Colgate-Palmolive

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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
280 Reviews
3.8
280 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
Ian M. Cook
187 Ratings

Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Oral Care R&D Intern in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Oral Care R&D Intern in Piscataway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor

    Cons

    There did seem to be quite a bit of competition within the company

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Co-Op

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good exposure to real life work environment in Research and Development.

    Cons

    Not a lot of independence in terms of lead of projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    great conservative company with plenty of opportunities

    • 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

    Pros

    there are many opportunities to growth a career and try new things, they foster a continuous improvement environment and with a good work life balance

    Cons

    they are sometimes slow to make decisions, being a mobile employee and relocating often to any city is highly valued, could better utilize systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid, stable company for mid-level to senior management

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the best benefits (health, vacation, etc) when comparing to other companies
    Promotes networking and working in teams
    Willing to let employees try roles that do not exactly match their backgrounds

    Cons

    Management is very conservative and it is extremely hard to make changes to practices already in place
    Promotions tend to be based on politics rather than work accomplished
    Little focus is put on developing and retaining young talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time focusing on feedback from the younger employees. Afterall, they are the future of the company - if they decide to stick around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    File Clerk

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    I love Colgate Palmolive. I loved everything about the company.

    Cons

    It was only a temporary assignment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire me again permanently! lol

  7.  

    Great place to work

    • 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

    Pros

    This fortune 500 company is great to work for. I have worked there for more than 8 years and can say the company offers great growth opportunities as well as work and family balance.

    Cons

    Its a large company, so be prepared for lots of competition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Tired of waiting to be promoted

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

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

    Pros

    Great values and culture
    Collaboration, teamwork
    Good salary
    Great shares performance
    Stable brand success

    Cons

    Succession planning is not transparent. Waiting time for promotion can be exhausting, with no specific feedback received on why there is no promotion. Some people are promoted fast but it is not clear how to get on that fast track

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not demoralize talented employees by promoting the same individuals and ignoring others, unless it is a strategy to get rid of certain people. If you are not satisfied with performance please give immediate feedback. It will help both the employee and the perception of the Company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very solid Company

    • 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

    Pros

    - Colgate is a truly global Company, when working there you really feel you are part of a global team. Lots of interactions with people from different geographies
    - Financilly solid with consistent positive results
    - Very focused and internally aligned
    - Strong team spirit. Respect and caring values applied.

    Cons

    - You need to be globally mobile and make yourself 100% available in terms of timing and location in order to grow in the company. If being an expat you reject a move to another country you get localized in whichever country you are at this moment
    - Too centralized few room to develop ideas or new ways of doing
    - Diversity only in terms of nationality, few women in top management and most men with same traditional profile (married with wife and children following them around the world)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Review current practices to promote good talent to senior positions
    - Push for real diversity open mind to different ways of building carreers
    - Leverage dividends payout with salary increases

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Promotions are not based on performance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Topeka, KS

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

    Pros

    After 20+ years in the company the benefits become a competitive advantage for Colgate when evaluating going to another company.

    Cons

    Tired of working hard and not getting promoted even after great performance reviews. Specific individuals got promoted out of the sudden despite complaints from business partners.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop thinking the company is perfect and has nothing to do with regards motivating people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Working at Colgate-Palmolive really let me experience a real corporate enviornment

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

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Great experiences
    -Great location
    -Great work/life balance
    -Pay was great
    -Allowed to be creative with work

    Cons

    You have to make yourself apart of the company because people won't come to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    On board new employees better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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