Colgate-Palmolive

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Very Conservative, But A Great Place For Those Who Want Global Experience

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

Pros

* Ability to gain significant global experience, Colgate is by-far the most truly global company I've worked at. At almost any CP office there will be many people of all nationalities and backgrounds. The NY office is probably the most diverse.
* Success is largely driven by your ability to build and maintain wide informal networks. Your relationships--more so than other companies I've worked at--largely determines your ability to get things done.
* Highly stable environment, relatively.

Cons

* Extremely conservative. If you're looking to break the mold in any way whatsoever, you're at the wrong company. While management gives innovation a lot of lip service, in reality, there is much too much inertia and 'failure is not an option' attitude for anything truly groundbreaking to take hold.
* A lot of 'dead wood' middle management . Yes, every company has it's share of managers who's stars have faded, but Colgate seems to have more than most. The sequence of 'Voluntary Early Retirement Programs' in recent years have cleared much of it out, but there are a few notable exceptions.
* High percentage of decisions made unnecessarily high in the organization. Most middle managers are unable to make any decisions of consequence.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

* Continue cutting unnecessarily middle management, empower those left with the authority to make broader decisions.
* Make a more credible commitment to fostering innovation by loosening the reigns on some of the younger, up-and-coming, employees.

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

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    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.

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    When did I become Dilbert?

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Good place to gain international exposure as 80% (and rising agressively) of business is outside US
    Great place for women and minorities.
    If you have a good manager, you can obtain interesting projects.

    Cons

    Steadily reducing benefits and training opportunites for years.
    Heavily offshoring both development and manufacturing.
    HR is completely unresponsive to employees and applicants, a blessing since their information often conflicts.
    Excuses given for arbitrarily promoting or not promoting personnel border on insanity.
    Though they preach "Managing with Respect", managers can give poor reviews without any explanation of reasons to employees with great long term records.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Luckily they killed the old HR slogan "Becoming the Best Place to Work". It was very good, but the heavy voluntary attrition of younger workers should indicate the lack of opportunities recently is apparent. It's sad to have seen the decline in morale. Great job keeping the stock price up though!

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