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Updated March 23, 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 79 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Really hard to progress"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Partner in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Business Partner in London, England (UK)
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Goal based, agile working. As long as you deliver, you don't really ask for permission.

    Cons

    They value and pay more people coming from outside, than promoting and giving good salary raises to current employees.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees

    Unilever Response

    Mar 24, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your current role with us. It's good to see that you mention a number of positives of your current role - including our agile working ... More


  2. "PA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    great location within the London area

    Cons

    communication between sectors and teams

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the Admin

    Unilever Response

    Mar 7, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review and feedback. We appreciate the comments and will ensure they are passed on to the respective teams. We hope your current role is proving successful and we wish you all ... More


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Good company but poor salary"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, great corporate values, easy to design your own career, international mobility, range of different positions/functions, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Salary significantly lower than average, rating system incentivates mid and not top performance

    Unilever Response

    Mar 27, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review. We appreciate all feedback and will ensure it reaches the respective teams. Your points around atmosphere, mobility and diverse nature of the work are really pleasing ... More


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  5. "Finance Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Kingston upon Hull, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Kingston upon Hull, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits package as a whole
    Culture is excellent
    People are nice
    Good working Environment
    Agile working
    Discount on products
    Casual wear

    Cons

    No training in any way
    Learning is based on making mistakes
    No progression
    No teamwork
    Roles are individual
    Pay is based on time in the company not experience
    Low pay compared to other companies
    Experience of work is low and relaxed

    Advice to Management

    Manage your teams not your own work. People want to learn and progress. Retaining the best quality of staff is based on attracting them but giving them good work and a career progression. A relaxed environment with a low level of work will cause people to find a careers elsewhere.

    Unilever Response

    Mar 7, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review - it's great to receive such thorough feedback. Your points around benefits, culture, our people and agile working are pleasing to see. We'll ensure your feedback around ... More


  6. "CATEGORY EXECUTIVE"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    great people, brands and enviroment

    Cons

    Hard to climb up the ladder and progress

    Unilever Response

    Feb 7, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review - we truly appreciate the feedback. It's good to see you mention our great people, brands and work environment as positives of your current role with us. We'll ensure ... More


  7. "Lots of opportunity but tough"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Amazing opportunities
    Company with a purpose
    Leading edge

    Cons

    Poor work life balance if you want to progress

    Unilever Response

    Mar 27, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your previous role with us. It's great to see that you mention our amazing people and purpose driven culture as particular positives of your ... More


  8. "Great company, benefits could be better"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for, easy-going and lots of support. The training on offer is extensive with some very smart, talented people

    Cons

    Benefits package could be much better and remuneration in general. Can be highly political at points with lots of red-tape inhibiting progress

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that people are paid in line or thereabouts with market value and that progression is clear. This is currently not the case and is causing problems with retaining the best talent on offer

    Unilever Response

    Mar 27, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review. We appreciate all feedback and will ensure it reaches the respective teams. Your points around support, training and people are really pleasing to see. Your comments on ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Generally a good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good office environment
    Good for training
    Nice people

    Cons

    HR could be better at addressing issues
    Slow development
    Some of the teams are very clique
    Full of contracted staff which creates instability and a feeling of under-appreciation

    Unilever Response

    Dec 13, 2016 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave feedback on your previous role. It's good to see that you mention the office environment, training and people as particular positives of your time here ... More


  10. "Its ok"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Great brand, and cool environment.

    Cons

    Poor investment in staff, especially those who are more junior. Salary scale is poor, and not comparable with the market.
    Poor training and development opportunities - they actively recruit staff with CIPS, but refuse to pay/contribute to staff continuing this training. Only training available was a cascade of a course management went on. This ultimately led to around 10 staff of similar levels leaving over 6 month period.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in staff - pay them more, give better rewards and provide meaningful training to them.

    Unilever Response

    Dec 8, 2016 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for your review. It's good to see you mention our brand and environment as two particular positives of your time with us. We'll ensure your comments around renumeration and ... More


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Review"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Diversity
    Flexibility
    Wide Global footprint

    Cons

    Long working hours
    Pay not competitive

    Unilever Response

    Nov 23, 2016 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review - we appreciate the feedback. We'll ensure we pass along your comments to the respective teams.



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