Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated August 22, 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. Well-oiled machine

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Strong financial management permeates all departments

    Cons

    Several brands not living up to their full potential due to low priority

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work, remember to connect with the teams on the ground periodically.


  2. Good work environment-good pay

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good culture. Work environment lets you work to your full potential. Good pay as well.

    Cons

    Some managers do not have their interns actively participate in the critical thinking process of their projects.

    Advice to Management

    Interns could be more than just an extra set of hands.


  3. review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good brands and very strong systems and process. Very conssitent global strategies and a diversified global market

    Cons

    too rigid with polices sometimes. They need to show some more flexibility to high performing employess and improve relocation benefits

    Advice to Management

    Continue to build global process and implement in all markets. Invoest more in people development to make them feel valued


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  5. CP positive and negative aspects

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service & Logistics Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Customer Service & Logistics Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive Salaries and Benefits Free Friday afternoons in summer season.

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities due to internal politics


  6. Director

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good dental benefits, strong brands, strong financials

    Cons

    it is not the same company like 10 years ago, more agresive in cost reduction, border line with Caring value

    Advice to Management

    do not forget people


  7. Colgate Palmolive

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good culture, people are nice, hours are stable but depends on your department. Good dental benefits.

    Cons

    Pay isn't as well as it used to be, increase is very small even for a promotion. Great performance is not really rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    You need to review your compensation programs in order to retain the best emplyees


  8. Scientist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Scientist in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    The company has a great culture and allows for great growth and opportunity to move around the company. There are also opportunities all over the country and in different divisions. Good hours.

    Cons

    The work can sometimes be monotonous depending on what function you are in. Also if you don't enjoy hands on lab practice you may not like this position. Mandatory trainings are pointless.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs a better way to rate people. A lot of ratings are based simply on pedigree of where the individual went to school instead of actual work performance.


  9. Colgate-Piscataway from a Co-Op's Perspective

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research and Development Co-op in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Research and Development Co-op in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible and understanding of hours Dedicated co-workers with great experience and advice Wonderful place to expand your network Amazing company store Networking events and holiday events are great

    Cons

    Senior management is very technical and political Expensive cafeteria (very frustrating) Co-Ops are not valued as highly as interns which is quite unfortunate since we are dedicated and familiarized with the company Competitive

    Advice to Management

    META COMMUNICATION


  10. Helpful (1)

    Solid company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep up the constant messages about quality and ethics.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.



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