Colgate-Palmolive
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www.colgate.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

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Was an excellent place to work, but has fallen to low depths in the past couple of years

Customer Development Organization (Current Employee)
New York, NY

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

ProsStrong compensation package
Good dental benefits (many places dont have these)
Decent vacation policy
Global opportunities (but expat benefits are no longer the same either)

ConsVery slow decision making - has gone from a result oriented company to a consensus oriented company. Will follow through with something other than the best decision, if it meets with consensus and the safer route...vs. trying something that might be better but where not everyone is on board. This has led to a handful of people controlling all the decisions with most of middle management really playing the role that most fresh MBA graduates could handle straight out of school.

Mixed messages from management - poor overall direction, conservative, not open to any new or different ideas. Usually sticks to the same formula that's been tried and tested. But talks a big game about "open culture' and "fostering experimentation"

More driven by short term financial implications vs.considering the longer term view . Its living from one quarter to the next, while they talk about planning out 18 months - big joke !.

Completely fake HR - on the sales side (used to be great !). They don't really care about the employee's progression. HR serves more of an execution function vs. running a true HR dept. They have forgotten how to retain real talent...instead focusing on an arbiitarily chosen few - usually favorites of a few in management. Also does not follow through on promises made.

Advice to Senior Management1.Listen more, talk less ! And walk the walk - if management only acted on what they preached, this place would have a chance to go back to when it truly was "the best place to work".

2. Be more open to other styles of thinking or management, not just the one you've always practised and comfortble with. Winning is about getting outside of the comfort zone and adapting to changes around you, includung the competition. Have more of a meritocracy culture, based on actual performance, not just what 1 person may think. May be time to adopt a new style of performance management and solicit feedback from peers, people managed and external vs. just a few people in management.

3. Need more difference makers/game changes/fresh thinking - time to retire some of the senior folks sitting around for extremely long periods on the sales side and adopt the marketing formula that seems to be working a little better.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great people, conservative management - poor communication

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New York, NY

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Pros: People are great - my peers really want me to succeed Good… Cons: Cheap - very conservative and makes it difficult to invest in important ideas Micromanagement from most Senior Levels Promotions are… More

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Piscataway, NJ

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive


Pros: Flexible work arrangements Positive work environment Good people. Cons: Lack of direction. Efforts going in too many directions. Lack of communication… Advice to Senior Management: Listen to employees and follow through on what you promise.… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More

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