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Updated February 8, 2017
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  1. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Social mission is wonderful, with really admirable social programs to give back to the community.

    Cons

    Poor management, little room for growth, compensation not competitive.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Major change in medical benefits this year."

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    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.


  3. "Consultant"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor

    Pros

    - Great Brand name
    - Open office environment
    - Flexible work hours
    - Unilever stores sells products at discounted rates to employees and consultants

    Cons

    - Jobs outsourced to Third world countries
    - Loss of motivation due to jobs outsourced

    Advice to Management

    - Trust your employees


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "In general"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Unilever (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Casual environment, nice co-workers,family first values

    Cons

    Constantly having re-orgs and company wide layoffs. Was there for ten years and every year there was one if not two rounds of layoffs. No way to live. The latest large layoff was due to lack of growth.
    Also, their benefits are no longer that great or competitive as they once were.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Biased HR & Pro managers policies"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cotati, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cotati, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Unilever (More than a year)

    Pros

    The overall work culture is good..good work life balance however most of the facilities & policies are for managers. WL1 has slow or no growth...the performance ratings are normalized which is a big negative...women employees joining back from MAT leave have to struggle to save their jobs as there is no support or clarity on their roles either from LM or HR.HR is biased & is only for managers...due to which many of them had to leave their jobs

    Cons

    HR is biased & does not support WL1. They don't have growth plan.

    Advice to Management

    The glamorized women empowerment & orientation works only for women managers & not for WL1


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Logistics Operations Specialist bottom of the barrel"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They supply you with a laptop, work from home, somewhat casual work environment, new offices, free ice cream

    Cons

    Difficult to advance, ex-military preference, extremely unfair employee rating system, limited upward mobility, sexism, and racism experienced among leadership team


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Operations Supervision"

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    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Operations Supervisor in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Good Benefits, although they are cutting back heavily on educational reimbursement
    -Fast Paced
    -Opportunities to work on interesting projects
    -Some team members are amazing to work with and help push to make you better at your job
    -Very competitive base salary for the job title
    -incredible relocation package, although it is being scaled back every year

    Cons

    -No work life balance. You are an expendable commodity and they will get every last ounce of work out of you. Working every other weekend all year long while being paid less than what the workers make for the OT. Those not willing to live at the plant are seen as not putting in as much effort.
    -No advancement opportunities for those not in the UFLP program. UFLP candidates have a set course for advancement and are set up for success. Those not in the program need to know somebody higher up to have the opportunity to move beyond their current role.
    -Constant "pushing back the goal posts". More responsibility is being given but current job roles are still required to be kept up. More work with the same pay and less time away from the factory.
    -Extremely political environment. Those good at "managing up" will be rewarded while those unable or unwilling to play the game will be stuck in current role regardless of achievements.
    -No team cohesion. Each small piece of the supply chain puzzle puts up walls and tries to keep out anything that might cause them issues. Passing the buck or failure by committee is common.
    -Supply chain is treated as a "necessary evil". Those at HQ have a far better working environment with far better support than those in the factories
    -Forcing out the older workforce. Many senior managers being pushed out the door to save on higher salary costs. The knowledge vacuum creates huge gaps and inefficient retraining.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the bubble at HQ and take a hard look at the operations in the plants. Create a path for advancement for those not in the UFLP program. High turnover at the lower work levels shows that there are unresolved issues that plant management is not addressing. Churn and burn is going driving away those that want to be a part of the team.

    Unilever Response

    Sep 20, 2016 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your previous role with us. We do appreciate all feedback - both positive and constructive. It's good to see that you've highlighted a ... More


  9. "No life"

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    Current Employee - Line Mechanic in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Line Mechanic in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, lots of overtime, union, pretty easy job at times.

    Cons

    You have no life here at all, management is horrible, the union here is horrible, you get forced to work.

    Unilever Response

    Sep 20, 2016 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your feedback. We appreciate your comments and will ensure your points around work life balance and management are sent on to the respective teams.


  10. "Over worked under paid"

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    Former Employee - Supply Planner
    Former Employee - Supply Planner
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You are given ownership of specific things to manage right away. It makes for great experience.

    Cons

    Work life balance is awful. If you are hired strait out of college the pay is not competitive for the area or the job/responsibility. They are so lean that in order to progress you need to be part of a select chosen few or else you will spend your career as a bunch of lateral moves.

    Advice to Management

    Management is aware of the issues but this too slow to react and maintain talent. The turnover rate should be concerning enough.

    Unilever Response

    Aug 8, 2016 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review. We appreciate all comments - both positive and constructive. It's good to see that you highlighted the ownership of projects as a particular positive. We'll be sure to ... More


  11. Helpful (4)

    "A lot of promises at the Henderson plant, but no delivery"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Supervisor in Henderson, NV
    Former Employee - Engineering Supervisor in Henderson, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Ice cream, benefits are okay, not much else, pay is below standard for the industry, and they do offer training but not much else

    Cons

    No one knows how to make decisions, if you don't have a 4 year degree you don't count and that's just wrong, accountability is nil for anyone in senior management, they push back when you show them deficiencies even though you have 20+ years of experience, no degree=no opinion or input

    Advice to Management

    You're losing out on great opportunities, you've lost over 10K people who won't even look at you as an employer for the way you treated me and the people I worked with when I was there, tighten it up!



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