Unilever Reviews

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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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  1. Unilever

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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

    decent pay, free ice cream

    Cons

    poor managment, no accountability, wasteful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less meetings, more time actually witnessing plant

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Ten years passes before you know it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, flexible schedule, room to grow, lofty ambitions

    Cons

    change takes time, huge org can be tough to navigate

  3. mailroom clerk

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    very relaxing laid back, people were nice and friendly

    Cons

    there were no real challenges, maybe because i worked in the mailroom

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great place to learn

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    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood, NJ

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

    Pros

    You learn a lot if you're on the right brand with the right manager. Unilever is always looking to try new things (especially if you work in personal care but not so much in foods) so you have the opportunity to work across so many facets of the business.
    great benefits

    Cons

    huge corporate matrix organization that talks and talks but doesn't execute. Re-orged multiple times.
    long hours
    fire drills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop talking and just do it

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    good learning experience but horrible people management

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    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

    Pros

    best in class marketing education and experience, great brands to work on

    Cons

    subpar compensation, office culture has changed from great work life balance and team comradarie to cutthroat and no work life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people, compensate your marketers better given their importance to delivering top and bottom line growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 20+ years in IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    -Global, large scale, innovative IT, UN follows industry standard practices
    -Agile (flexible) work arrangements
    -Socially and Environmentally conscious operating principles - the company gives back to comminities and has strict sustainable sourcing standards
    -Very broad work experience. Roles change almost every year. Challenges are plently with support from Sr. Management which generates energy and motivation to perform.

    Cons

    -Salary growth has been very slow. Doesn't even keep pace with inflation.
    -Handling much more responsibility for several years with no promotion
    -intense competetition from colleagues
    -Management giving most of the choice opportunities with an advancement path to young job entrants right out of college.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the long term employees that brought the company to where it is today. The UFLP will complete graduate degrees and run for the hills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great people, ok place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Experience in a fast past, high stress enthronement. It's like boot camp for CPG companies.
    Talents colleagues
    Learn a lot
    Great resources and access to training

    Cons

    Bureaucratic nonsense makes it tough to navigate the company, especially if you didn't start your career there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get better at on boarding and trying to retain good talent through more than than just the UFLP program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Great opportunities for training and breath of exposure to different categories/brands. Global experience very valuable.

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    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big enough so opportunities exist to enhance your experience regularly

    Cons

    People are not objectively valued, highly political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out ways to reward strong managers do they do not burn out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. good company to work with

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    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in India, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in India, TX

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

    Pros

    good salary..good experience, good people

    Cons

    there are no cons, only pros. its a good company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management is good, there is no advice i would like to suggest

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. A great company with strong brands that strives to grow stock price but in turn burns out its employees

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    Current Employee - Category Management
    Current Employee - Category Management

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    An extremely strong portfolio of brands across multiple categories

    Cons

    Reactive company that has troubles managing channel conflict.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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