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Unilever Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
773 Reviews
3.6
773 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 culture held back by bureaucratic domestic business and stagnant middle management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Business Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Business Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, Job opportunities, Top Employer Brand in most countries

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, red-tape, not open to new ideas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company to work for overall

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement Analyst in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Procurement Analyst in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great company values, work-life balance, flexible work schedules and comprehensive medical benefits. Lots of opportunities for movement within different departments. Onsite gym and vitality trail around the campus.

    Cons

    Compensation could be higher, internal employees seem to get less pay for the same rolls versus an outside hire. The yearly increase is very low and not in line with inflation. There is a lot politics and upper management takes too long to make decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good training, poor advancement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    You get very good training and loads of experience.

    Cons

    The corporate ladder is a bit out of whack

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Place to Grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Very pleased, but room for growth.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Seemingly good company, terrible training program

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Decent Compensation, agile working environment

    Cons

    Long hours, insufficient training program for such a large company, little to no communication with management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great people and brands, terrible work life balance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Business Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Customer Business Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits
    Many great brands with very good consumer demand
    Very smart and hard working people

    Cons

    Work life balance horrendous
    No matter when vacation/holiday time is scheduled, expectation is you will work. Especially month end or year end.
    Sales executives are very short term focused, too much time spent discussing daily and monthly sales numbers
    No training on brand heritage or history and very little sales training
    8 downsize reorgs in 10 years
    HR is not advocate for employee and you rarely speak to or hear from them
    Decision making is slow and tedious, not competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must be better and more nimble to compete in digital world. Training and investing in employees needs to improve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Unilever Review

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The company has a good name, good brands, great benefits and paid vacation. Some nice coworkers are here as well.

    Cons

    Many employees at the corporate level are extremely busy climbing on the backs of others to get promoted rather than try to do a good job in their current role. Many many people are only in their role for 6 months or so before moving on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Wish I Hadn't Taken the Offer

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, Ability to work from home

    Cons

    HR gives inaccurate benefits information upon being hired (specifically regarding tuition reimbursement), Onboarding process is horrible, Little opportunity for development opportunities/courses to take to improve in critical skills, Almost no focus on diversity and inclusion, Business is measured to unrealistic targets, Extermely top-down focused

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't tell people you're extending offers to lies about benefits.
    Set realistic expectations and targets for the various funcional groups.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good training ground, then leave

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Great training ground, you learn the process of how to be a marketer, pretty good work/life balance depending on the role

    Cons

    lots of politics, don't care at all about employee retention, a lot of bureaucracy, no longer invested in MBAs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a better HR team

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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