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Updated November 8, 2017
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  1. "London office, brand development"

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    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in London, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Progressive agile working
    Great inclusive culture
    Central London location with a great office space
    USLP focus on sustainable living and drive to for a better future

    Cons

    Slow to make decisions
    Lacks of career progression or succession planning
    Going through a restructure
    Digital is a focus for the business but adaptation and implementation is not quick

    Unilever Response

    Nov 10, 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 agile working, overall culture and focus on the USLP as particular... More


  2. "good benefits bad management"

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    Current Employee - Process Operator in Port Sunlight, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Port Sunlight, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good salary, good private healthcare

    Cons

    poor management, bending the rules

    Advice to Management

    be clear about what is expected of staff and offer feedback and reviews of performance.

    Unilever Response

    Oct 31, 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 renumeration and benefits as particular positives of your role at... More

  3. "Significantly gone downhill over the years"

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    Former Employee - Design Project Leader in Port Sunlight, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Design Project Leader in Port Sunlight, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible working
    Great brands
    Multicultural work environment
    Annual performance bonus
    Discounted healthcare
    Good work life balance
    Great sustainability work (better than most FMCG's)

    Cons

    Career progression if you are prepared to wait around
    Pay is less than other company's with similar roles
    Graduates (with little experience and skills) are fast tracked to management and given much more opportunities than employees in the business with often much more experience, much more knowledge and skills
    WL1's doing all the work and not been rewarded enough for it
    HR's lack of support with a difficult manager (company advertises a focus on people this is far from the reality)
    Can be very hierarchal and bureaucratic at times
    Office has emptied out over this year.

    Advice to Management

    Support and reward your WL1's.
    Stop bringing in less qualified employees into similar roles as current employees and paying them more. This isn't motivating at all.

    Unilever Response

    Oct 6, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for your review and feedback. It's great to view some of the positive aspects of your previous role with us, including flexible working, work life balance and focus on... More


  4. "Unilever"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Wirral, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Wirral, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Global scope, multicultural & multifunctional collaboration

    Cons

    Connected 4 Growth, zero based budgeting, SCCC

    Advice to Management

    Lose the acronyms

    Unilever Response

    Sep 28, 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 (2)

    "Big on purpose, but struggles to follow through"

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    Current Employee - Senior R&D Manager in Port Sunlight, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Manager in Port Sunlight, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Purpose driven - high level of ethics. Very good technically, immense care taken to develop products to the highest standards. Good people.

    Cons

    Slow, overly prone to internal spin - immense amount of effort wasted managing internal stakeholders instead of trying to beat competition.

    Pay and benefits gradually being eroded. Limited progression opportunities

    Advice to Management

    Cost cutting hitting morale now. Either downsize or spend what needs to be spent.

    Unilever Response

    Sep 25, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thanks for your review and feedback. It’s great to see that you highlight our purpose, technical capabilities and colleagues as particular positives of your time here. We’ll ensure that your... More


  6. "mixed opininon"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Bedford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Bedford, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    low salary, no career opportunities unless very patient

    Cons

    nice atmosphere, prestigious company, great products

    Unilever Response

    Sep 26, 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.


  7. "Current Brand Manager review"

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

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

    Pros

    Working from home is encouraged, good office locations in London and Leatherhead. Gym on site and discounted staff shop.

    Cons

    Pay is known to be lower at Unilever than other FMCG companies.
    Internal movement between brands and categories can be hard, especially at more junior levels as there is a long line of grads waiting for roles that are priority over people who did not come in on the grad scheme.

    Advice to Management

    Encourage movement between categories for people to get more experience. Pay higher salaries so staff are not lost to other companies offering better salaries.

    Unilever Response

    Sep 25, 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 really pleasing to see that you highlight a number of positives, including flexible working, office... More

  8. "unilever spreads, dairy cream alternative and mayonaise, purfleet"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Purfleet, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Purfleet, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It is a fairly good wage and a relatively easy job although t's and c's have been eroded by the relentless advance of inhumane HR robots.

    Cons

    The organisation is beyond frustrating, with archaic attitudes still prevailing particularly between some of the long term local managers (dinosaurs) and the operators.
    unsure future as many of the brands are currently being sold.
    no (or extremely limited) hot food available on site. long shifts. morale at rock bottom. many, many managers and nowhere near enough operators/techs.

    Advice to Management

    SLT need to take more interest in the day to day managing.
    Local management need to learn to manage.
    If you always look for the worst in your workforce you will usually find it.
    Stop spending so much time with pointless paper shuffling and organise the production efficiently. Be nicer. Take an interest in the workforce, despite the moaning they really do care and feel let down by succesive years of neglect and mismanagement.

    Unilever Response

    Aug 30, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for your review. We appreciate all feedback - both positive and constructive. It's good to see you mention renumeration as a particular positive. We'll ensure your points... More


  9. "Quick Review"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good company to work for, nice people, agile working

    Cons

    Too much process slows things down

    Unilever Response

    Aug 14, 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.


  10. "You will learn A LOT and will be given responsibility"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Marketing Placement in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Contractor - Marketing Placement in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working in ... gave me so much insight into many parts of the business. I was never treated as "just" an intern at Unilever, I was always given full responsibility. This was a bit hard at the beginning (with almost no experience) but it forced me to develop my skills very quickly. The holiday allowance was generous and there were many events that made the job more enjoyable. Most of my colleagues were very intelligent, and I was extremely happy to work with such professional and friendly people.
    Huge discounts at the Unilever shop, free Ben and Jerry's and free gym on site.

    Cons

    Sometimes not enough support was given from the management side, that slowed down our work.

    Advice to Management

    help in training the new interns so they feel supported

    Unilever Response

    Aug 7, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your Internship review. It's good to see that you highlight responsibility given, colleagues and benefits on offer as particular positives. We hope your Internship proved successful... More


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