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Updated July 21, 2017
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  • work life balance might be tough (in 163 reviews)

  • Matrix structure can slow down decision making as does need to build consensus for all major decisions (in 90 reviews)

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  1. "Good training grounds for freshers"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Executive in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you end up in the right team, you get lots of opportunities to learn.
    The hours are quite good. Come early- leave early.
    Good leave system.

    Cons

    Workload can get to you sometimes.
    End up with a bad manager and you will spend more time plotting and scheming.
    Some international clients can be hard to work with.
    Too many consultants around being paid peanuts.

    Advice to Management

    Stop cost cutting and pay your employees fairly. Review system is based on favoritism and that's just wrong.


  2. "Friendly People"

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

    Pros

    Nice environment and people. The employers seem to care about the employees, just make sure you do a good job.

    Cons

    Long hours, sometimes unpredictable hours. Stressful

  3. "Klasse Arbeitsumgebung aber..."

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

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

    Pros

    Nette Kollegen, tolle Location und Büros. Internationales Umfeld. Gute Home Office Möglichkeiten.

    Cons

    Perspektive nur an wenigen globalen Standorten. Leider zu viele Restrukturierungen.


  4. "Job review"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Colombo (Sri Lanka)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Colombo (Sri Lanka)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good company culture and friendly employees

    Cons

    Low salary ranges and much complicated systems to handle

    Advice to Management

    Please reduce complicated systems

    Unilever Response

    Jul 21, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review and feedback. It's good to see you mention our culture and your colleagues as particular positives. We'll ensure your points around renumeration and systems are passed... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Review of Unilever US"

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    Former Employee - ABM in New York, NY
    Former Employee - ABM in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, ability to work remotely, get to work on some of the industry's biggest brands, great access to resources

    Cons

    terrible middle managers (brand managers) who throw their direct reports under the bus, afraid to say no or push back on Brand Directors who suggest a change in direction (don't even bother to attempt an explanation for a different approach even when previously aligned with the rest of the team), middle managers resort to making up performance issues even though emails and presentations exist to prove otherwise - and when an attempt at singling out 'performance issue X' fails, miraculously yet another 'performance issue Y' is inserted into the mix. The environment this foster is toxic, full of mistrust and completely lacking in respect and integrity.

    Advice to Management

    Seriously look at how the brand managers are treating their teams and direct reports. They are presenting a completely different side to you compares to what their direct reports see.

    Unilever Response

    Jul 19, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for providing comments on your previous role with us. All feedback is helpful - both constructive and positive. It's good to see you mention work life balance, remote working and the... More


  6. "unilever"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Bangkok (Thailand)
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Bangkok (Thailand)

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

    Pros

    career development, good benefit, friendly environment

    Cons

    stress and fast pace environment

    Unilever Response

    Jul 18, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thanks for your review and feedback. It’s great to see that you highlight development opportunities, benefits and the work environment as particular positives of your time here. We’ll ensure that... More


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Sup in Covington, TN
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Sup in Covington, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities if the favoritism favors you. Lots of resources due to company size.

    Cons

    Massive favoritism in management, and HR doesn't do much to help out even when major issues are presented. Saw a couple cases of sexual harassment go nowhere.

    Unilever Response

    Jul 17, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review – we appreciate the feedback, both positive and constructive. It’s pleasing to see that you mention resources and opportunities as particular positives of your previous... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Not again"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Amazing brands, nice people around

    Cons

    Poor management everywhere, low career progression

    Unilever Response

    Jul 13, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your comments. Firstly, we would like to suggest you arrange to meet your HR Business Partner to discuss your feedback, who will in turn investigate further for you. We appreciate... More


  9. "Unilever Walls ICF Factory Lahore"

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    Former Intern - Supply Chain Intern in Lahore (Pakistan)
    Former Intern - Supply Chain Intern in Lahore (Pakistan)

    I worked at Unilever as an intern

    Pros

    1) Line managers are very helpful.
    2) Opportunity to work on world class manufacturing process.

    Cons

    1) Getting information out of labour is difficult.
    2) HR is comparatively weak.

    Unilever Response

    Jul 13, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your Internship review. It's good to see that you highlight management and the opportunity to work on meaningful projects as particular positives. We hope your Internship proved... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Lots of change"

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

    Pros

    Moves fast. Great open culture. Brands you love.

    Cons

    North America is a sales office. Outsourcing lots of jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Treat non-European employees with more respect.

    Unilever Response

    Jul 11, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your comments, including your points around culture and outsourcing, and will ensure they are passed on to the respective teams.


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