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

Associate Brand Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

ProsMost 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.

ConsI 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 Senior ManagementValue 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?

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    LET THE GM RUN THE BUSINESS

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive


    Pros: Good school with excellent brands. Company with good intentions and… Cons: Talks too much but still lot needs to be achieved. Sets goals on… Advice to Senior Management: Start listening to people bottom up. Trust your business leaders… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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    The ups and downs

    Procurement (Current Employee) New York, NY

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive


    Pros: Company culture stresses valuing others. Most employees care about one another. The environment is not necessarily cut throat.… Cons: Decision making, from the top down, can be very slow. This is partially due to the fact that C-P is a consensus driven organization,… Advice to Senior Management: Make decisions faster, be less conservative. Increase focus on… Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend More
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