Procter & Gamble Reviews

Updated October 24, 2014
Updated October 24, 2014
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Pros
  • Everyone is empowered to improve the Business while there is a great work-life balance (in 161 reviews)

  • P&G is known as the company with the best marketing and brand management training (in 255 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance can be a problem in the current environment long hours expected (in 166 reviews)

  • Their are not enough traditional P&G managers in the acquisition sites as well (in 223 reviews)

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  1.  

    A training ground for cogs in a machine.

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good salary for the midwest.

    Cons

    You will work endless hours on menial tasks that provide you almost no credentials outside of P&G. You will be given no real responsibility for at least 5 years after joining. Its filled with white people in a city that has 1% asian, hispanic, or other. If you are ethnic you are brought on for being ethnic and pushed to a corner to fill their ethnic quota. They are constantly firing people. There is no oversight of how managers treat their employees. HRs only job is to protect the company from its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture is toxic and slow. Your people look like they are "doing" alot but its all busy work. Take the hand cuffs off your people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Glad to be gone. Sleep better now

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance & Accounting Group Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Finance & Accounting Group Manager in Cincinnati, OH

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

    Pros

    Proctoids usually are well-groomed and do not smell bad. There are many nice cars to see in the parking lot.

    Cons

    The instruction here says: ... "Consider discussing ... company values..." OK, I will: There are two sets of Company Values at P&G: The first is the set they put on posters throughout the company, in brochures, and on the website, and the second set is the one that is actually practiced within the Company. The first is mere advertising and does not describe reality. There are many, many cases where Proctoids just lie, deceive, take advantage of the system, and get away with it. Some such cases are egregious. In a few cases, wrongdoing becomes public (as when there is a public lawsuit or a clear crime), but most of the time it is covered up. Think about it: How likely is it really that over 100K people are usually "doing the right thing" and being "data-based and intellectually honest"? Not very. The simple truth is the Company is good at controlling people and covering up their problems and misdeeds. Not a Company to trust, not at all...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get real.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Limited upward mobility if you are in sciences with a BS or MS

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - A&T in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - A&T in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time

    Pros

    HR is very good at recruiting people by talking about examples of people who moved up the career ladder from the bottom to CEO or got 10% raises. Unfortunately, these examples are not practiced except for very rare cases. The examples have been accumulated over the very long history of P&G.

    Cons

    If you have a MS don't believe the stuff you will be told during recruiting. If you are a high quality candidate, you will likely be coming in 2 levels below where you would be at in other employers. You will be told that they benchmark against companies which give nationally competitive salaries. Not until you start working there will they admit that the benchmarking is done for engineers and PhDs only. Employees who work in sciences with AS, BS, or MS degrees (yes - they all come in at the same level) are benchmarked against talent local to Cincinnati (the contract companies for P&G). The example that all CEOs are hired at the bottom of the ladder and work their way up should not be told to technical people. The pool of potential CEOs is limited to marketing and other executive positions led out of P&G's Global Headquarters in downtown Cincinnati.

    MS technical staff should come in at principle researcher level, but come in two levels below at researcher level. They cap the number of principle researchers. Promotions to principle researcher are determined by showcase examples. If your promotion won't help them get in a diversity magazine (i.e. Working Mother) or help support HR's pet projects (coop/intern programs), you will likely never be promoted to the level at which you should have started even if you are doing better work than those several levels above you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be truthful to your employees and potential employees. Run the business as a meritocracy not an advertising campaign.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Place to work, not great!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble

    Pros

    Compensation is fairly strong compared to similar companies, but definitely not in the top 10%.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance, Hours, Training, Transparency

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    P&G employees are typically high quality folks, with a passion to succeed.
    The company has the resources to fund and support business critical work.

    Cons

    P&G is very insular, rarely accepting experienced hires into "the club." If you're an experienced hire, think twice before joining. P&G will likely not be open to outside experience and viewpoints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IMHO, for P&G to stay competitive, hire more folks from the outside, and become less of an insular culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    All of the classical cons of working for a major corporation in exchange for solid pay, benefits, and lifestyle.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Highly principled company filled with truly excellent individuals. Extensive resources, scope, and scale means that when the stars align you can work on a global, ground breaking, consumer-centric innovation.

    Cons

    Consensus-driven culture + many strong/dynamic influencers = lack of cohesive strategies. Internal politics are challenging to navigate, particularly for younger generation. Lots of salesmen making pitches & creating buzz words around innovation - very few proven serial innovators.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue the evolution of our company's strategies and culture.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Amazing training ground but excessive politics and self-serving managers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Marketing in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is one of the best companies for training, not just guided training but on the job, everyday, hands-on training.

    Cons

    There is an excessive amount of politics and since it's a promote from within culture, many people spend more time managing their careers and protecting their image with management instead of spending energy on the job and putting the "business" ahead of personal ambition and goals. But despite all of this, I would still recommend this company to anyone looking to build a career, with the caution to know what you're going there for and know when it's time to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time actually living up to the image you try and project. Instead of constantly talking about being a company that "does the right thing" just go ahead and DO the right thing. Stop constantly talking about the PVPs (Purpose, Values, People) which many people overlook when they find it beneficial and if you are not going to hold people accountable for their behavior. Be open and honest with incoming hires about what is valued and rewarded.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Not as good as they sell it!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    They work hard to make sure that you have sufficient training and also give you challenging projects. Help is always there and they are open to hearing many new ideas. Creating a great environment for sharing knowledge and internal development. A great environment for making sure you are learning while you perform. Upper management is very friendly and approachable; company is full of great people.

    Cons

    Working with some of the dumbest people I met at the entry level. They think they hire the smartest people, but really they could do a much better job of hiring people. This is especially true in R&D. Didn't really feel like I fit in because I was constantly helping people and I felt like I was on another intellectual level. I'm all in for sharing my knowledge, but they seriously need to consider hiring on a different level. Work could be much more efficient with this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rethink your hiring strategies so that you can create a better companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Standardized work

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Structured approach towards problems, opportunity to learn and improve personal knowledge, close contact to production and market problems, big potential to grow quickly

    Cons

    Too much of burocracy for very simple daily jobs, very 'americanized' way of thinking and working, 'time is money thinking'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better support in career path, motivate people with what they have been hired for and not park them in a job because you have the necessity for it

  11.  

    P&G is an okay company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    P&G allows their employees to change position every 2-3 years which is great in learning new skills.

    Cons

    Promotions are slow. Man people stay at the same promotion level their entire career at P&G. Benefits are not as great as they once use to be and flex work life really only works if your boss allows it of which most do not.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to the employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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