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Unilever Reviews in Chicago, IL

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Pros
  • Work-life balance can be excellent depending on which category you work on (in 69 reviews)

  • Good working culture and Flexible working hours (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 57 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 30 reviews)

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    Informative

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    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 an year)

    Pros

    Rewarding, exciting fun company to work for with great benefits

    Cons

    Closed Illinois offices in 2011

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    re-open offices in Illinois

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Unilever Kilbourn

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    Former Employee - Maintenance in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Foodservice gets no respect vs retail side of business

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    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)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Customer Service Lisle IL

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    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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Relocated the work to Connecticut.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Computer Operator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melrose Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melrose Park, IL

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Was a Great Place to work before Alberto Culver Sold out to Unilever.

    Cons

    Unilever did the typical bought Alberto Culver and fired everyone that helped make Alberto Culver a top notch company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice to give.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Supply Chain

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    *A great place to start your career since you learn best practices
    *Presige within the CPG industry opens up doors if/when you decide to leave the company

    Cons

    *Too structured and rigid
    *Not enough opportunity to move around within different functions in the company
    *Outside of brand/marketing it is hard to move up in the organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great place for exposure to best practice (especially Supply Chain) but they place a low value on people.

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Exposure to best practice
    Opportunity to work with smart people

    Cons

    Ultra internally competative
    low growth - difficult to move up
    people not as important - all about the process

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Solid marketing exposure with iconic brands

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Top brands, excellent resume builder

    Cons

    Company culture not consistent - experience seems to vary greatly among different groups/reporting teams/offices (retail and foodservice divisions)

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    Matrixed organization that has far too much red tape...but very good people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melrose Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melrose Park, IL

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    they purchased Alberto Culver and I came with the acquisition
    excellent individual people...very hard working
    great salary and benefits

    Cons

    too large of an organization to be fast to market

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    streamline management and business processes

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great brands, marketing best practices AWFUL HR

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    Former Employee - Director Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Director Marketing in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Exceptional best brand practices and training

    Cons

    HR is horribly insensitive and antiquated, family mobility's a must so it's hard on two career families and kids.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire your HR officers and develop more family friendly career paths.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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