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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. "Business Insights Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plano, IL
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for Advancement
    Collaborative working environment

    Cons

    Lisle office relocation to New Jersey

    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


  2. "HR Manager"

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Trumbull, CT
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Trumbull, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever (More than a year)

    Pros

    Caliber of management and most employees was outstanding. Really worked as a team. Open discussions of ideas encouraged by management and often acted upon.

    Cons

    Sometimes get too bogged down in "the process."

    Advice to Management

    Continue to do what you do.

    Unilever Response

    Jan 6, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your previous role with us. It's great to see that you mention management, the team ethos and open discussion as particular positives ... More


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    "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I found Unilever to be a great company to work for. The people and atmosphere are friendly and the company listens to and respects their employees and their feedback. They offer a lot of benefits (i.e. stock options, 401k, company store, fitness center...) and support a work/life balance.

    Cons

    My department was located in a different building and sometimes we felt isolated from the rest of the company, however, they are in the process of incorporating all departments into one building which will resolve this issue.


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  5. "Operator"

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Sikeston, MO
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Sikeston, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    I really enjoy the job

    Cons

    I havent come across any cons

    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.


  6. "Great company"

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

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

    Pros

    Very flexible with working remotely - Unilever embraces agile working and provides the proper tool sets to allow employees to work remotely. Great benefits and employee perks. .

    Cons

    Very political environment, it is very much about who you know and having someone up the ladder advocating for you. Global teams require working very much off hours. Agile working offsets this but there are times 11PM calls are followed up by 530AM calls the next morning depending on the region you are working with.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management would be to find a way to remove the politics, Unilever is a great company with great people .


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Great people"

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    Former Employee - Sales/Marketing Middle Management in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales/Marketing Middle Management in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Plenty of opportunities for advancement in cross functional areas. Senior management always does what they say they will do. Speed is built into the culture and we could get things done. I worked here for many years and everyone of them was enjoyable. I wish I had not left. Really smart people everywhere.

    Cons

    No real negatives. For a company of this size to run as well as it does is amazing.

    Advice to Management

    To many meetings and to much one size fits all in process. Sometimes goals were not aligned from top to bottom. Although the numbers have to work, Finance should not be running the company. Additionally, sales should stop thinking they they run the company. Cut the travel budgets on huge meetings they are a waste of money and people would be happier with smaller local team meetings. Another thing agency's and consultants are ripping you off. The consumer would never notice if those budgets were cut by 1/3

    Unilever Response

    Oct 24, 2016 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review - we really do appreciate the feedback. It's pleasing to see that you mention a number of positives surrounding your previous role with us, including career ... More


  8. "Brand Manager"

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    Former Employee - Brandmanager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Brandmanager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Amazing company and people. Best company I have ever worked for.

    Cons

    Slow to promote and career is too dependent on the manager.

    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.


  9. "Senior Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good benefits, great co-workers. Overall a really good company to work for - no major issues any fortune 500 doesn't have.

    Cons

    A lot of people involved in decision making. Trouble getting things to the market quickly. Global roles are difficult on normal working hours.

    Advice to Management

    create more growth opportunities


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company Culture"

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    Current Employee - Planner in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Planner in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Positive and supportive company culture
    -Opportunities for growth and development
    -Ability to move cross-functionally
    -Global company with highly ranked supply chain, well known brands, involved in giving back and making decisions that increase sustainability living
    -For the most part, strong processes in place
    -Competitive pay with annual bonus and salary increases available (mostly based on performance)
    -Great benefits (6% 401k match, 16 week maternity leave, 3 weeks vacation per year agile working environment and ways to gain health care discounts)

    Cons

    -Some departments can be highly political, slightly tough environment if you aren't used to it
    -Some teams can feel like silos
    -As with any large company, re-organizations every couple years
    -Frequent hiring freezes which can add more work to your plate if a role cannot be quickly backfilled or a potential delay in your moving to next role


  11. "Unilever"

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    Current Employee - Hand Packer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Current Employee - Hand Packer in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good job. Great benefits. Long weekends.

    Cons

    12 hour shifts make for long days m

    Unilever Response

    Aug 30, 2016 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review. We appreciate the feedback and will ensure it is passed on to the respective team. We wish you continued success and all the best.



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