Unilever
3.7 of 5 663 reviews
www.unilever.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Unilever Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2014
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3.7 663 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

(372 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work/life balance is fair but seems to be getting worse each year"
    in 53 reviews
  • "flexible working hours, ability to work from home, good staff benefits"
    in 23 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate"
    in 42 reviews
  • "decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation"
    in 23 reviews
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    Tax Accountant (Current Employee)
    New York, NY

    Prosgreat flex hours in summer

    Conslarge bureaucratic company, too much PDP focus

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for, bad company to be a "contractor" for.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Trumbull, CT

    ProsEmployees were treated very well. Often they had food brought in on the company, many workshops about health and wellness, company get-togethers and events. They were well paid, had good vacation time, and they were treated like human beings. Unilever employees had it good.

    ConsWhen I was there, they had tried to pass me off as a "Contractor" while actually treating me like an employee. The state of Connecticut has very specific rules about what constitutes each type of worker, so make sure that you check into this if you are going to become an "Independent Contractor" for Unilever.

    It's not bad insofar as you get paid well, but you are ineligible for a lot of the benefits that Unilever employees get, including unemployment - which is the biggest problem if they decide to terminate you at any point.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWell, for one I'd be careful classifying people as independent contractors and treating them like employees, but beyond that... My situation was a bit unique. I didn't have any room for growth as I was the sole member of the department I hailed from. I didn't have a lot of oversight because no one really understood what I did. It seems like management throughout the rest of the company spends a lot more time checking in on everyone.

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    Great company to develop your career: Come in and welcome on board!!!

    Chemist (Current Employee)
    Englewood, NJ

    ProsGreat benefits, Great salary, bunch of holidays, half Fridays off, training, Great team, Wonderful brands, upward career mobility, Interact with different departments , organized and moral values. the message is very clear: Come in and welcome at board!!!.
    Rewarding fast pace environment, do not mind to stay after hours, the deadlines are getting done and accomplished new lines of launches. Perfect place to grow and make friends around the world. Get the hint: Unilever is recruiting many L'Oreal employees due lost on their career path. Many are succeeding and moving forward in their positions.

    ConsNothing to say. I 've worked for 5 international companies, None of them could satisfy my career development as Unilever does. Needless to say, Unilever recognizes talent and delivers results.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease keep doing an amazing job!!! Continue hiring great people.

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

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    Look beyond the surface

    Brand Manager (Former Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsGlobal company with strong personal and food brands, brand building focus, brand management training, company attempts to deliver work-life balance and sustainability

    Conspromotion beyond Director-level difficult, can get highly political, employee morale is generally low, location/commuting from NYC, zero HR assistance, challenge to move from Foods division to Personal Care division

    Advice to Senior Managementfocus less on politics and focus more on employee development/retention

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great People and are passionate about making a difference

    Category Management Manager (Former Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsWell compensated with opportunities for advancement. People are interested in hearding what you have to say and value opinions. The people in headquarters and the field are amazing and are passionate about their work.

    ConsThe direction changes too often and it isn't a very nimle organization. Relationship management is critical for movement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCulture needs help after all the restructures.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Like any workplace, has its pros and cons

    Finance (Current Employee)
    Englewood, NJ

    ProsFlexible work hours (summer hours)
    Great 401k match (almost 10%)
    Global resources/brands/opportunities
    A brand name that people recognize externally

    ConsDepending on your function, politics can play a big role
    At the analyst/associate level, under-rewards the top performers relative to the mean
    Changes happen slowly b/c of org size (battleship, not rowboat)
    Can definitely feel like just a cog in a massive machine
    High turnover in recent years

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward your top performers if you want them to stay (adopt the Netflix model)

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great marketing training but no senior marketing career advancement

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsGreat Brands, great training and a high tolerance for risk taking when creating marketing and activation campaigns. Has become a very flat organization and therefore will allow for some independence in decision making for Associate Brand Managers, Brand Managers and Senior Brand Managers.

    ConsWhile providing great marketing training at the junior levels, it is very, very hard to get promoted to a Marketing Director - you can be very talented and spend years at the Senior Brand Manager level. Most people end up leaving for Director jobs at other companies. There is no work life balance as although the company recognizes this is an issue, the senior leaders are not really changing their behavior to address it.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    No Loyalty

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits, hard working and great team members.

    ConsThe work never ends!!!! The work life balance is non existent.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo not trust them. Smiling before and talking about you behind your back.

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

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    Amazing people, great work life balance, lots of opportunities

    Associate Category Manager (Former Employee)
    Cincinnati, OH

    ProsThe people are amazing. They are happy to help you grow your skills and support you to succeed. The Cincinnati office has everything and more than you can imagine to be able to do your job. There is room to grow your career, you just have to be willing to move frequently. But they take care of you when you do move.

    ConsCurrent U.S. CEO is trying to run the business like the European market. It is very different and can't be run like Europe.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote US employees to the top instead of forcing them out to bring in European executives.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Safety is a priority and individual experience through projects is achieved.

    Safety Health & Environmental Intern (Former Employee)
    Covington, TN

    ProsVery friendly, comfortable and progressive environment

    ConsIt is very big and reaching certain departments may be difficult

    Advice to Senior Managementnon

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

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