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Pros
  • Fast-paced nature forces employees to challenge themselves to reach full potential (in 46 reviews)

  • You learn a lot in a short period of time (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • no work/life balance - the scope pushed into the roles is bigger than I've seen before elsewhere (in 64 reviews)

  • No work/life balance what so ever (in 20 reviews)

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  1. Reckitt Benckiser Culture

    Former Employee - Talent Management & Leadership Development in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Talent Management & Leadership Development in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I worked at RB full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Provide opportunities to contribute ideas, get involved in global projects

    Cons

    Interest is in Top 400 with limited investment in developing people below. Length of service buys you opportunities with some entrenched leadership. Hiring & firing culture which values bottom line results measuring the 'what' rather than the 'how'

    Advice to Management

    Give people a voice below Top 400 to shift some entrenched leadership which creates barriers for people with talent and potential to progress


  2. Challenging and fast paced

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing Executive in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Trade Marketing Executive in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    A lot of autonomy, flexibility, great team-building activities. The employees are young and eager which makes it fun to be in the office. Good benefits such as on-site canteen.

    Cons

    Often long hours, relatively high staff turnover which means a lot of changes. You need to be a fast learner to be able to quickly fit in.


  3. Very aggressive but learnt a lot

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good bonuses if you are in the right region

    Cons

    Reorganizations happen too often. Question marks as to whether it has the same ruthless focus as under Bart becht.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Really own your part of the business

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at RB full-time

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

    Pros

    Versus peers at other companies, at every level you have the opportunity for more responsibility, experience and greater voice in terms of what should be done. If you have a good idea, backed with clear and simple rationale you will get to do it - and show the impact of what your ideas have brought to the business - this is the fuel that will keep you wanting more in RB

    Cons

    If you can be self-motivated by the opportunities presented as outlined above you will fly. If you are looking for anything else you wont.

    Advice to Management

    As the business grows, don't allow processes to slow down the impact we can have on the market


  6. Helpful (1)

    No teamwork mindset, aggressive culture.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at RB full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good salary and bonuses.
    Opportunities for moving abroad.
    You will have a big responsibility since an early stage of your career.

    Cons

    People is extremely aggressive and rude. They will only care about their personal goals and not about the team.
    Blame culture.

    Advice to Management

    Teamwork culture needs to be promoted.
    Supply chain should be part of the core decisions, this is what all successful companies do (S&OP).


  7. Great, fast-paced, entrepreneurial!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at RB full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    What I love about RB is the fast-paced environment and my complete business ownership. The company trusts the decisions I make and allows me to be creative / entrepreneurial. There isn't a lot of red-tape / approvals as with other major FMCGs - decisions are quick and time is then spent on activation. We work hard and play hard. Lots of incentives throughout the year in addition to our bonus scheme. I've moved internationally with RB - there are plenty of opportunities within RB. Lots of exposure to senior management.

    Cons

    There's a lot of expectation at RB - hours are long and balance is low. You get out as much as you put in though.

    Advice to Management

    At times, senior management can be detached from what's happening day to day, but this is improving.


  8. Helpful (1)

    The company stuck in the past

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at RB full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    - Fast moving, though getting slower due to procedures and processes constantly added
    - Some talented people around
    - Openness to international careers
    - In theory lucrative annual and long-term bonuses, which offset quite low base salaries

    Cons

    - People management and people development are absolutely foreign concepts to this company. Senior managers are not equipped for that
    - No clear career paths and guidance. You're getting promoted or your next assignment if this and that guy knows you personally, rather than based on your results and skills
    - Much touted Leadership charter remains mostly on paper, as senior managers keep behaving as they used to behave before - in many cases as mini-kings in their fiefdoms
    - RB comes up with lots of new projects, but is not ready to either invest or hire resources to succeed with them - so it ends up in the hands of current employees and squeezed into current budgets. So these projects die of natural causes after a while
    - Business decisions are driven by top managers' opinions and perceptions, rather than by data and rationale
    - Lots of internally-focused zero added value work
    - Bonuses seem lucrative on paper, but in reality they are modest due to the mediocre company performance


  9. For the ambitious: A compromise worth making

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Team Leader in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Team Leader in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Unparalleled individual ownership working on category leading brands - the platform and resource is there for you to perform and showcase to senior management what you can do. But you need to be a self starter and grab the opportunities yourself; these are the people that thrive at RB ... if you demonstrate the right can-do attitude and perform well you are rewarded well with great progression in turn.

    Cons

    Few clear internal processes can make getting thing done challenging at best and chaotic at worst... however if you have the right attitude you will take this in your stride by focusing on what you need to achieve. Would rather this way then being shackled by internal process.
    Work loads are tough and, if you are contentious, your work life balance will suffer. However if you are career driven it is a compromise worth making as the reward are there providing you are someone who can turn hard work and effort into performance

    Advice to Management

    Need to work harder to join up the different departments to get alignment across accounts, trade, category and marketing. too often are objectives and projects at odds/ambiguous leading to completely unnecessary complication/frustration and ambiguity of what exactly is trying to be achieved.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Real ownership, real impact

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at RB full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    I read the Glassdoor reviews almost 3.5 years ago before joining RB. Knowing no company is perfect I was willing to take on the extra responsibility (and maybe lack of process/balance) to enjoy a dynamic, non-bureaucratic, and results oriented global organization. That is exactly what I got. Two countries and three roles later I've been stretched as individual, added value back to the organization, and worked with some great people.

    Cons

    Being dynamic sometimes means being reactive. It's a double edge sword. It's a competitive advantage in terms of reacting to competitor and consumer needs, but as an employee (especially one that likes to be organized and in control) you can find it hard to plan and execute in the more formal sense. You need be comfortable with ambiguity and quick decision making.

    Advice to Management

    There should be a broader perspective on what good leadership looks like and take the time to celebrate successes.


  11. Great Brands, People and Culture.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Team Leader in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Sales Team Leader in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

    I have been working at RB full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Strong and compelling vision articluated clearly by senior management.
    First class agility in all aspects of the business.
    Huge focus on individual ownership & contribution - if you peform well you are rewarded in turn.
    Unique culture of competitive and caring people.
    Internal opportunities for new roles or relocation are frequent and well supported.

    Cons

    Pace and change doesn't suit everyone.
    Expectations to deliver, outperform and win is relentless.
    Internal alignment and integration of sales, marketing and channel management needs improvement.



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