Unilever Reviews

Updated February 25, 2015
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Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman
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Pros
  • Appreciate agile working for work/life balance (in 69 reviews)

  • flexible working hours, ability to work from home, good staff benefits (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • The work life balance is non existent (in 57 reviews)

  • Time-consuming decision making process (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Great business, people focussed.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Leatherhead, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Improved performance focus over the last couple of years. Cross functional working and team development are high priorities. Great leadership and clarity of vision. Work life balance and flexible working are brilliant.

    Cons

    Fewer and fewer promotion opportunities. Middle management layers being removed and consolidated. Lack of opportunity to gain quality feedback and career planning.

    Advice to Management

    Bring employees more into the conversation around career planning and ensure the structure is there for employees to map out their next 1/2/3 moves so they have real ownership of their career.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Customer Management Summer Internship

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Customer Account Executive in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Customer Account Executive in Leatherhead, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefit from both large-company training and small-team support and visibility Very good feedback mechanisms Opportunity to expand or change your role in line with your interests as well as business needs Nice office, and free ice cream (Leatherhead office)! Staff shop Gym and gym classes Generally great work atmosphere Loads of different academic/ business backgrounds within teams Has been great to discuss in grad scheme interviews

    Cons

    Experience depends quite a lot on how hands-on/ friendly your line manager is! You don't have input into which team you join Work can sometimes be dull, data entry etc (true of most internships anywhere) You should love (or say you love) Unilever products, P&G is not looked on favourably

    Advice to Management

    Recruit more of your interns onto the grad scheme, many other FMCG internships take almost all of theirs as they've invested so much in training them


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Supply Chain in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Retail Supply Chain in Leatherhead, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Treat staff like equals. Respect and listen to staff. Give good bonuses. Allow flexibility in the working day, for example many staff work over-time; if you need a couple of hours to visit the dentist/take a longer lunch break to run errands, managers are ok with this. Gives staff personal responsibility/ownership of their workload.

    Cons

    Huge company - can be difficult to engage well with other teams. Progression routes are limited from non-management into management levels. High pressure, but comes hand in hand with staff being able to take personal ownership/responsibility for their work.

    Advice to Management

    Open up more progression routes. Reduce work-time stress by supporting staff to decide what is critical and what is not.


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    Lots of job losses to come in 2015 as Service Operation jobs to go to Poland or Germany to streamline business.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Service Operation Specialist in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Service Operation Specialist in Leatherhead, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good working environment, interesting products,working with big retailers

    Cons

    Management lost interest in company Lack of training and development Poor systems, computer system so behind companies such a Nestle, P&G. People are now purchasing Aldi own brands as quality and money saving. Shopping habits have changed and Unilever have not moved with the times, poor marketing both Tv and in store, the own brands are getting much better and Unilever becomes too expensive in a difficult climate. The future for unilever looks bleak for 2015 in UK and more redundancies in supply chain service operations as the firm streamline operation to Poland or Germany.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating this company and staff better the Unilever brothers will be so upset if they came back today and saw how badly you treat staff and use tempoary staff. A company that once was going places but management today are not good with staff management and let the company down and the Unilever brothers and today's shareholders. It's time Unileve chief executive looks into the structure of management within Leatherhead, too many lazy unskilled managers letting the staff company and brand down. Poor training and lack of development. Once I enjoyed coming to work and now I dread it daily as we are treated badly and blamed for management mistakes, scapegoat the staff so they keep their jobs.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Shout to be heard

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Leatherhead, England (UK)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great formal training structure, particularly for those on the graduate programme Exposure to working with world class brands Lovely offices, hair salon/gym etc Flexible working

    Cons

    Unless you work in a global role the office locations are not ideal Very bureaucratic organisation, getting simple projects off of the ground is a nightmare The kind of environment where big egos flourish, lots of very talented but more reserved people are regularly overlooked for recognition

    Advice to Management

    Pay less lip service to corporate values, and focus on genuinely appreciating the people that work in your offices - especially when business isn't going as well as hoped.


  7. Major Company Restructure, lots of confusion and lack of support.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Service Operation Specialist - Supply Chain in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Service Operation Specialist - Supply Chain in Leatherhead, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Very clean and fresh environment, every 25 minutes a person in a purple shirt come round with a vacuum cleaning, nice building to work, good company shop, gym discunted restaurant and free Ben and Jerry ice cream bar Working environment is great, giving a free Ben & Jerry Ice-Cream is nice, but teaching me my job would have been even better.

    Cons

    Some of the management lost interested in the company, no structure for new starters, training is the worst in any company I have worked in, too much attention to managers providing pastries, cakes and food and lack of attention to training, dump you in it from day 3, made to feel lost in such a big company. Too much office politics and a lot of trying to blame other people when things go wrong, being rude about customers who bring n the money to keep Unilever going, constant moans from certain people who will stab you in the back if you make an error because you have not been trained, management often hide or refuse to deal.

    Advice to Management

    Get some structure in your training and development and stop abusing temporary staff, Managers need to see training as a worthwhile investment and not as some managers have said to me at Unilever, training is time consuming and we are going through massive restructure, we agree our training is not up to a very good standard like it normally would be.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Assistant Brand Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Assistant Brand Manager in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Assistant Brand Manager in Leatherhead, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    fast paced lots for work independent assignments more responsibilites

    Cons

    Sometimes you feel lost, less time for self



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