Beiersdorf Reviews | Glassdoor

Beiersdorf Reviews

Updated June 23, 2017
63 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-time Part-time

3.6
Star Star Star Star Star
Rating Trends Rating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Beiersdorf Chief Executive Officer Stefan F. Heidenreich
Stefan F. Heidenreich
22 Ratings

63 Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date

Pros
Cons
  • Unstable working environment, no work life balance, ineffective way of working (in 3 reviews)

  • Arbeitet man zu viel, gibt es Vorw (in 3 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Good Alternative to a large CPG company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Beiersdorf (More than a year)

    Pros

    Small enough to be visible to Senior Management
    Nice people
    Great if you have previous CPG experience

    Cons

    Only three brands
    Limited long-term opportunity
    Germany has a strong hold on US marketing activities

    Advice to Management

    Acquire additional brands


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away! You have been warned!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fulltime in Westchester, OH
    Former Employee - Fulltime in Westchester, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Beiersdorf full-time

    Pros

    If there was an option to give negative 5 stars, this company would get it The only positive thing is good insurance. If you don't mind working in a dead end job with no opportunity to advance, this might be the job for you.

    Cons

    Where do I start?
    (1.) Very low pay
    (2.) Unrealistic goals
    (3.) Unbalanced workload for good employees, if you demonstrate the ability to handle the load, expect more.
    (4.) Company policy seems to change depending on who you are
    (5.) Benefits you are told when hired change when you try to use them
    (6.) Work life balance is ridiculous, post for overtime and then you only work 30 hours
    (7.) No concrete direction of the Company other than pinching pennies
    (8.) Classic Micromanagement mentality
    (9.) Management throws what they do for you in your face
    (10.) Employees are not rewarded when milestone achievements are made
    (11.) Corporate malfeasance and unethical business practices at it's finest

    Advice to Management

    Act like you have been there before, do the right thing, and treat employees with the respect they deserve! Your pay scale and compensation package is stale.


  3. "Great company and brands"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Strong brands and marketing support

    Cons

    Very difficult company culture until management change in 2012, Big improvement since then


  4. Helpful (13)

    "Great place to work for many years until changes in upper management changed the culture at BDF"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beiersdorf full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many women were in management positions, and creative ideas were valued and nurtured. Fun, inspiring work environment, and people cared like a family. For the first 10 years of my employment, the culture was inspired and I felt very valued and everyone loved the company very much. No one ever left! But, changes occurred and things changed.

    Cons

    New management came in and we were reduced from being valued and talented sales professionals to basically being managed by on-line systems and data--constantly managing and inputting data on a variety of websites, whether it be forecasting, costs, expenses--it was very depleting and uninspired. Relationship selling was strongly discouraged and new ideas were often set aside. The work/life balance was completely unrealistic, senior management was not in touch with the culture or what people needed. They systematically reduced head count and did not care about the effect on the culture or workloads. Sadly, what had been a fantastic place to work became a very stressful, and uninspired place to work.


  5. "Employee who cares!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere, great location, good management, wonderful brands
    It is definitely a good place to work!
    Kantine is tasty
    Colleagues are kind

    Cons

    Career development is a very long way. You need to have a long breath
    I can't say any other negative point.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going, but be a bit more flexible and take some risks


  6. "Beiersdorf review"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Beiersdorf (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good products
    Multicultural company
    Different job possibilities

    Cons

    Highly profit oriented, not too much care for employees
    High pressure
    Blaming culture

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your good employees.


  7. "Good company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable income, friendly people, collaborative culture

    Cons

    Not innovative and challenging goals


  8. "Great cultured company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Account Executive in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Former Employee - Key Account Executive in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Beiersdorf full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great cultured, there was no senior-junior gaps, even board of directors were friendly towards all staff. Many opportunities for training & development. Employees' love for the brand is strong.
    Cool office decorations.

    Cons

    Basic salary was not competitive enough compared to other multinational consumer goods companies.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "How is life in HQ at Beiersdorf after 2 years"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Category Manager in Hamburg (Germany)
    Current Employee - Global Category Manager in Hamburg (Germany)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beiersdorf is a very solid and healthy company. Hence, you can trust is a right place for a long term career. Is a very well structure company, and almost all the processes are defined in way that make easy to develop your job. The colleagues are very respectful with each other, in general the working atmosphere is very formal and professional. It is a great company to learn the FCMG industry

    Cons

    Working in Beiersdorf HQ in Hamburg will differ a lot depending in which department you land. Anyhow you should be aware that there is some areas like e. g. Marketing where is more frequent to see carrier development than in e.g. Supply Chain or Procurement which are more statics and development or promotions are not that frequently seen.

    In general one could say that the salaries are below the industry. Quiet often other FCMG offer higher salary packages, which lead to certain employees to leave (especially those who are flexible to be reallocated).

    As a feeling, I would say the headquarters are 85% German employees and 15% other nationalities. You don’t really feel an international atmosphere (Is more a German or Hanseatic atmosphere, I would say). This is a downside only if you are an expats. As Expat do not expect a very warm international community. Beiersdorf HQ is filled with people from Germany and mostly from Hamburg. People from Hamburg are not very open, they have their own inner circle of friends which is not easy to join. Is a cultural thing. In another words don’t expect to be frequently invited to go for a bier after work. Most of the people go - work - and leave. There is not that much socializing between colleagues outside of the office.

    Development normally come, but you will have to invest minimum 5+ year (best cases) in order to receive a promotion. Of course there are exceptions of some employees who has been promoted earlier, but due to a random factor (the team leader leave and he/she got the position). I mean is not a very dynamic company in terms of development.

    The mentality is rather conservative, and traditional. This could be good for some people and bad for another.

    I would say the average age of the employees is more like 35+ 45+ . So don't expect a young environment.


  10. "Supply Chain Operations Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good global business with strong brands. Very structured organisation

    Cons

    Very pedantic and very little freedom to act as a senior manager

    Advice to Management

    Trust your senior managers and give them the chance to do what you employed then to do


Showing 63 of 78 reviews
Reset Filters