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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated March 17, 2017
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  • As consequence work - life balance can be not good (in 28 reviews)

  • uneffective decision making by managers (in 19 reviews)

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  1. "-"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern

    Pros

    Great learning opportunities for interns. A lot of hands-on experience with value-added responsibilities that

    Cons

    Not many entry level positions


  2. "Research intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Awesome life/work balance
    Friendly employees
    Understanding colleagues
    Very open to different cultures

    Cons

    Maybe more interaction between different departments, especially for interns


  3. "Good Room for Growth"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Great training and leadership. Multiple opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Entry level salaries are not as competitive as they could be.


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  5. "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


  6. "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.


  7. "Great Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern
    Current Employee - Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    -Friendly environment
    -Flexible scheduling
    -Great impact on personal healthcare
    -Half days on Fridays in the summer
    -High level of collaboration on exploratory projects

    Cons

    -Corporate structure makes tjhe company a little slow when it comes to procedural things (IT, maintenance, etc.)


  8. Helpful (7)

    "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.


  9. "Great Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    - Great company to work for; good people, good benefits, good pay, good bonus program
    - Flexible work arrangements

    Cons

    - Slow to promote
    - Ongoing restructuring creating uncertainty

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining talent


  10. "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


  11. 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



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