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Updated October 16, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be very tricky (in 169 reviews)

  • Complex matricial organization which makes decision making sometimes quite slow (in 98 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company but changing"

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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 benefits, company mission and environmental commitment very positive, great mix of ages, nationalities, perspectives, products are loved

    Cons

    Large company processes can get in the way of speed at times, advancement not always based on performance, location strategy is short sighted

    Advice to Management

    More transparency would be helpful to give all levels a sense of ownership in achieving goals.

    Unilever Response

    Oct 13, 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 benefits, our mission and... More


  2. "Great company with good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Execution Leader
    Former Employee - Execution Leader
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Unilever (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are the best!

    Cons

    Compensation lower than competitive market

  3. "Job facts"

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    Current Employee - Line Technician in Covington, TN
    Current Employee - Line Technician in Covington, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For me,close to home , 2-2-3 schedule gives you plenty of days off .Very fair work environment.I have seen several employees transition from production floor to management once they attained their degree,very diverse work force including management.Unilever does not tolerate unprofessional and unsafe behavior will terminate violators so it is a safe work environment.

    Cons

    12 hour shifts can be hard on your feet and lower back ,line shutdowns cut overtime for those of us who want it.

    Advice to Management

    Use employee feedback on production problems

    Unilever Response

    Oct 13, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thanks for your review and feedback. It’s great to see that you highlight the work environment, progression opportunities and safe working practices as particular positives of your time here... More


  4. "Well respected supporting culture"

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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 (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    culture is very supportive of your development
    Can really make a difference in such a big company
    the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan is not just a CSR story but a total company philosophy which makes you feel good to work there

    Cons

    they deliberately pay max 90% of the average wage

    Unilever Response

    Oct 13, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thanks for your review and feedback. It’s great to see that you highlight supportive development, ability to make a difference and the USLP as particular positives of your time here. We’ll ensure... More


  5. "sales representative"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working at Jerilyne Nigeria limited was a great expoerience, Great staff and good company goals. I learnt how to further relate with people as i was at the front desk and due to my approach to work the business increased sales while i was there.

    Cons

    None i could think of. It was a great experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and i believe the company would rise to the very top in the country.

    Unilever Response

    Oct 12, 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 colleagues and overall experience. We... More


  6. "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


  7. "Growth potential"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Burlington, VT
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Burlington, VT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company with pleasant professional people to work with. People given opportunity to express their ideas and considered. Off hands management at times can be both a plus and negative.

    Cons

    Very demanding at times and loosely managed periodically. Hands off management can increase stress at times when slow to respond to underlying issues until at times becomes a top priority and always in fire fighting mode.

    Advice to Management

    Put the right people in position to succeed and positive mentors

    Unilever Response

    Oct 9, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review on your previous role. The feedback you provide is incredibly helpful. It’s pleasing to see that you have listed a number of positives of your time... More

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work, Great culture, People are awesome"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good corporate culture, excellent social values. Floating start time helps with the commute. Willingness to help move you to other opportunities outside of your original scope of work. A definite culture of development across the organization (less so for some functions). 401K match is good. Tuition reimbursement up to 100% for approved programs (up to a annual max). Work life balance is good based on department/manager. Parental benefits are getting better - paid at 100% for up to 4 weeks for corporate salaried male & females and expecting moms (corporate salaried) 12 weeks of paid leave at 100%. US HQ location is Englewood Cliffs and the office is newly renovated. It is an agile environment, therefore, don't expect a corner office. Very casual dress attire - slacks and a nice blouse or sweater or jeans everyday (your choice!)

    Cons

    Location - Englewood Cliffs (NJ) is not an easy location to get to from NYC, CT or most of NJ. Slow to make decisions both at the country and global level. Can get political and be a popularity contest. Diversity is decent at the associate and manager level but horrific at the director and above - its a shame that a global corporation does not have better representation at the executive level in the United States of America. Money/budget is small -- maximize negotiations upon hire as merit budgets are typically less than 3%. Can get caught up to your elbows in the tactical elements of the job, which can be time consuming. Restructures are common practice. Performance culture can hinder sharing of best practices. Rating scale of 1-5, typical bell curve folks receive a 3. Company is not supportive of certifications for professional development (not covered under tuition reimbursement). Multiple roles across the business have been collapsed into single positions therefore making jobs huge.

    Advice to Management

    Slow to make decisions. Excessive focus on budget and money since the Kraft-Heinz bid in January 2017. Link development to leadership goals/bonuses as this will lead to greater support of personal development. Managers need to learn to be better people managers - the art of communication, being transparent and honesty can go a long way. Don't keep people around because you like their work enough and they keep things going - if they desire upward movement and they won't get it at Unilever, be honest and tell them.

    Unilever Response

    Sep 28, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for your review and honest feedback - we really do appreciate it. Firstly, it's great to see you mention so many positives of your experience to date including culture... More


  9. "Nice Place to Work"

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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

    Rotation in different roles. You never feel bored in the same role

    Cons

    Matrix Organization. Takes too much time to take a decision

    Unilever Response

    Oct 4, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review and feedback. We appreciate the comments and wish you all the best.


  10. "Good but not Great company"

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    Current Employee - Senior Packaging Engineer in Trumbull, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Packaging Engineer in Trumbull, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ok on work/life balance and fair pay. They also push to challenge you in different roles and offer different courses when needed.

    Cons

    Severe lack of training in some areas


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