Henkel Reviews

Updated April 22, 2015
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Pros
  • Excellent work-life balance, they are always trying to have more benefits for the employees (in 12 reviews)

  • Very good benefits and a solid reputation (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • The work/life balance is quite good in my position but many people are struggling with the work load (in 6 reviews)

  • bureaucratic and therefore slow in decision making (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Supplier Quality Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Henkel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company with a good quality system and dedicated employees

    Cons

    More control in the systematic process

  2. Career Coach

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Henkel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great co workers
    Great benefit package
    Decent salary
    Hours are great
    Work/life balance
    Open line of communication to senior management

    Cons

    Limited growth potential unless you're willing to move out of your local state.
    Reduce the micromanagement
    Onboarding process can seem a little off but make sense due to state standards always changing

    Advice to Management

    Promote an environment where there is always the possibility of taking on new responsibilities instead of throwing them on someone's to do list

  3. Helpful (1)

    Decent company good benefits and salary but limited opportunities for advancement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Henkel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Majority of co-workers and NA colleagues are good people and professionals to work with.
    Good investments in NA, but poor planning and execution of project scope and funding at upper levels.

    Cons

    Last few years NA upper management totally mismanaged the business causing a lot of corporate managers to quit.
    No plan to develop talent from within and opportunities are filled with German ex-pats or outside hires.

    Advice to Management

    Develop and a solid succession plan, nurture and develop talent from within.
    Develop bonus structures without conflicting goals and targets for upper division managers.
    Walk and invest into the "talk".

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  5. Excellent company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Henkel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment with many opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Pay is on the low side. Compensation tends to be through the yearly bonus.
    Tend to favor mobile employees.

  6. World leader in adhesive technologies.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Henkel full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great Benefits, World leader in adhesive technologies.

    Cons

    Employee career development not as fast as it could be.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on employee development.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Good company with better than average benefits

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Henkel

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid successful global company. Has multiple locations in the US in a variety of different types of business. Everything from hair care to electronic adhesives. Competitive compensation.

    Cons

    HQ is in Germany. It's quite apparent Germans are given the preferred leadership positions in other countries. Commutation from corporate is inconsistent to the local sites.

    Advice to Management

    Really listen to employee input and maybe even use some of their suggestions. Even if they come from someone who is not German.

  8. Worst experience of my career and I have had some bad ones

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    Former Employee - IT Director in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - IT Director in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Henkel full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing I can say that is good about this company

    Cons

    Hires based on no perception of German counterpart

    Advice to Management

    Stay out of America or do not hire people with American management if you are going to lay them off with German decisions You are ruining peoples lives when you do this.

  9. Key Account Manager (Professional Division)

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    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President Sales in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Henkel full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Had diversified brand and had great room of growth

    Cons

    Use European marketing platform in US and it wasn't working too well

  10. Helpful (2)

    Very active and busy job.

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    Former Intern - Quality Engineer Intern
    Former Intern - Quality Engineer Intern

    I worked at Henkel as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fun people to work with. Easy going place, but strict on due dates. They let people manage themselves with no micromanagement. Have confidence in all employees and encourage others to get their work done.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is little confrontation from managers and you will be lost on your project. Have to find help yourself on some things you are working on.

  11. Helpful (5)

    Strong brand, global company, dynamic markets - but leadership focus is myopic

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scottsdale, AZ

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good, work facility is gorgeous. Opportunities for job rotations domestically and internationally. Good mix of long-term employees and sharp new talent. Products are well known and liked by our customers all over the world. Company is over 130 years old, and founding family appears committed to long-term growth and success for the brands.

    Company is competing in highly dynamic markets, with lots of focus on organic growth, especially internationally.

    Cons

    Current company leadership appears entirely focused on "cutting to success." No current investment in personal or professional growth - yet another year of canceled training and severely reduced T&E. Service is intentionally sacrificed in favor of reducing operational expenses - they don't even deny it anymore.

    Very little strategic responsibility outside headquarters in Dusseldorf. Regional leaders are expected to execute, not question or offer alternative solutions. Many of the leaders in Dusseldorf are "home grown" and lack the breadth of experience of leaders from other regions.

    Worst is the "flavor of the month" leadership focus. Supply Chain, Safety, Lean, ITIL, ISO, Six Sigma, Agile ... all had a day in the sun and then died on the vine due to lack of commitment from the top.

    Advice to Management

    Read some leadership books and realize that investing in process maturity, leadership development, employee satisfaction, and operational effectiveness will get you the long-term growth and profits that you desire. Stick to commitments ... no more "flavor of the month" initiatives.

    Implement 360º reviews of leaders ... some people in leadership need development or need different roles.

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