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Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman
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  • Appreciate agile working for work/life balance (in 69 reviews)

  • flexible working hours, ability to work from home, good staff benefits (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • The work life balance is non existent (in 57 reviews)

  • Time-consuming decision making process (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Unilever

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

    Pros

    Top brands to work with

    Cons

    nothing in particular to say

    Advice to Management

    More diversity would be better


  2. Helpful (1)

    A great place to work until.....

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Operations in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Operations in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Salary OT Great technical support Great boss Great people Travel

    Cons

    Terrible decisions from upper management. Rough part of town The small of mayonnaise at 100 degrees Lousy temp agency

    Advice to Management

    Let your people do their job. Use facts. Be aggressive with improvements.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Decent Company to Work For

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Unilever (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    WONDERFUL people to work with BIG company culture, international company gives opportunity to work with a very diverse group of people. Free tea and coffee all day Company store!! - buy most Unilever products at just above cost Decent salary and benefits

    Cons

    Foods business isn't doing as amazingly as they want so there are tons of hire freezes and downsizing going on. They seem to take away more and more of the "perks" of working here every year. If you are in the Lisle group it is much smaller and every year people wonder how much longer the office there is going to last. The only other location (for non-plant workers) is Englewood Cliffs, NJ or Trumbull, CT which doesn't leave many options. They are currently changing systems and none of it was thought out well. North America needs to take all specifications from Europe yet there are different standards and regulations that it just isn't working. IT is outsourced to India so it's almost impossible to get your computer issues fixed.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking away all the money and perks of working here!


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    Are you okay with the position you are in?

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    Current Employee - Worker in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Worker in Lisle, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance - Very Flexible and understanding. Good People - Even the manager regardless of business decisions are cool people. For me they passed the beer test.

    Cons

    Small and getting smaller - My prediction is that in five years food solutions will not be in Lisle. Not much opportunity - If you are looking to climb the corporate ladder this is not the place. Old - If you consider yourself a young professional and looking for a YP atmosphere this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Be up front with employees especially new hires about the development and oppurtunities available at the shrinking Food Service portion of Unilever.


  6. Helpful (1)

    US Office in Lisle, IL: Great Passion for Success and Work/Life Balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Marketing in Lisle, IL

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

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

    Pros

    -Global Company and Global Career Possibilities -Approachable Leadership: Leadership cubes (yes, cubes) are within shouting distance of most employees -Progressive Office Space: vibrant colors, low walls, comfortable space -Work - Life Balance: Summer half-day Fridays, flexible work arrangements, casual work attire -Easy Cross Functional Rapport: Office layout creates great hallway convo opportunities -Consistent Availability of Company Information: Monday Real Time provides a good mix of news and information - Commitment to Social Causes: Sustainable business practices, menu nutrition

    Cons

    -Little Brother to Unilever Retail in US: limited Supply Chain cost and scheduling flexibility -Somewhat Limited Food Solution US Job Growth Possibilities: Your US corporate roles are limited due to flat org chart (Plus and Minus!) US Leadership short term ex-pat contracts: You wonder if the relatively short contracts drive the short term "band-aid" approach over a longer term spend and implementation.


  7. Helpful (1)

    So much room to grow!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Customer Account Associate in Lisle, IL
    Current Contractor - Customer Account Associate in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Unilever as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance is great. Company is environmentally conscious and is trying to reduce carbon footprint by doing things such as allowing employees to work agile.

    Cons

    The office cafeteria is no longer open.


  8. Informative

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Melrose Park, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Melrose Park, IL

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Rewarding, exciting fun company to work for with great benefits

    Cons

    Closed Illinois offices in 2011

    Advice to Management

    re-open offices in Illinois


  9. Unilever Kilbourn

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good money. The ability to work on your own.

    Cons

    No chance for advancement, although they say so. Very much a political place. You need to be with the "IN" crowd. This is a union shop. Contractually you can be forced to work every weekend and forced to stay over. And the senior men acquire the premium shifts or the shift of their choice. Also the operators are unable to do their jobs so the burden falls upon maintenance.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just "LOOK INTO IT". Do something!!!


  10. Foodservice gets no respect vs retail side of business

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL

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

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

    Pros

    Lots of contacts made but as soon as you get to a certain level of pay you get cut for cheaper workers. So it is good for contacts

    Cons

    Been here 5 years. Have had 6 bosses and have been thru 3 downsizing the company reorganizes every 5 or so months in some regards.. Be very careful sounds good but on Foodservice it is defentily a stepchild to retail Worst insurance in the industry and in my role I was told the only way to move up would be to leave. Travel 30% turned out to be 90 and I am never home almost lost family over it. Senior management changes every 5 years as they are based out of the country and they have to move back so Europe .. So no constant leadership or vison


  11. Helpful (1)

    Customer Service Lisle IL

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Analyst in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Analyst in Lisle, IL

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solid management, focused on goals, supportive to staff. Great team synergy with sales and supply chain.

    Cons

    Relocated the work to Connecticut.



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