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Helpful (2)

Once a good company. Still decent but depends.

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

CPG company with a presence in almost everywhere in globe Very strong marketing and supply chain Learn advanced supply chain process and business models Learning curve is steep depends on your area but very helpful in your career. Global mindset Management program for college graduates (SCMP) Somewhat diversity (see cons) Work/life balance is fair but seems to be getting worse each year. Many people work during nights at home (depends on your department)

Cons

- Only diverse at a lower level. However, if your definition of diversity is by nationality, then Unilever is one of most diverse company in the world. - Too many ineffective meetings. Some managers are held up in meetings 7-8 hours a day. Not sure if they are getting anything done. - Many departments running by group of people from Latin America. They are all buddies from their country and share manager/director positions among themselves. e.g. In one department, many managerial positions are taken by Argentinians because their leader (global director) is from Argentina. Some of these managers are clueless and/or over power-trip. Some managers stays home at least 3 times a week or 'away' for more than 3 hours daily; and give their responsibilities to their analysts or even to interns. - Very bureaucratic. Impossible to move up unless your are very close with people, one/two levels above you - Many young (mid 20s) managers. Not saying they are bad but it is true they are somewhat inexperienced. - Constant reorgs. Getting rid of positions force turnovers because limited managerial or directorial positions are shared by Latin Americans or SCMP. Existing experienced Americans have less opportunities to move up. - Increasing turnover in Supply Chain and Procurement. This is driving current employees crazy because they are very slow to fill in positions and/or eliminates the position when it becomes vacant. - Doubling the business by 2010 but with half of people is leading to 2-4 times of workloads to current employees. I've seen many people not happy and eventually leave the company.

Advice to Management

Please slow down the reorgs and stop eliminating the positions. Many American managers/directors are being forced out from US locations. Please stop this, as I am not sure if it's worth to spend extra money (relocation support) to some incompetent expats from Latam. It's crazy how one team is very Brazillian and others are very Argentinian, etc. Diversity is good but do better job prevent giving wrong empowerment to these people. I've seen some people getting cursed and threatened by these people from different culture.

Other Employee Reviews for Unilever

  1. Helpful (2)

    Pros

    A good company with good products. Historically a very nice place to work with smart people with great benefits. There is god opportunity to learn and grow.

    Cons

    Has become a very difficult place to work in recent years. The expectations on people have become unreasonable; you are expected to work 24/7. The atmosphere is one of distrust and morale is very low.

    Advice to Management

    Revise the performance reviews.


  2. Helpful (3)

    Global Train Wreck !

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good brands Good Employees Work life balance

    Cons

    New Globally managed marketing leadership looking for centralized control Turmoil in the NA Brand Team - turning most ABM and BM's to glorified paper pushers with no authority to make decisions - many biding time till they get the next new job Culture clashes and culture cliques very prevalent in the NA office - what used to be a group of employees from the Tri-state area & Chicago, has morphed into at least 50% or more employees on 2-3 year transfers from Latin America Deep distrust due to different working styles and unfair biases among employees who have moved in from Brazil, Argentina, Mexico & all of South America. They don't understand the US consumer, the customers, organized retail, processes or how to even communicate in English.

    Advice to Management

    Proof is in the market share ! Losing share is not "winning". Good luck Global team !


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