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a plan a see it through before changing plans.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Nice, friendly enviornment, but hard to get in

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Nice, friendly environment, except HRs. They are hard to negotiate

    Cons

    The HRs have more say in recruiting compared to scientists, even the HRs have no idea about the needs of R&D.

    Recommends
  6.  

    highly collaborative culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent community of colleagues.
    Supportive culture.
    Plenty of opportunity for those prepared to work hard and be flexible about where the company wants to place you.

    Cons

    High alignment culture means that things can move very slowly.
    IT & Technical systems are old and high control which makes it difficult to keep pace with outside world.
    Salary and benefit programs are very rigid. Work by rule rather than guiding principles and logic, eg terrible vacation policy which management recognizes but won't change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Supervisor

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Extremely diverse company make everybody welcome
    People are overall very nice and polite

    Cons

    Colgate moves slowly - not a fast pace company
    Depending on the dept where you are, it can take forever to be promoted and move to the next level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The flexibility to work from remote locations is still difficult to beat. The health insurance is still pretty good.

    Cons

    The pay is no longer top end. It used to be very competitive, but now there are much better paying jobs out there. They are moving much of the business support functions to centralized locations outside of the US, so there is little opportunity for advancing. There are a lot of issues that just get ignored because it just has to work even though there hasn't been much thought put into the initiatives. Management does not listen to the people who know how to do the job because they think they know better. It is bad when you cannot tell whether the Dilbert comic strip is made up or about your (former) company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend the money to hire good people. Quit trying to get by with hiring people who don't know very much but are put in a job that used to be a senior role. You get what you pay for, and if you're after cheap labor the quality of work will be just as cheap. It isn't a good thing when over half the employees have been there for less than 10 years. That means half the people don't know what they're doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    EXCELLENT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Strategic, smart...long term focus...great culture, people, integrity, values

    Cons

    New York City great for some

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Global Supply Chain Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Supply Chain Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Global Supply Chain Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Stable company with numerous personal growth opportunities. Employees in salaried positions are often able to move into career paths other than what they were hired for allowing them to learn and grow. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Focused on cost reduction at the expense of innovation. Good old boys club attitude prevalent in senior supply chain and corporate engineering positions. Like most large corporations decision making slow. Work/ family balance not uniform across the organization. Layoffs and forced retirements have become the norm in recent years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Swing the pendulum back toward an innovation focus and less on cost savings. Value experience and longevity in the company instead of looking at it as a cost burden.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Supply Chain Internships

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Customer Service and Logistics in Atlanta, GA
    Former Intern - Customer Service and Logistics in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    You learn all about the manufacturing, transportation, warehousing, and customer service departments of the company and get great analytical experience. There's no such thing as getting coffee for your manager.

    Cons

    In a six month internship you train anywhere from two to two and a half months, making it hard to be able to see the benefits of your work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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