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Unilever Reviews

Updated June 20, 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (25)

    "Amazing People and Purpose and an Awesome Place to Work!!"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The list of reasons why Unilever is the best place to work is way too long. So below are just a few:

    Purpose – UL realizes the value of people who have a purpose as much as our brands with a purpose.
    People – the organization cares about their employees as much as they do customers and consumers. Also the people who work at UL are smart, nice and most importantly authentic.
    Brands – It is really an awesome feeling to let people know you work for this amazing company Unilever, and “Oh by the way, they make Dove, Hellmann’s, Ben & Jerry’s”.
    Flexibility – agile work environment. Being able to get your job done from wherever, whenever.
    Empowerment – being encouraged to own and make decisions and knowing that the leaders have your back.

    and many more...

    Cons

    With all large organization, process can get in the way of being able to get things done quickly. Unilever has done a tremendous job over the past few years of tackling this barrier by changing the way we work. This has removed a lot of the complexity which has allowed things to be done quicker and simpler.

    Unilever Response

    Oct 9, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for providing such an insightful review of your time with us so far. It's great to see you mention a number of positives including our shared values, colleagues, brands and... More


  2. "Great Place to Work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Flexible hours, agile working, nice office place

    Cons

    It is in New Jersey

  3. "Great team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Very nice and smart people

    Cons

    High turnover rate, lots of meetings

    Unilever Response

    Jun 6, 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review.


  4. "Great foundation builder"

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    Current Employee - R&D
    Current Employee - R&D
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A good place to get your bearings. Meet a ton of people. Travel if it is necessary. Great benefits. Always learning something new.

    Cons

    Need to jump around to get compensated, need to push for growth. Large corporate structure. Curved performance evaluations.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an even playing ground. Make sure pay is competitive between teams. Reward people who would like to move up internally instead of external candidates.

    Unilever Response

    Jun 11, 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for your feedback and for your contribution at Unilever.


  5. "Great culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    Smart, enthusiastic, high energy, care about employees, excellent culture

    Cons

    Difficult to move up, comp is low

    Unilever Response

    Jun 5, 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for your feedback and good luck in your new role.


  6. "Maintenance tech"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, good retirement benefits

    Cons

    A lot of hurdles to jump through little to none recognition for acheivements

    Unilever Response

    Jun 18, 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback and your contribution at Unilever.


  7. "Customer Service Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Great Culture
    Benefits
    Brands
    Free IceCream

    Cons

    There are no cons I can think of

    Unilever Response

    May 31, 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a review about your experience of Unilever.

  8. "Excellent company, impecable values, high standards."

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Director in Middle, IA
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Director in Middle, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people, the products, the processes

    Cons

    None that I could mention.

    Unilever Response

    May 31, 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for sharing your review on the role you had with us.


  9. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    The culture at Unilever is excellent. People are treated with respect. The working hours are flexible within reason. Diversity of workplace is valued. Paul Polman is an excellent CEO.

    Cons

    The benefits at Unilever have reduced over time. Additionally, the organization has become "flatter" thus career advancement is rather limited in terms of upward mobility. However, many broadening assignments are available to people at the same work level/zone. Base salaries are generally lower than the market. Hence, turnover is high in areas such as marketing and supply chain planning.

    Advice to Management

    While cost control is important, U.S. base salaries at all work levels needs to increase. If not, Unilever will continue to experience high-turnover is key functions given a strong job market and high cost of living in the CT and NJ areas.

    Unilever Response

    May 31, 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your role with us. It’s great to see that you highlight a number of positives, including flexible working and culture.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not the company it once was"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits - medical, dental, 401k match, what once was a pension is gone. Still a strong sense of culture, socially and environmentally conscious company

    Cons

    Changes in corporate structure, gigantic global amounts of red tape, commoditization of pretty much everything, layoffs on scheduled basis, pandering to stockholders at expense of loyal employees

    Advice to Management

    Take care of loyal employees, listen more direct less, continue with work life balance, walk the talk - cost cutting is not just for the workers

    Unilever Response

    Jun 5, 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for your review. We are sorry to hear about your concerns, please do share these with your line manager.


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