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Good place to learn but behind the competition

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Former Employee - Procurement Agent  in  New York, NY
Former Employee - Procurement Agent in New York, NY

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

Pros

Lots of opportunities to learn and grow, especially at lower levels
Good, caring coworkers
Stable environment
Strong global brands
Excellent benefits

Cons

Highly political
Employees not given latitude to make decisions
Some senior management not walking the talk
Focus on short term results and cost cutting instead of brand building
Antiquated dress code

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Think strategically
Don't cut so far that key programs for employees are hit
Move to business casual at NYC office

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    Rock-Solid Company, But Overly Political

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    Current Employee - Project Leader  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Project Leader in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    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
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    GMDP Program

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    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    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

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