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Updated May 17, 2017
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  • work life balance might be tough (in 156 reviews)

  • Matrix structure can slow down decision making as does need to build consensus for all major decisions (in 88 reviews)

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  1. "IT Data Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - IT Data Analyst in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - IT Data Analyst in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

     Responsible for a project to update Unilever’s asset management software and keeping the stakeholders updated.

    Cons

    The Company was too far to visit.

    Advice to Management

    Great Management

    Unilever Response

    May 23, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thanks for your feedback on the previous role you held here at Unilever. It’s great to see you’ve highlighted a few positives of your time here, including management. We’ll ensure your feedback ... More


  2. "Great work culture and supportive environment"

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - work life balance is great
    - boss also encourages you to continuously upgrade your skills
    - nice colleagues

    Cons

    Employees to be more aggressive to seize opportunities

    Unilever Response

    May 23, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thanks for your review and feedback. It’s great to see that you highlight work life balance and your colleagues as particular positives of your time here. We’ll ensure that your comments around ... More


  3. "Great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Category in Bedford, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Category in Bedford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic calibre of people and brands that I had the pleasure of working with in the UK, US, Africa Middle East and India for over 15 years at all levels from staff to main board. Structured and planned for the long term unlike many businesses I have worked with since. Looked after us well when the business unit I was working for was sold. I look back on my time with Unilever a little wistfully having found that the grass is rarely greener. Unilever asked me back to consult for them a couple of years after I left (pre the 2013 option on this app) and I would happily do so again.

    Cons

    While I was there, a tendency to over-intellectualise rather than having a bias to action. I believe this has changed since I left.

    Advice to Management

    Well done for the efficient and speedy way you consigned the KraftHeinz approach to the bin where it deserved to be. Hold on to what makes Unilever the exceptional company that it is as you try to reshape the business going forward. Hard to build the employer brand credentials Unilever deservedly has and very easy to lose

    Unilever Response

    May 22, 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 really pleasing to see that you highlight a number of positives, including the focus on planning for ... More


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  5. "Finance Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very Reputable and Excellent performing firm to work for
    Various staff discounts for all brands made by unilver and other corporate discounts
    Free Ice cream

    Cons

    Recruitment freeze for long term contractors currently

    Unilever Response

    May 22, 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.


  6. "Supply chain"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great office facilities, agile working, exposure to many disciplines and categories, diverse workforce, easy to relate to products and brands.

    Cons

    Inconsistent procedures, lack of clarity regarding responsibilities and operational framework, favouritism for progression opportunities and unclear bonus allocation, prominently young workforce, managers are stressed and focus on their own development.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the experience of order colleagues, ensure they are listened to. Provide greater robustness for team working roles and responsibilities so individuals are clear who is accountable for what. Give established WL1 colleagues more empowerment to feel valued.

    Unilever Response

    May 22, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thanks for your review and feedback. It’s great to see that you highlight agile working and diverse workforce as particular positives of your time here. We’ll ensure that your comments around ... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing experience overall - moody Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance, 100VE, the people, benefits, fantastic opportujities to learn about other functions, great name to have on CV, ability to make a big impact at all levels.

    Cons

    Jaded unhappy middle managers, excessive competition between colleagues can be stifling at times, hiring freeze, very linear progression, disenchanted colleagues

    Advice to Management

    Most managers are fantastic

    Unilever Response

    May 3, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thanks for your feedback on the previous role you held here at Unilever. It’s great to see you’ve highlighted a few positives of your time here, including work life balance, the people and ... More


  8. "General Ledger/ Tax Accountant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very corporate and professional
    Excellent facilities
    Very nice working environment

    Cons

    People are located at different sites very difficult to communicate with people at times.

    Unilever Response

    May 18, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thanks for your review and feedback. It’s great to see that you highlight our facilities and working environment as particular positives of your time here. We’ll ensure that your comments around ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Fabulous company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Coordinator in Wirral, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Data Coordinator in Wirral, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work attitude and family friendly
    Great benefits for staff on site extras
    Flexible working hours understanding bosses good ethos for staff

    Cons

    Contractual work and a lower feeling towards contracted staff over permanent staff !
    Not as many benefits for the contracted staff

    Unilever Response

    Apr 27, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review. It's good to see that you highlight our work attitude, family friendly approach and benefits as particular positives. We'll pass on your comments around contract staff ... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great potential, however incredibly slow and indecisive."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Port Sunlight, England (UK)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Port Sunlight, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It very much depends on which department you work for on what pros you get.

    Because Unilever is so big, different teams have very different styles of management. Head Office is very different to R&D sites, thats why its hard to figure out the truth when reading reviews like this. From my experience (R&D) the people I was surrounded by were fantastic, we were a small nimble team doing interesting things, it was fairly easy going environment, aside from the fairly drab offices.

    Cons

    A very hierarchical short sighted system. You can work on genuinely innovative and great consumer products that will make business sense, but someone in marketing might not like it based on personal opinion (not rational), and its years work gone.

    There are huge disconnects between departments so work is repeated or miscommunicated. Moral is currently low with contracts being cut short, budgets being cut, bureaucracy, training halted and a lot of uncertainty in the air. There aren't really any genuine perks to office life either, the buildings aren't inspringing at all.

    But again it depends on which department you work for on how the current climate effects you.

    Unilever Response

    May 4, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for your review and feedback. We appreciate all comments - both positive and constructive. It's good to see you highlight the people and working culture as particular ... More


  11. "Fantastic Internship"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Summer Placement in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Summer Placement in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of responsibility, huge amount of opportunities available to you, great training. Good wage.

    Cons

    Have to get used to processes being slow, your manager might not have anything for you to do for the first week and a half as they are so busy, but you have responsibility piled on quickly.

    Unilever Response

    Apr 20, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your placement review. We appreciate the feedback - including your points around responsibility, training and processes. We hope your experience with us was educational and wish you ... More


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