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Updated April 26, 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)

    "Take time to smell the roses."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The compensation and benefits package are very good. Unilever has a number of talented individuals
    who are open to mentoring and sharing information. The work enviroment is fast paced and challenging.

    Cons

    There has been constant organization changes that creates a climate of uncertainty. At times this is difficult to deal with. Many people need to put in long hours which leaves little time for family activities.

    Advice to Management

    Wheras employees understand the need for change it seems like the company is constantly trying to re-invent itself. Take a breather and come up for some air.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to make your own career."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility; International mobility; professional growth

    Cons

    Big. Matrixed. No single point of decision-making.

    Advice to Management

    Streamline decision-making


  3. "Join Unilever in the early stages of your career"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Development Manager
    Current Employee - Brand Development Manager
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dominant market position in most categories

    Cons

    Slow decision making
    Over structured organization

    Advice to Management

    Make the organization leaner, pay higher salaries to get better quality people


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  5. "i really enjoyed my job, I wish I had the opportunity to move to a different job when my existing job was eliminated"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IPM Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Senior IPM Coordinator in Chicago, IL
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Balance of work and home

    Cons

    Disassociation of team members in different catagories

    Advice to Management

    More recognition and respect of lower level workers


  6. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Head of IT in Warsaw, OH
    Current Employee - Head of IT in Warsaw, OH
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    profesionall development, good communication, fair promotions

    Cons

    work-family life balance could be better

    Advice to Management

    Small company spirit in a big company body


  7. "Simon...learn some real marketing"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People, People, People. Pay is good.

    Cons

    Complexity, Stakeholder Management, Matrix organization

    Advice to Management

    Kill the org framework...it sucks.


  8. "well I like it anyway ...!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I love the culture - it is delivery focused wihtout losing the personal touch. The cmapus has been redeveloped in 2008 and it is really excellent - bright, open and helps to create an environment where I can interact with my colleagues and friends. One of the reasons I joined Unilever was the brands - everything from Dove to Hellmanns, Ben & Jerry to Bertolli - seeing brands you work with day in day out on the shelves is a ral buzz!

    Cons

    Unilever? Not many downsides - the biggest one is the industry we are in CPG is a VERY tight sector so think most of the companies are similar.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the best people coming through the business - there aree lots of them!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "It's a good company, especially for the area, but still has some work to be done."

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Trumbull, CT
    Current Employee - Scientist in Trumbull, CT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Unilever tries to make it a good company to work for. They have a good basis when it comes to community outreach and volunteering. They do several days that are not counted towards vacation etc. as company, and also have an additional policy that allows you to take 3 days volunteering for an outside organization. Overall I really like working here. They are working towards encouraging cross-training and really putting people where they will do best. But, at the same time they are a company out to make money. Most of the time it's high stress, and goal orientated. One of the key sayings is that If Unilever only knew what Unilever knows.

    Cons

    At the same time they are a company out to make money. Most of the time it's high stress, and goal orientated. Many people feel guilty going home on time, and work from home to compensate. One of the key sayings is that If Unilever only knew what Unilever knows. They are new at working as a global company so working on communication is a constant. There are groups of peolple who don't do their job, leave early,. come in late etc, and that is allowed. It's frustrating to the people who carry the load and put in the effort.

    Advice to Management

    Work on getting people to communication inter catetegory, regionally, and even within the same building.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Pay attention to the little people!"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Trumbull, CT
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Trumbull, CT
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I believe the opportunites to work in diverse areas and to travel and experience different culture within the context of a work experience are definite pluses. In addition, you could really take advantage of benefits such as tuition reimbursement or even further your interests in supporting volunteer activities. I have been able to volunteer my time during work hours to help build houses for Habitat for Humanity and also to spend time in inner city schools speaking to middle school students through Junior Achievement. I think few employers support these efforts as wholeheartedly as Unilever.

    Cons

    As with large companies, there is a lot of bureacracy involved which makes change often slow and/or complex.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the little people, they are the one that do all the work!


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Wonderfully chaotic"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst
    Former Employee - Sales Analyst
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Unilever is huge and has very good opportunities. There are many different career paths and experiences, and generally amazing people to work with.

    Cons

    Due to it's large size and piecemeal heritage, Unilever often seems hectic and unorganized. It is frustrating to get things done sometimes, and many situations require a lot of creative effort and knowing the right people. In the lower levels, there is a mix of laid back and work-a-holics, but many of the director level and above have "sold their souls" to Unilever.

    Advice to Management

    Remember people are one of your most important assets, and "global" may not work all the time.


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