Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated March 28, 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)

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

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  1. 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. CP

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work. Learn a lot with hands on experiences.

    Cons

    A requirement is to be able to multi task. Very fast passed environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to work, with support from management to grow professionally.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Global Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Global business, Well recognized brands, Good Quality, Customer Focused, open to new technologies.

    Cons

    "Heavy walls" separate "product category groups" preventing valuable cross-learning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid expensive technology work duplication among product categories. Make Category learning permeable through organizational walls.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. A very holistic and a brilliant experience. An excellent company to work for - Intern in 2014 - Marketing and SC

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    Former Intern - Intern
    Former Intern - Intern

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

    Pros

    Amazing Work environment, very good work culture, lovely place to work for. Compensation is very good above industry standards.

    Cons

    Not that i can think of. Hardly any. If you do well, youre bound to do well.. I dont think of any con really.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing, keep it up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 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

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Great super company to work for

    Cons

    No complains about company at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. Good job as a start

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    Current Employee - Intern in Warsaw (Poland)
    Current Employee - Intern in Warsaw (Poland)

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

    Pros

    getting experience in worldwide FMCG company, working with experience people, nice atmosphere, people are willing to help and share their knowledge

    Cons

    Business Partner employees (on a contract by external agency) are treated as a secondary employees, they have no trainings, have no clarity when there will be headcount available, company preferes to employ people from outside not to promote interns on a assistant possition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    concentrate more on the development of people who are already working for the company not taking people from the outside, keep your promises, do not lie to people that they will get raise or they will be promoted and not keep your promises,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great benefits. Need for increased opportunity for career growth and advancement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Team approach for continuous improvement.

    Cons

    Few avenues for career advancement for hourly employees with degrees and prior management experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline process for identifying talent already in the organization and provide means for developing talent for growth, satisfaction, and retention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. Solid company

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    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
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Used to be great.

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    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

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