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"Smart people, good brands, too top heavy to provide opportunities to move up!"

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Former Employee - Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
Former Employee - Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
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Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Unilever full-time (More than 3 years)

Pros

People are smart and the support functions - consumer research, brand finance, etc mean you can focus on marketing. 4 1/2 stars

Cons

They keep consolidating roles at the top so that if you ever hope to move up to the top - and I just mean Director and above - you better plan on being there a LONG time! 2 stars

Advice to Management

Provide training to everyone who manage people. The level of inconsistency and ability of people to manage other people was at times appalling.

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "No growth opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Associate Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - International assignments if you are willing to relocate

    Cons

    - Almost no opportunities for promotions
    - You have to be a "lister" to be even considered for a promotion/manager level position.
    - No training given to new hires
    - Salaries are differentiated based on your educational qualifications and not your job role. Eg. you could be at the same position as another employee but earning $10k-15k lower than them as they have a higher qualification
    - Very political environment
    - Managers are not trained to manage/coach people. There isn't much differentiation in the job role of an employee and his manager. So you could be doing exactly the same work as your manager but of course earning lesser.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Its had its ups and downs."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big company, lots of opportunity if you are flexible and can move around the world. Great entry level job, but then get out by the time you make it to manager. Nice sustainability agenda.

    Cons

    Zero growth in NJ. Less upper management roles every year. Downsize and restructuring is the norm. Work life balance is poor. Leadership does not deliver. Leadership is encouraging an up or out mentality... meaning if you are not promoted in a couple years, you will be let go.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful what you wish for as you'll be losing a lot of your top talent.

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