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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated April 9, 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. "Bad Leadership - especially in Minneapolis"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, some good people in the organization

    Cons

    Series of bad directors in Minneapolis getting blessing from Corporate bigwigs - constant CONSTANT turnover in Minneapolis office due to incompetent leadership.


  2. "Confused Colgate, you must look back at the values you mention on your website"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Web Developer in Colgate, ND
    Former Contractor - Web Developer in Colgate, ND
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing I can think of about.

    Cons

    I had to wait everyday in the lobby for 30 mins to 1 hr because they were unable to figure out a way to get me an ID.
    I also work in the Army Reserve, so I had to go to drill, but I never let it affect my work at Colgate. They still fired with a performance issue reason.
    The managers don't know what they are doing, they were not even able to provide me a work laptop.
    I had to work with my own laptop, with a wired connection everyday.
    Worst place I ever worked at.

    Advice to Management

    Useless management. Very unprofessional.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Extremely political and age matters more than talent at colgate palmolive India."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you want a good work environment think twice before joining as this is not one of them

    Cons

    No career path.Favouritism and high politics at top management.They are in very bad shape currently and blame game is all that happens.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Operating technician"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and opportunity to make extra money with overtime

    Cons

    Management doesn't listen to a word from the employees. You loose faith and trust very quickly in the staff your with. If you don't mind throwing your morals and dignity away, then this is a place for you!

    Advice to Management

    Years of experience DO beat a four year degree. Please learn to truly trust in your employees. Management throws away tons of money on impractical ideas and designs.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Technical Associate"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Associate in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Technical Associate in Piscataway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Benefits and work equipment, courses,

    Cons

    Advancement, career path, unequal compensation


  7. "Deceitful management"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are excellent including vision and dental, some good brands, half day Friday during summer, adequate vacation program, tuition assistance,

    Cons

    Salaries low and managers are incentivized to come in under budget so HR forces changed ratings to justify lower increases even if earned. Zero loyalty. VCP is a joke, backstabbing rewarded. Senior leaders start conversations with "you didn't hear this from me, but..." Well known that if you speak up your career is over, those who succeed keep their heads down and do what they're told. Work-life balance is a program in name only, if you attempt to have any you're told you're not pulling your weight.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees before you lose them


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Old-fashioned, white male "boys club" at the top, Ethics in policy but not in practice, HR completely untrustworthy"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    If you want a steady paycheck and some decent benefits then join the company.

    Cons

    Incredibly political, old white men at the top who are disconnected from the business and the real world, mediocre people rising up because of friendships/connections, cost-cutting is out of hand (signs in elevator banks giving ridiculous tips on cost-cutting "don't fly to main airport, alternative airports much cheaper"), gossipy/back biting/

    Advice to Management

    There are so many unhappy people working at Colgate that soon you will only have those who have made their way up because of politics and those who are there because they need the job rather than really talented people. You need to open your eyes to HR. The team all the way to the top is completely untrustworthy. I wouldn't tell them anything because if they are friends with someone's boss then any complaint will be ignored or brushed aside. Same thing with Ethics since only egregious complaints are dealt with. Unethical behavior happening all over the place but everyone covers it up or finds a way to make it go away quietly. So sad to see what was once a great company to work for falling apart at the seams. Almost every employee I talk to is looking to get out because they know nothing will change. And it looks like Wall Street is catching eye given recent ratings and stock price. No incentive to stay if you are not completely connected to all the right people. Will be interesting to see what the place looks like in another year or two.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Marketing"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    summer fridays, work smart program

    Cons

    company has not evolved with today's economy, cookie cutter mediocre employees in order to maintain culture, extremely political and hierarchical that you waste more time networking / sucking up to people and doing coffee chats than doing your work, HR has way too much power here and does not plan next roles timely, promotions are extremely slow, vacation days are limited, very few great managers, not built for today's generation so would not advise anyone under the age of 40 to join this organization, does not reward employees based on merit, employees are constantly looking for new jobs


  10. "Contract Employee"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Close Friday afternoons from Memorial Day through Labor Day, company store sells Colgate-Palmolive products at substantially discounted prices.

    Cons

    Ongoing GGEP (Global Growth and Efficiency Program) keeps everyone on edge. Not the company which showed loyalty to its employees that it used to be; interested only in bottom-line.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Worst company ever seen"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Department in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - IT Department in Dublin, Co. Dublin (Ireland)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Health insurance,Stocks option
    Salary
    and really not so much else

    Cons

    Management is very very poor, cluesless and extremly political
    Appearence it's everything
    No possibilities for career
    Not ethic at all, or better no ethic in practic , instead theoreticaly are WOW
    Express your opinion, they call it feedback, and you're out
    In short, good company for no brainer

    Advice to Management

    Hardly possible to give an advice, HR is so useless and corrupted as the rest of the management


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