Unilever Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman
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Pros
  • Appreciate agile working for work/life balance (in 69 reviews)

  • flexible working hours, ability to work from home, good staff benefits (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • The work life balance is non existent (in 57 reviews)

  • Time-consuming decision making process (in 30 reviews)

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  1. General manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Massive size multinational corp , opportunities of advancement locations worldwide

    Cons

    Very structured, low flexibility, low salaries compared to competitors, too much buraucracy


  2. Good culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Director in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - IT Director in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Multicultural, inclusive, really international, good work life balance

    Cons

    a lot of restructuring means less opportunities in developed countries

    Advice to Management

    Walk the talk re. empathy


  3. Culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Very nice environment, friendly and supportive people.

    Cons

    Not really any cons. Workspace too crowded maybe


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  5. Overall manageable, but burnout set in very quickly

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Operations Support in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Operations Support in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Health benefits for Full Time Employees are superb, amongst the best. Flexiblity in working agilely.

    Cons

    Management (Middle & Upper) are completely oblivious to the situation of the rank and file. Most likely most are overworked and under-aprreciated.

    Advice to Management

    Not just liksten to the lower level employees, but actually do something about it. Every time there is a new initiative, it happens for a year and completely forgetten about it later.


  6. Industrial Placement Student

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Relaxed atmosphere Nice Offices Responsibility immediately

    Cons

    Not much room for development Can be slow at times Lack of courses


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    Unilever Marketing Industrial Placement

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Unilever as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Amazing support and guidance from manager to improve skills. Large amount of responsibility for big projects from the start. Opportunities to lead and manage my own projects. Opportunities for bottom-up ideas and senior leaders respect your opinion. Unilever culture easy to fit in and a great atmosphere to work in.

    Cons

    A lot of high pressure work under tight deadlines. Free ice cream every lunchtime isn't recommended for your waste band.

    Advice to Management

    Make marketing less bureaucratic and reliant on agencies - bring the creativity and control back to Unilever. Continue the work with small tech companies to build up innovative programmes - it really helps develop something new. Brand development needs to avoid 'westernisation' of projects especially given the percentage of business in emerging markets and avoid the infuence of the western location. Grad scheme pay isn't competitive with the rest of the industry competing for talent - many good graduates are opting for consultancy positions or venturing into banking.


  8. PROFILE

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Workplace Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Workplace Analyst in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good benefits and encourages flexible working and great work life balance

    Cons

    Some loopholes in Executive decision making


  9. Brilliant people to work with

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Worker in Hull, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Production Worker in Hull, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever part-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good management. Good pension. Management understanding of people's needs. Fair wages. Good working conditions. Good team work with fellow colleagues

    Cons

    Fast paced environment. Sometimes too rushed and put under pressure to get production numbers out. Very strict absence policy when calling in

    Advice to Management

    Put more training in place and the rewards will return. Notice the ones who put the hard work in


  10. Good life balace, scarce opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - R&D in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility. Good work personal life balance. Good environment at the office

    Cons

    Scarce possiblities to move up when in a non focus country. Salary is always in the middle of the pay scale for similar companies, in spite of challenging work. PDP is an unfair evaluation system

    Advice to Management

    Better reward policies. Complete overhaul OR elimination of PDP


  11. Demand planner

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Demand Planner in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Demand Planner in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    great benefits, perfect life-work balance

    Cons

    almost no carrer growth for specialists

    Advice to Management

    launch development programs for WL1



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