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Unilever Leatherhead Reviews

Updated August 5, 2017
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  1. "IT Data Analyst"

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    Former Contractor - IT Data Analyst in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - IT Data Analyst in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

     Responsible for a project to update Unilever’s asset management software and keeping the stakeholders updated.

    Cons

    The Company was too far to visit.

    Advice to Management

    Great Management

    Unilever Response

    May 23, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thanks for your feedback on the previous role you held here at Unilever. It’s great to see you’ve highlighted a few positives of your time here, including management. We’ll ensure your feedback... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Start to Career"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Started in the company young in my first full time employment. The opportunity for professional development is strongly offered and supported through a number of programs. The career development issues that were rife especially in finance when I started in the company seem to have dissipated although that doesn't seem to have stopped the flow of resignations at the lower work levels. The culture is relaxed but everyone is aware of times when a push is needed meaning the work hours and location are flexible.

    Cons

    There way of working, although flexible can lead to extreme overwork when covering other employees or due to recent structural changes causing multiple roles to be downgraded or combined. The company is poor at making quick decisions and only seems to make quick decisions for the purpose of trying to publicize that they can make those quick decisions and implement them. There is still a fairly strong flow of people leaving the business due to a number of reasons, mostly due to progression, development and pay. The pay is below market rate and although it used to be made up for purely by the benefits package, they have been eroded meaning that in some cases the flexible work and slightly more relaxed culture is the reason for many to stay.

    Advice to Management

    Either address the pay gap to the market, stop eroding the benefits package or stop combining roles that produce extreme overwork for employees. The bias for action within the company especially at higher work levels needs to be addressed. Sometimes making a decision without all the data/variables and taking the risk produces better business results.

    Unilever Response

    Aug 3, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your current role with us. It’s really pleasing to see that you highlight a number of positives, including development opportunities... More

  3. "You will learn A LOT and will be given responsibility"

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    Former Contractor - Marketing Placement in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Marketing Placement in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working in ... gave me so much insight into many parts of the business. I was never treated as "just" an intern at Unilever, I was always given full responsibility. This was a bit hard at the beginning (with almost no experience) but it forced me to develop my skills very quickly. The holiday allowance was generous and there were many events that made the job more enjoyable. Most of my colleagues were very intelligent, and I was extremely happy to work with such professional and friendly people.
    Huge discounts at the Unilever shop, free Ben and Jerry's and free gym on site.

    Cons

    Sometimes not enough support was given from the management side, that slowed down our work.

    Advice to Management

    help in training the new interns so they feel supported

    Unilever Response

    Aug 7, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your Internship review. It's good to see that you highlight responsibility given, colleagues and benefits on offer as particular positives. We hope your Internship proved successful... More


  4. Helpful (3)

    "A great company - but beware you will struggle to get promoted"

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very strong culture of sustainability, doing good and believing in brands. A well respected company for your CV that recruiters and other companies really value. Good for learning about business and marketing.

    Cons

    Stifling inability to progress or be promoted: roles are being constantly downgraded meaning more junior people do increasingly senior/stressful work without the recognition or salary. It is not uncommon for an ABM to be doing the work of a SBM - and senior management know this. People hang around because they believe Unilever is a benevolent company that will reward them fairly, but sadly this isn't always true. Beware: the squeeze is especially severe at Work Level 1 (i.e. ABM) - it is near impossible to move on from this level in the current business climate.

    Almost there is a ludicrous amount of tension between Global and Local team, which means you waste more than half your time gaining 'alignment' internally rather than doing anything meaningful.

    Advice to Management

    Be careful: you are suffering an exodus of talented people that you may struggle to replace when times turn good again.

    Unilever Response

    Jun 22, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for sharing your comments around your previous role with us. It's good to see that you highlight our strong culture of sustainability and the opportunity for learning more around... More


  5. "Great and empowering company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Genuine commitment to employee satisfaction, well-being and mobility. Flexible working is granted subject to your manager's discretion but tends to be very good. A good environment to work in.

    Cons

    Heavily cost-focussed in its operational targets. Directly vertical mobility seems limited.

    Advice to Management

    More direct engagement with management beyond immediate line manager would help employees understand where there future could lie within Unilever

    Unilever Response

    Jun 19, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thanks for your review and feedback. It’s great to see that you highlight our commitment to employee satisfaction, flexible working and working environment as particular positives of your time... More


  6. "General Ledger/ Tax Accountant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very corporate and professional
    Excellent facilities
    Very nice working environment

    Cons

    People are located at different sites very difficult to communicate with people at times.

    Unilever Response

    May 18, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thanks for your review and feedback. It’s great to see that you highlight our facilities and working environment as particular positives of your time here. We’ll ensure that your comments around... More


  7. "Fantastic Internship"

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    Former Employee - Summer Placement in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Placement in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility, huge amount of opportunities available to you, great training. Good wage.

    Cons

    Have to get used to processes being slow, your manager might not have anything for you to do for the first week and a half as they are so busy, but you have responsibility piled on quickly.

    Unilever Response

    Apr 20, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your placement review. We appreciate the feedback - including your points around responsibility, training and processes. We hope your experience with us was educational and wish you... More

  8. "Unilever Apprenticeship"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Such a fantastic environment paired with a great opportunity. I am learning so much every day, whilst getting properly involved in projects that are having real impact. I've got genuine responsibility and I'm part of a phenomenal team who are all fantastically inspirational individuals.

    Cons

    Unsure of my career prospects post my placement.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Category Manager in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Strong work-life balance
    Friendly, supportive culture
    Lots of career development opportunities to work across different functions

    Cons

    Too bureaucratic - Difficult to make change
    Salaries not market competitive
    Resource cuts in the last few years
    Difficult to progress from assistant level due to lack of junior management level roles

    Unilever Response

    Apr 3, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for providing feedback on your current role. It's great to see you mention work life balance, supportive culture and career opportunities as particular positives of your time... More


  10. "Unilever Apprenticeships"

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    Current Contractor - Homecare Marketing Apprentice in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Homecare Marketing Apprentice in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I’ve now been an apprentice at Unilever for 6 months and I’m so glad to be part of this amazing company, I’ve had opportunity’s that I never expected such as meeting the CEO Paul Polman last week, as well as working on exciting brands and getting important responsibility's.

    On outreach events I’m often encouraging young people to consider apprenticeships, as I see it as a way to start a career early.

    Cons

    I’m very happy to say that I don’t have any negative comments about my experience at Unilever, you do need to work hard however I feel that it is always appreciated.

    Advice to Management

    I really appreciate how much the senior leadership team value the apprenticeship scheme, and hope that opportunity’s such as meeting Paul Polman will also be available to future apprentices.

    Unilever Response

    Mar 27, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your Apprenticeship review. It's good to see that you highlight our CEO and the real opportunities you get as particular positives. We'll ensure your comments around ensuring all... More


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