Unilever Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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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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  1. big disappointment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    No:1 Employer Brand in many countries therefore it is proud to say I work for Unilever. No dress code. And everybody respects each other no matter how diverse they are.

    Cons

    MT's are very obviously privileged. If you are a first-bounce ( meaning: coming from a different company with 3-5 years of experience) you don't have to build a career plan because MTs will always be a step ahead of you. Insane working hours, NO RESPECT to Social or Private Life at all. Your manager can very naturally ask you to finish a presentation or a report for the next morning at 11.00 pm. Everbody is workaholic. Most of them don't have any life, any friends besides work environment. And most importantly, even though you don't deserve in terms of performance and potential, if you have good relationship with the senior managers and directors you are the first one to promote. Rather than a standardized, corporate and global company, it is like a family company in terms of promotions, succssion planning.

    Advice to Management

    Try to keep the same distance to every employee. And promote the ones that are really deserving in terms of performance and potential. Make team work increase because there is a real individualistic and competitive culture there. You are on your own and everybody is so selfish.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Terrible.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Nothing is good about this company. They took all the good things away, like christmas parties, staff discounts on products, everything. They always lie and say they dont make money every year, let alone every year they purchase another product from another company to add to their profile.

    Cons

    Leadership is terrible. They have this mentallity of reaping all the money in the world, and they cant seem to comprehend that it will never happen.
    Little space for career advancement. Once your in a position, they basically try and hold you there so they can hire people from outside of the company for less money, then what they would be giving you if you were to get the new/higher position.

    Advice to Management

    To the CEO's -- Learn to actual be real true sportsmanship leaders. Not the fake ones you guys preceive in your heads.
    To the Managers -- Dont get jealous of your employees when they actually are better at the work that you do.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Use to be a great company. It could be great again but there needs to be change with senior management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I have been working at Unilever

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are friendly and helpful. Convenient location and in house cafeteria. Decent benefits. Company events held on site which does make it easy for employees to participate.

    Cons

    Many policies in place but those policies don't apply to management. How to get ahead within the company - make sure you have a Sr. Executive as your champion. Hard workers may not be rewarded. Yearly reorganizations with layoffs and positions eliminated and remaining workers get double the workload. They preach about work and personal life balance but don't support it. HR not very helpful with benefits or supporting employees with any issues. No training and very difficult to get new employees on board with equipment. High turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Be human and support your employers. Know the work laws of the US and understand the culture. Be fair. Make people want to stay. If you continue to overwork your employees, you will continue to fail to make your numbers.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    don't go to this company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Bad compnay, bad company, bad company

    Cons

    Bad company, hypocrite people, liar senior managers

    Advice to Management

    Resign and let talented people take over. You really suck at what you are doing.

  6. Worse experience of my adult life

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Warehouse Production Tech in Raeford, NC
    Current Employee - Warehouse Production Tech in Raeford, NC

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

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

    Pros

    I can think of anything good to say

    Cons

    Hours are long. Management doesn't seem to care and are as messy as some of their workers. Management couldn't be bothered with any issues you may have with work environment. I almost pains them to talk to you. If you don't plan your day out you will find yourself missing breaks and missing lunch. Some of your fellow employees are rude and unprofessional. I won't buy their cheaply made products ever againm

    Advice to Management

    Advice to CEO... redo the management in your raeford plant

  7. Helpful (3)

    Hindsight is 20/20 would not have joined the organization if I knew what I know now but it is all a learning experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There are some really great but over-worked people in the organization.

    Cons

    1) There is no work-life balance here. Working early in the morning, through lunch, into the night, at night, and on weekends on a regular basis is the norm. While some areas fortunately do not reap these benefits many unfortunately do. The only upside is least some of these times are working from home but when you are working at 1 am at home that is the least of your problems.
    2) Meetings on top of meetings. There are meetings to discuss meetings many of which do not add any value at all.
    3) With all the re-organization of late roles have become more "challenging and competitive" basically taking on the responsibility of the reformed organization to see who best can manage the responsibility of 4-5 roles in 1.
    4) Individuals have no say as to where they can go in the organization it is decided by management.

    Advice to Management

    Numerous talented employees have been leaving on their own accord and management keeps coming back asking why. When value-added work is being completed and individuals have more than a modicum of life outside of work they would be happy to stay.

  8. Helpful (4)

    Run the other way!!!!!!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Human Resources Professional in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Casual work environment, company store, free ice cream, ability to work from home...

    Cons

    NO work life balance, antiquated systems, reactive instead of proactive approach to business. Terrible leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Analyze your turnover rates... There are reasons why so many people are leaving!

  9. Helpful (1)

    Lots of job losses to come in 2015 as Service Operation jobs to go to Poland or Germany to streamline business.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Service Operation Specialist in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Service Operation Specialist in Leatherhead, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever as a contractor (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Good working environment, interesting products,working with big retailers

    Cons

    Management lost interest in company
    Lack of training and development
    Poor systems, computer system so behind companies such a Nestle, P&G.
    People are now purchasing Aldi own brands as quality and money saving. Shopping habits have changed and Unilever have not moved with the times, poor marketing both Tv and in store, the own brands are getting much better and Unilever becomes too expensive in a difficult climate. The future for unilever looks bleak for 2015 in UK and more redundancies in supply chain service operations as the firm streamline operation to Poland or Germany.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating this company and staff better the Unilever brothers will be so upset if they came back today and saw how badly you treat staff and use tempoary staff. A company that once was going places but management today are not good with staff management and let the company down and the Unilever brothers and today's shareholders. It's time Unileve chief executive looks into the structure of management within Leatherhead, too many lazy unskilled managers letting the staff company and brand down. Poor training and lack of development. Once I enjoyed coming to work and now I dread it daily as we are treated badly and blamed for management mistakes, scapegoat the staff so they keep their jobs.

  10. Extremely disorganized structure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Supply Chain Finance Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Intern - Supply Chain Finance Intern in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at Unilever as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Work is not hard at all. You dont need to work hard in order to be considered a good employee.

    Cons

    ay is very bad. Almost no Bonus compensation.

    HR is absolutely terrible, not enough support and very slow service.

    Never heard of anybody being fired on Unilever. Basically creates a culture that passes bad employees around to avoid firing them.

    IT structure is very old and faulty.

    Advice to Management

    Downsize the company, give better incentives in order to make people work harder.

    Invest less in icecreams and more in softwares and better hardware.

  11. Helpful (1)

    You can not believe that it was a unilever's company...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Executive in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Field Executive in Istanbul (Turkey)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Firstly i believed that was unilever, but irrelevant...different culture from top to bottom for all departments. Most unimportant part of company is sales department. You can feel it everywhere, unilever means marketting, all the other departmans are insignificant for them.

    Cons

    No chance for carrier if you don't have same surname with someone at highest Level. You should have special connections(irrelevant to work)

    Advice to Management

    You should instantly entegrate unilever culture to ufs. You should re-organize top management and hr...

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