Unilever
3.7 of 5 663 reviews
www.unilever.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Unilever Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2014
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3.7 663 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

(372 ratings)

80% 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 53 reviews
  • "flexible working hours, ability to work from home, good staff benefits"
    in 23 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate"
    in 42 reviews
  • "decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation"
    in 23 reviews
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    Great place to start-off or drop by for then moving on

    Brand Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat learning experience especially for more junior profiles. Great brands to work on. Good to have on your CV. Great mission and overall good company culture.

    ConsWork life balance is getting dramatically worse in recent years due to continuous FTE cuts which result in massive workloads for a good amount of employees in all functions. Managing relationships is far more important than focusing on real business challenges. Absolutely no focus on developing employees to keep internal top talent in, especially in regards to junior profiles up to managers. Low pay vs. peers. Poor HR. Low accountability of certain employees and functions. Certain business processes and systems are hell to work with.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus more on the (good) people, results will follow even better. More focus on accountability and results. Increase slightly base pay. Improve some of the most terrible business processes and systems.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Unilever Boksburg has Incompetent senior management. Untrustworthy company.

    Anonymous (Former Employee)

    ProsYou get to meet good hardy people.

    ConsImpersonal unapproachable senior management, incompetent to look after the physical and psychological well-being of subordinates. Their criteria standards for choosing and recruiting management are POOR(inexperienced, irrelevant qualifications, unqualified). I will not recommend this company to anyone.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake initiative in your career. Do humanity a whole lot of good by studying the appropriate courses that will enable you to actualize your responsibility as a human and fellow colleague. Lesson one: ALL EMPLOYEES ARE THE COMPANY. AS THE "COMPANY" EXPERIENCES GROWTH SO SHOULD THE EMPLOYEES. A BUSINESSES TRUE GROWTH SHOULD BE MEASURABLE THROUGH THE GROWTH IN ITS EMPLOYEES IN ALL ASPECTS.

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

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    Global PA (Former Employee)
    London, England (UK)

    ProsGood perks, shop, in office dental and private GP

    ConsPoor management, awful treatment to 'low' level staff. Only look after themselves, and the general company attitude has change dramatically over the last few year and is only getting worse. Poor pay well below the market average.

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat people fairly and equally, admin staff are already at the bottom no need to wipe your feet on them too.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Terrible Job Employment

    Project Manager (Current Employee)
    Istanbul (Turkey)

    ProsSalary, Extras, Office Location, Lunch, Safet

    ConsPeople, Labor Union, Staff, Trainings

    Advice to Senior ManagementLike P&G force build within strategy

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

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    15 years service and the place is going down hill fast with morale ridiculously low

    Process Technician (Current Employee)
    Warrington, North West England, England (UK)

    ProsStill have long service awards

    Consmore work for less pay, small rises low bonuses, less pension, disciplines galore. very sad place to work

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart to invest back into the work force who have built up Unilever for many years.

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

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    Finance dept. is a disaster

    Associate Finance Manager (Former Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsLooks good on your resume

    ConsEverything (lack of transparency, poor career options, bonus is minimal due to poor company performance)

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

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    If it sounds too good to be true, IT IS.

    Machine Operator/Sanitation Staff (Current Employee)
    New Century, KS

    ProsThe pay and insurance is excellent and they buy your boots and uniforms for you. That is the where the pros END!

    ConsI was lured in with a false claim that forced overtime and working weekends was a rare thing. WRONG. I work overtime (forced) EVERY DAY. I work Every other weekend! If you want to work for this company, you had better have NO family, hobbies, need for sleep, or life other than work. I HATE this place with all my heart and soul! It has ruined my life! I am seeking a way out as quickly as possible. Before Unilever I was an artist and a performer. Now I am a nameless cog in their dying machine. I was unable to see my terminally ill Dad for the holidays. I am unable to perform the most basic self-maintenance. I am to the point where I want to be fired just so I can escape!

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour employees hate you. Forcing us to work 84 hour weeks during the holidays is sick and immoral. Your employees are so tired that they are exhausted to the point of being walking safety risks! I can't wait to leave so I can see my family, paint, dance, and tell my boss he can force some other poor sap who has sold his sold for money to work my job! My health is more important than your numbers!!!

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

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    Management is lacking clear direction

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    ProsI liked my coworkers in the department I worked for the most part. Although it was a challenge because of the lack of work life balance, at the end of my experience, I ended up in a new field.

    ConsHR let directors get away with firing or letting go people who never had a chance to defend themselves. They unilaterally made the decisions on their own and most of the time, the decision was based on personal feelings and not business related. There was no checks and balances when it came to this practice.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPut in a sound process of checks and balances and ensure that people in leadership roles are not being dictatorial and abusive toward their 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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    Good start poor finish

    Senior Process Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsSalary, salary salary salary salary

    ConsPension, management, hours, shift, working conditions

    Advice to Senior ManagementThink people not profit

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

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    Sly, Robbers, un-trustworthy.

    Operator (Current Employee)
    Leeds, England (UK)

    ProsAll the pros have been eroded since Paul Polman took over there's none left.

    ConsThey stole our final salary pension yet the board kept theirs. They claimed it wasn't viable but there was plenty in the pot for all of us.
    They have now stopped our overtime and pay rises for the cost of living are a thing of the past.
    Its turning into a sweat shop.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to stop stabbing the workforce in the back and start working on trust and earning some respect. You were told this at the last people survey and you said you would work on it but all you seem to do is the opposite.

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

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