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Unilever Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
Updated March 1, 2015
1,184 Reviews
3.7
1,184 Reviews
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Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    good company to work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Friendly enviornment, professional atmosphere, I was able to learn a great amount in the short time I was there.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Trumbull, CT
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Trumbull, CT

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome people, free products, laid back but very professional.

    Cons

    Some lack of communication, seem to hire contractors rather than full-time employees to save money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent place to begin your career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management Trainee
    Current Employee - Management Trainee

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

    Pros

    - Highly formalized program designed to give cross-functional experiences, and international work experience
    - Work life balance is great, agile work-style affords you to work from home when necessary as long as you meet your deliverables
    - Great colleagues who are very supportive and strive to give you meaningful projects
    - Free ice cream and products occasionally
    - Formal training and development
    - Variety of career trajectories, if you are proactive about it, you can land where you want

    Cons

    - Typical annoyances of large corporation when it comes to IT, HR, and some administrative things
    - Have to pay your dues, some roles can be rather boring, but important stepping stones for better things
    - Like to relocate people a lot and have to live your life 8 months at a time -- obviously it's what you sign up for though and for some people it's a pro
    - Field offices can leave you feeling dislocated from the larger mission

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great company with strong brands that strives to grow stock price but in turn burns out its employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Financial Analyst Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Pros

    Easy going team, flexible hours

    Cons

    "Agile" work environment means no privacy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Great place to start your career

    Cons

    Not so many cons to mention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    As Unilever says, it's a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Many benefits beyond pay for employees. Even has a group that works to improve the workplace experience.

    Cons

    Same as any large corporation. Very top heavy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Promote agile working but push you until you break

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

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    You can work from home when you want. You can get a lot of responsibility at a young age. You can travel a lot, including internationally. The people are really nice and really willing to help

    Cons

    They work you really hard and call it agile working. The structure is not very organized and there are frequent reorgs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aware of the hours your team is putting in and resource appropriately

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Need to improve on their Diversity Program

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Department in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Human Resources Department in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    There is a clear classism and racial bias in the company.

    Cons

    There is a clear classism and racial bias in the company. HR managers need more cross cultural training and the company needs to hire upper management that practice humility and should learn to work with middle and lower management with compassion not passion for their egos. People of color are often hired just for the company to say they are diverse but tenure for colored people is low because of racial discrimination. Also, prepare for a lot of ethnocentric upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more cross cultural training the EEOC details are not just for you to post on boards and intranet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Pleasant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Good pay & benefits, friendly employees, & nice Company store

    Cons

    Too much finger pointing, clique mentality, & low morale
    Very little training & guidance

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