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"Great company but bureaucratic"

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Current Employee - Associate CMI Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Current Employee - Associate CMI Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Great place if you are in a senior position or just starting out. Great training and mentoring. Opportunity to work on world-class brands and cutting edge management best practices.

Cons

Bureaucratic style. Too process oriented. Unless you have a seat at the table, it's hard to get your voice heard. Unilever is too big which makes it slow to react to react and decisions take a long time. Not suited for professionals who prefer a fast-paced environment. Very long and odd working hours. Too much power centered in Europe which puts employees based in the US at a slight disadvantage in terms of work recognition

Other Employee Reviews for Unilever

  1. "Foodsolutions plays second fiddle to Unilever's main line of business"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Associate Finance Management Intern in Lisle, IL
    Current Intern - Associate Finance Management Intern in Lisle, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    -Location, Chicago is a great city. Smaller office.

    Cons

    The Foodsolutions division is somewhat of an afterthought in the broader conversation at Unilever. Completely sales driven environment: sales staff superfluously pass out subsidies to make a sale, thereby diminishing any brand value of Unilever's products.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people in Operations who actually know what they're doing. Hire people in Sales with some backbone and willingness to stand up for the company, rather than continuously bending over for the customer.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great people and opportunities, but you must be willing to work very hard"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Intern - Intern in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Unilever as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    --Summer hours (work an extra hour mon-thurs, take a halfday on friday)
    --great people
    --agile workspace (can sit in different places)
    --great co-op program with meaningful work and lots of exposure
    --fantastic company store, especially at the corporate location
    --great company vision (reducing environmental footprint by half and doubling the business by the year 2020, based on the benchmark of yr 2000)
    --very focused on environmental sustainability, giving the the community/world through the business and people

    Cons

    --Employees are overworked. Work-life balance encouraged, but does not translate into practice.
    --for co-ops/interns, pay does not increase based on having additional work experience & school class credits.
    --Large company = difficult to get things done fast

    Advice to Management

    Hire more employees so that the work is more manageable for everyone. It will benefit your company. Dropping the stress levels = happier employees. People work much better together and are more productive when they aren't constantly juggling 10 different "HOT" priorities.


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