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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated July 19, 2017
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  • long work hours, no work life balance (in 29 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)

    "Senior Revenue Analyst"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great, benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Company doesn't look at quality of the people they have on staff.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing Director"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. "Global IT Manager"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global IT Manager in Topeka, KS
    Current Employee - Global IT Manager in Topeka, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Place to work from a pay and environment.

    Cons

    Working with many time zones

    Advice to Management

    Great Company


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Team Lead"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  5. "Graduate Trainee"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Graduate Trainee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graduate Trainee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Very good company that has a lot of learning opportunities in marketing, sales, finance, logistics, regulatory, etc.

    Cons

    Sometimes things can be a bit unstructured, as is to be expected from a subsidiary in its formative years.

    Advice to Management

    Engage employees more


  6. Helpful (2)

    "operator technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operator Technician in Landing, NJ
    Former Employee - Operator Technician in Landing, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay was fair and the benefits were wonderful..

    Cons

    Failed to train all the operators and mechanics on new equipment. Favoured the first shift in many areas. Difficult to switch shifts. Moved to South Carolina.

    Advice to Management

    Better training for operators and mechanics on new equipment


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Best place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - EOHS Manager in Commerce, CA
    Former Employee - EOHS Manager in Commerce, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very caring company and do a lot for their employees.

    Cons

    Pretty much a Midwest to eastern part of the country company and I live on the west coast.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing it's working.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Operator technician"

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    Former Employee - Operations Technician in Morristown, NJ
    Former Employee - Operations Technician in Morristown, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    I loved working for Colgate, felt like a family there. Colgate cares for the employees, has good benefits, helps with education.

    Cons

    Moved to South Carolina.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Overall great company to work for!!"

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    • 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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Associate in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Technical Associate in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good teamwork, nice installation, all the tools needed to get the job done.

    Cons

    Difficult to climb the ladder of management (old style management). Needs to focus more on employees

    Advice to Management

    Needs to focus more on employees and help them grow inside the company (mentorship).


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