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Unilever Reviews in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

Updated Jun 4, 2014
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3.5 91 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

(52 ratings)

79% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Fantastic training ground, amazingly talented people around you

    Senior Brand Manager (Former Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsFantastic (structured) marketing training program
    Processes in place that help you get your job done
    Support structure of cross functional partners
    High level of talent (think top 90th percentile)
    Decisions are made at lower levels (empowerment is something they take seriously)
    Global exposure and opportunities (for the select few)

    ConsBig company which make it work (not impossible) to get visibility
    Long development timelines - so it is unusual and difficult to move fast
    Consistent pressure for bottom line delivery
    If you aren't on one of the high priority businesses your ability to spend is limited
    A lot of senior level positions get filled by transplants from other Unilever operating companies making it feel like progression is impossible

    Advice to Senior ManagementCross people at mid to senior levels across divisions - do not create silos within your own structure
    There is value to local talent - despite the move to a global economy and global marketing there is certain ground level understanding that is necessary to succeed

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    U will love working here; I'm Love it!!

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    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsCompetitive salary, great benefits, vacation, Personal days, holidays, great peers, nice working environment web- seminars, good work/life balance, discount product and working with amazing products be innovated and so far great leadership.

    ConsUnfortunately, the company has suffered turn over recently years. However great people has been hired and compensated for the loss. Unilever would like to address the issue but sometimes is not that easy( time after time). As a large organization is easy to get lost... Unilever is a trustworthy company who respects their employees and cares their well being.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNothing is perfect!!!. Every large organization has weakness and strengths. Reinforce the strength and address the weakness.

    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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