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"The best possible learning ground; Highly political"

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Former Employee - CMK in Cincinnati, OH
Former Employee - CMK in Cincinnati, OH
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No opinion of CEO

I worked at Procter & Gamble full-time (More than 5 years)

Pros

-You're surrounded by very intelligent people to learn from every day, most people are down-to-earth & willing to help via mentorship, etc. Lots of great learning on how to influence, build networks, problem-solve, adapt to change, etc.
-Great training, although that is dwindling; moving more to online & self-led which no one has the time or management support to participate in
-Strong pay & benefits, including opportunities for leave & reduced work weeks
-Strong ethics, though I've seen these compromised

Cons

- Promote from within culture means those at the top are often best friends, which translates into benefits if you're "in the club" and challenge if you're not. This means you may get stuck with a bad manager, which is brutal
-Highly process oriented. There is more focus on figuring out how to make an initiative green vs. actually working to optimize it before launch
-1 year evaluation cycle means important projects are dropped after a year
- Creativity & risk-taking are not rewarded. Quite the opposite. Those who get rewarded are those who figure out what their manager wants & delivers it. That's great if you just like to execute, but is extremely frustrating if you see opportunities to make things better & don't get the support to go after those opportunities
-Internal selling. You'll spend 50+% of your time trying to sell your business-building idea internally or enroll others in your work vs. driving the business. Since everyone is rewarded for coming up with the next big opportunity, no one wants to work on an idea if it wasn't theirs
- Lots of CYA. No one, and I mean no one admits if mistakes are made

Advice to Management

- Involved mid-level employees in strategy development to ensure the strategy will work when rubber hits the road
- Keep important projects prioritized (and rewarded) for more than 1 year. In 5 years, I saw priorities across Trial, Commercial Innovation, Big Ideas, Big Data, Store-back, Initiative Simplification, etc. True business benefit will not be realized when the buzz word changes every year
- Start working cross-functionally at the corporate level. The BBO only exists at the C level. Bring it to life down the chain.
- Bring back instructor-led training. It cannot be replaced virtually & the intangibles of building an internal network is invaluable, saving a ton of capacity for years to come & driving employee loyalty

Other Employee Reviews for Procter & Gamble

  1. "Stifled Innovation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits. Well Defined Business Processes. Good support for multiple relocation and new roles every 3 years.

    Cons

    Rigid Process and Cost Control does not allow for Innovation. Lack of support for innovative new products.

    Advice to Management

    Support real innovation and take some risks!


  2. Helpful (1)

    "My experience has been positive, diverse, and challenging."

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    Current Intern - Human Resources Co-Op in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Intern - Human Resources Co-Op in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Procter & Gamble as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I work with amazing people who have great values, I love the culture of the business unit I am in. it is like family.

    Cons

    I am not too fond of their hiring process for interns. They only usually accept people from their pre-recruited schools, and don't even look at any other candidates if targets are tight.

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