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Updated October 12, 2017
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  • Work life balance can be very tricky (in 169 reviews)

  • Complex matricial organization which makes decision making sometimes quite slow (in 98 reviews)

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  1. "Job facts"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Line Technician in Covington, TN
    Current Employee - Line Technician in Covington, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    For me,close to home , 2-2-3 schedule gives you plenty of days off .Very fair work environment.I have seen several employees transition from production floor to management once they attained their degree,very diverse work force including management.Unilever does not tolerate unprofessional and unsafe behavior will terminate violators so it is a safe work environment.

    Cons

    12 hour shifts can be hard on your feet and lower back ,line shutdowns cut overtime for those of us who want it.

    Advice to Management

    Use employee feedback on production problems

    Unilever Response

    Oct 13, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thanks for your review and feedback. It’s great to see that you highlight the work environment, progression opportunities and safe working practices as particular positives of your time here... More


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Good place to work, Great culture, People are awesome"

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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
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good corporate culture, excellent social values. Floating start time helps with the commute. Willingness to help move you to other opportunities outside of your original scope of work. A definite culture of development across the organization (less so for some functions). 401K match is good. Tuition reimbursement up to 100% for approved programs (up to a annual max). Work life balance is good based on department/manager. Parental benefits are getting better - paid at 100% for up to 4 weeks for corporate salaried male & females and expecting moms (corporate salaried) 12 weeks of paid leave at 100%. US HQ location is Englewood Cliffs and the office is newly renovated. It is an agile environment, therefore, don't expect a corner office. Very casual dress attire - slacks and a nice blouse or sweater or jeans everyday (your choice!)

    Cons

    Location - Englewood Cliffs (NJ) is not an easy location to get to from NYC, CT or most of NJ. Slow to make decisions both at the country and global level. Can get political and be a popularity contest. Diversity is decent at the associate and manager level but horrific at the director and above - its a shame that a global corporation does not have better representation at the executive level in the United States of America. Money/budget is small -- maximize negotiations upon hire as merit budgets are typically less than 3%. Can get caught up to your elbows in the tactical elements of the job, which can be time consuming. Restructures are common practice. Performance culture can hinder sharing of best practices. Rating scale of 1-5, typical bell curve folks receive a 3. Company is not supportive of certifications for professional development (not covered under tuition reimbursement). Multiple roles across the business have been collapsed into single positions therefore making jobs huge.

    Advice to Management

    Slow to make decisions. Excessive focus on budget and money since the Kraft-Heinz bid in January 2017. Link development to leadership goals/bonuses as this will lead to greater support of personal development. Managers need to learn to be better people managers - the art of communication, being transparent and honesty can go a long way. Don't keep people around because you like their work enough and they keep things going - if they desire upward movement and they won't get it at Unilever, be honest and tell them.

    Unilever Response

    Sep 28, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you very much for your review and honest feedback - we really do appreciate it. Firstly, it's great to see you mention so many positives of your experience to date including culture... More

  3. "Brand Crafting Foods & Personal Care"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Brand Manager in San Juan, PR
    Former Intern - Brand Manager in San Juan, PR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Best company to work with.

    Cons

    More opportunities for growth within the company

    Unilever Response

    Oct 6, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your Internship review and comments. We hope you have been able to put your new knowledge and experiences to good use.


  4. "Warehouse Team Lead"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - WAREHOUSE TEAM LEAD in Independence, MO
    Current Employee - WAREHOUSE TEAM LEAD in Independence, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary; Big established company; Lots of overtime if you want it.

    Cons

    This particular plant has very poor management. Lots of overtime if you don't want it.

    Advice to Management

    Please pay attention to your employees and listen when they try to help with the job.

    Unilever Response

    Sep 15, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your review. It's good to see that you highlight renumeration and opportunities for overtime as particular positives. We'll pass on your comments around communication and management... More


  5. "Great Culture to Work In"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture
    Development
    Exposure
    Access
    Opportunity

    Cons

    The Diversity in Upper Management

    Unilever Response

    Aug 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. "marketing career"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unilever is a sophisticated global consumer goods marketing company that has maintained its market position successfully for many decades and provides equal opportunity to all genders.

    Cons

    Slow to disrupt/ adapt and modify its methods to enter new markets - somewhat conservative in its approach and develop new market areas.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the flow and adopt a more adventurous and disruptive strategy to open up new market opportunities. Be prepared to fail more often and to try again

    Unilever Response

    Aug 22, 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 the equal opportunities on offer and... More


  7. "Maintenance Techician"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Covington, TN
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Covington, TN

    I worked at Unilever (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Nice facility

    Cons

    Leadership doesn't listen to the people on the floor. They see a problem and armchair quarterback an idea and shove it down your throat. If you do it and it fails, then its more work and frustration on you. If you challenge them and hold your ground with your solution, then you have a bad attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your skilled mechanics and quit running off them off. Skilled help is hard to come by

    Unilever Response

    Aug 1, 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, benefits and the working facility as particular... More

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Unilever"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Systems Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Current Employee - IT Systems Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company fully supports the idea that social, economical and environmental responsibility positively impact the bottom-line. Great energy always looking to improve.

    Cons

    Silo behaviors. Current organizational confusion.

    Advice to Management

    Company is focused and aligned on top-line initiatives, but need to ensure alignment is pushed down into the execution layer.

    Unilever Response

    Jul 19, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for taking the time to leave a review of your current role with us. It's great to see you mention our commitment to responsible working practices and our culture of improvement as... More


  9. "Great learning experience, but competitive internship"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Customer Development Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Former Intern - Customer Development Intern in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Culture that cares about people growth and development
    - Experienced managers that have lots of knowledge about their industry
    - Many iconic brands to work on
    - Strong culture of "giving back" to the community
    - Perks of a big company such as structured roles/titles, career advancement, and development programs

    Cons

    - Very competitive intern program with limited number of offers
    - Heart of the business lies in the Jersey office - limited opportunities elsewhere
    - Big company negatives, such as being a more "anonymous" place to work (due to sheer size) and beauracracy

    Unilever Response

    Jul 11, 2017 – The Talent Team

    Hi. Thank you for your Internship review. It's good to see that you highlight culture, industry knowledge and development programmes as particular positives. We hope your Internship proved successful... More


  10. "Deduction Analyst"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Raynham, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Raynham, MA

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

    Pros

    Fair, Good work life balance

    Cons

    Only want to promote younger candidates

    Unilever Response

    Jun 16, 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.


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