Unilever Reviews

Updated March 6, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Great company with well known brands but cost cutting going too far

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Great fast paced, culture. Delivering best practice in HR and always striving to do better. Good opportunities for personal development, engaging with loved brands, nice offices and agile working. Sustainable living plan is a model all business should be following.

    Cons

    Opportunities to move up are few and far between. Too much emphasis on graduates. If you come in as a mid career recruit any past experience you have is forgotten once through the door. As growth is slowing cost cutting is getting extensive, roles become bigger with no increase in salary and impact of this is being felt.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start delivering what you promise in the EVP, remember there is more to the world outside of Unilever and slow down on reducing numbers and making jobs bigger.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great business, people focussed.

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    Current Employee - Category Manager in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Leatherhead, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Improved performance focus over the last couple of years. Cross functional working and team development are high priorities. Great leadership and clarity of vision. Work life balance and flexible working are brilliant.

    Cons

    Fewer and fewer promotion opportunities. Middle management layers being removed and consolidated. Lack of opportunity to gain quality feedback and career planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring employees more into the conversation around career planning and ensure the structure is there for employees to map out their next 1/2/3 moves so they have real ownership of their career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. very good blue chip company

    Current Employee - R & D Scientist in Port Sunlight, England (UK)
    Current Employee - R & D Scientist in Port Sunlight, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    space to grow, good opportunities in a fast moving company. Generally a satble, secure job. Abvility to travel and work abroad

    Cons

    A very large corporate structure, sometimes being lost in a very big machine. Restructuring and changes being made on a ~ 2 year cycle. Numerous movements about the comnpany

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Political.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Good brand and flexible working.

    Cons

    Too many politics, not enough teamwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    My time at Unilever was very positive; it helped me develop me the business insights, knowledge and skills I needed

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    Current Employee - Customer Development Director in Walton-on-Thames, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Development Director in Walton-on-Thames, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The best thing was the quality of the people and their willingness to work together to get things done. The reputation of the brands, the resilience of the business processes and systems, the structured approach to personal development - these gave me a lot of confidence and were a crucial reason why I spent many years there.

    Cons

    Perhaps the biggest challenge at Unilever is its own size which can have the effect of constraining entrepreneurialism and slowing things down. The hierarchical structure could be a disincentive and there wasn't enough sopping of roles and experiences which meant at times it could feel quite static.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increased responsiveness and greater emphasis on an entrepreneurial mind-set will increase competitiveness. But don't lose the many great things that make Unilever such a good business to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Poor pay, long hours...

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    Former Employee - Customer Development
    Former Employee - Customer Development

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Good company culture, very inclusive

    Cons

    Lowest pay versus competitors.
    No recognition unless you are a 'favourite'.
    Strong emphasis on short term opportunities which increases stress levels throughout the business.
    Long hours and poor work/life balance, you are expected to put in the extra hours with little to no acknowledgement.
    A lot of people become comfortable and do an 'ok' job, they are kept on purely so as not to offend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Series of staff cut-backs has led to a stressful working environment. Has also meant that opportunities for progression have severely been reduced.
    Need to address the bigger issue and stop focusing so much on the short-term.
    Very slow to react to the rest of the market and its competitors, this will set Unilever back in the next few years.

    Negative Outlook
  8. Purpose makes it all worthwhile

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Strong sense of purpose has been brought to the commercial focus which brings significant personal engagement to the employment experience.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic, complex and hierarchical because of rapid growth, globalisationa and heritage of strong personal relationships.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Customer Management Summer Internship

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    Former Intern - Customer Account Executive in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Intern - Customer Account Executive in Leatherhead, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Benefit from both large-company training and small-team support and visibility
    Very good feedback mechanisms
    Opportunity to expand or change your role in line with your interests as well as business needs
    Nice office, and free ice cream (Leatherhead office)!
    Staff shop
    Gym and gym classes
    Generally great work atmosphere
    Loads of different academic/ business backgrounds within teams
    Has been great to discuss in grad scheme interviews

    Cons

    Experience depends quite a lot on how hands-on/ friendly your line manager is!
    You don't have input into which team you join
    Work can sometimes be dull, data entry etc (true of most internships anywhere)
    You should love (or say you love) Unilever products, P&G is not looked on favourably

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit more of your interns onto the grad scheme, many other FMCG internships take almost all of theirs as they've invested so much in training them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Good opportunity, with good prospects

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    Former Employee - Global Sustainability Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Global Sustainability Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Overall a good place to work with a diverse culture. you would expect from the size of this multinational

    Cons

    Can be a very political environment and people will stomp on you to get up, that's okay, just be prepared

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be aware of what is going on around you. Don't put your head in the sand and stop leaving things to the last minute

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Retail Supply Chain in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Retail Supply Chain in Leatherhead, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Treat staff like equals. Respect and listen to staff. Give good bonuses. Allow flexibility in the working day, for example many staff work over-time; if you need a couple of hours to visit the dentist/take a longer lunch break to run errands, managers are ok with this.
    Gives staff personal responsibility/ownership of their workload.

    Cons

    Huge company - can be difficult to engage well with other teams. Progression routes are limited from non-management into management levels.
    High pressure, but comes hand in hand with staff being able to take personal ownership/responsibility for their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up more progression routes.
    Reduce work-time stress by supporting staff to decide what is critical and what is not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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