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Pros
  • Very good work-life balance options (in 334 reviews)

  • P&G is the place where you are encouraged to voice-up any idea (in 414 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance can be challenging (in 277 reviews)

  • Too much process driven, Slow-decision making, Bureaucratic (in 216 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Marketing Training but you'd better love Cincinnati."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - ABM in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - ABM in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brand Management training. Practical and classroom training. The organization provides great frameworks for becoming a strong marketer

    Cons

    Takes time for decisions to be made and there's too much bureacracy.

    The company probably hires too many ABMs and then makes it difficult to be promoted to Brand Manager.

    You can feel like you're being brainwashed at times and you have to be careful to not loose yourself. In fact, the Promote from Within mantra the company is so proud tends to produce disciples instead of true creative thinkers. There doesn't seem to be a great appreciation for outside thinking. Everyone talks the sames and tells the same jokes. It can be scary.

    Some of the marketing principals can be overly complicated solely for the sake of being different.

    Processes get in the way of driving results.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline processes and be more willing to make exceptions.
    Empower people to make decisions and ensure that those people know that they are the decision maker.


  2. "P&G -- Good place to be despite the place being in Cincinnati"

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

    Pros

    Procter & Gamble is a very diverse company which provides a vast array of opportuniites for young workers to mold their careers. We have a very thorough training process and fairly structured evaluation process. Management tends to rely heavily on the independence of new employees, and place them in positions of significant responsibility early in their carrers. P&G also draws very talented people, which provides a work environment which is stimulating and enjoyable. Work-life balance is valued by senior managment, which makes them flexible when it comes to taking care of personal matters. Rather than focusing on face-time, P&G values your overall work product when it comes to evaluating performance.

    Cons

    P&G is located in Cincinnati, OH, which may be generally considered less than desirable. As a derivative of its location, there is a fair amount of close-mindedness in addressing world issues and contrary political views. Also, since P&G hires very talented people, there is some dissatisfaction with the promotion process, as we are all ambitious people, vying for a limited number of slots in upper managment.

    Advice to Management

    Relocate the company to a "better" city. Stop cutting benefits for newer employees. Focus on organic growth rather than acquisitions.


  3. "Procter and Gamble is one of the best companies in the U.S. to work for."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Blending in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Blending in New Orleans, LA
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits. Scheduling allows for time off work. Opportunity for advancement. Tuition reimbursment program available.

    Cons

    Limited contact with upper management. Transparency within the corporation is limited as well. Time off work for family issues is not valued. Leadership is sometimes biased.

    Advice to Management

    I would inform them to be more interested in measuring the organizations health from an entry level employees perspective.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "You get what you put into it"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people and a decent pay. Fun to work in consumer goods. Everyone gets to see your products, its easy to explain what you do. Benefits are best of all my friends Get good stuff in the store for very little work. Co-workers are generally very competent.

    Cons

    Long hours make personal life tough. I find myself working from home a lot.
    I also have to travel quite a bit between all the buildings in the area with no compensation. The other benefits are very good but gas is going up quickly. Some of the managers are very beauracratic and sometimes get lost looking high level.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize hard work in a more appropriate way, even if just verbally.


  6. "A great place to start your career and build your skills. Limited growth outside of your specific function..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing Group Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Purchasing Group Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The promote from within mentality means that there is amazing training opportunities. Many folks start out of college and are groomed in P&G ways. It's almost like an MBA. There is a large focus on skill development. It is a very honest and ethical place to work. The pay is competitive and you will be working with and for some very competent people.

    Cons

    Procter is so large that you tend to have to stay in one function. Or move at early stages of your career. This limits your ability to move up and impact the business in different ways. Unless you start in Brand. As a US manager there is a good chance you will be located in Cincinnati. International assignments have dried up considerably and travel dollars are dwindling.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for more cross-functional assignments. Reward future leaders with international assignments. Find new ways to compensate for strong results. Everyone knows that whether you are good or bad, you'll get a raise.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "A majority of the issues are people and behavioral issues"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It is a global company that if you are willing to move around for, you can visit almost anywhere you would want to on a typical 2/3 year assignment. They have a detailed vacation, 401k structure is makes it fair to all new hires so that people are not starting on different levels. International is actually involved on the plant level so that it does not seem like they are a distant organization as I've seen in other companies. You can also be proud of who you work for as they make efforts for that everyone can be involved in their community.

    Cons

    The main issue is job stability. Factories can be closed on a whim and migrated into other factories. The big pictures of such plans are not fully given to the employees at the affected factories to those outside of the senior management so that the proper decision for that person can be made. They also train everyone like a robot and cause people to rely on these centrals pillars rather than the department's management taking control of issues and fixing them. A majority of the issues are people and behavioral issues which do not seem to ever get fixed through the proper channels.

    Advice to Management

    Senior Management needs to be more involved on the line levels.


  8. "Good place to work depending on the people you work for/with."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Marketing Specialist in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits package, gym on site, flexible.

    Cons

    There is a very high need to perform at the highest level.

    Advice to Management

    Understand all levels of the organization.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "P&G great for new hires"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Large, stable company that is highly respected in its field. Great training for employees and excellent benefits. I've also been told that it's a great resume builder and one can "go anywhere" after spending some time first at P&G.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic at times. Very process oriented company which can stifle spontaneity and out of the box thinking. Some ideas can't be fully supported by tons of data. In addition, different businesses require different skills and more effort should be made to bring in people that can provide different viewpoints rather than reinforce the status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Have monthly meetings with the "lower level" employees to hear unfiltered feedback. The employees on the lower rungs are usually the ones closest to the action and have the best pulse on the market.


  10. "Honest & Smart: Great Place to Start Your Career"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    P&G has some of the smartest and most honest employees you will find anywhere. All employees are treated with respect and pushed to find ways to improve their skills and job performance. HIgh level managers focus on providing constructive feedback to encourage growth among newer employees. No wonder the company keeps managing to meet such ambitious goals. Stock plan is better than any 401K matching and hard to beat.

    Cons

    The company is still somewhat conservative and changes can be slow. Communication between and across departments needs to improve. There appear to be some personality issues in R&D that HR needs to address.

    Advice to Management

    Work on ways to improve connections across the organization to eliminate rework and maximize return on investment.


  11. "Procter is a great training ground but you have to be patient."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Purchasing Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Purchasing Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Procter has great people with a very strong value system. Their compensation seems to be competitive.

    Cons

    P&G is one of those companies in which you may learn a great deal about your category and function but what you really learn that is transferrable at other companies is how to get things done. There are many layers of management to go through to make decisions. You have to learn to deal with significant layers of bureacracy to accomplish things.

    Advice to Management

    P&G should pay employees for performance, not length of service. This has got to be the most frustrating experience at Procter. You can deliver huge results but at the end of the day you have to stick around at Procter to really get rewarded.