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Unilever Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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3.7 671 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

(375 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    Good experience overall

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsI enjoyed the flexibility and casual atmosphere that Unilever offers. You get the opportunity to work in a lot of different areas of the business and with cross-functional business partners, which keeps things interesting.

    ConsThere is a breakdown in communication about promotion timing. Sometimes it feels quite hierarchical with little engagement between upper management and lower level employees. There is little room for growth without a willingness to go abroad.

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    Its been eye opening.

    Technical Operator III (Current Employee) Jefferson City, MO

    ProsLots of room for advancement, plenty of time off for family and great people that are willing to help you succeed.

    ConsNight shift is a little difficult to manage and there are too many whiney, spoiled people here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work but maybe watch a little better for potential on the line. Try to focus on the positive a little more.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work and grow

    Senior Procurement Analyst (Current Employee)

    ProsWonderful learning experience, if you find the right people to mentor and develop you the learning can be endless

    ConsHours can be long, people can be harsh, and results need to be met. If you can handle that you will be fine.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork on removing barriers and automate tracking. People want to feel like they are making a difference, not just filling out spreadsheets all day. If you truly think we are all working so hard (which you tell us all the time) give out an unexpected perk, a bonus, or change the KPI structure to something attainable so we don't have to spend all our time finding ways to "make it up".

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice internship for at school student

    Engineering Summer Intern (Current Employee) Trumbull, CT

    ProsVery challenging to a student who has never involved in the real industry. Good experience to put in resume.
    Always keep you busy but still give life and work balance.

    ConsThe system is not perfect. Too much things going on and need better training for new employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Learnt a lot about world class marketing. Too many re-organizations severely affected outputs and engagement.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe logo U sometimes is said to stand for University. One learns world class marketing, and to some extent business management, here. There's a global Marketing Academy based in London to ensure the latest and brightest thoughts and practices in marketing are shared in the community.

    Great brand portfolio and very bright people making it a highly engaging place to work.

    The company does care about the environment sustainability and has done a great deal to contribute to this cause.

    ConsRecently there have been way too many reorganizations, leadership changes, strategy changes. This has caused a drop in morale, low engagement, and most importantly lack of progress on many important fronts.

    The company is highly matrix in nature with multiple stakeholders on almost anything and everything. A lot of time is spent aligning stakeholders, and/or bring new stakeholders on board.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStreamline processes and organizational layers. Help talents have more time to actually work and less time navigating internal politics.

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    Fantastic training ground, amazingly talented people around you

    Senior Brand Manager (Former Employee) Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsFantastic (structured) marketing training program
    Processes in place that help you get your job done
    Support structure of cross functional partners
    High level of talent (think top 90th percentile)
    Decisions are made at lower levels (empowerment is something they take seriously)
    Global exposure and opportunities (for the select few)

    ConsBig company which make it work (not impossible) to get visibility
    Long development timelines - so it is unusual and difficult to move fast
    Consistent pressure for bottom line delivery
    If you aren't on one of the high priority businesses your ability to spend is limited
    A lot of senior level positions get filled by transplants from other Unilever operating companies making it feel like progression is impossible

    Advice to Senior ManagementCross people at mid to senior levels across divisions - do not create silos within your own structure
    There is value to local talent - despite the move to a global economy and global marketing there is certain ground level understanding that is necessary to succeed

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Started out good, then you see the real thing.

    Palletizer (Former Employee) Clearwater, FL

    ProsPay, benefits, flexible work schedule, meet a lot of nice coworkers, beautiful parties, and outside activities, awards and cash give aways.

    ConsToo much politics and wanting you too always be a yes man, won't let you ever have a say, management can never be wrong. You will be alienated if you speak up and pushed out the door.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen and take some advice from employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Untrustworthy and chasing tails

    Customer Demand Replenishment Planner (Former Employee) Trumbull, CT

    ProsI learned a lot and gained invaluable skills while working there

    ConsConstant re-orgs and system integrations, impersonal on and off site management who don't understand what we do. Promotions are handed out to people with no experience just out of college or to others who get to know the management by stabbing others in the back, then they become your superior which leads to not trusting management. Dull environment that is not fun or original at all. No sense of self.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo it yourself for a day. Start caring about your people as well as money. Get fun. Be involved at times other than calibration so you know who you're evaluating.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A very strong training ground for finance, but with many of the silos and challenges of any large multinational.

    Finance (Current Employee) Englewood, NJ

    ProsGreat place to start a career in finance, as even specialized finance functions are given great responsibility and accountability for deliverables from Day 1. By the time new hires have a few years of experience under their belt, they know how to manage all kinds of operational challenges. The fact that this is a marketing-driven organization means that finance –by necessity- learns how to partner well with all different kinds of functions and personalities.

    ConsLike any very large multinational, it is a highly structured environment with a many silos, and there are often situations where leadership in one area may not talk to leadership in another, as well as duplicate work streams, conflicting incentives, and resources deployed to process rather than results. To the degree that leadership is aware of this, there are efforts to improve, but after seeing several cycles of these efforts, real change in this area will be slow. Professional Development could also be better after the first year.

    Very difficult to grow professionally and move up, unless you have a strong relationship with an influential membership of leadership. This depends on personal chemistry and politics rather than merit, though this is true of nearly all workplaces. As a result, promising talent and innovative ideas can go unrecognized and slip through the cracks. .

    Advice to Senior ManagementProvide more opportunities for lower level team members to gain exposure to, present to, and partner with leadership. Focus more on looking to the future rather than analyzing the past. Make more use of finance talent- finance can play a much greater role in contributing strategically, in addition to day-to-day operational activities.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Ok

    Senior Scientist (Current Employee) Trumbull, CT

    ProsNice people, good benefits, easy to implement new ideas given the size.

    ConsSeems to be completely run by white European men, not a lot of diversity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote within more

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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