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Unilever's biggest enemy is themselves

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Former Employee - Supply Chain Director in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Supply Chain Director in London, England (UK)

I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

Intelligent people, multicultural teams, team-working ethic, business processes, brand strength, supply chain performance.

Cons

Internal politics
Average calibre, career minded people in senior positions
Low salaries versus market
Low recognition for long hours especially if travelling
HR values numbers ahead of people

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Zero tolerance to selfish political senior managers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    It was one of the best companies I worked with. Strong policy driven business having good human values.

    Cons

    Middle management is not giving correct picture to higher management. Growth chances are NIL in Oman

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    HR should play a strong role and should listen to employee's griefs more often. Higher management should learn about ground realities.

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    Great company, fabulous brands, very smart people marred with a few weak or dishonest leaders

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    Former Employee - Regional Vice President in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Regional Vice President in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The facilities and benefits in Unilever are amongst the best in class. I worked for Unilever in 5 countries over more than 20 years and this is consistently the case.
    The training you will get and the opportunities to develop yourself are endless. Best I have seen or heard from others in other companies.
    Most of the people you work with are very smart, committed to performance through people and genuinely believe in working in teams, supporting each other to deliver an objective.
    Paul Polman's drive for CSR and the environment is genuine and very inspiring.

    Cons

    As with any large companies, it can be bureaucratic and political. Things do not always get done as efficiently or for the right reasons. Unilever struggles to maintain the right balance between entrepreneurial thinking and discipline - resulting in (senior) people doing whatever they like in some cases.
    Worst thing about Unilever is this sometimes allows senior managers to ignore internal policies or even behave unethically at times, particularly if they are facing tough targets and are too weak to stand up to their bosses. While this is very rare, it does happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold People accountable. Do not accept the risks to your reputation by allowing senior management to behave emotionally or like mavericks.

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