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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated May 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. Helpful (2)

    "Excellent financial standing, needs change in organizational mindset"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits, financially stable organization due to nature of product line.

    Cons

    Very hesitant (to completely resistant) to benchmark with industry, general opinion is that management positions are filled by "time in" rather than expertise. Progress/change is an illusion presented to management rather than actual/meaningful progress.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce time spent on "corp-speak" and presenting an illusion of progress ("efficiency," "innovation") and more time on tangible goals, efforts, and strategies that can be more clearly understood, followed, and measured within the organization. Hill's is a sub, so I'm not so sure of their level of influence at the corp level, but they understand their risks and take meaningful action to improve their ops.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Hartford, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good employment stability

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Better motivation


  3. "Creative"

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    Current Employee - Creative Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Consultant in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    I am now a creative consultant seeing new exciting opportinities.

    Cons

    Very conservative corporate slow moving organization


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Slow Career Progression for Most"

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    Current Employee - Research and Development in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Research and Development in Piscataway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Smart people, large, stable company, market leader in some categories.

    Cons

    Very slow career progression or advancement unless you are among the chosen few for their fast track selection.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Lead Technician"

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    Former Employee - Lead Technician in Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Lead Technician in Morristown, NJ
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent pay and benefits. Almost impossible to get fired as long as you show up.

    Cons

    Upper management is a revolving door. Seven plant managers in 20 years. There is a barrier between hourly and salaried. In 20 years I can think of only two or three people who moved up from hourly to saleried


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Cutting Too Many Corners"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent Benefits, Some flexibility depending on your manager

    Cons

    Declining morale, little advancement for good workers, Little merit for hard work - reward is more work & doing the job of the slackers. Extremely low, if any raises for staff - management keeps perks/incentives.

    Advice to Management

    Consider actual performance when looking at headcount.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Team Lead"

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    Current Employee - Team Leader in Greenwood, SC
    Current Employee - Team Leader in Greenwood, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Compensation is good per pay scale, if you ever get paid for the actual job you are made to do. Benefits/insurance are excellent. Bonuses are not very good, because they do not know how to gauge targets.

    Cons

    Doesn't mind putting you in a higher responsibility role for months to years as an interim and never paying you for it and then not giving you the job, you busted your tale for. Too much politics to meet corrective action for hourly employee behavior. Treats the hourly employees as if they are more valuable than anyone in management. Management turnover is horrible. Constant lies to keep you, until they replace you. This is the same for a fellow team member who is also being jerked around as interim. A way to not pay you for your job or responsibilities.

    Advice to Management

    Value your leads and other management. The top level execs aren't in the plants doing the work.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "GIT Intern"

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    Former Intern - GIT Intern in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Intern - GIT Intern in Piscataway, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    The technical staff was very kind, helpful, and friendly. I learned alot about SAP at the company and I was able to push projects to production, which is rare for alot of internships

    Cons

    HR and the upper level management are pretty awful. There is alot of politics and you have to behave in a certain way, otherwise you will get punished. Also, if you work with SAP too long, it's harder to leave that world. Ultimately, it's not a very fun place for young people interested in technology.

    Advice to Management

    Try to mentor and assist young people instead of force them to act like you


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Good Company Questionable Employer"

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive salary, innovative company, heavy focus on brand recommendation. Large focus on shareholder return. Ethics and compliance always in the forefront.

    Cons

    Heavy focus on outsourcing certain business areas. If you are in HR, Marketing, Sales or Information Tecnology, look elsewhere for employment. Poor marketing strategies and insufficient funding. The last few years they are outsourcing external business units finance and customer service to Mexico. Global IT is primarily resourced through India and Mexico and local US employees have been displaced.

    Advice to Management

    Consider keeping jobs in the US and stop outsourcing and eliminating jobs of hardworking Americans. If outsourcing is such a great advantage send your executive positions out of the country and see if paying less gets you more.


  11. "Intern - R&D Oral Care"

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern in Piscataway, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay was good.
    You get to set your hours.

    Cons

    I wouldn't know where to begin. There's a lot of politics in this place.

    Advice to Management

    Look at who you are hiring.


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