Unilever Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
717 Reviews
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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.  

    Once upon a time

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    Former Employee - Director  in  Englewood, NJ
    Former Employee - Director in Englewood, NJ

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You get to work on amazing, well-know brands with healthy marketing budgets. Smart people. You will learn a lot. The company is flexible with personal needs and has solid benefits.

    Cons

    There is constant structural change. It has gotten very cut throat. Lost a lot of great people. No downtown - more work with less resources. Morale is very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    The logo U sometimes is said to stand for University. One learns world class marketing, and to some extent business management, here. There's a global Marketing Academy based in London to ensure the latest and brightest thoughts and practices in marketing are shared in the community.

    Great brand portfolio and very bright people making it a highly engaging place to work.

    The company does care about the environment sustainability and has done a great deal to contribute to this cause.

    Cons

    Recently there have been way too many reorganizations, leadership changes, strategy changes. This has caused a drop in morale, low engagement, and most importantly lack of progress on many important fronts.

    The company is highly matrix in nature with multiple stakeholders on almost anything and everything. A lot of time is spent aligning stakeholders, and/or bring new stakeholders on board.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline processes and organizational layers. Help talents have more time to actually work and less time navigating internal politics.

  3.  

    Good experience overall

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    I enjoyed the flexibility and casual atmosphere that Unilever offers. You get the opportunity to work in a lot of different areas of the business and with cross-functional business partners, which keeps things interesting.

    Cons

    There is a breakdown in communication about promotion timing. Sometimes it feels quite hierarchical with little engagement between upper management and lower level employees. There is little room for growth without a willingness to go abroad.

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  5.  

    Its been eye opening.

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    Current Employee - Technical Operator III  in  Jefferson City, MO
    Current Employee - Technical Operator III in Jefferson City, MO

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

    Pros

    Lots of room for advancement, plenty of time off for family and great people that are willing to help you succeed.

    Cons

    Night shift is a little difficult to manage and there are too many whiney, spoiled people here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work but maybe watch a little better for potential on the line. Try to focus on the positive a little more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great place to work and grow

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    Current Employee - Senior Procurement Analyst
    Current Employee - Senior Procurement Analyst

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

    Pros

    Wonderful learning experience, if you find the right people to mentor and develop you the learning can be endless

    Cons

    Hours can be long, people can be harsh, and results need to be met. If you can handle that you will be fine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on removing barriers and automate tracking. People want to feel like they are making a difference, not just filling out spreadsheets all day. If you truly think we are all working so hard (which you tell us all the time) give out an unexpected perk, a bonus, or change the KPI structure to something attainable so we don't have to spend all our time finding ways to "make it up".

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Nice internship for at school student

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    Current Employee - Engineering Summer Intern  in  Trumbull, CT
    Current Employee - Engineering Summer Intern in Trumbull, CT

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

    Pros

    Very challenging to a student who has never involved in the real industry. Good experience to put in resume.
    Always keep you busy but still give life and work balance.

    Cons

    The system is not perfect. Too much things going on and need better training for new employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic training ground, amazingly talented people around you

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

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fantastic (structured) marketing training program
    Processes in place that help you get your job done
    Support structure of cross functional partners
    High level of talent (think top 90th percentile)
    Decisions are made at lower levels (empowerment is something they take seriously)
    Global exposure and opportunities (for the select few)

    Cons

    Big company which make it work (not impossible) to get visibility
    Long development timelines - so it is unusual and difficult to move fast
    Consistent pressure for bottom line delivery
    If you aren't on one of the high priority businesses your ability to spend is limited
    A lot of senior level positions get filled by transplants from other Unilever operating companies making it feel like progression is impossible

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cross people at mid to senior levels across divisions - do not create silos within your own structure
    There is value to local talent - despite the move to a global economy and global marketing there is certain ground level understanding that is necessary to succeed

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    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

  10. 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
  11.  

    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

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