Unilever
3.7 of 5 602 reviews
www.unilever.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Unilever Reviews

Updated Apr 16, 2014
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3.7 602 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

(329 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work/life balance is fair but seems to be getting worse each year"
    in 49 reviews
  • "flexible working hours, ability to work from home, good staff benefits"
    in 22 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-life balance is a joke, and the ones to blame are analyst level employees"
    in 38 reviews
  • "decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation"
    in 21 reviews
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Amazing people, great work life balance, lots of opportunities

Associate Category Manager (Former Employee)
Cincinnati, OH

I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe people are amazing. They are happy to help you grow your skills and support you to succeed. The Cincinnati office has everything and more than you can imagine to be able to do your job. There is room to grow your career, you just have to be willing to move frequently. But they take care of you when you do move.

ConsCurrent U.S. CEO is trying to run the business like the European market. It is very different and can't be run like Europe.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote US employees to the top instead of forcing them out to bring in European executives.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Safety is a priority and individual experience through projects is achieved.

Safety Health & Environmental Intern (Former Employee)
Covington, TN

I worked at Unilever as an intern for less than a year

ProsVery friendly, comfortable and progressive environment

ConsIt is very big and reaching certain departments may be difficult

Advice to Senior Managementnon

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

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Great Job, limited upward mobility

Associate Finance Manager (Current Employee)

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

ProsWork life balance, great people, interesting work

ConsShrinking senior management positions, lots of restructuring that seems to be politically tied and not always performance based

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A very rewarding, challenging and dynamic career experience.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

ProsOverall, a great work experience. Great compensation and benefits. Motivated group of professionals in every function. Unilever has the highest values, ethics and a deeply embedded approach to global sustainable development concerns.

ConsConstant reorganization is a significant drain on productivity and adversely impacts moral.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease, please, please put an end to the constant reorganization. Put the organization in-place and let the business get some traction.

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

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Awesome experience, YMMV

Supply Chain Co-Op (Former Employee)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ

I worked at Unilever as an intern for less than a year

ProsWorked with a great team, manager's style fit me perfoectly. Flexible work environment was a perk when dealing with NJ weather.

ConsEverything is done remotely via calls and screen sharing - even if the other person is in the same building! Not every intern had such a great experience; my roommate had the exact opposite experience due to an inexperienced manager.

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 good pay.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Unilever

ProsThe company provided solid benefits and the pay was great. My co-workers were great to work with and there was a definite atmosphere of teamwork.

Consunilever management tended to be a little backwards and supervisors were not very knowledgeable about newer technology.

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Unilever

ProsGreat atmosphere and employees to work with

ConsNot a lot of supervision with interns and not challenging enough.

Advice to Senior ManagementGood Management at all departments. Nothing bad to say.

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Great company with opportunity for growth and advancement if willing to move.

Lab Tech (Current Employee)
Trumbull, CT

I have been working at Unilever as a contractor for more than a year

ProsLaid back, yet professional company.

ConsLimited entry-level job opportunities.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good employer

Marketing Manager (Former Employee)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ

I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 5 years

Pros- competitive salary, bonus and matching program.
- speed is encouraged
- in many locations office is downtown vs suburban
- work on multi-functional teams and huge brands

Cons- very slow to promote, some teams have no succession plan
- decision making is very much done at director level and above

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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ok

Associate Finance Manager (Current Employee)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

ProsWork-life balance, leadership opportunities, pretty good culture

ConsBureacratic, low compensation, Benefits OK

Advice to Senior ManagementInconsistent messages from management. Double the business, decrease footprint, that message has changed over the years. No clear KPI's.

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

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