Procter & Gamble Reviews

Updated September 19, 2014
Updated September 19, 2014
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Everyone is empowered to improve the Business while there is a great work-life balance (in 139 reviews)

  • The courses you take here will stay with you even after you leave P&G (in 235 reviews)


Cons
  • The work life balance can be hard to keep if you are not deliberate about it (in 153 reviews)

  • Their are not enough traditional P&G managers in the acquisition sites as well (in 206 reviews)

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  1.  

    Satisfied while there

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and nice benfits

    Cons

    Mgmt more concerned about personal advancement than success of overall business unit

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Rewarding experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Market Strategy & Planning  in  Geneva, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Market Strategy & Planning in Geneva, IL

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

    Pros

    Inspirational leaders
    Concept based company
    Outstanding strategic thinking
    Ongoing learning curve

    Cons

    Decision making leadtime
    Process
    Data, data, data....
    Too many people involved in decision making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplify, simplify, simplify. Just make it happens!

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    machine technician

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    Former Employee - MACHINE TECH  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - MACHINE TECH in Boston, MA

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

    Pros

    * good amount of freedom
    *no close supervision which allows you to just focus on your job
    * always a task that needed to be done
    *good environment

    Cons

    there were no cons to the job

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work: lots of freedom, lots of responsibility.

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I am currently an intern here and the pay is really, really good (bi-weekly salary of $2,215). The best part of the internship is that you can actually contribute to the company. The projects I am working on will legitimately make a difference in the plant I am in. Like I said earlier, they give you a ton of work to do but kind of leave it up to you to figure out how to get it done.

    Cons

    In order to move up in this company, P&G has to become your life. Lots of people say they work to live, but if you want to move up in the ranks, you will have to live to work. Being young, this isn't a problem, but when the time comes and I want to have a family, I don't think I will be able to advance my career much more (at P&G).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ease up on the workers, give them more time off.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great opportunities

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    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    respected by other companies, can easily get another job

    Cons

    difficult to get initial job here

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start a career. Horrible place to continue one.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Procter & Gamble

    Pros

    Excellent at project management and lots of resources at your disposal to execute good ideas. Great training for smart people right out of college on strategy development, execution and analytical evaluation. P&G is great at identifying young professionals with high aptitude and then training them to be leaders.

    Cons

    If you didn't start your career there, you are basically treated like a domestic servant. You're needed, but you'll never be part of the family, and thus, your career very quickly will bump into a glass ceiling that you will never raise. If job security is what motivates you, you'll be happy. If advancement opportunities are desired, you will be very frustrated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be very upfront with experienced hires. Despite your best intentions, you know the glass ceiling exists for these people. Just be honest with them and you'll attract people that will be happy with the job security you provide.

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    Folks who say 'Cult Like' are telling the truth about P&G

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    Former Employee - Scientist  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Scientist in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Good pay and if you are comfortable in agreeing with a Company philosophy that is less than fully honest about itself, you can probably be happy at P&G.

    Cons

    There are other reviews here that use the term 'Cult' to describe P&G culture. P&G people are referred to as 'Proctoids' for a reason. It isn't just a joke. Through company training and by messages from your manager you learn to drink the peculiar Corporate Kool-Aid if you want to succeed at P&G. So if you see things that are obviously inefficient because it supports someone's friend or 'pal', if you know that something just doesn't work (contrary to a claim) or your learn hat people internally are claiming some success that is contrary to fact, then follow this checklist: (1) Is your boss involved in 'the story'? If so, agree to say nothing bad and go along with the 'story' (whatever it is). (2) Is your Department involved in the Story? If so, agree at least to say nothing. (3) Is it someone else's department or boss? It's OK to be mildly critical, but only use words like "opportunity" and "improvement" even if what you are addressing is just a lie or contrary to a clear fact. That's P&G culture in a nutshell. Violate these rules and your career will be short. If not short, it will be miserable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You can't be so dumb as to not know the real truth. I only wonder why you never do anything about it?

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corporate Culture and recognition is more due to politics

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    Former Employee - Healthcare Account Manager
    Former Employee - Healthcare Account Manager

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits, other reps I had made during training

    Cons

    Not numbers focused as everyone gets an automatic raise and recognition within the company can get skipped over due to politics and sadly not numbers focused for a sales representative

    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    The functions are winning, and the business is losing

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    Current Employee - Associate Director
    Current Employee - Associate Director

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

    Pros

    Good comp and incredibly smart people. Everybody is smart and professional. Very good standards and systems in place - good, structured training early on in a person's career. Very polite culture. Has a legacy of being a meritocracy and sometimes results still matter. Can often be generous with work life balance opportunities - work from home and flex work. At the Director level there are several instances of key leaders working location free (one director lives in New Mexico while her team is in Cincinnati, and another director lives in Connecticut with her business unit in Baltimore).

    Cons

    Lack of sales growth has resulted in an exclusive focus on cost cutting and productivity. Most managers who are comfortable with risk have self selected themselves out - leaving a mature management generation that is highly risk averse. The functions have gained too much power, and there is often pressure to do "what's right for the function" vs. doing what's right for the business unit. The business is so big that it is often not clear who is accountable to deliver results and many of the VP and above leaders are out of touch with how work get's done. The key requirement for promotion has become cheer leading and stroking management's ego (versus it used to be measurable results).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold leaders accountable for their results - my current general manager has missed her number 6 years in a row, and she remains the GM - which is disappointing. She is a good example of knowing how to work the system and has a way to blame any miss on a different group. Spit the company up - we all believe scare has value but we have so much scale it is crushing the brands and businesses. We have at least two layers of management that just manage across sectors and categories - and add very little value - but claim to be driving scale. At a minimum run the company more like a confederation versus a highly centralized and controlled republic.

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

    Great Learning and Growth, Poor Business Efficiency

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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 as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Learning and growing as a leader is a natural byproduct of being here. Employees are extremely intelligent, benefits and compensation are decent. There are many opportunities to network, and the company makes an effort to make you feel welcomed and comfortable with your work. P&G is also a leader in almost every industry they play in. Flexible with work ing from home as a full-time employee. Strong values that are more than just lip service.

    Cons

    Very political, extremely slow decision-making process results in a lot of no-value-added work. Lots of bureaucracy, risk-adverse, people are set in their ways and are not willing to accept change even though they are expecting you to make change. On the reverse side, sometimes things are fine the way they are, but P&G insists on wasting extraordinary cost and effort to try to change it. Downsizing has resulted in many layoffs, reduced company morale, people leaving the company, and too much work for too few people. Work life balance really varies by group and only seems to be heading in a negative direction. There are no "clock in" hours but many people end up regularly working nights and weekends. As an intern, there is very little group work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make an effort to communicate with your employees better in order to understand the real problems in the trenches rather than fix things that aren't broken.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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