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Unilever Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
823 Reviews
3.6
823 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance can be excellent depending on which category you work on (in 69 reviews)

  • Good working culture and Flexible working hours (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 57 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 30 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company

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    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Top brands to work with

    Cons

    nothing in particular to say

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More diversity would be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Loved working for this company. I worked in 2 different plants in 2 states, Great company, good pay great benefits.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Line Manager in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Line Manager in Clearwater, FL

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good pay. Multiple opportunities for those who wish to work hard.

    Cons

    Increasing corporate presence in the plants over recent years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    This company was a great way to gain experience through a co-op program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Packaging Engineer in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Packaging Engineer in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I worked at Unilever full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Exposure to many different materials.
    Corporate level projects.
    Responsibilites for high level projects were given to me.

    Cons

    Management was a little hands-off
    No creative outlet for design

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Doing well by doing good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Strong sustainability mission, decent bonus pay out depending upon company results, highly mobile company, solid benefits and great 401K matching and share purchase programs.

    Cons

    Work life balance isn't the best. There is a lot of bureaucracy at times and decisions are slow to be made. Supply chain and non-corporate head quarter sites are not as well looked after as the main hubs. Unilever is a marketing company, if you're not in marketing, you're not a priority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about everyone, in all areas, in all plants, in all pay scales, and show true respect for those workers at all levels. Invest in all sites, develop talent in all areas, don't outsource key functions (IT/HR) but grow them in house with people committed to making Unilever great.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Decent Company to Work For

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL

    I have been working at Unilever (more than a year)

    Pros

    WONDERFUL people to work with
    BIG company culture, international company gives opportunity to work with a very diverse group of people.
    Free tea and coffee all day
    Company store!! - buy most Unilever products at just above cost
    Decent salary and benefits

    Cons

    Foods business isn't doing as amazingly as they want so there are tons of hire freezes and downsizing going on. They seem to take away more and more of the "perks" of working here every year. If you are in the Lisle group it is much smaller and every year people wonder how much longer the office there is going to last. The only other location (for non-plant workers) is Englewood Cliffs, NJ or Trumbull, CT which doesn't leave many options. They are currently changing systems and none of it was thought out well. North America needs to take all specifications from Europe yet there are different standards and regulations that it just isn't working. IT is outsourced to India so it's almost impossible to get your computer issues fixed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking away all the money and perks of working here!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    FAIR

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Analyst in New Century, KS
    Current Employee - Quality Analyst in New Century, KS

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    good pay
    good experience
    lots of talent people working above you
    big company ---- job security
    overtime pay

    Cons

    constant overtime for factory floor people
    bad hours
    bad hours
    bad hours
    bad hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    do we really have to work *every* Sunday??

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Product Development Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    agile working, cool products, lots of responsibility

    Cons

    people were very competitive in house which caused a loss in productivity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    remove mentors in the internship program that do

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Development and performance management lacking

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Company strives to be the best

    Cons

    Lack of leadership among middle management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide invest,
    Ment in structured leadership management. Start caring about feedback. Try to retain employees better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unilever Logistics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Good benefits and great work /life balance, able to work from home up to three days a week. Management really cares about employees.

    Cons

    Plentiful deadlines. As with most businesses the slackers are often kept around much to the chagrin of teammates who pick up the slack.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep promoting qualified candidates from within and recruiting interns from Penn State.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company for work-life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Love the ability to work from home, the company is very supportive of Agile working. Diversity is encouraged.

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities to get promoted.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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