Colgate-Palmolive

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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
278 Reviews
3.8
278 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good place to work with great benefits and longevity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst in Smyrna, GA
    Current Employee - Analyst in Smyrna, GA

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    If you have a 4 year degree and are interested in moving up the food chain, this is a great company to work for.

    Cons

    Local management shows little or no interest in employees unless you are one of their pets. A 4 year degree is required for any position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get to know your employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not for everyone...

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

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Smart People, Great Senior Management

    Cons

    "Up or out" culture and a lot of politics.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to thoroughly evaluate and provide training to individuals placed in middle management.

  3.  

    Great people, satisfying work

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

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

    Pros

    Recognition - awards, options, etc
    Wide variety of assignments
    Global footprint
    Flexibility

    Cons

    Lack of women in senior leadership position
    Glass ceiling at a certain level

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to offer diverse opportunities across categories and functions

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  5.  

    A great experience so far

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

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

    Pros

    Stable, caring environment, smart people, lots of work that stretches you, dynamic, globally successful company

    Cons

    Lean; how to engage millenials

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue good focus on broadening diversity at leadership levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great!

    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Very Good people to work with and good work life balance a lot of opportunities

    Cons

    Can get repetitive and need to make things interesting on your own.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Solid general management training and development

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

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

    Pros

    A formal educational training program ideal for career switchers looking to shift from an individual contributor-type role pre-MBA to a general management, team leadership role post-MBA.

    Cons

    Pay is average for the industry, which means low for NYC. A BM salary in Cincinnati goes a lot further than in NYC. The culture is also very specific and not for everyone: tons of presentations, meetings, alignment, consensus building. If you like to make fast, sweeping decisions, this is not the place to do so.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue delivering strong, steady financial results, but do keep am open mind for new ideas. Colgate hits tons of nice hits, but fewer big grand slams. You need some grand slams to be desirable and credible in this industry.

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

    Administrative Assistant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant III in New York, NY

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salary, benefits, 401K plan.

    Cons

    Can be a nice place to work but probably like anywhere it depends on the department you are assigned to. Admins who have been with the company a long time say that the workload has increased and the perks are fewer than in the past. Hours are 8:30 am. to 4:15 which is nice with half day on Fridays in the summer. Bonuses are mainly in the form of company stock.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Diverse place to work

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

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

    Pros

    They company has a diversity of backgrounds and ethnicities. The benefits and pay are comparable if not better than other companies.

    Cons

    Like most companies the heirarchy is prominent. To get promoted it seems you have to be in the 'IN' crowd. Many people stay at the company for a long time which is good but it makes it difficult for newcomers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need better career path roads and the ability to step outside your current role and try something different.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great Family Feel At Colgate-Palmolive Atlanta

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Revenue Analyst in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Revenue Analyst in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable staff, great opportunities for cross functional experience, friendly people, family feel

    Cons

    Management is not great at developing talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to find ways to develop younger employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    All about compliance. Zero creativity.

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

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Job security
    - Lots of Moms, therefore people are caring and nice
    - Well-defined jobs. Not much thinking required.
    - Good pay and work hours.

    Cons

    - No creativity or challenge
    - Political and hierarchial
    - Very old school, old white men culture
    - Strict, long winded processes
    - Tries to mould employees. Opinions are discouraged.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are losing young talent because the culture does not encourage creativity and input.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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