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Updated 3 March 2015
Updated 3 March 2015
89 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance can be excellent depending on which category you work on (in 69 reviews)

  • Good working culture and Flexible working hours (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 57 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 30 reviews)

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  1.  

    it was a challenging experience but unaffordable as far as work ethics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Accounting Manager in Athens (Greece)
    Current Contractor - Accounting Manager in Athens (Greece)

    I have been working at Unilever as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    personal development, many opportunities to be an expert in your field, many chances to travel abroad and have an international experience, specialization in fmcg processes, understanding of the market and products

    Cons

    many infighters, lack of respect in work ethics and diversity, difficulty in compliance with the rules, unhealthy competition between team members, work life balance doesn't really exists.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    Political.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Good brand and flexible working.

    Cons

    Too many politics, not enough teamwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful  

    Need to improve on their Diversity Program

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Department in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Department in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    There is a clear classism and racial bias in the company.

    Cons

    There is a clear classism and racial bias in the company. HR managers need more cross cultural training and the company needs to hire upper management that practice humility and should learn to work with middle and lower management with compassion not passion for their egos. People of color are often hired just for the company to say they are diverse but tenure for colored people is low because of racial discrimination. Also, prepare for a lot of ethnocentric upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more cross cultural training the EEOC details are not just for you to post on boards and intranet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Planning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, summer hours, no limited sick days

    Cons

    Managers have no clue what their reports do or how they do it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know what your direct reports do

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor pay, long hours...

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Development
    Former Employee - Customer Development

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Good company culture, very inclusive

    Cons

    Lowest pay versus competitors.
    No recognition unless you are a 'favourite'.
    Strong emphasis on short term opportunities which increases stress levels throughout the business.
    Long hours and poor work/life balance, you are expected to put in the extra hours with little to no acknowledgement.
    A lot of people become comfortable and do an 'ok' job, they are kept on purely so as not to offend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Series of staff cut-backs has led to a stressful working environment. Has also meant that opportunities for progression have severely been reduced.
    Need to address the bigger issue and stop focusing so much on the short-term.
    Very slow to react to the rest of the market and its competitors, this will set Unilever back in the next few years.

    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    A great place to work until.....

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Operations in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Salary OT
    Great technical support
    Great boss
    Great people
    Travel

    Cons

    Terrible decisions from upper management.
    Rough part of town
    The small of mayonnaise at 100 degrees
    Lousy temp agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your people do their job.
    Use facts.
    Be aggressive with improvements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company but worse shopfloor leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits and world class manufacturing

    Cons

    Shop floor leader focus on the output but neglect human connections.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Disorganized HR organization, no onboarding

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Person
    Current Employee - Human Resources Person

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

    Pros

    Agile, flexible work, nice campus

    Cons

    flat organization, poor senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employee onboarding necessary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Confidence crushing experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Category Finance Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Category Finance Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It can be tough to get into this company and you feel that everyone you work with is an expert in their field. No dead wood in the organistation.

    Cons

    Expected to work every hour under the sun - especially in a global role where you're dealing across time zones. Senior managers appreciate work/life balance but that disappears down the hierachy.
    Having a multi cultural environment is a great thing but people tend to stick in groups which alienates others.
    Dog eat dog approach with lots of finger pointing when things don't go as planned.
    You're made to feel like you should be grateful to work for such a company rather than them be grateful to have you there.
    Distinct lack of career progression. Expected to be content with moving sideways in roles at the same level for up to 5 years before making any progression.
    Non existent personal development conversations with managers.
    2 people in my immediate department left within the 2 years I was in the company due to mental health issues brought on by the roles they were in.
    Poor salary when you benchmark externally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more time and genuine interest in people rather than having an approach where if people don't like it, you can replace them just as easily.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great people and brands, terrible work life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Business Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Business Manager in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits
    Many great brands with very good consumer demand
    Very smart and hard working people

    Cons

    Work life balance horrendous
    No matter when vacation/holiday time is scheduled, expectation is you will work. Especially month end or year end.
    Sales executives are very short term focused, too much time spent discussing daily and monthly sales numbers
    No training on brand heritage or history and very little sales training
    8 downsize reorgs in 10 years
    HR is not advocate for employee and you rarely speak to or hear from them
    Decision making is slow and tedious, not competitive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Must be better and more nimble to compete in digital world. Training and investing in employees needs to improve.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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