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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated July 10, 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 (5)

    "Colgate was once a best place to work"

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    • 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
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Top notch art health insurance benefits, decent work life balance (when working in the offices).

    Cons

    Too much hierarchical, slow pace decision-making process (or sometimes no decision), zero support you are going to get if you make a decision. Excessive savings driven mentality, it is all about money.

    Advice to Management

    The company needs to be more dynamic and have trustworthy leaders that genuinely inspire people.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Good company but not the place to grow in your IT career"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and perks:
    Health and Dental Care,
    Discounted products at Company Store,
    Tuition assistance,
    401K and bonus,
    Work from home 2 days a week and
    Open work environment /floorplan.

    Cons

    Important to know:
    Still expanding piscataway building to move more employees
    Continuing project gateway: re-organization aka layoff of employees in all countries and move jobs to India.
    Difficult to bring in new technologies even when there is a need and is aligned with Colgate strategy, business drives IT in this organization
    Corporate politics - network and know people if you want to move up, don't necessarily need to be good at what you do.
    Take note: 401K plan - after 5 years of service its required company take $3,000 of your pay and puts it into Colgate stock, in addition to whatever you are already contributing. Penalty received if you try to take it out, same with bonus.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Company focus has shifted to cost cutting in every way"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Health benefits still remain strong
    Salary was acceptable
    The office in Atlanta has a mostly pleasant culture in my opinion
    Opportunities are still available provided you want to move
    Company store with Colgate products at cost

    Cons

    I started with the company at a time when all other companies had already done most of their major layoffs and outsourcing. Colgate was behind in this effort it seems. In order to keep up with their competitors and keep the stock prices high, they went from a very caring company to a slow shift of job elimination through outsourcing and "efficiency and optimization" efforts. So having said that, here are the cons:
    Very limited opportunities outside of moving from different states or countries
    Feeling that your job could be outsourced at any time
    Entire company shift to cost cutting has reduced quality of everything from our work to our actual products and packaging

    Advice to Management

    My direct management is pleasant to work for, so my advice would be for upper, executive-level individuals. If we continue to focus on reducing costs, we will begin to reduce overall quality through the entire company. Our products and name will be damaged to the point where customers will no longer prefer it. Profits will drop, board member will not be happy, and because in the end its all about pleasing them, they may sell the company to squeeze the last of the cash cow.


  4. 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


  5. "Global IT Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  6. "Great"

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern

    Pros

    Very flexible, everyone is friendly, relaxed and calm environemnt

    Cons

    Parking is hard to find sometimes when coming in for half a day


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Development Officer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Best in the industry pay structure
    HR practices in place
    Clear guidance

    Cons

    Limited scope of growth
    Full time market job


  9. "Great Company Overall"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Oral Care Consultant
    Current Employee - Oral Care Consultant
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Supports women and diversity, decent base salary

    Cons

    Too difficult to advance, or for growth opportunities


  10. 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.


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