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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated November 17, 2014
Updated November 17, 2014
273 Reviews
3.7
273 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor (in 36 reviews)

  • Great benefits and still has some great people there (in 16 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Engineer in research and development

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive as a contractor

    Pros

    Generous benefits both financial and bonus

    Cons

    Middle age men with middle age ideas about appropriate interaction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Examine your web usage. Really examine it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    OK Company.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    great work-life balance for me

    Cons

    Pay isn't that good. Increases are very small.

  3.  

    Difficult to move up for young employee

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits (health, dental. sick days, vacation)

    Cons

    Promotions tend to be based on politics rather than work accomplished
    Little focus is put on developing and retaining young talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of clueless manager. Give young employee more opportunities

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    HR Operations Intern

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    • 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
  6.  

    Production Planner

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (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

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 (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.  

    summer Internship program in Colgate Palmolive

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    • 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 (less than an 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
  9.  

    Microbiologist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good company store, flex hours

    Cons

    Micro managing, racism, hard to advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Limited Career Potential

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 (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

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