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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
247 Reviews

3.8
247 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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166 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 to work for

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, promotes a team environment, very focused on cost saving initiatives, good work / life balance, encourage telecommuting, very strong financial record

    Cons

    Decision making process is sometimes slow, a lot of red tape in backfilling of positions, some areas of organization are too lean and need to add additional headcount to key areas, too many people are stagnant in one position too long

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Co-op

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    gives you room to excel and challenge yourself

    Cons

    Not a very social atmosphere

  3.  

    Colgate

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

    Pros

    Innovative place, growth, salary/benefit/employee discounts are great, summer schedule (get off at 1pm on Fridays during the summer)

    Cons

    corporate and rigid culture, always sizing down,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Intense experience

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

    Pros

    Colgate has excellent benefits and my personal experience has been one of rewarding professional development opportunities. I was able to complete my MBA during my first 2 years with the company. During a period of downsizing, I was given an opportunity to work in NJ. While it was a long commute, I at least continued to be employed.

    Cons

    The environment is pretty conservative, never really felt relaxed at work nor comfortable enough to share any problems I'd experience in the course of performing my role.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would want to say that an investment in a source of support for the employee as a person would be an added bonus to the great benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It is a very good company to work for

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and caring environment

    Cons

    Very political and conservative conservative company. Old school, stodgy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give opportunities to the people to get the job done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Job security when you need it the most

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

    Pros

    Great relocation package, excellent 401K benefits

    Cons

    Very conservative, old school company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to employees who are driving innovation

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's not the Colgate it used to be

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and still has some great people there. Most of the brands are very well know and the company store is great.

    Cons

    The way they treat people is very poor and much different from their posted and much talked about values and principles. It's all about the financials vs. caring and developing people. There is no work/life balance and upper management talks about how important but their actions are the complete opposite.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It needs to be all about the people. Your systems, software and P&L don't mean anything if you don't treat people well. Many people used to go to CP and stay forever even until a few years ago, not anymore. You've turned the company into what you used to poke fun at some of your competitors for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Ethical, good people, well run and stable

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

    Pros

    Colgate has excellent employee programs and is very well run. Colgate is slow moving, but consistent and rewards hard work. Colgate people generally want to do the right thing and are seasoned

    Cons

    Colgate is hierarchical, slow to innovate and people are stretched very thin. Cost saving is valued above quality at times. Passion is not valued at Colgate. There are a lot of empty suits that move ahead by giving the semblance of competance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to focus on changing the old guard and the top down approach. It is a bit stifling and does not really allow for change or creativity. Where are the women?

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Enjoyed a very hands-on six month co-op with Colgate in which I learned and achieved a lot.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Logistics Analysis Intern (Cube #2)  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Logistics Analysis Intern (Cube #2) in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    The co-op at Colgate provides training in programs like Crystal Reports, SAP & BW. Interns are given real projects that have a genuine impact on the company and are not made to waste their time on "coffee & donuts" type tasks. The office in Atlanta is a very friendly, helpful, and team-oriented environment. You will feel at home here.

    Cons

    Even with six months spent in the co-op there are still some projects that are large enough you cannot see them through to completion. The only other con is that the program starts off quickly... it can be like trying to drink from a fire hose at times, but everyone is patient and helpful so this isn't so bad.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Analyst - Engineer - Co-op

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

    Pros

    Great management, Have a set job, Work around your schedule, Very friendly , Decent pay for a student still in college

    Cons

    Expect more hours then you can give during school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training at the beginning of the job should be more structured

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