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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.  

    Good company, not perfect, but better than most.

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay, lots of opportunities for interesting projects, flexable hours, very concerned with safety, departments usually willing to work together if the lines of communication are there.

    Cons

    Difficult to gain full employment, large and very departmentalized, difficult to access other departments for cross department co-operation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    System Administrator

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator  in  Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Piscataway, NJ

    Pros

    Good Dental Benefits.
    Company Store.
    Few Good Co-workers. Summer hours.
    Meet Wall Street expectation.

    Cons

    Great place to work. But has changed a lot in past few years.
    Clueless Middle Managers without any technical or Management skills.
    Fake or Completely non existence HR.. Your manager is HR and he dictates policies. Which are based upon liking. 3rd party Mirco runs the business ( kickbacks). ESC is completely unethical department. All CP principles like Valuing CP, MWR are violated. If you complain you'r are pretty much done. Your career is at dead end.
    3rd party does all good project work. You are stuck with all garbage work. No DR planning.. Good Luck if something goes really wrong in Pisct.. You better sell your stock! Director is completely clueless from old school .Doesn't even know how to spell IT... Out of 12 months 7 months he is travelling.. You only hear him when there is production machine downtime as his bonus is tied.. Otherwise he has no interest to listen to you..
    Lack of training. Blame games. No leadership skills. Complete Chaos place for real techies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of middle managers.. will save company lot of money. They are useless. Look at your DR..
    You will never recover.. Good Luck! Give to IBM.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, great work life balance, great products

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

    Pros

    Knowledgable CPG company, stock price reflects effeciency and growth, fair time-off policies including Summer Fridays, very much interpersonal

    Cons

    Highly political, slow moving, bad at recognizing young talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to recognize your best entry level talent and then reward and grow them. The HR department at Colgate is very weak.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Work Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GIT Intern  in  Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - GIT Intern in Morristown, NJ

    Pros

    They help you out a lot. Good place to work at

    Cons

    Not a big fan of a corporate job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefit, exposure to cross functional department and no limit to career growth (for those willing to relocate frequently)

    Cons

    Job safety not anymore guaranteed with several outsourcing initiatives toward Mexico and India effecting many departments (Accounting, Finance, HR, IT, Customer Service...)

    Very old school mentality.

    Strong resistance to change as well as extremely long process to implementation when such process changes are approved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much uncertainty in light of the current changes and outsourcing plans which is dragging efficiency down, need to focus on CP people and show the true "Caring for People" in this difficult time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    a very good company with excellent work policies and good people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Oral Care Consultant  in  India Hook, SC
    Current Employee - Oral Care Consultant in India Hook, SC

    Pros

    Caring company
    Work life balance
    good work environment
    good work policies
    adequate training facilities provided.
    HR Policies are also very good

    Cons

    not dynamic enough
    Grown to an extend that it cannot grow the same percentage year on year with the existing strategies.
    bad politics in the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please try to acquire and retain good talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company but limited opportunity for those not recruited right out of school

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefits and great discounts on products.

    Cons

    The company tends to identify those they want to promote early on by ability to relocate around the country and world. If you are not recruited right out of college you may be limited in opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize the talent within the company more effectively.

  9.  

    I interned in Colgate for a year. It is great!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Op  in  Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Co-Op in Piscataway, NJ

    Pros

    I learned a lot when I interned there, cowokers are nice, ready to help and friendly. Hourly pay is good and time is flexible.

    Cons

    It is hard to get a full time position if you are a co-op.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish I can attend more activities in the company and network with more other people, but there are not that many opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Colgate was best employer I've ever had

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

    Pros

    Colgate offers many opportunities for advancement. It also has a great management team.

    Cons

    Long term, if you're not interested in international business, Colgate may not be the best place for you.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Strong company that shows employees appreciation.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ

    Pros

    Strong and understanding management, diverse culture, opportunities to partake in consumer tests for extra cash, company store is a huge plus.

    Cons

    Some job cuts have occurred recently. transferring between departments is made difficult

    Recommends

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