Colgate-Palmolive

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Rock-Solid Company, But Overly Political

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

Pros

* Extremely stable environment makes for anxiety-free employees.
* Large number of expats creates a very dynamic and competitive work environment (a plus)
* Very good internal training programs.
* Relationships matter
* NYC office location is fantastic
* Generally the expoused values are lived

Cons

* Sr. Management is afraid to cut dead weight . Poor performers are sidelined, but never let go. If you have one on your team, or God forbid above you -> you're screwed
* Highly political environment.
* Extremely conservative decision making, no one ever takes a risk
* Decisions (even small ones) are made at a ridiculously high level. Very much a top-down culture
* Bureaucratic. Some processes exist solely for the sake of saying we have a process
* When things go wrong, people are extremely quick to finger-point. It's always "who messed up" and not "what can we do to fix it."
* People move jobs too quickly and leave a complete mess in their wake (especially Marketing & Supply Chain).

Advice to ManagementAdvice

* Push decision making further down the chain
* If you want to truly innovate, let people fail. Innovation very rarely grows from safe bets.
* Cut poor performers

Recommends
Approves of CEO

Other reviews for Colgate-Palmolive

  1.  

    GMDP Program

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

    Pros

    high profile rotation program
    good benefits
    great cosmopolitan location
    broad global opportunities
    good training and development programs
    young vibrant people

    Cons

    it's too bureaucratic
    it's too formal
    old fashioned
    conservative
    formal attire required
    old dark ugly offices
    hierarchical
    slow and lumbering

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    loosen up! it's just freakin' toothpaste. its not an investment bank and should be less formal to spark creativity and motivation among young employees

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    Pros

    Benefits package - Full medical, excellent dental, 401K company match up to 6% of contribution. Casual Friday, office closes at 1 pm on Friday for summer hours. Salary is competitive. Job satisfaction relies quite a bit on where you are assigned and its the luck of the draw. Managers are rotated constantly.

    Cons

    Admins are assigned to up to 9 people. They have a lot silly training programs that don't really apply to admins although we were forced to participate. Company is extremely cost conscious and focused on shareholders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize that managing with respect applies to all and is not just a phrase. Stop the excessive perks for top management on the backs of lower level employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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