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A good, stable company with good intentions and potential

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Morristown, NJ
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

Pros

Very stable, often very caring. The benefits are great, and very comprehensive. As a global leader there are many opportunities to gain valuable experiences. If a person wants to work internationally there are lots of opportunities. In fact, promotions at times require that an individual accept moving around and even taking an international assignment.

Cons

It can be hard to get promoted without political connections. Some folks appear to be fast-tracked and others who work very hard are overlooked. Recognition is seen by some as being inconsistent. The training program is weak. Employee turnover. The efforts to save money can be short sighted. Example: plant shutdowns and other budget restrictions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Corporate and R&D functions should be more in touch with plants.

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    Good company to stay with long term. Still lots to improve particuarly in marketing competencies.

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    Current Employee - Marketing Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Good compensation. Commercially Minded. Strong respect for others. Financially sound. Good company to stay in long term.

    Cons

    Weak marketing competencies. Very limited in creativity. Too many stakeholders in process. No clear innovation process. Not the best place to learn marketing. Very old school in marketing approach. Local subsidiary marketing team too bogged down in operationals due to lack of strong support from peripheral functions (customer marketing, promotions, supply chain, etc)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up to external resources in teaching marketing basics to young managers.

    Inspire marketing organization to think outside the usual Colgate way of doing things.

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    Colgate Marketing: no work-life balance and grind away at presentations and endless overbooked meetings

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    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Most marketers are attracted to Colgate due to its Manhattan location - not many CPG companies are in the city. That means you get bright ambitious, fast-paced people to work around you. It's also an international company and there seems to be some, limited opportunities to move around globally. It also provides a strong brand name for your resume. Because it is such a lean organization, you will be given lots of responsibilities and exposure.

    Cons

    I wasn't prepared to work 80 hours a week - as an ABM, you get thrown in - sink or swim - you are expected to perform without any real support. (Although if you come in the global program, you get more measured time to adjust). It is a lean organization with both retention issues and continuous shifts within, which means lack of transitions. It is a traditional, conservative company that is steeped in 'processes' which means you're continuously working on the next presentation cycle and do not have time or focus to be proactive about furthering the brand. Your day is filled and overbooked with meetings and you don't actually start working until the rest of the world goes home starting around 5.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employees more - keep with industry standards and provide 3 weeks vacation, not 2 to people with experience and Master's degrees (- it's abusive). Make managers more responsible for the development of their subordinates instead of task masters who are always trying to cover themselves. Reassess all the processes - many of them are hampered by vital cross-functionals that have no incentive to help marketing and lack accountability. Why after so many iterations for each process, does everyone start painfully over again?

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