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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Procurement Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Procurement Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    World class supply chain, innovative minds, driving digital agenda, great place to learn. Agile working and competitive overall compensation (room for improvement).. Overall, great company to launch your career and is well respected worldwide

    Cons

    As you might expect for a company this size, decision making process very slow which can be very frustrating...lots of politics involved in promotions..merit doesn't necessarily equate to upwards mobility

    Unilever2018-02-09
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Change is the constant"

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    Former Employee - Key Account Manager in San Jose, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great Business acumen in massive consumer goods, great benefits( health, bonus, etc), agile, flexifriday, stability, brands with purpose, Monthly giveaways,

    Cons

    Opportunity for a clear define and straight processes, opportunity for clear role objectives, bureaucratic for the decision making process, high personnel rotations

    Advice to Management

    Opportunity to define and strengthen whilst training the talent pipeline

    Unilever2017-07-04
  3. Helpful (1)

    ""Tried and true, but at times weak and blue.""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Has great benefits and good use of the company store.

    Cons

    It makes things a bit difficult to get work finished when there's a lack of communication from upper management that computer systems are going to shut down randomly that runs the entire plant. Also, the bureaucratic motion of decision making. Some decisions need to be faster and more efficient.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate better with your staff. That will save you so much time and money in the end.

    Unilever2017-06-15
  4. "Logistics Procurement Assistant Manager"

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    Current Employee - Procurement Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    friendly culture, good social mission

    Cons

    bureaucratic, slow decision making

    Advice to Management

    empower lower level employees more to make decisions

    Unilever2017-01-26
  5. Helpful (4)

    "Great experience but hard to get ahead"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    large company with good learning experience and benefits

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and lack of decision making. All senior mgmt is imported from other countries (Mostly Europe) and they don't care about US employees. Benefits are regularly being reduced

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities are needed in USA.

    Unilever2016-11-21
  6. "Senior Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Cincinnati, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Unilever full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work life balance, good benefits, great co-workers. Overall a really good company to work for - no major issues any fortune 500 doesn't have.

    Cons

    A lot of people involved in decision making. Trouble getting things to the market quickly. Global roles are difficult on normal working hours.

    Advice to Management

    create more growth opportunities

    Unilever2016-10-24
  7. "marketing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    great people, great brands, hands on experience

    Cons

    hierarchical, political, slow decision making

    Unilever2016-09-07
  8. Helpful (7)

    "Unilever is a good place to start a career right out of school. I will not recommend for mid-career hires."

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    - Very good healthcare benefits in comparison to sister companies - Great place to launch a technical or business career right out of college or business school - There is an emphasis on work/life balance and an agile work environment - Global footprint and international career opportunities for those interested

    Cons

    - Very political performance review process. It get's worse as you progress into management positions. It becomes all about "who knows you" as opposed to what you have accomplished. - In recent years Unilever has significantly decreased spending on employee training and development. This has resulted in fewer internal promotions and more recruitment of external candidates into management positions. - A very... bureaucratic environment and a centralized organizational structure that slows down decision making. - In the last decade most of Unilever's growth has been through acquisitions. It lacks the entrepreneurial spirit to quickly launch new innovations and to grow organically.

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    Advice to Management

    Unilever has four categories of businesses - Personal Care, Home Care, Refreshments and Foods. Recommend splitting up the company per category. This would provide an entrepreneurial environment and allow more focus on the delivery of new innovations.

    Unilever2016-01-09
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company"

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    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    USLP goals; great people; diversity; good benefits; agile work environment

    Cons

    Outdated stacked ranking system; poor work life balance; high complexity; extremely slow decision making;

    Unilever2015-12-04
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great Brands - Bogged Down and Internal Politics"

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    Current Employee - Customer Development in Englewood Cliffs, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    You get a chance to work with great, well know brands. The agile work environment gives you flexibility depending on your manager - most people work from home on Fridays. It's not a cutthroat environment like some companies.

    Cons

    There seems to be a shift in culture where people now find reasons NOT to help each other. Internal politics are also more in play. On a global basis, each region/cluster head is more worried about building their own empire vs doing what is right for the company as a whole. We like to talk about "One Unilever" but it's just talk. Processes are too complex and decision making is still way too slow despite efforts... to simplify. Restructuring takes place about every 24 months, which just throws things into chaos. People are also rotated out of roles every 12-18 months, which is too fast to really gain experience from a role. There is very little room to move into a Director role. You basically have to wait until someone leaves, which never happens.

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    Advice to Management

    There is still a LOT of work to do on simplifying processes, decisions etc so we can move faster. The company as a whole needs to be more unified. The current clusters operate as individual empires sometimes competing with each other vs competing companies/brands.

    Unilever2015-08-28
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