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Procter & Gamble Reviews

Updated April 29, 2017
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  • With a brilliant work life balance, the culture is all about supporting each other to win together (in 340 reviews)

  • P&G makes a serious investment in employees (in 424 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (4)

    "good place to be if you either have passion for its brands or can wait forever to grow."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Former Employee - Finance Manager
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good stepping stone for a future career if you are interested in marketing or sales, good work-life balance.

    Cons

    slow development, limited opportunities, averse to adopting best practices from outside the company, risk slipping in to a routine & administrative mode due to slow and top-down decision making thereby killing the challenge and entrepreneurial spirit, got to fit a single distinct personality pattern ('proctoid') to be recognized thereby limiting diversity.

    Advice to Management

    better internal communication (replace marketing jargon with more honesty), get in more external focus, empower employees (not just marketing and CBD) at operational level to execute the defined strategies and objectives,


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Do not make your mistake. Its name is not trust-worthy any longer."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    learn a lot about the PAIN of working with a highly bureaucratic organization. Need to be very lucky to meet a manager with good leadership skill.

    Cons

    it was a mistake to work for P&G. It is totally different from what I expected. Many inexperienced undergraduates were promoted to band 2 manager. Because of the promote from within culture, many other professionals with outside experience must start from the bottom and have to deal with these narrow-minded, arrogant folks.
    They treat entry-level employee very bad. They even fired employee whose spouse was 9-month pregnant.

    Overall, it is not a good place to work. Lots of politics played in many decision-makings. It is naive to believe that they act based on their principles and values.

    Advice to Management

    Is people really your most important asset? STOP LYING.


  3. Helpful (9)

    "Need to Move On"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Green Bay, WI
    Current Employee - Engineer in Green Bay, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, nice people. Pleasure to come to work most days. Enjoy making top notch products that everyone uses.

    Cons

    Long hours, performance management system does not improve employee performance. It creates backstabbing and CYA mentality. Better get in good with the boss.

    Advice to Management

    Respect all employees and take the time to value them. Not everything that makes a business successful can be summed up in the annual report.


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Smart, creative & have a competitive spirit? P&G is NOT the place for you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good training ground for marketers & customer team roles are great experiences

    Cons

    Promotions are strictly tenure-based; Impossible to succeed if you aren't a cookie-cutter "Proctoid"

    Advice to Management

    Get in touch with what's really going on in your organizations & also outside of P&G... good people are leaving the company to go to competitors & competitors are more in touch with what's going on in the Marketing world. Things are changing & changing fast - wake up P&G.


  6. "Good to develop early career experience"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    In'l Company
    Great training
    Midwest values
    Great marketing training

    Cons

    Former Gillette employee - not respected for technical knowledge

    Advice to Management

    Need balance betwen purchase deleloping internal skill set


  7. "duracell is the WORST company in p&g pocket"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technician in Lancaster, SC
    Current Employee - Technician in Lancaster, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    NONE!!!!!!!!!!! Lots of overtime if thats your thing

    Cons

    bad management , the p&g plant i work isn't like the others. Its the duracell brand which was recently bought with gillette. the plans and methods such as AM, and this SUC bull s&*% just is not going to work in the type of plant

    Advice to Management

    get rid of the idiots you set as managers, making batteries isn't like making tampons, promote people from the floor that know what they are doing to make the choices. Thank people for trying. stop lying to your employees!!! we are not that dumb!!!!!!!


  8. Helpful (5)

    "P&G is not all they say they are"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The only good things about working for P&G were the pay and benefits.

    Cons

    If you want to get into or are already in management, you will need to give up your personal life. They preach about balancing work like and personal like, but they do NOT practice this. I know of many, many people in different parts of the company who are overworked!!!!! There is just not enough time to get everything done and still have a healthy lifestyle. I was carrying the workload of about 2 1/2 jobs and when I met with my manager to discuss my workload situation she wanted me to come with some suggestions for how to manage it. We had an "extra" person in our group at the time and when I suggested that that person take on some of the work I was currently responsible for, her comment was "Oh, you can't take anything off of your work plan. You need to figure out a way to get it all done." And when I asked her if I could have a support person to go to for additional help, she laughed at me. How is that for support? Oh and this was after I had been to the doctor because my physical health was negatively impacted. My doctor wrote me a note that I was only allowed to work 45 hours a week - as opposed to the 70-80 hours a week I had been working. It is pretty pathetic to have to get a note from your doctor saying you can only work 45 hours a week!!!!

    If you do go to HR to try and get help, it seems that they just want to shut you up and hope that you will go away. I have had 2 separate situations at P&G where I went to HR for help and both times I felt they just wanted to shut me up. I got very little help or resolution. But I believe in standing up for what is right - even if it is the hard thing to do. P&G will talk about doing the right thing, but very few managers actually do do the right thing.

    P&G is a totally different company than it was many years ago. They are all about the bottom line. They may say that their employees are their #1 asset, but don't believe. If it comes down to the people or the bottom line, they will always choose the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of having to offer programs like Blueprint for healthy living, take care of your employees first so that these kinds of programs are not needed!

    You need to do a better job of training your managers to manage people. Most of the managers I know really do not have the skills needed to do this well.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "No life but at work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer (Gillette) in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer (Gillette) in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You will have a job. There are some nice people to work with that you will meet at PG. You can have a long and safe career with PG if you are willing to sacrifice everything but your job.

    Ability ot travel world wide if you like to.

    Cons

    Company culture is extreme and there is no room for creativity. You will not be promoted unless you are a "yes" man. You must adhere to the "standards" at all costs even if you can find a better way to do something.

    No respect for technology or peoples abilities to grow and learn. IF you work for PG too long you will have no skills to work for another company.

    A company of managers and delegators and no one doing anything but paperwork.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people...They are very unhappy. Cut down on the paperworkand actually accomplish something.

    Stop patting each other on the back and actaully see that you are ruining the Gillette name.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Top-Heavy Organization means no ability to get promoted even when "qualified""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Almost all people at the "Group Manager" level or below are phenomenal people both personally and professionally.

    Cons

    Management doesn't care about people, they make it well known that you are replaceable. Nothing like being told you can be "promoted" and then you can't find an open job at the level so they tell you to either take a job at a lower level or leave the company. Management will give conflicting direction within the same call: increase production but lower inventory, reduce capital but go out and buy all this stuff.

    Advice to Management

    Stop and actually listen to what you actually are saying.


  11. Helpful (11)

    "Do not come to P&G if you have a degree in chemistry or biology"

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

    Pros

    Having P&G on your resume makes you very marketable to other companies. There are some non traditional roles available for people with science backgrounds.

    Cons

    Short of having a Bachelors in Engineering you will be a second class citizen. The R&D system is truly flawed. People with bachelors or masters degrees in a scientific discipline come in 2 levels underneath those with bachelors degress in engineering. If you have a science background you will not come in as a manager (like your classmates in engineering will). All of the effort is put into developing engineers for leadership roles. People with science backgrounds are expected to be a pair of hands in the lab. You may luck up and get a manager who gives you the opportunity to do the type of work that the engineers get to do but expect to get paid $20-30K less for the same work. What they don't tell you when you are interviewing is that only a very small percentage of people with science backgrounds ever get the 2 promotions necessary to get them to the entry level position for an engineer. For the few who do, the average timing is 10 years. It is very common for a person with 15+ years with the company who came in with a bachelors/masters in science to be managed by someone with a bachelors in engineering who is right out of college. To add insult to injury, any degree that you obtain while working for P&G does not help you advance. The expectation is that the new degree will just enhance your abilities within your current role. Also, those coming in with a PhD in a scientific discipline will enter at the same level as a bachelors in engineering. (P&G loves their engineers!)
    On another note, you can also expect to spend your time imitating your competitors b/c the culture has gone away from taking the risks associated with being innovative and has instead gone to a copycat paradigm.

    Advice to Management

    Stop recruiting over qualified people for researcher positions. If the idea is to get people into a system with limited opportunity for advancement that develop a strong expertise in executional work, then go back to the old model where you recruited high school graduates and train them to do the researcher work. You are bringing in young college graduates with high potential for growth and then trying to limit their mobility and this is causing very bad morale among this group of employees.
    Also, lets get back to being category leaders by focusing on long term strategic growth as opposed to prioritizing short term copycat initiatives.


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