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"Not what it used to be."

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  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Systems Manager in Cincinnati, OH
Current Employee - Systems Manager in Cincinnati, OH
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

It's clear when you talk to colleagues that have been with the company for a long time that working for P&G used to be grand. It's hard to make it through a week without somebody waxing nostalgic about the good old days when the company had a powerhouse R&D organization paired with the most elite marketers in the world.

Some policies and practices (namely pay and a few benefits) still reflect that caliber of company and its those aspects that keep good people around.

Cons

Since the mid-90s, executives have consistently embarked on a path of systematically gutting the organization of most core competencies. In a never-ending march to lower costs, they have outsourced so much of the company's operations that employees are often little more than rubber-stamping yes-men with no grasp of the details involved in their work. Middle management is a cesspool of positive thinking zealots who dismiss uncomfortable facts and manage by political popularity rather than business impact or results.

What success the company has continued to realize is typically driven by experienced personnel who were around back in the days that P&Gers actually did real work. As these people retire, the organization will continue to suffer brain drain until all that's left are people who blindly oversee vendors while reading Rhonda Byrne's "The Promise". Sadly, positive thinking will not be enough to right this ship.

Advice to Management

Start reinvesting in core competencies and funding real product innovation. Commercial innovation coupled with massive ad buy is not enough to maintain, let alone grow, share.

Other Employee Reviews for Procter & Gamble

  1. "They talk a good game..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cincinnati, OH
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    P&G is a corporate power house. Being the largest consume products company in the world offers employees a glimmer of hope during hard economic times. They offer great training opportunities; making it a great place to build expertise in all area regarding consumer packaged goods.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, it's a "dog eat dog world" where many wolves walk around in sheep's clothing. It can get to be a bit demoralizing and drain the life out of you.

    Advice to Management

    There is a plethora of knowledge amongst the administrative staff at P&G; management should take greater notice of this. Often times it feels as though administrators are viewed as having less to offer when it comes to the bottom lines. Their talents should be recognized and they should be given equal opportunity to rise amongst the ranks. Unfortunately, the overall consensus appears to be "one an admin, always an admin".


  2. "Great opportunity to learn and grow."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Section Head in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Section Head in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Variety of types of jobs, businesses, geographies.

    Cons

    Large, bureaucratic, slow, complex, risk averse.

    Advice to Management

    Look for ways to incorporate more ideas/strategy from junior employees. Some of the fastest growing companies in the world are lead by CEOs that are a generation or two younger than P&G CEOs. This needs to be balanced with leverage vision and ideas from employees from all generations.

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