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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated 16 October 2014
Updated 16 October 2014
263 Reviews
3.7
263 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor (in 36 reviews)

  • Great benefits and still has some great people there (in 16 reviews)


Cons
  • Work / Life Balance seems to be deteriorating quickly (in 14 reviews)

  • very conservative; the decision making process is too long (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    Worst company ever seen

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Department in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - IT Department in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Health insurance,Stocks option
    Salary
    and really not so much else

    Cons

    Management is very very poor, cluesless and extremly political
    Appearence it's everything
    No possibilities for career
    Not ethic at all, or better no ethic in practic , instead theoreticaly are WOW
    Express your opinion, they call it feedback, and you're out
    In short, good company for no brainer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hardly possible to give an advice, HR is so useless and corrupted as the rest of the management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Microbiologist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good company store, flex hours

    Cons

    Micro managing, racism, hard to advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    highly political. Ethics exist only in theory. Do not accept a job here if you have other choice

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    salary, other perks such as dental insurance

    Cons

    Very slow moving, political, competence completely ignored and irrelevant for management. No transparency and clear commutation, very bad planning. Ethics are at a very low level. Company doesn't see anything wrong in bullying on people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change all middle management. Hr trainings needed first for HR themselves. HR are absent. Nobody cAres about employees. Very bad managers out there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    A real Nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consumer Marketing Intern - Personal Care in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Consumer Marketing Intern - Personal Care in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    That's a good company to have in your portfolio, very organized. Compensation is ok.

    Cons

    Old-fashioned company, looks like it stopped in time in the 80's, don't invest or try new strategies, extremely slow and bureaucratic decision making. Remember that we had 12 people routing to approve details such as an ortographic correction in a artwork. Very stressed ambient mainly during the Budget review, as an intern I used to work more then 12h per day including saturdays and sometimes sundays. No perks, needed to use jacket and tie every day even without having contact with clients. Work-life balance was no good for me at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very unorganized and outdated management philosophy....high turnover rate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Representative
    Current Employee - Sales Representative

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company relies to heavily on its branded name.....Turn and burn

    Cons

    The company does not value its people. Everyone just passes the buck. I don't see how anything gets accomplished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You really need to start living your proposed values.....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Becoming the Worst Place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Department in Piscataway, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - IT Department in Piscataway, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Stable Co. Meets OP target as per Wall Street.
    Good Dental Benefits
    Co. Store

    Cons

    Micro Managing. Lack of Direction. Chaos IT Dept.
    Middle Managers are Non-Technical making tech. decisions. Some even don't have right qualifications for IT jobs. Completely Fake HR. HR works for managers.
    Promotions are given based on Friendship and Likings.
    High level managers with power hires their friends and family members. Amazing...
    How does HR approves this GOD only knows!!!!
    No Planning. When things goes wrong trying to find fault and finger pointing instead of fixing the issues. No training provided. No travel/training for real tech. people but Mgt. flies 1st class around the world without any issues. What a joke!!!!
    India runs the whole IT show.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of Non-tech managers. Give them another round of VERP.
    Trust your people. Spend money on training.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    When did I become Dilbert?

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Good place to gain international exposure as 80% (and rising agressively) of business is outside US
    Great place for women and minorities.
    If you have a good manager, you can obtain interesting projects.

    Cons

    Steadily reducing benefits and training opportunites for years.
    Heavily offshoring both development and manufacturing.
    HR is completely unresponsive to employees and applicants, a blessing since their information often conflicts.
    Excuses given for arbitrarily promoting or not promoting personnel border on insanity.
    Though they preach "Managing with Respect", managers can give poor reviews without any explanation of reasons to employees with great long term records.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Luckily they killed the old HR slogan "Becoming the Best Place to Work". It was very good, but the heavy voluntary attrition of younger workers should indicate the lack of opportunities recently is apparent. It's sad to have seen the decline in morale. Great job keeping the stock price up though!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very political environment. Don't get thrown under the bus!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Opportunity to work abroad,
    Salary/benefits

    Cons

    The company claims to be a caring company. It is, if you play the right political games and are in the "in" crowd. Don't complain about anything,or you will be treated as a second class citizen, and you will find yourself at the bottom of the pile when the far and few between promos come around. Company does a good job of bait and switch. Great compensation, but little of anything else UNLESS you are one of the chosen ones. Leaders with the most obnoxious management styles are rewarded. Those who do the right thing are NOT appreciated. Company is extremely risk averse and relies on it's signature brand to keep it going. They are definitely followers rather than leaders. I would not recommend working at Colgate unless you have a kiss ass mentality and enjoy stepping on others to make yourself look good. It was a very disappointing and unrewarding experience. Definitely glad I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a serious look at your management. There is some very unethical behavior, and that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later. A caring company? That is a joke!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Colgate Marketing: no work-life balance and grind away at presentations and endless overbooked meetings

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Most marketers are attracted to Colgate due to its Manhattan location - not many CPG companies are in the city. That means you get bright ambitious, fast-paced people to work around you. It's also an international company and there seems to be some, limited opportunities to move around globally. It also provides a strong brand name for your resume. Because it is such a lean organization, you will be given lots of responsibilities and exposure.

    Cons

    I wasn't prepared to work 80 hours a week - as an ABM, you get thrown in - sink or swim - you are expected to perform without any real support. (Although if you come in the global program, you get more measured time to adjust). It is a lean organization with both retention issues and continuous shifts within, which means lack of transitions. It is a traditional, conservative company that is steeped in 'processes' which means you're continuously working on the next presentation cycle and do not have time or focus to be proactive about furthering the brand. Your day is filled and overbooked with meetings and you don't actually start working until the rest of the world goes home starting around 5.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value employees more - keep with industry standards and provide 3 weeks vacation, not 2 to people with experience and Master's degrees (- it's abusive). Make managers more responsible for the development of their subordinates instead of task masters who are always trying to cover themselves. Reassess all the processes - many of them are hampered by vital cross-functionals that have no incentive to help marketing and lack accountability. Why after so many iterations for each process, does everyone start painfully over again?

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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