Unilever Reviews

Updated March 27, 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. 1 person found this helpful

    Terrible.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I have been working at Unilever

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    don't go to this company

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    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Bad compnay, bad company, bad company

    Cons

    Bad company, hypocrite people, liar senior managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Worse experience of my adult life

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful

    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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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 4 people found this helpful

    Run the other way!!!!!!

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    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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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Extremely disorganized structure

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. No concern for the employee's basic needs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    It appears that if you are a higher-level employee (WL 2 or better) then your life won't be so bad. The long-term hourly employees are fantastic, talented people.

    Cons

    For manufacturing workers (hourly and their direct supervisors), the schedules are grueling and expectations are unclear and always a moving target due to the revolving door of upper management. Managers don't take the time to understand what they're managing. When upper management goes home for the weekend, they couldn't care less about what happens to the factory, so calls for assistance on the off-shifts often go unanswered. But come Monday morning if everything is not in working order it becomes a witch hunt.

    This company works their people like they work their machines -- continuously until they completely break down. While the hourly and their direct managers would pull double shifts with 8 hours off in between, come hell or high water, site leadership plasters messages on the company tv's that it's important for your health to get plenty of sleep and good food. It was things like this that showed a total lack of disrespect from the company towards its hardest working and most important group of employees. In fact a particular shift of workers got stuck in the factory for over thirty hours due to inclement weather. What do you think they got from the company to show their appreciation? If you guessed "nothing," you're right.

    In the end I had legitimate issues outside of work to deal with and needed some flexibility in my schedule (namely vacation days here and there), but they often were rejected while another employee's would be granted seemingly arbitrarily. Also, new salary jobs were being formed and not everyone was informed that these jobs existed and were available, essentially hiding the jobs from otherwise qualified employees because upper managers had people in mind when the new jobs were created. I saw this happen twice. In the end I had to quit the job because of the inflexibility. But trust me, no one cared when I left because they are so used to losing people every couple of months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees just as you want to be valued. Just because someone is WL1 or lower doesn't mean they are tools to be used just to achieve your own personal goals for you. They are people with human requirements and needs just like you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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