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Updated May 21, 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. "Procurement Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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


  2. "Great Company Culture"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Operational Excellence Analyst in Englewood, NJ
    Current Intern - Operational Excellence Analyst in Englewood, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enthusiastic employees who all buy into the shared sustainable living plan vision. Great community always will to help answer questions.

    Cons

    Lower than market value compensation.

    Unilever Response

    May 22, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your Internship review. It's good to see that you highlight the shared enthusiasm and community as particular positives. We hope your Internship is proving successful and we wish ... More


  3. Helpful (2)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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. "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


  8. "union/ benefits suck"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Packaging Technician in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Packaging Technician in Independence, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    no OT available, benefits no good, high health insurance 345 per month for family, no vision insurance, cant invest into 401k till after a year, UNION IS TERRIBLE

    Advice to Management

    GET IT TOGETHER 4REAL

    Unilever Response

    Apr 25, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review and feedback. We would highly recommend scheduling some time to speak with your HR Business Partner to discuss your concerns further. We'll ensure your points are passed ... More


  9. Helpful (3)

    "review from a designated "high performer""

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Culture is going downhill fast"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  11. "Values-Driven company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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