Unilever Reviews

Updated June 24, 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. 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


  2. Helpful (1)

    Unilever Marketing Industrial Placement

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    • Comp & Benefits
    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.


  3. 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


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  5. Brilliant people to work with

    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  6. Good life balace, scarce opportunities

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    • Career Opportunities
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    • 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


  7. Demand planner

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    • 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


  8. Helpful (2)

    Working in Unilever R&D

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good work and life balance company culture. Benefits are good. Generally speaking, the working pace is good, not too slow not too fast. Good globalization between sites across the word.

    Cons

    Too large middle-management level, extremely complex structure of management and reporting line. Too many stakeholders to employee and difficult and no time to concentrate on to deliver a high quality work.


  9. F.l.t

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leeds, England (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Great company with great benefits and overall good pay and people to work for

    Cons

    Shift we're 12hours days and nights wich was bad for sleep pattern

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work plenty of connecting with each other and solving problems


  10. Great company proud to have worked there

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Incident & Problem Lead in Ewloe, Wales (UK)
    Former Employee - Incident & Problem Lead in Ewloe, Wales (UK)

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

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

    Pros

    Good experience and great people. Lot's to get involved in.

    Cons

    The core business don't take IT seriously they're just interested in getting it as cheap as possible. Way too many 3rd parties and the cheapest outsourcing vendors.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Great Culture

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Partner in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Partner in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Fantastic work culture, agile working is supported

    Cons

    Hard to progress if you haven't been on the graduate scheme



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