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Unilever Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated Feb 5, 2014
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3.4 17 reviews

                             

25% Approve of the CEO

Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

(4 ratings)

53% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Senior Administrative Assistant (Former Employee)
    Melrose Park, IL

    ProsRewarding, exciting fun company to work for with great benefits

    ConsClosed Illinois offices in 2011

    Advice to Senior Managementre-open offices in Illinois

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Maintenance (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsGood money. The ability to work on your own.

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementDon't just "LOOK INTO IT". Do something!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Foodservice gets no respect vs retail side of business

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Lisle, IL

    ProsLots 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

    ConsBeen 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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Customer Service Analyst (Former Employee)
    Lisle, IL

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

    ConsRelocated the work to Connecticut.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Melrose Park, IL

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo advice to give.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Supply Chain Planner (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place for exposure to best practice (especially Supply Chain) but they place a low value on people.

    Supply Chain Manager (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsExposure to best practice
    Opportunity to work with smart people

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Solid marketing exposure with iconic brands

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Lisle, IL

    ProsTop brands, excellent resume builder

    ConsCompany 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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Melrose Park, IL

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

    Constoo large of an organization to be fast to market

    Advice to Senior Managementstreamline management and business processes

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great brands, marketing best practices AWFUL HR

    Director Marketing (Former Employee)
    Chicago, IL

    ProsExceptional best brand practices and training

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementFire your HR officers and develop more family friendly career paths.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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