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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. Helpful (3)

    "Colgate"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Scientist in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Scientist in Piscataway, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent perks and benefits; bonuses based on performance.

    Cons

    Very little work/life balance; pigeon-holed into jobs/tasks for years.

    Advice to Management

    Mid-management needs an overhaul.


  2. "Best Place to Work"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very transparent company - everyone knows our goals and our performance. Deeply committed to consumers and the profession. Very focused on hiring and developing excellent people.

    Cons

    More real time feedback on individual performance

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you're doing


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Good Company To Start Your Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morristown, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very competitive salary and excellent benefits

    Cons

    No growth or promotion opportunities unless you have connections, are very adept at smooging or are willing to accept any position around the globe to advance, regardless of what it does to your home life.

    Advice to Management

    If I thought that my advise would be heeded I would offer some. It is pointless to offer any advise to management because they are benefitting from the tactics that they are employing and are not thinking about the long term benefit to the company. I hope that I am wrong because I own stock in the company, but unless something drastically changes from the very top of the company (Ian and Pat) they will continue to loose very valuable talent at the company.


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  5. "Great place to build a career"

    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
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great HQ location, good size cafeteria, good compensation and excellent benefits, very low turnover

    Cons

    vacation leave (2 weeks for less than 5 yrs of service), traditional office culture, business attire

    Advice to Management

    modernize the office culture, provide better vacation leave, acquire local talent (decrease expat moves), build a locker room with showers


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Operations Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Varied in Morristown, TN
    Former Employee - Varied in Morristown, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you want to believe the hype..... It's the place for you!

    Cons

    It's just hype.... No support or follow through. Very conservative and image conscious.

    Advice to Management

    Pointless. After 15 years and multiple forums very little changes, it just gets more and more beuarcratic. Live the values you preach.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Service Center Analyst"

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great salary, big independency
    People are friendly, good atmosphere

    Cons

    Process transferred to India
    Very difficult communication with the teams in India
    Incompetence in managing people
    No HR activities for a carrier growth


  8. "First Experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Intern in Piscataway, NJ

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

    Pros

    the environment to work in is very nice

    Cons

    since it's a big corporate company, not much attention is given. Manager is always busy

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time teaching new skills


  9. "Global Supply Chain"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bloomfield, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great experience, very hands-on and treat you like you are a full-time employee

    Cons

    no cons that i can think of


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service & Logistics Analyst Intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Exposure to real issues that are impacting the business. The analysis you perform will actually carry onto management for them to make decisions based on findings.

    There are 3-4 other interns working closely with you on similar projects.

    Constant feedback and evaluation from management to make sure you are on track and continuously learning.

    Involved in all of the office activities that the rest of the company is involved with.

    Cons

    Have to be willing to postpone graduation a semester, because they only offer 6 month internships.

    Training isn't really a thing, you shadow a previous intern for a bit, and then are thrown to the wolves.

    Doesn't necessarily lead to a job offer. Leads to the opportunity to apply for a rotational program, but interns in NJ are more likely to get this positions due to their proximity to the interviewers.

    No direct exposure to senior management

    Advice to Management

    Better training program so that the learning curve doesn't take such a long time.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Commercial Team Member (CDO/Mktg.)"

    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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Successful financially driven company
    Working mothers are offered work-life-balance
    Diversity is a key focus area

    Cons

    Great deal of back biting and catty atmosphere
    If you don't develop relationships with the "IN CROWD" it's difficult to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the caring culture that made Colgate a great place to work as the company is heading in a less caring direction. The company was always focused on profit and caring but the two are no longer synonymous.


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