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Church & Dwight Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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  • Work-life balance leaves something to be desired, because the company is supported by the 20% of people that work hard and intelligently (in 5 reviews)

  • Needs more diversity especially within upper management (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Enter at your own risk..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Church & Dwight full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Proximity to Highway, competitive pay, Summer hours

    Cons

    Everything rolls downhill, That is the culture and the way C&D business is run. Both Senior Leadership and management rarely go to bat for their people. Even good performers. If you're not a chosen one... Godspeed. If you are then more than likely you're a cookie cutter version of the person sitting next to you.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace training to teach leaders to lead. Stop rewarding abhorrent behavior, empower the worker bees that do 80% of the work and get some new blood to revitalize and diversify Executive Leadership/ managers who have been playing at C&D's dysfunctional politics far too long.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Hostile Company with Horrible Work Life Balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ewing, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ewing, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Church & Dwight full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are no pros for a horrible company like this. They are the definition of evil.

    Cons

    In no way should you EVER, EVER, EVER, work for this company if you value your career, life, and family. This company is a Hostile Company that treats their employees like garbage and only cater to the executives.

     A company that so called has "unlimited" sick days, scolds you for actually taking a sick day. When you hit 10-12 days in a YEAR (that's 12 days out of 365 DAYS) you get in trouble. So, god forbid if you get the flu or sick, they will take every measure to hold it over your head and against you. Then it looks bad for your review and any chance of promotion won't go in your favor. There was even a case when a co worker was extremely ill (almost FATAL) and the company was threatening to fire them because they were going to have surgery. You would think the company would help and be positive toward their recovery. No get well wishes, nothing. Just come back to work or you're fired.

    HR breathes down your neck like fire and stalks you on their camera systems. If you late by even a couple minutes you'll be notified and strikes will apply to your record like it's a prison. Strikes? REALLY? Are we in 3rd grade?

    Say goodbye to your family and work life balance as you'll be here for long hours with horrible pay. The company churns and burns employees like a revolving door. When we get temps/contractors to help with work they will only last a couple months before they are fired or have enough courage to stick up for themselves and quit. Oh, and if you get fired, you're not allowed to even grab your belongings from your office. I've seen plenty of co-worked get "let go" and they were escorted out like a prisoner without even gather pictures, belonging, or personal effects. They'd be lucky enough to get them back if anything.

    Promotions? What promotions, do they even exist? When it comes to raises you only get peanuts for a raise. They don't even match industry averages. They highly underpay you especially women. No room for growth and Favoritism is played. There were even instances where they forced out old employees because they did not want to cover any of their benefits after they retire. Even started to higher or Promote unqualified people for high-level positions overlooking employees who poured their life into the company. The company is mismanaged and will tank in the long run or at least get bought out by a bigger competitor. I really do hope so, so all the upper-level executives get canned and better management would come in. At least I had the never to leave on my own while finding something much better. It wasn't worth my sanity or mental state of mind. Work is NOT LIFE!

    Advice to Management

    Grow up and do what all the bigger and better companies are doing. TRUST IN YOUR EMPLOYEES and STOP making a hostile environment by HR and Managment.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "More diversity needed in upper management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ewing, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ewing, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Church & Dwight full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    None at the current time.

    Cons

    Needs more diversity especially within upper management. C&D wants to run a lean company while overworking and underpaying it's employees.


  4. Helpful (10)

    "Trust your Gut - DO NOT WORK HERE!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in West Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Director in West Seattle, WA
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Church & Dwight full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very hard to find positives; I would cite the people however when they choose to stay despite what they know, I frankly begin to doubt how smart they really are

    Cons

    Where to begin, senior leadership team is so lacking in basic leadership skills and it shows everyday. C&D's success has been built on the backs of employees who are broken down and forced to operate within a environment that does not value their contributions, ideas and at its core, themselves. Turnover is a chronic issue and it should come at no surprise once you dig deeper. Ask your customers, ask former C$D survivors and trust your gut!

    Advice to Management

    Short sided, reactionary and vindictive leadership styles may have served you well but will keep you from continued success as you aspire to be more based on your scale and brand scope.
     Recent changes in leadership may qualify as a start but there is much more work to be done. Don't take my word for it, ask your customers! Just be ready for their response as ignoring the glaring feedback will only serve to cement their perception of C&D as company that can't move beyond the transactional.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "The Best Years of C&D are Behind It"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in York, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Church & Dwight full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They distribute off-spec product to employees every month. If you work here, you will never need to buy laundry detergent.

    Cons

    Executive Management - specifically in Manufacturing Operations - has changed in the last three years and not for the better. Fear is the current management tactic, with performance objectives changing spontaneously and the leaders providing ambiguous direction. You are told that quality is critical and to only produce product that meets specifications - but if you shut down production to fix a quality issue, you are assailed for missing production targets. This leads managers to decide to produce material - even if it is non-conforming - and push problems rather than fixing them.
    The company claims it runs "Lean Management Style", but doesn't provide the resources that Lean requires. So it ends up being "Cheap Management" where the outputs of Lean are expected, but the inputs are not provided. You end up with Production Supervisors trying to fill the role of Continuous Improvement Engineer (with no training provided) while they are also expected to perform their production responsibilities. When they fail - as they inevitably will - the executive management casts blame rather than trying to find the root cause and fix it (training, expertise, resources).
    There has been a recent exodus of talent from Church & Dwight, which is unfortunate. This company has an incredibly strong history with a stable of iconic brands that support it. The Operations Executives are not leaders - they are bosses. They have no concern of developing employees and leading them to higher performance. They are only concerned with their metrics and if people do not deliver, they look to cast blame rather than fix problems.
    As long as the current management personnel are in place, the best years of C&D are behind it. It is a shame that a few people in powerful positions can do this to such a great company. It falls on the top executives (CEO, Board of Directors) to recognize this deficiency in the VP levels and rectify it in order to save this once great enterprise.

    Advice to Management

    Eliminate the Vice Presidents and Directors that do not understand leadership and the proven techniques of Emotional Intelligence. These principles have proven to be effective at leading teams and developing talent within organizations. Unfortunately, C&D has taken the position that the management style from 100 years ago is the tool they want to use in running their company. . . into the ground.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "POOR MANAGEMENT AT ALL LEVELS"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Control Chemist in Victorville, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Control Chemist in Victorville, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Church & Dwight full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay good coworkers mostly

    Cons

    Too many levels of management they don't know their butt from a hole in the ground

    Advice to Management

    Go back to school


  7. "Terrible Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Church & Dwight full-time

    Pros

    Hired great employees that are hard working. They need to be treated better.

    Cons

    The director of the department I worked in was vindictive and stepped on those below them. They only cared about was making themselves look good at the expense of others. They block you from advancing so all the A associates leave.

  8. "Stay far away from here!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Church & Dwight full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Work from home, airline miles, hotel points.
    - Solid financial performance.
    - Good bonuses.

    Cons

    - Upper Management is out of touch with reality in regards to territory management.
    - Little chance for advancement.
    - Micro-manager for a boss.
    - Aging production lines.
    - Decline in product quality.

    Advice to Management

    - Reinvest in the business by upgrading production lines/equipment.
    - You hire good people, let them do their job without micromanaging them.
    - Improve chances for advancement within the company.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Do not work here as a contractor"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - N/A in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - N/A in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Church & Dwight (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They make good products
    The people I worked with directly were good people

    Cons

    Very low paying job ($16/hour, no vacation, poor benefits)
    Poor and unfair treatment and segregation of contract workers.

    I accepted a job here as a contractor after graduating college. The upper management segregated the contractors from the rest of the group a few months into the job. When they have town halls, contractors have to take the day off with no pay. We were not allowed to partake in office parties or anything that involved food, giveaways, or interaction with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Treat people equally.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Corrupt Managers and HR"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Princeton, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Church & Dwight full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Place for people who don't expect much from life.

    Cons

    Corrupt managers and HR who discriminate employees.

    Advice to Management

    Replace selfish managers and HR.


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