Procter & Gamble
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The best possible learning ground; Highly political

CMK (Former Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

Pros-You're surrounded by very intelligent people to learn from every day, most people are down-to-earth & willing to help via mentorship, etc. Lots of great learning on how to influence, build networks, problem-solve, adapt to change, etc.
-Great training, although that is dwindling; moving more to online & self-led which no one has the time or management support to participate in
-Strong pay & benefits, including opportunities for leave & reduced work weeks
-Strong ethics, though I've seen these compromised

Cons- Promote from within culture means those at the top are often best friends, which translates into benefits if you're "in the club" and challenge if you're not. This means you may get stuck with a bad manager, which is brutal
-Highly process oriented. There is more focus on figuring out how to make an initiative green vs. actually working to optimize it before launch
-1 year evaluation cycle means important projects are dropped after a year
- Creativity & risk-taking are not rewarded. Quite the opposite. Those who get rewarded are those who figure out what their manager wants & delivers it. That's great if you just like to execute, but is extremely frustrating if you see opportunities to make things better & don't get the support to go after those opportunities
-Internal selling. You'll spend 50+% of your time trying to sell your business-building idea internally or enroll others in your work vs. driving the business. Since everyone is rewarded for coming up with the next big opportunity, no one wants to work on an idea if it wasn't theirs
- Lots of CYA. No one, and I mean no one admits if mistakes are made

Advice to Senior Management- Involved mid-level employees in strategy development to ensure the strategy will work when rubber hits the road
- Keep important projects prioritized (and rewarded) for more than 1 year. In 5 years, I saw priorities across Trial, Commercial Innovation, Big Ideas, Big Data, Store-back, Initiative Simplification, etc. True business benefit will not be realized when the buzz word changes every year
- Start working cross-functionally at the corporate level. The BBO only exists at the C level. Bring it to life down the chain.
- Bring back instructor-led training. It cannot be replaced virtually & the intangibles of building an internal network is invaluable, saving a ton of capacity for years to come & driving employee loyalty

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Providing me with the foundation to be a successful technical and business leader.

    R&D Associate Director (Former Employee)
    Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time for more than 10 years


    Pros: Great values, systems, process and overall resources Cons: very large company and does not value qualitative life business… Advice to Senior Management: reduce complexity Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    10 years plus in CMK function

    CMK BAND III/IV (Current Employee)
    Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time for more than 10 years


    Pros: Smart people, proven business model, great brands. Cons: Top heavy, limited promotional opportunity, smartest people not at the… No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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