Unilever Reviews

Updated July 30, 2015
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Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman
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Pros
  • Appreciate agile working for work/life balance (in 69 reviews)

  • flexible working hours, ability to work from home, good staff benefits (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • The work life balance is non existent (in 57 reviews)

  • Time-consuming decision making process (in 30 reviews)

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  1. Inventory Analytics Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great company in terms of flexibility

    Cons

    Global positions mean global mindsets, able to manage many time zones and cultures

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good job at making the company attractive to those who need flexibility in time and place of work


  2. Development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you are dedicated to improving yourself and Unilever you will be supported and rise in the company.

    Cons

    Work life balance is totted but if you want to get ahead throw that out the door. Can get away with reasonably longer hours, but mgmt seems to be on beckon call 24/7. In supply chain at least. Good work is rewarded with more good work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep being supportive of employees, recognize and reward dedication and loyalty. Continue increasing transparency and top down alignment.


  3. Great Culture

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    Current Employee - Senior Demand Planner in West Orange, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Demand Planner in West Orange, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Career Development; great professionals to work with and learn from; true inspirational leaders

    Cons

    Large company and too many talents; need extra effort to shine!!! Lower salary base compared to others in the same industry.


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  5. QA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raeford, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raeford, NC

    I have been working at Unilever

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Health insurance, 401k, vacation time accrued

    Cons

    Hot uniform, not much chance for advancement due to politics, low wages when compared to the amount of responsibility, no health benefits for retiredn and no pensions. Next to impossible to get vacation time approved..and it doesn't roll over.

    Advice to Management

    Acknowledge the hard work of employees, show appreciation, pay increases to meet the cost of living standard ..


  6. Excellent company for Fresh Graduates

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering Executive in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Executive in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Unilever (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome working culture, lots of trainings, teaches multiple facets of the business. Targets are pretty challenging which encourages one to push beyond personal limits.

    Cons

    Inefficient performance review systems, slow promotion are the major points of dissatisfaction. It's also a big company so there will be enough competition for promotions. Also frequent changes in company plans and visions cause confusion among employees

    Advice to Management

    Improve the Human Resource Management system - in particular the grievance handling system.


  7. Finance Manager

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    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I have been working at Unilever

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn new things

    Cons

    UK based, leadership in the US are expats

    Advice to Management

    If you want a competitive company in the US you'll need to invest, especifically in salaries.


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    Senior Brand Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Development Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Development Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company with genuine, smart, caring professionals. Good team culture. Reasonable hours and flexible schedule allows you to have a perfect balance between personal and professional life. That's why it's a perfect company for women professionals starting a family (80% of marketing ABMs and managers are women). It is very easy to have kids and being able to work from 9:30 to 4:45 during 4 days a week, working from home on fridays.

    Cons

    It is a consensus driven and very political organization. Poor performance is tolerated as everyone tries to be nice with each other and avoids conflict even at expense of performance or results. Your chances of succeed are better by being nice than delivering good results, so people spend their time on internal stakeholder management exclusively. You hardly hear anyone talk about competitors or consumers. Results don't count and your performance is irrelevant to progress in the organization. It is all about who you know, who is your mentor and whether you are nice to everyone. That's why highly political people that arrive to a compromised solution that pleases internal stakeholders will do much better than determined, results oriented and action oriented people that make decisions based on consumers and business, which would be penalized. It is all internal driven. Promotions are so slow and unfair that the best talent leaves fast after their training to other companies that are truly meritocratic. There's a lot of talking about sustainability, but the reality of the portfolio strategy (divest from foods and invest on super premium PC) shows that they don't walk the talk.

    Advice to Management

    Realize that talent is your biggest competitive advantage. The huge attrition level shows that your system is broken and consequently your business is set for failure.


  9. Unilever is a great training ground for packaged goods global marketing

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Innovation Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Innovation Director in New York, NY

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    global scale Unilever has many operating companies around the world and so has good understanding of the global consumer trends and is committed to innovation the company offers the opportunity to have a career path

    Cons

    Because of it's size, the company can be bureaucratic and not be nimble enough senior management is recruited from the OxBridge pedigree

    Advice to Management

    better focus on execution & best practice


  10. Good place to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    room for advancement and opportunities

    Cons

    down sizing down sizing down sizing


  11. Great Company

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Trumbull, CT
    Current Employee - Information Technology in Trumbull, CT

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work. Powerful brands: Axe, Dove, Lipton, Degree, Ben & Jerrys Lot of opportunities in USA, Mexico, Brazil, UK Good employee benefits

    Cons

    Not a lot of recognition in some USA locations Promotion is hard to get in some departments like IT Sending IT Jobs Overseas - 3rd party



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