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

                             

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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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    Great Job, limited upward mobility

    Associate Finance Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsWork life balance, great people, interesting work

    ConsShrinking senior management positions, lots of restructuring that seems to be politically tied and not always performance based

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A very rewarding, challenging and dynamic career experience.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsOverall, a great work experience. Great compensation and benefits. Motivated group of professionals in every function. Unilever has the highest values, ethics and a deeply embedded approach to global sustainable development concerns.

    ConsConstant reorganization is a significant drain on productivity and adversely impacts moral.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease, please, please put an end to the constant reorganization. Put the organization in-place and let the business get some traction.

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

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    Awesome experience, YMMV

    Supply Chain Co-Op (Former Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsWorked with a great team, manager's style fit me perfoectly. Flexible work environment was a perk when dealing with NJ weather.

    ConsEverything is done remotely via calls and screen sharing - even if the other person is in the same building! Not every intern had such a great experience; my roommate had the exact opposite experience due to an inexperienced manager.

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat atmosphere and employees to work with

    ConsNot a lot of supervision with interns and not challenging enough.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGood Management at all departments. Nothing bad to say.

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    Great company with opportunity for growth and advancement if willing to move.

    Lab Tech (Current Employee)
    Trumbull, CT

    ProsLaid back, yet professional company.

    ConsLimited entry-level job opportunities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good employer

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    Pros- competitive salary, bonus and matching program.
    - speed is encouraged
    - in many locations office is downtown vs suburban
    - work on multi-functional teams and huge brands

    Cons- very slow to promote, some teams have no succession plan
    - decision making is very much done at director level and above

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    ok

    Associate Finance Manager (Current Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsWork-life balance, leadership opportunities, pretty good culture

    ConsBureacratic, low compensation, Benefits OK

    Advice to Senior ManagementInconsistent messages from management. Double the business, decrease footprint, that message has changed over the years. No clear KPI's.

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

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    Traditional Corporate Company

    Category Manager (Former Employee)
    Trumbull, CT

    ProsOpportunity to fine-tune skills and work with multiple internal groups within the company. Treated fairly, mature company that empowers its employee's and in most roles does not micro-manage its employees. Expectation is that you know your job and you will execute it. Culture of company creates employees that are similar in though process and drive to help company achieve success.

    ConsDue to large size of company, can get lost in system unless high performer. Alot of job opportunities outside the U.S.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great environment with a lot of opportunity if you work hard and can naviagate the organizational complexities.

    Senior Manager (Current Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsNorth American leadership is strong and is working to building a culture that is action oriented and embraces change. Training programs are first rate and there are opportunities to work with global teams and for international placement. Shuttles make commuting from NYC a breeze.

    ConsOrganizational design is complex and always changing. Strong intern program but getting an offer is competitive as a new batch of interns from top schools compete for entry level positons annually.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork life balance needs to be improved. Simplify the organization - it is still too complex. Keep pushing to increase the speed of decision making.

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

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    Politics play a huge role in your experience

    Procurement Analyst (Current Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsExcellent pay, flexible work arrangements, company store, on-site gym, credit union, tuition reimbursement.

    ConsRevolving door for non-management. Analysts seem to work for a year or less and jump ship either to other groups, or other companies. Nobody seems interested in staying in one place longer than a year. This creates gaps in knowledge as well as coverage as Unilever HR takes months to replace someone.

    Rating system is flawed. End of year rating is a popularity contest, and your bonus/raise can be significantly impacted by this. Managers fight for their own employees by putting down all others, so you may get no bonus because you neglected to hold the door for a manager one day.

    Internal advancement opportunity is non-existent. When someone leaves, management fills the position in their heads with internal people before the role is even posted. Interviews take place as a formality, but the candidate has already been vetted and decided on. It makes applying for promotions impossible.

    Work-life balance is a joke, and the ones to blame are analyst level employees. Many people spend 12 hours at the office, often taking a two hour lunch, or going to the gym for an hour. The flexibility is nice, but these people purposely do this so at 5:00pm when managers and directors are leaving, they see Susie Q hard at work, dedicated as ever.

    Upper management has cloudy vision when it comes to reality. A project was just completed in one of the buildings where all cubes were to be cut in half in height, many people moved around, until it was stopped because the project went over budget, at $300,000. And only HALF of the project was completed... So half of the people on our floor had their cube chopped in half, and half of the floor were left alone... This was said to be done as a morale booster. The disconnect in upper management's ability to view reality is stunning.

    Perception is major. There are too many people who talk the talk, but can't walk the walk. People are rewarded and thought highly of based on their ability to glad-hand and hold conversations with upper management, yet when it comes to work, fall very short.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop the bleeding. Keep employees in their roles for longer than a year. Perform performance evaluations based on skills, not just perceptions. Stop pouring money into things that don't matter.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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