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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated January 13, 2019
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  • "Work life balance may be something to improve" (in 42 reviews)

  • "Extensive process for different areas of the business that may delay decision making process" (in 26 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Great culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Friendly culture, flexible hours, awesome management

    Cons

    Career advancement could be immobile


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Fantastic company and brands, but faces challenging future"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Learn from the best in CPG marketing by working on the biggest brand in the world
    - Market leading position in many categories
    - Very pleasant working environment, everyones opinions are heard and respected
    - Steady stream of interesting projects to be involved in
    - Very conservative risk adverse company, but steady business performer as a result

    Cons

    - Huge cost cutting exercises in recent years have left the teams considerably thinner, restricting progression opportunities and staff motivation
    - Despite strong market position, Brands have been starved from investment to meet profit requirements and are now heavily eroded.
    - Decision making is slow and arduous (like all corporate environments) but a consistent push up the hierarchy for day to day decisions is highly inefficient and often ineffective
    - Restricted to only using 1 agency for all media/creative, who despite this restriction are highly ineffective at everything they do. Everyone knows this, but leadership refuse to change it.

    Advice to Management

    - Invest in your brands, at least relative to competition, before its too late
    - Reconsider your agency relationship
    - Continually cutting people / budget / projects is incredibly demoralizing when performance expectations do not change with them

  3. "Fading consumer love?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Global exposure
    Iconic brand equities
    Solid and stable financial management
    Classical brand training

    Cons

    Insular and very conservative mindset
    Gap between communication priorities (growth, consumers, investment) and management decisions (margins, executives, cost-cutting)
    Slow digital transformation
    CEO's effectiveness has waned in recent years

    Advice to Management

    Who is the authentic voice of the consumer on your leadership teams? How much trust and influence does that person have on tough decisions? In a time of great consumer and retail disruption, are you entrusting the future of the company to enduring consumer relationships or to a balance sheet that discourages hostile acquisition bids?


  4. Helpful (1)

    "HR Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Great pay, benefits, and privileges such as company store

    Cons

    lots of changes with little change management protocol


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Procurement Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    interest in job, high responsibility, multi cultural, pragmatic, business oriented, good atmosphere, retention plan, international careers, good training, good values

    Cons

    lack of resource, high pressure, difficult market environment, lack of growth, lack of opportunity in the regions, high focus on cost reduction impacting the way we work


  6. "Alright Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits package. Clean facility

    Cons

    Sub par managing. Limited room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to floor employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, "ghetto" IT Department"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Great people outside of IT. Fair compensation.

    Cons

    The IT department only hires inner city people who are unqualified for the job. Not only is the IT incompetent, but they also bring "street" values and culture to a corporate environment. While homophobic/racist/misogynistic comments are okay in the streets, these should not be allowed in work setting. Shame on you

    Work-life balance is not an option. Common practices include finger pointing, name calling, stealing, intimidation, and backstabbing to name a few.

    Shame on you Colgate for hiring these misfits!

    Advice to Management

    Hire people who aren't racist, misogynistic, or homophobic. Incompetence is one thing, but hatred and nastiness have no room in the workplace.

  8. "Great Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great People great products recession proof industry

    Cons

    Trending to become more like every other Corporation...

    Advice to Management

    Focus on people, not on P&L


  9. "About the company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work culture, Ethics, Zero Power Distance

    Cons

    Low pay package for an employee who starts his/her career with the company


  10. "Associate Director- HR"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Serious about providing opportunities for employees to grow their skills. Company values permeate throughout..

    Cons

    Needs to more fully embrace flexible work culture to remain competitive.