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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated April 27, 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. "Teamwork"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Machine Handler in Hodges, SC
    Current Employee - Machine Handler in Hodges, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good teamwork, safety, leadership, better job opportunities, benefits

    Cons

    There are no downside


  2. "Senior Brand Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    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.


  3. Helpful (9)

    "Decent company (updated)"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


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  5. "Lead Tech"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Great people, traditional company"

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

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

    Pros

    Always lots of work to do and among the best people to work with. Never bored, always an opportunity to get involved and stretch yourself further or learn something new. People truly care about the work and about each other. Operational HR embedded in the business as key partner, really rewarding work.

    Cons

    Can feel frustratingly slow with a risk averse and high alignment culture. Antiquated, restrictive IT policies, systems and services, IT team works in silos, offers roadblock after roadblock and no alternative options. Compensation practices also very rigid, don't listen to team on the ground. Head Office is highly political.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to new ideas and help facilitate implementation.


  8. "Logistic Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistic Manager in Johannesburg, WI
    Current Employee - Logistic Manager in Johannesburg, WI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Freedom to succeed is real at CP

    Cons

    Benefits of being allocated is not yet well implemented

    Advice to Management

    Need to choose the employees


  9. "Great Place to Work - Many Opportunities Under One Roof"

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

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

    Pros

    Strong focus on values creates a safe and comfortable work environment.
    Many ways to take on new positions and flex assignments

    Cons

    No significant cons to note.

    Advice to Management

    Be flexible and creative to reward and retain top talent


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Solid company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice people with diverse experiences
    Global opportunities and ability to shape your career
    Excellent benefits
    Consistent business results tied to a conservative management approach.

    Cons

    Functional silos can still occur
    Human resources are not very good and not keeping up with the times married to outdated performance review process and competency based interviewing


  11. "Corporate Finance Treasury"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Educational, warm and diverse environment. A great place to learn and develop both technical and people skills. People are willing to teach and show you the right ways of doing business

    Cons

    Structured organization so it might be difficult to get advance in your career

    Advice to Management

    well organized and excellent job done by management


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