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Updated July 20, 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. Helpful (1)

    "union/ benefits suck"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Packaging Technician in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - Packaging Technician in Independence, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    no OT available, benefits no good, high health insurance 345 per month for family, no vision insurance, cant invest into 401k till after a year, UNION IS TERRIBLE

    Advice to Management

    GET IT TOGETHER 4REAL

    Unilever Response

    Apr 25, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review and feedback. We would highly recommend scheduling some time to speak with your HR Business Partner to discuss your concerns further. We'll ensure your points are passed... More


  2. Helpful (8)

    "Going downhill fast"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Finance in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Flexible/agile work hours depending on your team
    - Company has a great social mission, unfortunately it doesn't translate to the
    - Working on huge well known brands
    - A lot is asked from you which gives you an opportunity to learn a lot in a short amount of time

    Cons

    The company is going downhill fast, I wouldn't return unless they do some serious overhauling on their business strategy. Short sighted cost savings initiatives are killing the culture and will continue to drive employees to leave. With all the opportunities in the NYC area, you would be a fool to stay with the sinking ship.

    - Terrible retention; probably due to everyone having to double hat with no promotions or increase in salary
    - Not much room for advancement. Management expects you to stick around in the same role with negligable raises for years, even if you are doing a good job
    - Pay is not great for NYC area. Company will short change and in some cases stiff you on your already small bonus
    - They make employees that live in NYC pay to ride the shuttle to work

    Advice to Management

    Fix the culture and promote and pay people you are asking to double-hat. Take care of your talent and people will stick around. Ask yourself if it's worth treating your employees terrible for a very small return.

    If you want to know what is going to happen to the company by trying to act like you have already been bought by 3G, look at what people are saying about Restaurant Brands International and Kraft-Heinz; that's where Unilever is headed

    Unilever Response

    Apr 18, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your time with us at Unilever. We appreciate all feedback - both positive and constructive. Firstly, we hope you had the opportunity... More

  3. Helpful (4)

    "review from a designated "high performer""

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    -can move around and have really diverse experience/development without leaving the company
    -flexible workplace: work from home, flexible hours
    -smart and fun people
    -CEO has strong vision and sustainability focus that is felt throughout the company
    -real business ownership/responsibility at entry level

    Cons

    -size can cause the company to get in its own way re: talent management and upward mobility
    -lots of internal selling/alignment
    -very corporate feel: lots of acronyms, processes, systems, etc

    Advice to Management

    compensate and promote talent when deserved, and think about ROI to fix talent retention strategy and talent acquisition. these are fundamentally broken in NA office and creates lower morale/productivity for employees that want to stay, and pushes talent out the door

    Unilever Response

    Mar 29, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for your review and feedback. We appreciate you taking the time to provide a comprehensive insight into your current role. It's great to see that you have highlighted... More


  4. "IT Manager"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trumbull, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trumbull, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, workplace environment, culture,

    Cons

    Always long hours, long distance time zones

    Unilever Response

    Apr 10, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Thank you for your review. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts and we'll ensure they are passed on to the team.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Tax manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Near home;
    good life work balance

    Cons

    No salary increase;
    It's a US subsidiary of foreign company

    Unilever Response

    Apr 18, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review. We appreciate your comments, including your points around work life balance and renumeration - we will ensure to pass this on to the respective... More


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Culture is going downhill fast"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Procurement in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Procurement in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    agile working, aspirational external goals set by ceo...that's really about it

    Cons

    no opportunity for advancement, political, culture is terrible and creates nasty and unhealthy competition causing people to leave, everyone double hats because of so many vacancies but not compensated or rewarded at all. people are beyond frustrated or have already left and are loving their new companies. also maybe give health benefits if not bigger salaries/ bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    ask yourself why people are leaving so quickly. get a clue. fix the culture. fix the pay and benefits and people might stay, but no job is worth this headache and unnecessary stress

    Unilever Response

    Mar 20, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for leaving a review - we appreciate all feedback, both positive and constructive. It's good to see that you highlight our agile working and company position as particular positives... More


  7. "Values-Driven company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trumbull, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Trumbull, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This company is very clear on its social mission and actually walks the talk. It champions sustainable living, diversity, wellness and it trickles down in the day to day discussions in the company. Highly competitive environment that allows for growth opportunities.

    Cons

    Unilever is not the biggest payers out there but the benefits more than compensates for it.

    Unilever Response

    Mar 27, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review and comments. It's great to see that you highlight our social mission and growth opportunities as particular positives - plus the benefits available. We wish you... More

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Do Not Recommend"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexibility to work from home, new office being built, company store/discounts

    Cons

    incompetent managers, stressful work environment, compensation not very competitive, high turnover since people get burned out quickly - a lot of work for very little reward. Culture does not match up with Unilever's values/mission

    Unilever Response

    Apr 7, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review and feedback - we appreciate your honest opinion. It's great to see you mention our agile working practices and associated benefits as particular positives of your role... More


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Rates Employees on Personalities Rather than Results"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and agile working environment
    Hires talent (for the most part)
    Invests time and money in developing people
    Invests in a lot of team building activities and events
    Promotes culture where you're in charge of your own project; no one will present your work but you
    Most managers push you outside your comfort zone and encourage you to do your best

    Cons

    If one Sr. Manager or Director doesn't like you/your personality, you're out of there! I've witnessed several employees being told they're not "outgoing enough" or "too confident" for Unilever.

    Further, Unilever does what they call a 360 Feedback where your Manager asks your peers/business partners to rate you. So, if you've had an difference of opinion with one of your business partners, they may negatively assess your abilities in this Feedback. This will surely make its way into your review; basically, it's the art of making people like you.

    In most companies, if you're underperforming, your manager would give you at least a few warnings and perhaps help you establish a roadmap for improvement. Not here, my friend. At Unilever, they will blindsight you with a rating that signals "underperformance" at the end of the year and there's absolutely nothing you can do about it.

    Advice to Management

    I sincerely hope that Unilever, as an organization, reconsiders rating its employees based on personalities and more on their work ethic and results.

    Unilever Response

    Mar 27, 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 our agile working environment, development opportunities and success... More


  10. Helpful (2)

    "SC Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, very community oriented and strong focus on sustainability

    Cons

    Currently volatile - many layoffs

    Unilever Response

    Mar 27, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your feedback and review. It's great to see that you mention benefits, community focus and our sustainable values as particular positives. We'll ensure we communicate your thoughts... More


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