Colgate-Palmolive - Very Conservative, But A Great Place For Those Who Want Global Experience | Glassdoor
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"Very Conservative, But A Great Place For Those Who Want Global Experience"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
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Pros

* Ability to gain significant global experience, Colgate is by-far the most truly global company I've worked at. At almost any CP office there will be many people of all nationalities and backgrounds. The NY office is probably the most diverse.
* Success is largely driven by your ability to build and maintain wide informal networks. Your relationships--more so than other companies I've worked at--largely determines your ability to get things done.
* Highly stable environment, relatively.

Cons

* Extremely conservative. If you're looking to break the mold in any way whatsoever, you're at the wrong company. While management gives innovation a lot of lip service, in reality, there is much too much inertia and 'failure is not an option' attitude for anything truly groundbreaking to take hold.
* A lot of 'dead wood' middle management . Yes, every company has it's share of managers who's stars have faded, but Colgate seems to have more than most. The sequence of 'Voluntary Early Retirement Programs' in recent years have cleared much of it out, but there are a few notable exceptions.
* High percentage of decisions made unnecessarily high in the organization. Most middle managers are unable to make any decisions of consequence.

Advice to Management

* Continue cutting unnecessarily middle management, empower those left with the authority to make broader decisions.
* Make a more credible commitment to fostering innovation by loosening the reigns on some of the younger, up-and-coming, employees.

Other Employee Reviews for Colgate-Palmolive

  1. "On the whole positive, but definitely having to go the extra mile."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues are mostly great, and usually very capable.
    Plenty of scope for high flyers, with promotion often from within, and many opportunities to move globally, but only for the very able.

    Cons

    Be prepared to give your pound of flesh. Seems to becoming a less caring environment - but that might be a normal sympton of the tough economic climate.

    Advice to Management

    Don't lose sight of our caring heritage. We have always had profit as only one of our important targets. Community contibution and reputation should still be highly valued.


  2. "It is a job with an every day challenge and a great place to learn."

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    Current Employee - Key Account Manager
    Current Employee - Key Account Manager
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great place to work and since it is quite advanced in communication and data tools it is a great place to learn too.

    Cons

    If you do not work fisicaly in central office you usually don't get all of the benefits and support as an emploee.

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