Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated August 19, 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. Plain, not so aggressive

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    It's an international FMCG giant. salary is decent. communication is good among colleagues

    Cons

    employees are lazy, not so aggressive income is weakly related to performance, so no one is fighting, just doing their job not creative at all


  2. Finance Co-op

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Not very demanding, people were nice and helpful. They were very flexible with my hours, worked around 20 hours during the semester

    Cons

    It was so boring and my team did not communicate with me at all and was never invited to meetings. The work itself was repetitive and boring and I barely got any exposure.

    Advice to Management

    Try to give the finance interns more meaningful, hands on work. I'm working somewhere else now and this is the most involved I've ever felt in a while.


  3. I'm a Customer development manager charge in all sales a specifics accounts

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    Current Employee - Customer Development Manager in San Juan, PR
    Current Employee - Customer Development Manager in San Juan, PR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation on Salary. Top management is very open to new ideas

    Cons

    Very conservative.. People that have many years in the company doesn't want to change the ways of working. To slow to react to customers needs. The middle management doesn't want make changes


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Decent company

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    Current Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Solid performing company. Few large companies have the financial performance of this company, over short- and long-term. Focused - does not stray into extraneous areas without deliberation or make trendy moves. Generally positive atmosphere to work in, with some modern-day trends coming into existence recently (work-from-home, etc.). People are proud to work for the company and many stay a long time. Makes products that make peoples lives better.

    Cons

    Salaries are below-average and this is one of the worst-kept secrets at the company. Other non-salary benefits (e.g. hours, 401(k) match) offset this somewhat. The company is very old-fashioned, and, presumably like at most companies, double-standards exist. Men still wear suits, women wear whatever they want. Atmosphere is cordial and collegial but at the same time stressful and cold - people often do not even say hello to each other in the halls. This has only gotten more pronounced with the attempt to cost-cut their way to profits and shuttle jobs oversees. Also, people are overworked (although it never gets to "sweat-shop"-type hours) and that probably adds to stress. Cost-cutting also left those who didn't get cut feeling like they had to validate their existence with "work analyses" done by high-powered consultants. There also is a veil of secrecy and guardedness from both HR and upper management. HR is not very good on the whole and neither is IT. It's almost impossible to know where to turn with an HR question. IT service is horrendous. This has only gotten worse with the move to a Mexican shared service center. Management skills are poor and managers are not trained to lead. Most annoying thing at the company is they pat themselves on the back so much with cliches and jargon about Managing with Respect and Colgate Values and then they cut people and let unskilled managers still exist. Premium is placed on ethnic diversity, even to the exclusion of attaining the most diverse (university-wise) talent.

    Advice to Management

    You have to have the courage of your convictions to remove people who are not managing with respect. Wake up to double standards and anachronisms, like the dress code. You should realize that trying to cut your way to prosperity will not work in the long run.


  6. Ok company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Strong health benefits package, and salaries are somewhat competitive. Higher levels are more likely to enjoy the salary benefits.

    Cons

    If you are considered "good" or "an expert" at something, it follows you for your entire career - unless you're able to make a significant category change. Many choose the option of leaving the company to make that change. Ongoing training to acquire or maintain skills are limited because of budgetary and time constraints. Middle management tends to have poor people skills which can cause additional stress and frustration. The expectations to work beyond typical in-office hours has increased significantly, leaving little room for rest and work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that the pressures may outweigh the benefits after a while, and the strain of working longer hours every week will take a significant toll on personnel health-wise and in other ways.


  7. project manager

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

    Pros

    good hours, good pay and good work life balance

    Cons

    bad benefits and hr dept is terrible.


  8. Great Company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Company with lots of growth potential. Caring senior executives who help foster a great working environment .

    Cons

    Big on relocation after every few years and long distance traveling.


  9. Helpful (1)

    I was an incredibly hard worker, but totally underappreciated by the Big bosses

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed most I worked w/especially my line leaders. They gave me opportunity to advance.

    Cons

    The long hrs and being called in on days off. Also being underappreciated by the big bosses...(though the line leaders were awesome and made up for it a lot)

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to your workers and their needs and wants. They gave good ideas yet those in charge didn't want to listen. And people got frustrated and quit. You would've kept more people if you' listen to your employees.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Great benefits and competitive salary but be prepared to swim in the deep end from the start as it's so slimmed down now

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    Current Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits, competitive salary, global mobility if that is what you're looking for. Flexible time off and a decent bonus structure if you can make it to EICP.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy at its prime. Put your best lips on cause if your not kissing up, you might as well forget that next promotion. This is a marketing company, everything else is currently being outsourced to India in order to fund their growth because they can't seem to get their cost structure right. Severe spending inefficiencies in capex. New restructuring is so uprooting it is leaving loose ends.

    Advice to Management

    Show a little appreciation for the people who made this company tick for so long, you are only hurting yourself further because now that wisdom is out the door no matter how many work activity analyses you perform.


  11. Great People, Great Benefits, Opportunity to Improve Management

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Team Leader in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very unique and valuable financial benefits, Highly Ethical internally and externally, Compensation and Bonus structure is competitive in the industry

    Cons

    Lack of transparency from Senior Management, Loss of Market share in US, Expectation for employees to do more with fewer resources



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