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Unilever Reviews

Updated April 28, 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 86 reviews)

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  1. "Read the review"

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    Former Employee - Factory Manager in Jefferson, WI
    Former Employee - Factory Manager in Jefferson, WI
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good values, good products, global company, travel,

    Cons

    too many managers too much internal review endless restructuring never know who is your real boss

    Advice to Management

    make single point accountability real, stop every decision needing to be made by a half dozen managers, kill the fear of risk culture


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Unilever-- know what you are getting yourself into"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    great resume line; tons of outside opportunities

    Cons

    too much bureaucracu; can't react to the market fast enough; not a sales driven organization; marketers need to spend much more time with customers

    Advice to Management

    Don't be surprised about attrition considering your salary modeal


  3. "Great for Resume, Not for salary."

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    Former Employee - Production Manager in Hammond, IN
    Former Employee - Production Manager in Hammond, IN
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The best reason to work for Unilever is to get a solid multinational company on your resume. You will also have access to a CPG machine and can understand how the supply chain interacts with brand. If you are in a corporate function you will be working in very nice areas (Connecticut, Chicago, Northern Jersey). If you are in a manufacturing function you will have access to a job board that can take you all over the country, gaining experience in manufacturing foods and personal care products. You will have access to union environments as well as nonunion. It is also neat to be able to reveal some of what is behind the curtain on some of their favorite products.

    Cons

    Work many hours. In some cases, advancement is given to people with seniority and not skill. There are a lot of people there that continue to be employed because there isn't enough time for managers to work up a dossier on how bad their people are.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to get to market first, instead of following P&G all day. But you know this. Maybe you can hire better people and pay them more to stay!


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  5. "make the best of an unlikely situation"

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    Current Employee - Process Technician in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Process Technician in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    this is a multinational,global company. there might be oportunity from China to Brazil. you think!

    Cons

    sometime i feel stock at my departament, and the only way to move up is for leadership to change.

    Advice to Management

    cant say, i am just a little fish


  6. "Great place to get a 2-4 yr foundation then move on to a better environment/ advancement -- just like any big CPG firm."

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    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Top CPG company; a lot of brands; great training; easy to go into other marketing afterward

    Cons

    Big, get lost in the shuffle. Some roles much more work than others.

    Advice to Management

    Promote and support the star talent more. Work out better balance of responsibilities. Value an MBA more. Promote where due in terms of work product not just friends with everyone.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Unilever Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The work environment is very professional yet relaxed. Employees are intelligent and motivated to get work done well.

    The company has brands that span both Home Personal Care and Foods. Home Personal Care moved from Connecticut to New Jersey in 2008, so employees now have a better opportunity to move between the two areas to get a broader range of experience.

    It's a short commute from New York City or Eastern New Jersey suburbs, so it is very accessible for employees who desire to live in those areas.

    Cons

    The marketing department is saturated, so there is little upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Add a few more layers in the marketing organization so people can move up and feel as though there career is going somewhere. Stop removing positions to consolidate work - people are overwhelmed and it provides less opportunities for people who are ready to move up.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unilever lacks Ethics"

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    Current Employee - Q A Tech in Hagerstown, MD
    Current Employee - Q A Tech in Hagerstown, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Money is good, benefits are good...but need to know how to treat their employees with respect.

    Cons

    Upper managment lets positon of power get out of hand, they brag of their ethics policy, but truthfully speaking, this company managment in the United States has no ethics and they treat their employees very poorly, take away their dignity and spit you out.

    Advice to Management

    Uk would be wise to pay more attention to UnileverOne in the United States, they give Unilever a bad reputation.


  9. "its ok"

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Pleasanton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great experience with top customers; lots of responsibility

    Cons

    Unilever's biggest issue is that it is way too internally focused. Most senior management would rather meet with each other than a customer. Our competitors are much better resourced at the customer level.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your sr. manager and director to actually make decisions.


  10. "Good worklife balance (won't kill you), salaries not what they used to be, opinions welcome!"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Value opinions of employees, great place to learn and contribute. Ample leadership opportunities. Care about personal worklife balance.

    Cons

    Pay, cutting back. base salary freeze - shift to increasing bonus potential (which as with all bonuses are not guarnteed). Hard to reach director level, lots of competition.

    Advice to Management

    reinstate base salary incresaes to at least keep pace with inflation.


  11. "not the same as it used to be"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Business Manager in New York, NY
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great training early in career

    Cons

    restructures continue year after year

    Advice to Management

    value your employees


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