Unilever Reviews

Updated October 19, 2014
Updated October 19, 2014
748 Reviews
3.7
748 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance was certainly fair, never had to fight for time off when it was needed (in 63 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours, great remuneration and understanding line managers (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 52 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great Place for Learning & Development

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    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Production Worker in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Production Worker in Clearwater, FL

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

    Pros

    Very Considerate Management, Team approach

    Cons

    Long Hours Typically 12 hour days

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Unilever has allot to offer

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Englewood, NJ
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Englewood, NJ

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Unilever has allot of perks, such as a great company store, a cafeteria, a gym. They even have a hair salon that is priced very well . The people are a mixed group; many from other countries. Promotions are not easy to come by due to constant re-structures.

    Cons

    Each department has its own personality. Some departments are really agile (work from home) while some other departments use the agile as a perk for it's managers. It's not really clear what the policy is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue working to create an inclusive workforce culture.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    Great work for a college student

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    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
  9.  

    Great company & experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Development Intern in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Customer Development Intern in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I worked at Unilever as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Phenomenal company and culture. Very friendly, positive and helpful people.

    Cons

    I was an intern for only 3 months. I did no observe any cons while working there

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Career making company, but you need to fend for yourself

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    Current Employee - CMI in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - CMI in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

    Pros

    If you have Unilever on your resume, it opens up lots of doors the rest of your career. World class marketing company that chapters are written on in b-school textbooks. Recruiters are always knocking on your door. When people were nervous about an announced upcoming reorg, many were able to find new jobs elsewhere within a month before any formal decisions were made. A few years at Unilever makes you a very desirable candidate.

    Good work environment- lots of friendly and incredibly smart people, cool company events and perks from time to time, and satisfaction of working for a company that generally tries to lead and do the right thing in terms of sustainability and ethical decision making. There aren't Google-level free perks, but the company generally does pretty well for everybody.

    Work life balance is generally outstanding, and makes for a very comfortable work experience for most.

    Cons

    Massive bureaucracy of a global company, can be difficult to get to the bottom of things. The first time you have an IT issue, you'll learn this quickly as you languish for days, weeks as you get passed off from contact to contact around the world. You'll be expected to hit the ground running in many roles with little onboarding, so be prepared.

    If you have high ambitions, there is only so far you can go in the US since HQ is in Europe. There are international opportunities, but they generally don't go to US managers. As a result, US can get very top-heavy with management, which results in periodic reorgs every so often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent place to have an internship.

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Jonesboro, AR
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Jonesboro, AR

    I worked at Unilever as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    A dream to work for as an intern, interested in making you succeed. They put a lot of time an effort to make sure your internship is meaningful and rewarding

    Cons

    Manufacturing facilities located in small towns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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