Unilever Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
701 Reviews

3.7
701 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is fair but seems to be getting worse each year (in 56 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours, great remuneration and understanding line managers (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 44 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 25 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Awesome

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    Current Employee - Logistic Clerk
    Current Employee - Logistic Clerk

    I have been working at Unilever full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    great pay awesome opportunities as far as growth

    Cons

    gives out alot of over time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up great work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Huge company with a small company feel

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    Former Employee - Lead Scientist  in  Trumbull, CT
    Former Employee - Lead Scientist in Trumbull, CT

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    It's a huge corporation, with a global presence. They do a lot of community involvement and charity work, which always made me proud to work there. It's also one of the most diverse workplaces I've ever worked in. The department was relatively small (30) and the site was relatively small (400), so you could get to know a significant portion of your colleagues. Benefits were on the high side of average.

    Cons

    R&D was funded like a small company, and so actually had less money to budget than some smaller companies. Upper management is overwhelmingly white male. There was a significant push to "work lean, work smarter" in other words, they cut back on the number of people in the department, but not on the amount of work they expected to be done. No-one worked 40 hour weeks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They talk a good talk, and overall the values are sound. However, the implementation of the policies depended on the managers, and varied widely. Some managers let people work from home if their kids were sick, others did not. Some managers would let you work from home if the weather was gross, others would make you call it a vacation day.

    Recommends
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Procurement Manager

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    Current Employee - Procurement Manager
    Current Employee - Procurement Manager

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn and grow your career experience. Collaborative environment within a performance culture. Appreciate agile working for work/life balance. Strong company values

    Cons

    Compensation is lower than average and challenges to be recognized for hard work to achieve results. Cost of living near corporate office is high, so commutes are long.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good Company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Palletizer Operator  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Palletizer Operator in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good place to work,co-workers were like family.The company pushed safety not like some of theses other company's they stood behind it.Learned alot while on my job, lots of overtime.The pay was great can't complain.Time off was ok just don't take advantage of it you could hurt yourself.

    Cons

    The things I didn't like was the force overtime.Didn't know what time I was getting off or coming in somedays.Company could have worked with employee's better,with changing the manning schedule.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good Experience Overall

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Great work/life balance; decent compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Restructuring - too many, too frequent, too bad.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Very strong organization with talented people and powerful brands.

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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 for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The people are very talented and offer lots of opportunities to learn.
    Powerhouse brands.
    Strong global footprint.
    Food and Personal Care blend offers a rare opportunity to get wide experiences in one company.
    Dedicated to making a difference.
    Strong foundational training.

    Cons

    Given the size of the organization, there inevitably is a lot of levels, bureaucracy, etc.
    On the brand side, sizable and frequent budget shifts make it difficult to plan ahead and cause a lot of strain in the system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For the most part, very driven, smart, and caring leadership. Ego occasionally gets in the way, but my experiences with senior management were quite favorable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It is the people

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    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    Very smart passionate people worked here. Great Brands too!

    Cons

    Restructures occurred annually. Systems / information is in many different places.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to remove the complexity of the business. Many companies and processes combined to make Unilever. But the processes were never really defined. Need many years of experience to be able to navigate the system to get things done.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great company with great people!

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    Former Employee - Finance Lead  in  Raeford, NC
    Former Employee - Finance Lead in Raeford, NC

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Dynamic and exciting company that is always improving. Never status quo because there is always room for improvement.

    Cons

    Need to live in NYC area or be mobile to that area for upward career movement.

  10.  

    Disorganized, demands a lot, good benefits

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    Current Employee - Quality Technician  in  Kansas City, KS
    Current Employee - Quality Technician in Kansas City, KS

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

    Pros

    Good benefits: medical, dental, long-term disability, tuition reimburssment
    Company store, can buy a lot of personal products for discounted price
    Decent salary...exactly average for the position type and region of country
    They pay OT for some positions

    Cons

    Limited locations
    Demand A LOT from you - have to wear their uniforms, hairnets, earplugs, painful steel toe shoes
    They keep the staff spread pretty thin so you are always moving

    Work Saturdays AND Sundays
    Work 12 - 16 hour shifts
    Have to work at night./overnight/ very early in the morning
    Terrible work/life balance...feels like I'm always at work. Used to have a life... not any more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire enough people so the job can be done right and your people can have a decent work./life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Going global has dehumanized the company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Trumbull, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trumbull, CT

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    After a period of time, you may have the opportunity to work from home occasionally.

    Cons

    Bringing all of the components and regions of the company together has been over-whelming for the employees. There is no work-life balance anymore. And it is rare that you have an 8 hr day. You work until all issues or time sensitive tasks are completed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no work/life balance anymore. The majority of the employees are very stressed, overworked, and burnt out.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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