Unilever Reviews

Updated October 28, 2014
Updated October 28, 2014
759 Reviews
3.7
759 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance can be excellent depending on which category you work on (in 66 reviews)

  • Good working culture and Flexible working hours (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 55 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 29 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Place to Grow

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    Current Employee - Category Management Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Category Management Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to learn and develop early in your career. Recognizes talent and promotes from within. Agile work environment with flexibility in working hours and schedule.

    Cons

    Cannot explore cross-functionally. Limited geographic mobility. Too big to be able to make a significant impact. Not enough exposure outside of immediate manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Very pleased, but room for growth.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Talented co-workers. Purpose-driven brands. Corporate social responsibility and triple bottom line are truly valued. Cash-rich business after divestitures, so future acquisitions and launches will be very revealing about direction. Work-life balance can be excellent depending on which category you work on.

    Cons

    Salary--be prepared to make significantly less than your peers. What's worse is not only is salary lower, cost of living isn't factored in. Quite a bit of red tape which leads to slower-than-necessary innovation launches. Very political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will continue to lose top talent if you don't make changes to compensation package.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place for Learning & Development

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place for learning and development; Proven frameworks in the marketing function that will benefit you as a Brand person at any company; Great brands; A competitive environment in that the company wants to win in the categories it is playing in - an exciting time to be at this company; a lot of room for development and diversity in experience; Work/life balance depends on how big of a priority your category is and your manager

    Cons

    Big company with a lot of networks and it can sometimes be difficult to navigate; Another general con of a big company is that it can sometimes be a longer time to wait for a promotion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Helpful, but unorganized

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    People are willing to help if you ask

    Cons

    Took too long to begin training, sat around with nothing to do

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    6 mo. Temp position

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Trumbull, CT
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Trumbull, CT

    I have been working at Unilever as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work-life balance was certainly fair, never had to fight for time off when it was needed. Everyone that I worked with was absolutely amazing, saw the big picture of their work. Could not be happier with what I learned and what was taught to me.

    Cons

    Overall there is not much I can say about cons. The company is a great company and is certainly heading in the right direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great work for a college student

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CASUAL WAREHOUSE WORKER in New Century, KS
    Current Employee - CASUAL WAREHOUSE WORKER in New Century, KS

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

    Pros

    Lots of overtime available which was great for me as this was strictly a summer job to make some money before I went back to college. Easy work, but physical.

    Cons

    Smelled funny when I got home at the end of the night due to the type of food they manufactured there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Great company!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    a great company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Always put people first. Very European style. In terms of employee benefits, this company is much more people oriented than its most American competitors.

    Cons

    Very long and slow decision making process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to simply the decision making process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Contact Employee

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    Former Employee - Material Planner in Baltimore, MD
    Former Employee - Material Planner in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Busy. Good salary. State of the art computer system.

    Cons

    Understaffed. Long hours expected. Off site IT support frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Large Dynamic Complicated Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Offers lots of training and career offerings for people age 50 and under;

    Cons

    Performance rating protocol completely unfair with planned thinning out the herd assigning low ratings per bell curve every year. Things became even more complicated ironically when they launched the campaign for simplification.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the Talk -

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    management very unfair

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    good learning exp. good pay

    Cons

    playing favorites alot of corruption cheating lying double standards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    check warehouse management closely very corrupt.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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