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Updated March 28, 2017
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  • work life balance might be tough (in 155 reviews)

  • Matrix structure can slow down decision making as does need to build consensus for all major decisions (in 79 reviews)

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  1. "review from a designated "high performer""

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -can move around and have really diverse experience/development without leaving the company
    -flexible workplace: work from home, flexible hours
    -smart and fun people
    -CEO has strong vision and sustainability focus that is felt throughout the company
    -real business ownership/responsibility at entry level

    Cons

    -size can cause the company to get in its own way re: talent management and upward mobility
    -lots of internal selling/alignment
    -very corporate feel: lots of acronyms, processes, systems, etc

    Advice to Management

    compensate and promote talent when deserved, and think about ROI to fix talent retention strategy and talent acquisition. these are fundamentally broken in NA office and creates lower morale/productivity for employees that want to stay, and pushes talent out the door

    Unilever Response

    Mar 29, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for your review and feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to provide a comprehensive insight into your current role. It's great to see that you have highlighted ... More


  2. "Supply Chain Co-op"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Co-Op
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Co-Op
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I had a great time at Unilever

    Cons

    No, I don't think there is any downside.

    Unilever Response

    Mar 21, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review - we appreciate the feedback. We'll ensure your comments are passed on to the respective teams. We wish you continued success and all the best.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    great culture and most of the colleagues are very knowledgable

    Cons

    work life balance might be tough

    Unilever Response

    Mar 24, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review - we appreciate the feedback. We'll ensure your specific points are passed on to the respective teams, and wish you all the best.


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  5. "Senior Research Scientist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people, interesting questions to research and lots of opportunity to work on new projects

    Cons

    Extremely limited advancement opportunities, managers tend to be promoted due to quality work within their specialty not for management skills

    Unilever Response

    Mar 27, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for your comments - we appreciate all feedback, both positive and constructive. It's great to see you mention our people and opportunities to work on new projects as ... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Culture is going downhill fast"

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    Current Employee - Procurement in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Procurement in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    agile working, aspirational external goals set by ceo...that's really about it

    Cons

    no opportunity for advancement, political, culture is terrible and creates nasty and unhealthy competition causing people to leave, everyone double hats because of so many vacancies but not compensated or rewarded at all. people are beyond frustrated or have already left and are loving their new companies. also maybe give health benefits if not bigger salaries/ bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    ask yourself why people are leaving so quickly. get a clue. fix the culture. fix the pay and benefits and people might stay, but no job is worth this headache and unnecessary stress

    Unilever Response

    Mar 20, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for leaving a review - we appreciate all feedback, both positive and constructive. It's good to see that you highlight our agile working and company position as particular positives ... More


  7. "Values-Driven company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trumbull, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trumbull, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company is very clear on its social mission and actually walks the talk. It champions sustainable living, diversity, wellness and it trickles down in the day to day discussions in the company. Highly competitive environment that allows for growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Unilever is not the biggest payers out there but the benefits more than compensates for it.

    Unilever Response

    Mar 27, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review and comments. It's great to see that you highlight our social mission and growth opportunities as particular positives - plus the benefits available. We wish you ... More


  8. "Nice working environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance, nice benefits, flexible timing

    Cons

    none that i could think of

    Unilever Response

    Mar 20, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review - we appreciate the feedback. We'll ensure this gets passed on to the respective teams. We wish you continued success and all the best.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, relaxed atmosphere. Company store and products.

    Cons

    Company is going downhill, I would not come to work here. Before we thought we were invincible, things seems to be pretty good, despite usual corporate culture downsides. Currently everyone is being very short sighted and just focusing on saving money and making targets without being willing to compromise on some things (always the and attitude - get real). The idea of being bought out has created a culture of fear and leadership is reacting and digging for every dollar out there possible (actually pretty sad). At this point, I see a mass exit coming as most employees that are doing well have many options outside of the company (especially in the NYC area) that pay better. Raises continue to be poor and pay is not even competitive to begin with.

    Advice to Management

    Think about talent when making decisions. We all have options outside the company and no one wants to be a part of something that is slowly dying.

    Unilever Response

    Mar 21, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your current role. We appreciate all feedback, both positive and constructive. It's important to us that we understand the current ... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "intern"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good place to learn, wide range of innovation solutions

    Cons

    Hard to find something to focus. the opportunity is low

    Unilever Response

    Mar 21, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review - it's great to receive feedback. We'll ensure your comments and experiences are passed on to the respective teams. We wish you continued success ... More


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great external brand, internal not so much"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule (work from home), generous benefits, company values and products

    Cons

    The culture is just terrible

    Advice to Management

    Stop pretending you're so righteous and just be transparent about what really drives leadership.

    Unilever Response

    Mar 20, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your previous role at Unilever. It's great to see that you highlight our flexible working practices, benefits and values as particular positives ... More



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