Unilever Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
699 Reviews

3.7
699 Reviews
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Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is fair but seems to be getting worse each year (in 56 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours, great remuneration and understanding line managers (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 44 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 25 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Started out good, then you see the real thing.

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    Former Employee - Palletizer  in  Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Palletizer in Clearwater, FL

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, flexible work schedule, meet a lot of nice coworkers, beautiful parties, and outside activities, awards and cash give aways.

    Cons

    Too much politics and wanting you too always be a yes man, won't let you ever have a say, management can never be wrong. You will be alienated if you speak up and pushed out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and take some advice from employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A very strong training ground for finance, but with many of the silos and challenges of any large multinational.

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    Current Employee - Finance  in  Englewood, NJ
    Current Employee - Finance in Englewood, NJ

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Great place to start a career in finance, as even specialized finance functions are given great responsibility and accountability for deliverables from Day 1. By the time new hires have a few years of experience under their belt, they know how to manage all kinds of operational challenges. The fact that this is a marketing-driven organization means that finance –by necessity- learns how to partner well with all different kinds of functions and personalities.

    Cons

    Like any very large multinational, it is a highly structured environment with a many silos, and there are often situations where leadership in one area may not talk to leadership in another, as well as duplicate work streams, conflicting incentives, and resources deployed to process rather than results. To the degree that leadership is aware of this, there are efforts to improve, but after seeing several cycles of these efforts, real change in this area will be slow. Professional Development could also be better after the first year.

    Very difficult to grow professionally and move up, unless you have a strong relationship with an influential membership of leadership. This depends on personal chemistry and politics rather than merit, though this is true of nearly all workplaces. As a result, promising talent and innovative ideas can go unrecognized and slip through the cracks. .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more opportunities for lower level team members to gain exposure to, present to, and partner with leadership. Focus more on looking to the future rather than analyzing the past. Make more use of finance talent- finance can play a much greater role in contributing strategically, in addition to day-to-day operational activities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Untrustworthy and chasing tails

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    Former Employee - Customer Demand Replenishment Planner  in  Trumbull, CT
    Former Employee - Customer Demand Replenishment Planner in Trumbull, CT

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

    Pros

    I learned a lot and gained invaluable skills while working there

    Cons

    Constant re-orgs and system integrations, impersonal on and off site management who don't understand what we do. Promotions are handed out to people with no experience just out of college or to others who get to know the management by stabbing others in the back, then they become your superior which leads to not trusting management. Dull environment that is not fun or original at all. No sense of self.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do it yourself for a day. Start caring about your people as well as money. Get fun. Be involved at times other than calibration so you know who you're evaluating.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Ok

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Trumbull, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Trumbull, CT

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

    Pros

    Nice people, good benefits, easy to implement new ideas given the size.

    Cons

    Seems to be completely run by white European men, not a lot of diversity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote within more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    They do not care about there employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Good co- workers

    Cons

    Management was terrible. Corporate shut down Atlanta plant after management ran it into the ground. no home life and they care more about bottom line than people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a great environment. They are pushing out older, experienced employees.

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    Former Employee - Customer Planning Analyst
    Former Employee - Customer Planning Analyst

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great team despite challenges. You can learn a lot at this company

    Cons

    Horrible managment, pressure cooker. Too many conference calls and not enough time to actually DO your job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Large company, lots of flexibility and opportunities

    Cons

    Projects take long time to complete

  9.  

    U will love working here; I'm Love it!!

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    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST  in  Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I have been working at Unilever for more than a year

    Pros

    Competitive salary, great benefits, vacation, Personal days, holidays, great peers, nice working environment web- seminars, good work/life balance, discount product and working with amazing products be innovated and so far great leadership.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the company has suffered turn over recently years. However great people has been hired and compensated for the loss. Unilever would like to address the issue but sometimes is not that easy( time after time). As a large organization is easy to get lost... Unilever is a trustworthy company who respects their employees and cares their well being.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing is perfect!!!. Every large organization has weakness and strengths. Reinforce the strength and address the weakness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to develop your career: Come in and welcome on board!!!

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    Current Employee - Chemist  in  Englewood, NJ
    Current Employee - Chemist in Englewood, NJ

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, Great salary, bunch of holidays, half Fridays off, training, Great team, Wonderful brands, upward career mobility, Interact with different departments , organized and moral values. the message is very clear: Come in and welcome at board!!!.
    Rewarding fast pace environment, do not mind to stay after hours, the deadlines are getting done and accomplished new lines of launches. Perfect place to grow and make friends around the world. Get the hint: Unilever is recruiting many L'Oreal employees due lost on their career path. Many are succeeding and moving forward in their positions.

    Cons

    Nothing to say. I 've worked for 5 international companies, None of them could satisfy my career development as Unilever does. Needless to say, Unilever recognizes talent and delivers results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please keep doing an amazing job!!! Continue hiring great people.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Look beyond the surface

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager  in  Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Global company with strong personal and food brands, brand building focus, brand management training, company attempts to deliver work-life balance and sustainability

    Cons

    promotion beyond Director-level difficult, can get highly political, employee morale is generally low, location/commuting from NYC, zero HR assistance, challenge to move from Foods division to Personal Care division

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus less on politics and focus more on employee development/retention

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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