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Updated May 24, 2017
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  • work life balance might be tough (in 156 reviews)

  • Matrix structure can slow down decision making as does need to build consensus for all major decisions (in 88 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Englewood, NJ
    Former Employee - Analyst in Englewood, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fair, good work ethic, great work life balance

    Cons

    Not always communicating with end user of systems

    Unilever Response

    May 23, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Thank you for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and we'll ensure they are passed on to the team.


  2. "Procurement Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Procurement Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee empowerment; diversity; training opportunities;employee performance management system (is not perfect) but works

    Cons

    High turnover of employees; having Unilever on the resume is a selling point!

    Advice to Management

    n/a

    Unilever Response

    May 22, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thanks for your review and feedback. It’s great to see that you highlight employee empowerment and training opportunities as particular positives of your time here. We’ll ensure that your comment ... More


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good Company...BUT... Poor Pay"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Agile working, Great benefits, Good location

    Cons

    Low Pay, too much red tape when trying to get work accomplished, no career growth opportunites

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of these low performing managers that cause unncessary churn.

    Unilever Response

    May 18, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review. It's good to see that you highlight agile working and benefits as particular positives. We'll ensure your comments around renumeration and growth opportunities are ... More


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Long Term Trend is Negative; Do Not Believe all the Hype"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are still a lot of smart, passionate people at Unilever who are great to work with and learn from.
    Many people actually believe in Unilever’s social and sustainability strategy, and act accordingly. The majority of people behave ethically and politely.
    It’s a great place to build up your skills quickly, and in some parts of the world, having Unilever on your CV is still meaningful

    Cons

    1. In many roles, the amount of work and hours required is overwhelming. Headcount is always being reduced, but the work required is always increasing.
    2. Unilever’s compassion does not extend to its employees. In some areas, layoffs and restructuring are constant. Employee turnover is high, for example, in Unilever’s global business services, 80% of the management team has left in the past 6 months. Most of next level of the organization is being laid off as their roles are eliminated or shifted to low cost countries.
    3. Pay is average, bonuses are decreasing, and the company continues to cut benefits. Almost all the offices are open seating, so the work environment is noisy and frequently filthy.
    4. Unilever has a huge amount of outsourcing, offshoring, contractors, and consultants. In some areas, the shadow organization is so strong, Unilever has lost control of the company.
    5. Management knee jerk reacts to every consultancy recommendation. Lately, they are all running around worried about travel costs and colored printing instead of the structural defects in their business model. The board is invisible.
    6. Unilever moves slowly, it takes forever to make a decision (if it ever even gets made). Processes are complex and brittle, and everything being outsourced makes it more difficult to get even the simplest thing accomplished.
    7. Unilever relentlessly markets their “save the world” mission to employees, with an equally strong message of "save money wherever, however possible." Customers and consumers are an after thought.
    8. Unilever discriminates against anyone who doesn't meet the current correct "identity." If you are in the developed world or white or male or over 40, expect to be laid off.

    Advice to Management

    Senior leaders believe their own marketing, and are blind to the fact that the company has lost touch with people who buy their products. There is a lot of hypocrisy at senior levels -- in public people support Unilever's mission, but they do not in their day to day operations.

    Unilever Response

    May 23, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for your review and comments. We always appreciate candid feedback - both positive and constructive. Firstly, we would like to suggest setting up a meeting with your HR ... More


  6. "Unilever"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Lots of career opportunities
    Supports further education

    Cons

    Lower average salary compared to regional and national averages

    Advice to Management

    Continue to give challenging opportunities to your team members to allow them to grow and develop

    Unilever Response

    May 18, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Thank you for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and we'll ensure they are passed on to the team.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lacking Leadership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Manager in Kansas City, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay was within range, has good employees.

    Cons

    Leadership was nowhere to be seen. No support of middle management.

    Advice to Management

    Support all of your people.

    Unilever Response

    May 23, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your comments, including your points around renumeration and leadership, and will ensure they are passed on to the respective teams.


  8. "Needs Leadership Training"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Wide reach - brands used all over the world
    Very flexible hours - encourages work from home

    Cons

    Poor leadership from Directors - low EQ and insecure, not able to support star performers adequately because of these

    Advice to Management

    Train and coach your leaders. The ones who need it most will never ask for it. Your HR Group will have to initiate it.

    Unilever Response

    May 23, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review – we appreciate the feedback, both positive and constructive. It’s pleasing to see that you mention our brands and flexible working as particular positives of your role ... More


  9. "Overall a great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Quality Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Quality Supervisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Unilever has great values, and was a great place to work prior to the Kraft Heinz bid. Unfortunately it went into slashing mode to raise stock value. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Corporate disconnect with sites. But overall a good company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Make onboarding easy, organize the corporation so it's easier to make a decision, and bring IT in house.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Maybe a good stop but not good for the long term, get in and get out."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Hammond, IN
    Former Employee - Analyst in Hammond, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Products, some of the people. Products and some of the people since I need 20 words and there aren't 20 pros.

    Cons

    Leadership (lack of), favoritism, have to be in the club to survive comfortably. Some of the people. Pay (lack of). Does not care about the people. Safety is important until it interferes with production.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to lead, value, and get the most out of your people. Stop hiring and promoting people just because you know them. What seems easiest today is not always best for the long term. Get to know your subordinates, learn more about them than what other people have to say. Teamwork makes the dream work.

    Unilever Response

    May 22, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your comments, including your points around leadership and progression opportunities, and will ensure they are passed on to the ... More


  11. "Ben & Jerry's St. Albans, VT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production in Saint Albans, VT
    Current Employee - Production in Saint Albans, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Full time job & management passes out beer during company community day! Also, at times the maintenance shop is more like a barroom.

    Cons

    1% across the board raise for hourly employees while management receives large bonuses. Interoffice affairs are common place & appear to be the only way to move up the ladder. Place has gone down hill under the direction of the current factory director in VT. Benefits are constantly taken away & headcount is being cut causing people to work in unsafe conditions. Yet management threatens people with termination if they get hurt. Accidents are hidden & hourly employees work in a hostile fear driven environment

    Advice to Management

    Treat hourly employees with respect & at least try to act like Ben & Jerry's founded this company

    Unilever Response

    May 24, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review and feedback. We appreciate all comments - both positive and constructive. Firstly, we would like to suggest you set up a meeting with your HR Business Partner who will ... More


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