Colgate-Palmolive

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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
279 Reviews
3.8
279 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)

  • 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.  

    Colgate-Palmolive is the best place I've ever worked in 20 years.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Equity Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Global Equity Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Its a very strong global company with a great reputation. Additionally, although sustainability is new to CPG, over the years we have been quite sustainable considering we were meeting cost savings objectives.

    Cons

    If you work within Finance or Marketing there is a lot of career growth. If you are in Global Design, there is a glass ceiling almost no one penetrates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be a mentoring and growth program combined where some one is mentored and guided on their career path.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great place to work

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Career advancement and opportunity to add value.

    Cons

    Overly conservative. Slow to make decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a little more risk

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It is a job with an every day challenge and a great place to learn.

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    It is a great place to work and since it is quite advanced in communication and data tools it is a great place to learn too.

    Cons

    If you do not work fisicaly in central office you usually don't get all of the benefits and support as an emploee.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

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

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities for learning and growth. Mentoring and growth of employees is a strength of senior management. Company has many opportunities to grow all over the world.

    Cons

    Can be an overly formal atmosphere. Lots of presentations to senior management. The overall style is not for the faint of heart. Most people who work in product management are very smart and very demanding.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    N/A

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, TN

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    The engineers are very serious about their jobs. They are always busy, either out on the floor or in a meeting, but if you schedule your time well, they will sit down and explain what you need to learn with you.

    Give big responsibility to interns.

    Cons

    Morristown location is horrible. The town is dead

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Strategic vision and Dynamic execution

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Planning Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Financial Planning Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Long term vision and strong portfolio of products.
    Innovative pipeline of products.
    Globalized business model.

    Cons

    Dynamic market place challenges planning horizon.
    Stong dependency in Oral Care products.
    Heavily dependant in global retailers.
    Mature markets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow through acquisitions, ie Nivea

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place for a global career

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Strong brands, particularly in developing markets where Colgate is exceptionally strong.
    Fantastic culture. Places a lot of emphasis on how people get things done being as important as the result. Also has a paternalistic culture with good work life balance.
    Clear corporate strategy with excellent management communication and access
    If you have a great idea, the company will embrace it.
    Fantastic results over time means stock option compensation can be quite valuable.
    Great place to pursue a global career.

    Cons

    External recruits need to spend time to establish themselves, Colgate does not like to take a risk on external hires.
    Like most packaged goods companies, increasingly new products and advertising are done in the center versus subsidiaries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs a more expansive view of the business they are in if the next level of growth is to be unlocked.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    People are respectful and managers generally treat employees well. Colgate is a well oiled machine with solid results. Opportunity to move internationally. Leaders are competent & thoughtful. An environment which does not make employees insecure.

    Cons

    Can be conservative at times. Not many Asians at top management globally though that is changing. Many senior employees who will not leave company thus blocking opportunities for people reporting to them.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not Perfect, But Hands Down One of the Best Fortune 500 Companies Remaining

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Great work life balance, great pay, good people, great benefits

    Cons

    Good ole boy network - have people who can get away with stuff that is crazy and they are not challenged or fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great company - do some light house cleaning and foster innnovation.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work and enjoy.

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Great company to work for friendly atmosphere where everyone get's along. Overall a great company to work for and be a part of.

    Cons

    It doesn't appear that there is a ton of room for advancement or growth potential. Atmosphere at times appears to be too lax.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give support to work groups, does not appear there is a lot of guidance and direction given by the upper echelon of the company.

    Recommends
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