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Updated April 22, 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 83 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "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


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Culture is going downhill fast"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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


  3. "Values-Driven company"

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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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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Do Not Recommend"

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

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

    Pros

    flexibility to work from home, new office being built, company store/discounts

    Cons

    incompetent managers, stressful work environment, compensation not very competitive, high turnover since people get burned out quickly - a lot of work for very little reward. Culture does not match up with Unilever's values/mission

    Unilever Response

    Apr 7, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review and feedback - we appreciate your honest opinion. It's great to see you mention our agile working practices and associated benefits as particular positives of your role ... More


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Logistics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Operations Analyst in Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Logistics Operations Analyst in Shelton, CT

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

    Pros

    OK company to work for

    Cons

    politics, promotions not always based on merit

    Advice to Management

    get rid of accelerated programs

    Unilever Response

    Mar 27, 2017 – The Talent Team

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


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Unilever Supply Chain NA"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior SupplyPlanner in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior SupplyPlanner in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great if you want to experience different roles and learn - many opportunities at level 1 roles

    Cons

    High turnover of people - not very competitive salary compared to companies in the area


  8. "Logistics Procurement Assistant Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • 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 a year)

    Pros

    friendly culture, good social mission

    Cons

    bureaucratic, slow decision making

    Advice to Management

    empower lower level employees more to make decisions


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Major change in medical benefits this year."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shelton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great environment to work in. Flexible work hours. Recently made a change to 3 weeks paid vacay for new hires.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is non existent. Also the benefits have really taken a turn for the worse. Low salary compared to industry average. Out sourcing NA domestic jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your NA colleagues.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Senior IT Global Solution Delivery Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior IT Global Solution Delivery Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior IT Global Solution Delivery Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Freedom to work for any where

    Cons

    No Growth for North American IT

    Advice to Management

    If you are an european company, it does not mean all best leaders live in Europe only.

    Unilever Response

    Jan 11, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review about your current role with us. It's good to see that you highlight our agile working practices as a particular positive of your time with us ... More


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Finance Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Englewood, NJ
    Current Employee - Finance Director in Englewood, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Exceptional Work Environment
    Great Work Life Balance
    Rewarding Compensation
    Impressive Social Responsibility
    Great Products and Vision

    Cons

    Focus of reducing cost by flattening organization or shifting jobs outside the markets they operate to low waged countries.



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