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  • Not very good work-life balance (in 176 reviews)

  • Slow decision making processes have not fully been addressed (in 99 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great for Getting Experience, High Amount of Change"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Corporate vision, global leverage, high percentage of great co-workers, flexibility, a ton of experience learning opportunities.

    Cons

    Non stop change in and inconsistency in expectations and organization, mixed messages on performance, unbalanced workload, minimal work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Too many short term wins lead to longer term headaches. Design goals and projects with a vision to be sustainable to business and processes, not just one and done. Do a thorough assessment of talent and leadership, including a balancing of work.

    Unilever Response

    May 13, 2016 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review - we appreciate the feedback. It's pleasing to see that you list a number of highlights including our vision, co-workers and learning opportunities. We'll pass on your... More


  2. "Requirements Planner"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Recommends

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Diversity and Inclusion in the workplace

    Cons

    Nothing outside of basic corporate America in terms of restructures.

    Unilever Response

    Mar 18, 2016 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your feedback - we appreciate your comments. It's great to see such a positive outlook and wish you all the best for throughout 2016.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "This is a great company to work for because they invest in their employees."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in Lisle, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for because they invest in their employees, are serious about their sustainability program (USLP), and have so many different opportunities that you'll always find a new challenge to tackle.

    Cons

    They are very process oriented. Great because you minimize risks and failures. Tough because you are not organized to move fast and end up being a follower more often than leader.

    Advice to Management

    Bring in more of the entrepreneurial spirit so you take risks on true innovations

    Unilever Response

    Feb 8, 2016 – The Unilever Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your current role with us at Unilever. It's pleasing to see that you've highlighted a number of positives, including our commitment to investing... More


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Not the place to work at! high turnover! Lies!"

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    Former Employee - Sanitation Tech in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sanitation Tech in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay. Very close to home.

    Cons

    Benefits not the best, Union environment, management is out of place. Treat you with alot of disrespect. Training is not structured and old timers there are not willing to train you. They give you attitudes and everyone hates working there due to the forcing and understaffed place. This place has a very high turnover of employees! They lied about my pay, my schedules, paycheck was never correct ever since I got hired at the place.

    Advice to Management

    Get training setup, manage and discipline old timers, make great use of unique talent.

    Unilever Response

    Feb 3, 2016 – The Unilever Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your time with us. We appreciate the feedback and will ensure your comments around under-staffing are passed on to the correct team. We hope... More


  5. "Unilever"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Well paid, good strategic focus, good environmental footprint focus

    Cons

    Manufacturing plant based employees are gears in the machine, expendable and treated that way.

    Advice to Management

    Treat manufacturing plant based employees like you do employees based out of corporate sites.

    Unilever Response

    Oct 27, 2015 – The Unilever Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your previous role with us at Unilever. We're pleased to see that you highlighted our strategic focus and our environmental efforts as... More


  6. "Distributor Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Distributor Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Distributor Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong Brands and product portfolio

    Cons

    Management of business unit, processes and outdated systems

    Advice to Management

    Upgrade!

    Unilever Response

    Oct 29, 2015 – The Unilever Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for leaving a review of your role here at Unilever. We appreciate the feedback and will ensure this is passed to the team.


  7. "maintenance mechanic"

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    pay is good ,lot of overtime for whoever wants to make some real money

    Cons

    work and life time is not even..to much time at work.sometimes by forced to work.Favoritism has to stop

    Advice to Management

    treat people with the same respect you want to be treated..rules should be applied to everyone the same way..

  8. "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top brands to work with

    Cons

    nothing in particular to say

    Advice to Management

    More diversity would be better


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Decent Company to Work For"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    WONDERFUL people to work with
    BIG company culture, international company gives opportunity to work with a very diverse group of people.
    Free tea and coffee all day
    Company store!! - buy most Unilever products at just above cost
    Decent salary and benefits

    Cons

    Foods business isn't doing as amazingly as they want so there are tons of hire freezes and downsizing going on. They seem to take away more and more of the "perks" of working here every year. If you are in the Lisle group it is much smaller and every year people wonder how much longer the office there is going to last. The only other location (for non-plant workers) is Englewood Cliffs, NJ or Trumbull, CT which doesn't leave many options. They are currently changing systems and none of it was thought out well. North America needs to take all specifications from Europe yet there are different standards and regulations that it just isn't working. IT is outsourced to India so it's almost impossible to get your computer issues fixed.

    Advice to Management

    Stop taking away all the money and perks of working here!


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Are you okay with the position you are in?"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Worker in Lisle, IL
    Current Employee - Worker in Lisle, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance - Very Flexible and understanding.
    Good People - Even the manager regardless of business decisions are cool people. For me they passed the beer test.

    Cons

    Small and getting smaller - My prediction is that in five years food solutions will not be in Lisle.
    Not much opportunity - If you are looking to climb the corporate ladder this is not the place.
    Old - If you consider yourself a young professional and looking for a YP atmosphere this is not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Be up front with employees especially new hires about the development and oppurtunities available at the shrinking Food Service portion of Unilever.


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