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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated April 17, 2017
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  • As consequence work - life balance can be not good (in 28 reviews)

  • It can take some time to rise through the ranks to have real decision-making power over your business, particularly on highly visible brands (in 20 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Intern - Intern in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    exposure to leadership; lunch and learns; technical skills

    Cons

    need to ask for exposure to other areas if you want to learn about other functions of the company


  2. "Global CPG"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global Efficient Growth-focus Diverse well-managed financially (consistent dividend)

    Cons

    Lack of investment in new areas of consumer marketing


  3. "SAP Basis DBA"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work Life Balance
    Really good learning opportunity
    Supporting Leads and manager

    Cons

    No Onsite, nothing else other than this


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Good company but not the place to grow in your IT career"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and perks:
    Health and Dental Care,
    Discounted products at Company Store,
    Tuition assistance,
    401K and bonus,
    Work from home 2 days a week and
    Open work environment /floorplan.

    Cons

    Important to know:
    Still expanding piscataway building to move more employees
    Continuing project gateway: re-organization aka layoff of employees in all countries and move jobs to India.
    Difficult to bring in new technologies even when there is a need and is aligned with Colgate strategy, business drives IT in this organization
    Corporate politics - network and know people if you want to move up, don't necessarily need to be good at what you do.
    Take note: 401K plan - after 5 years of service its required company take $3,000 of your pay and puts it into Colgate stock, in addition to whatever you are already contributing. Penalty received if you try to take it out, same with bonus.


  6. "Overall great company to work for!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great people, opportunities for growth, work life balance. Friendly and collaborative environment.

    Cons

    A bit too conservative and risk adverse. Little support for working on breakthrough innovations. Slow to promote in R&D.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to be less risk adverse and more supportive of innovation.
    Provide opportunities for R&D high potentials to grow a bit faster within the structure.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Decent but bureaucratic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Process Analyst in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Business Process Analyst in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Some of the people are really nice, hard-working, and caring. The company provides decent pay/benefits and you can push them to give you more interesting work. Management is generally pretty open. Development opportunities are there but it's easy to lose out on them.

    Cons

    As with many large companies, bureaucracy is everywhere and bound to drive you up the wall one day. There are definitely some bad apples. Every team (in IT) seems to have too much work and too few resources.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent. Focus on developing and challenging your strongest talent.


  8. "mechanic"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Mechanic in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Mechanic in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime, get along well with coworkers, good benefits, available resources for job completion.

    Cons

    CP Morristown is relocating to South Carolina, management teams need ore experience. Don't over estimate the value of experience. .

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees at the bottom with more value,


  9. "Senior Brand Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Smart people, strong financial orientation.

    Cons

    Financial orientation sometimes leads to short-term orientation rather than longer-term investment in brands & new products.


  10. "Lead Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Lead Technician in Bloomfield, NJ
    Current Employee - Lead Technician in Bloomfield, NJ

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

    Pros

    a Great Place to work.

    Cons

    hard to move to other shifts


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing"

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

    Pros

    Great people, culture
    Good work-life balance
    Plenty of development and training opportunities

    Cons

    Slow progression.
    Old-School
    Not storytellers
    Salary below industry averages

    Advice to Management

    Get closer to people. Open communication



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