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Procter & Gamble Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
2,219 Reviews
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Pros
  • Everyone is empowered to improve the Business while there is a great work-life balance (in 169 reviews)

  • P&G is known as the company with the best marketing and brand management training (in 256 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be a problem in the current environment long hours expected (in 168 reviews)

  • Their are not enough traditional P&G managers in the acquisition sites as well (in 225 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    If you don't play the game, prepare to get played

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    For the Researcher position the pay is nice, even for the Midwest

    Cons

    Cincinnati-a city that hopes to Chicago or Indy, but is too stuck in its ways to become great. Life of a young professional here pretty much is dead. Pretty much like the companies in the city

    Politics-you literally have to spend as much time on actual work, as you do managing your career if you want to get ahead. A lot of brown nosing.

    Boring work-gets pretty mundane in R&D

    Work Life Balance-What is that? I worked on average 6 days a week, pulling down 50+ hours. During plant EOs, 18hr days were the norm.

    At the Researcher position, there is literally no career progression. You get one promotion (Sr. Researcher) for the entirety of your career, and that is it (you do get pay increases). Your engineering friends will out earn you (they start at ~$20K more than you do) and have the career of their dreams, while you are stuck at one position for the rest of your career. But you won't initially be told this. You won't find this out until you go to a onboarding training where they show you the percentages of people at each level, and what percent make it to their desired level in the TCS.

    Odd TCS placement: There were people with MS/MPHs and other graduate degrees that were at the same level as I was with a BS.

    Middle Manager Glut-the band 3 manager position is insanely bloated with untalented people, who only seek the money. Not people who know, or want to learn how to manage

    Company Culture- They talk a good game about managers being flexible, and understanding the needs of their employees. Your section head/AD can literally decree: No flex time and no OT. So I just worked 12hrs, and I am expected to be here tomorrow before 9am? And I won't get pay for that additional 4 hrs I worked? GTF. But you will always have friends in other business units where flex time is the norm.

    Egos/Hierarchy-It exists. Like, literally the time you go to lunch tells where you are on the totem pole at some R&D sites. Also, the stroking of egos must be done to get ahead. And never outshine your daily coach, in any fashion, you will regret it, because they will feel intimidated.

    My advise: Go to graduate school, teach, do whatever, cause you won't be happy here. The city is very conservative and not a great place for young people, the company doesn't understand Millennials or what we desire in our careers, I never felt that I was making a difference in the world selling tooth paste, or paper towels.

    If you want to sit in your cube, kiss up to people who are not really that talented just to get ahead, then this is the place for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Its running the way you designed it to run, so do what makes you happy. It is not a sustainable though.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good, but not great for product supply technicians

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    Current Employee - Production Technician in Iowa City, IA
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Iowa City, IA

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay, better than average benefits and ownership culture empowers people at all levels. Very good by comparison for those from diverse backgrounds and for women.

    Cons

    Company has cut back on health and retirement benefits. New and recently hired employees will get less in retirement than more senior employees. Company has a goal of paying a lower percentage of total health spending than in the past making current benefits no longer as good when comparing to other companies but are still better than average.

    For product supply technicians promotion and transfer opportunities are severely limited. If you want to work a dead-end job that pays higher than other dead-end jobs in your town, working at a P&G manufacturing facility isn't a bad choice. If you think working for a global company will come with great opportunities you're right if you are an engineer or manager but absolutely wrong if you're a technician.

    Like many manufacturing firms, there is a heavy bias toward those with engineering degrees. If you want to be a technician, be prepared to have a 24 year old with a bachelor's degree and 2 years of experience be your boss even if you've been there for 15 years and know far more. Also be prepared for that 24 year old's superior, who you will almost never interact with, take credit for your hard work and receive a bonus for the business results that you and your peers ultimately deliver.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strengthen the promote to management program. Many talented non-management personnel leave the company or mentally check out but stay because the company won't promote them, despite their knowledge and skills. It's a huge waste of human capital.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    P&G is not really a company to develop engineering expertise (at least in manufacturing and at the plant level).

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    P&G provides a nice salary with opportunities to really grow your salary provided you follow the P&G way. P&G has some good people who really look out for you and provide mentoring opportunities. P&G looks good on your resume for future employment.

    Cons

    Have to know how to play the P&G game to move up. Results are mostly based on how your 1 up manager views you and assesses your performance. At the plant level, plant managers seem to view you based off of how your 1 up manager and/or plant leadership views you. Also, not much opportunity to solve technical problems with creativity. Often times, you have to follow the P&G way to solve every single problem (which sometimes is overkill and wasteful). If there is any real engineering work to be done, contractors usually take care of it. Manufacturing engineers focus primarily on process reliability (compiling data, eliminating machine stops, etc.) without really diving in too technically (i.e. minimal design work). To top it off, managers working in the plant level are expected to work minimum 50-60 hours/week, so the P&G mentality can become draining (which is why I left).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create job descriptions, so new engineering graduates have a better idea of what they will be doing (instead of a generic "this is what you could be doing at P&G"). With this, allow new engineering graduates to have some say in whether they want to work on projects, build technician capability, or improve process reliability through day to day analysis of machine stops. Lastly, find ways to the eliminate the existing P&G attitude of "we are P&G, we've been doing this for over 150 years, so we're going to continue doing it this way". Honestly, in the engineering sense, you're not really as great as you claim.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great learning experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble

    Pros

    Good reputation. Great training programs. Opportunities to move. Decent benefits. Fortune 500 company with good reputation and solid winning brands.

    Cons

    Large company that can get tied up with policies that prevent swift action and the ability to be agile in the market. Struggles to understand how to succeed with a business model outside of their traditional comfort zone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize that talent comes in many forms and that diversity of skills, particularly in upper management, is crucial to the growth and survival of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Personal branding and ladder climbing are the key skills for a successful career. Hard work and honesty are not rewarded

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Procter & Gamble

    Pros

    Flex work times, work from home for some units, world travel is still possible if you latch onto the right project with a budget. If you are really good at getting others to do the work, you will excel.

    Cons

    Too much management focus on building their own brands so they can get the next promotion and so much focus on diversity that they are demotivating those in the majority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management culture needs a major change but promoting from within will never achieve that goal. Get back to basics - get your primary job done and stop all the extra-curricular activities that add no bottom-line value.

  7.  

    Great People, Great Experiences

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Leader in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Technology Leader in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble

    Pros

    Great People who operate in a disciplined, principled manner. Role changes enable a variety of experiences. Supportive leadership and good career planning.

    Cons

    Slow decision making - business decisions are cumbersome. Downsizing pressures are significant. Growth has been slow, impacting career progression and flexibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate internally and lead with passion for employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Employees and consumers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Procter & Gamble

    Pros

    P&G constantly spins off the divisions that earn less profit. With this company strategy, the profitable divisions will stay in P&G.

    Cons

    The employees got spin-off/layoff due to the low profit ratio of their division products, they will likely stop buying P&G products,. This will hurt P&G brand image and lost the customer loyalty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some managers might in the position of spinning off the division and feel their positions will be safe. Nowadays, many reasons could cause the employees got separated such as stock holders' complains on the excessive number of managers comparing with numbers of employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Technician

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    Current Employee - TEC in Mehoopany, PA
    Current Employee - TEC in Mehoopany, PA

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    People and job security is great

    Cons

    Management is known to lie and cheat to get what they "want"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    RELAX its only paper

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Learning Experience

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Administrator in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Human Resources Administrator in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The flexibility and the usually high-caliber co-workers.

    Cons

    Because the company is so large it is difficult for decisions to be made quickly. There are usually many approvers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Outstanding!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Amazing people - in character and capability. Great company resources - deep expertise. Very good compensation and benefits. Promote from within drives strong emphasis on development of people.

    Cons

    I have worked for another large company and find it difficult to find something that I dislike. The work is hard, but rewarding.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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