Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
249 Reviews

3.8
249 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
Ian M. Cook
167 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor (in 32 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great learning experience, know the right people, be a great presenter

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    Colgate is a great learning experience for a person who wants to work in the CPG industry, lots of training, good benefits, can work from home. Meetings and presentations are the bread & butter of every day, make sure you brush up on these skills or you are out.

    Cons

    Tons of work, NYC office very competitive, very formal, very conservative, presentation skills are a must if you want to succeed. If you decide to work on the global program be ready to move from country to country every year

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    HR Operations Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern

    Pros

    Pay well, real responsibility.

    Cons

    Corporate downsizing.. May not have openings after the internship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture is very traditional.. Very..

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Limited Career Potential

    • 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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Strong Consistent Business Performance
    Good Training Opportunities

    Cons

    Limited Career Advancement once you reach mid-management
    Very Political Environment; A few "Chosen Ones" get put on the Fast Track
    Who you know and Who is fighting for you are more important then overall job performance
    Work / Life Balance seems to be deteriorating quickly
    Culture and Values have drastically changed over that last few years for the worse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outline and Map out career progression opportunities to retain talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company to work for in India

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Analyst  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Senior Technical Analyst in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    People know each other personally. Excellent work ethics. Very accommodating people who help you through difficult times (even personal). Very good opportunities if you stay with the company long enough. If you are recognized, your salary is really decent.

    Cons

    People have to wait a bit to get opportunities. Onsite opportunities really rare. Instead short trips for meetings / training provided. No training. Process does not encourage documentation. Limited scope of visibility and influencing unless you are working under a really powerful function. Focus only on leadership skills and no technical skills. Marketing oriented company and it believes in marketing above everything else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None..

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Production Planner

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for really

    Cons

    None at this point. None really

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Thanks for providing a good work environment

  7.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance in New York, NY

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    great training, good global opportunities, good benefits and work-life balance

    Cons

    to grow you have to move! conservative

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    ÖTV

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Trainee  in  Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Management Trainee in Istanbul (Turkey)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Very Good company in Türker

    Cons

    None, ı am hapı for now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A slow but sure decline in values and the treatment of employees, always a take away never a give back

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Piscataway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Half Decent Pay, Some good people still left in the company

    Cons

    Gradually reducing employee rewards and benefits, the You Can Make a Difference Program is a Joke. HR is invisible (high turnover), Moving jobs overseas to very underqualified people. Lots of managerial infighting. Loosing its values "best place to work" is now "a place to work". Very political. Used to be awesome but now it's not, the place is becoming like a government job without the security. Small cubes, small work space, like rats in a wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The "bad economy" excuse is out of style, quit trying to squeeze all the juice out of the lemon and give back to the employees. It's only a matter of time before the quality people realize the grass actually is greener on the other side. Cut the BS, you can follow corporate guidelines but don't over do it with rules, regulations and micromanagement. Take off the plastic face masks and act like real people, nobody likes a plastic. Dump the mothballs and open the windows, let the place get some air. From an employee point of view, CP Management can only wish it had the employee respect it did 5 years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    summer Internship program in Colgate Palmolive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Finance Intern  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Corporate Finance Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Nice people to work with; great company culture;
    The company has very good summer training program for interns. Directors and managers from each department present their work to interns. There are also Technology Center tour and lunch with CEO & CFO. Interns have a lot opportunities to interact with senior managers during the summer.

    Cons

    The full-time openings are very limited in the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    CP Rocks!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Business Analyst  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Associate Business Analyst in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    Good work, nice ethics, employee friendly. These help to grow very fast at work if you have the mettle.

    Cons

    Compensation and training are a bit less but if you know what you are doing it will suit you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe more training and certification opportunities might be good for the employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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