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Great company that has lost focus on its employees.

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Project Leader  in  Morristown, NJ
Current Employee - Project Leader in Morristown, NJ

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

Pros

Colgate truly understands the work-life balance. This is stressed by senior management and true for all employees. Some departments even include programs to work from home. While there may be exceptions during times of go-lives or product launches, management recognizes that we are a toothpaste company and work should not interrupt family life on a daily basis. The benefits package are fair.

Cons

Management's understanding of who is really performing the work and providing the greatest value to to company is often misguided. Promotions are far too political and not based upon merit.

Competition for retaining employees is a challenge due to local competition. Management only views other consumer goods companies as competition for employees, not recognizing that many skills are easily translated to other industries. Despite this, turnover is still relatively low, since it is a good company to work for.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Focus more on the employees, for it is the employees who make the firm and are its future. Improve efforts to retain employees, including improved internal training, and merit based promotions.

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Other Reviews for Colgate-Palmolive

  1.  

    Becoming hte best place to work

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    good place for professional women

    Cons

    time in grade can impact the average employee's promotions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Being willing to re-assess decisions and make adjustments as needed should not be seen as a weakness

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 5 people found this helpful  

    Colgate is best for people who need structure and are relatively early in their careers, but not for everybody

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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

    Pros

    Colgate is a very efficiently and well-managed, very stable company. There are lots of opportunities to grow and stay with the company for a long time if you so choose to. The benefits are above average, not as good as some other companies but definitely competitive and more than sufficient for most people. The people are smart and quite capable. If you absolutely need to work in NYC then location is ideal. If you are doing relatively well then international assignments are a big possibility. It's a good place to come in as an early hire as it is a family environment for those who fit into the culture, and for these people you can develop your career there as a lifer.

    Cons

    Colgate in general is very stiff and bureaucratic and extremely hierarchical, especially if you work in the NYC office. There are too many layers of management, especially in Marketing which is the decision-making function in the company. Colgate is also very formal environment where you need to wear suits every day, which creates a lot of good "corporate soldiers" and people unwilling to push the status quo or play beyond the party line. Senior management can be very into the details and there too many demands on employees to analyze everything to the minutest details. Also, there is general lack of risk-taking or letting employees make decisions, for marketing people it is not an entrepreneurial environment at all. It is very difficult for people who did not grow up in the culture to integrate, and there are some employees that really should be let go due to performance issues or inability to manage others who continue to stay in the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management is very strong from a general management and pure business perspective regarding the financials. However, there is general lack of leadership development and learning to inspire others through leadership capability vs a top-down hierarchical approach. Also, it would help tremendously if employees were allowed to have more autonomy in making decisions, especially in marketing, although it would be a very difficult thing to change considering the entrenched management style of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
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