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Unilever Reviews

Updated January 30, 2015
Updated January 30, 2015
1,153 Reviews
3.6
1,153 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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.  

    a great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Always put people first. Very European style. In terms of employee benefits, this company is much more people oriented than its most American competitors.

    Cons

    Very long and slow decision making process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to simply the decision making process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Worker in Clearwater, FL
    Former Employee - Production Worker in Clearwater, FL

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

    Pros

    Very Considerate Management, Team approach

    Cons

    Long Hours Typically 12 hour days

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great work for a college student

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CASUAL WAREHOUSE WORKER in New Century, KS
    Current Employee - CASUAL WAREHOUSE WORKER in New Century, KS

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

    Pros

    Lots of overtime available which was great for me as this was strictly a summer job to make some money before I went back to college. Easy work, but physical.

    Cons

    Smelled funny when I got home at the end of the night due to the type of food they manufactured there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. Great company!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company & experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Development Intern in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Customer Development Intern in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

    I worked at Unilever as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Phenomenal company and culture. Very friendly, positive and helpful people.

    Cons

    I was an intern for only 3 months. I did no observe any cons while working there

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Career making company, but you need to fend for yourself

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CMI in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - CMI in Englewood Cliffs, NJ

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

    Pros

    If you have Unilever on your resume, it opens up lots of doors the rest of your career. World class marketing company that chapters are written on in b-school textbooks. Recruiters are always knocking on your door. When people were nervous about an announced upcoming reorg, many were able to find new jobs elsewhere within a month before any formal decisions were made. A few years at Unilever makes you a very desirable candidate.

    Good work environment- lots of friendly and incredibly smart people, cool company events and perks from time to time, and satisfaction of working for a company that generally tries to lead and do the right thing in terms of sustainability and ethical decision making. There aren't Google-level free perks, but the company generally does pretty well for everybody.

    Work life balance is generally outstanding, and makes for a very comfortable work experience for most.

    Cons

    Massive bureaucracy of a global company, can be difficult to get to the bottom of things. The first time you have an IT issue, you'll learn this quickly as you languish for days, weeks as you get passed off from contact to contact around the world. You'll be expected to hit the ground running in many roles with little onboarding, so be prepared.

    If you have high ambitions, there is only so far you can go in the US since HQ is in Europe. There are international opportunities, but they generally don't go to US managers. As a result, US can get very top-heavy with management, which results in periodic reorgs every so often.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    global company and great experience

    Cons

    no cons I can think of

  8.  

    A great organization overall with an increasingly sharper agenda and an inspiring mission

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

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great portfolio of brand, smart people and an inspiring vision under Unilever Sustainable living plan

    Cons

    Suffice it to say that Unilever is a large matrix organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent place to have an internship.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Jonesboro, AR
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Jonesboro, AR

    I worked at Unilever as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    A dream to work for as an intern, interested in making you succeed. They put a lot of time an effort to make sure your internship is meaningful and rewarding

    Cons

    Manufacturing facilities located in small towns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Solid company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Distributor Development Manager
    Former Employee - Distributor Development Manager

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    The co-workers are great, management is responsive, the culture is good, decent communication between departments. The benefits are excellent and the company does a lot to make sure employees know they are valued.

    Cons

    Ongoing training and reporting requirements are excessive, the CRM being used for field sales was completely useless, it is way too complicated and doesn't function as a helpful tool. It has potential to be very helpful, but the database is so full of bad information they would be better off starting over than cleaning it out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline the reporting requirements for field sales- lots of repetitive paperwork keeps reps in the office and off the street selling.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Terrific

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Experience, the people, the brands

    Cons

    complex, too many people involved in decisions, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop people

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