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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • Work life balance too top heavy (in 31 reviews)

  • Centralized decision making process makes the system slow (in 21 reviews)

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  1. "Director of Training"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits for working with Colgate Palmolive Company

    Cons

    Discrimination against minorities especially Blacks African Americans

    Advice to Management

    Growth will automatically come if highly educated employees are put in managerial positions.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Average Company"

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

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

    Pros

    Safe, fair, diverse work environment. Good brand name for resume building. Proper attention and equity for minority groups.

    Cons

    Seems to be diminished US job security with many roles moving to global subs in India and Mexico.

    It is easy to get lured in by growth and theoretical 'global opportunities' and then stifled by corporate politics and overlooked by global employees that are less expensive

    Growth opps appear to go to the following people: a. Dual citizens b. People willing to relocate domestic at 5% increase or less c. Ethnically diverse, military vet, or Executive female.

    Experienced poor environment as a Working Mom. The flex time that is mentioned during an interview was frowned upon and difficult to initiate. I felt silent penalization and pressure for enacting entitled benefits. While this company historically lands on the 'best for working moms' list. ..i met MANY who disagree.

    Advice to Management

    Company demands loyalty for growth but does not demonstrate loyalty. Employer Brand does not match employee experience. Conservative stodgy company seemz to be pretending to be modern, innovative, and full of opportunity.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Getting promoted takes many years"

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    Current Employee - Legal in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Legal in New York, NY
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The hours are really the best. If your manager approved your flex time that is a great option too.

    Cons

    Managers do not promote within. Excuses are made when you finally get the guts to ask for a promotion. Some managers do not have the backs of their group. communication is awful.

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees and ask what they want to see done with their careers. Promoting even those in the lower pay grade helps the company as a whole. Happy employees make them stay with the company. Communicate effectively. Seems like what senior management thinks is happening in each group, actually isn't happening.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Colgate was once a best place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Top notch art health insurance benefits, decent work life balance (when working in the offices).

    Cons

    Too much hierarchical, slow pace decision-making process (or sometimes no decision), zero support you are going to get if you make a decision. Excessive savings driven mentality, it is all about money.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to be more dynamic and have trustworthy leaders that genuinely inspire people.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Young professionals - Be Warned!!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work/life balance
    Steady industry
    Fair compensations

    Cons

    If you are a young professional looking for energetic, fun, and innovative place to work - this is NOT the place for you.

    1. Slow and mediocre projects. Lack of Innovation.
    2. Business processes and systems are way outdated.
    3. Weak / unqualified managers - lack of foresight and vision.
    4. Very old school culture

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring clueless managers just to manage people. It is important to hire qualified folks that are forward thinking and have vision to help you lead the way.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Maintenance Mehanic"

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    Former Employee - Mechanic in Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Mechanic in Morristown, NJ
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I liked the hours from 7am to 3pm

    Cons

    Everybody treated the same , weather you bust your butt or not . The reward for doing a good job is more work . No performance evaluations . Job description does not match there expectations .

    Advice to Management

    Find a way to evaluate individuals by there piers , not management . This will create a bond between team members and an incentive to work together building the team . After over 18 years with the company , Colgate has always had the attitude of " We are going to work together as a team and this is how were going to do it ! " That is not teamwork .
    You can make a difference awards seem to go to those doing there job . Why don't you develop an undercover boss specifically to find out where your problems lie .... yes lie.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing Director"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great health benefits
    Stable company, not likely will to go bust anytime soon
    Stock is growing

    Cons

    1) If you want a Marketing career, don't come here. Extremely dated marketing practices and old fashioned way of thinking. Most senior management are stuck in their ways and not willing to evolve with the times.
    2) cost cutting is rampant. Most people are doing the job of 2 or more people and are not compensated for it. They will make you do more work with stretch assignments but will not promote you any sooner. Promotions are based on tenure and if your GM likes you, not merit. Their view is only on the bottom line
    3) salary is average to CPG industry

    Advice to Management

    Value your people
    Promote high potential talent

  8. Helpful (9)

    "Decent company (updated)"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Solid performing company. Few large companies have the financial performance of this company, over short- and long-term. Focused - does not stray into extraneous areas without deliberation or make trendy moves. Somewhat dependent on department, but generally decent atmosphere to work in, with some modern-day trends coming into existence recently (work-from-home, etc.). People are proud to work for the company and many stay a long time. Makes products that make peoples lives better.

    Cons

    Salaries are probably a bit below-average. Other non-salary benefits (e.g. hours, 401(k) match) offset this somewhat although the company is gradually downgrading the non salary/S&I perks.
    The company is very old-fashioned, and, presumably like at most companies, double-standards exist. Recently stopped forcing men to wear suits (finally caught on that it's 2016) but men wear business dress while women wear whatever they want (tank tops and flip flops in summer). Atmosphere is stressful and cold - people often do not even say hello to each other in the halls. Cynicism and sourness abound. This has only gotten much more pronounced over the last couple years with the attempt to cost-cut their way to profits and shuttle jobs oversees. Most Finance people are overworked (although it never gets to "sweat-shop"-type hours) and that probably adds to stress, and there is very little collegiality and career development anymore - no one has time for it! Cost-cutting also left those who didn't get cut feeling like they had to validate their existence with "work analyses" done by high-powered consultants. There also is a veil of secrecy and guardedness from both HR and upper management.
    Cost cutting even means some departments have moved floors twice in the last two years as they decrease the amount of space they lease, and many people have lost offices and even VPs have had their offices downgraded. All this cost-cutting frittering away at the edges (and morale) when they could just move from Park Avenue (we're not in the age of Mad Men anymore) to the existing facility in Parsippany and save dollars worth talking about.
    HR is not very good on the whole and neither is IT. It's almost impossible to know where to turn with an HR question. IT service is horrendous. This has only gotten worse with the move to a Mexican shared service center.
    Management skills are poor and managers are not trained to lead. Most annoying thing at the company is they pat themselves on the back so much with cliches and jargon about Managing with Respect and Colgate Values and then they cut people and let unskilled managers still exist.
    The company does a terrible job at training managers to manage. There are managers who are not very good at managing and have made poor hiring decisions and generally seek no input from their subordinates. They are not recognizing the talent right in front of them. Promotion is not good (because it costs money to promote people) and there are no staff in certain Finance departments, thus leaving managers doing staff/senior analyst level work.
    Premium is placed on ethnic diversity, even to the exclusion of attaining the most diverse (university-wise) talent.

    Advice to Management

    Isn't it obvious - if managers don't have time to manage their people (if they even have the skills in the first place) because they are too busy just staying afloat (doing their subject matter tasks) then isn't it blatantly obvious staffing is too thin?!
    See the rest of the cons and you will see other advice.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Is this company right for you?"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Up front education assistance available to any employee, a great place to get a start in a career. Worth staying in manufacturing or Quality.

    Cons

    Work life balance is terrible anywhere outside of NJ or NY. Must be willing to relocate for success in any position. Don't plan a career here if you work in IT, Finance, or Planning as they will all be outsourced by 2020.

    Advice to Management

    Stop centralization and focus on keeping talent in remote areas where it is needed.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Intern elsewhere"

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    Former Employee - Technology Intern in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Technology Intern in Piscataway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is not bad, people are a nice (with the exception of HR who are the fake nice type)

    Cons

    Work is boring, and now after applying to full time jobs I can say that I got one thanks to the other work experience on my resume - the work experience here is not valuable unless you're looking for similar CRM/enterprise tech jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Be more realistic about the type of work interns will work on when recruiting, I honestly thought the work would be more exciting than it was. Maybe hire more genuine HR.


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