Unilever PLC
3.7 of 5 41 reviews
www.unilever.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Unilever PLC Reviews

Updated Mar 06, 2014
Unilever PLC – “Factory Italy”

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3.7 41 reviews

                             

95% Approve of the CEO

Unilever PLC CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

(19 ratings)

88% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Good place to be if in the right part of the business

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Unilever PLC

Prosgreat if you are in marketing or working on a brand.

Consall other non-core functions (finance, accounting, investments, benefits, etc) are essentially forgotten.

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Great place to work

Learning Manager (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time for more than 5 years

ProsHeadroom to follow up on new ideas, friendly atmosphere, truly global, very human generally, inspiring CSR mission that really matters (not just greenwashing), very varied, some roles offer good work-life balance, virtual working

ConsCan be a bit silo-mentality, need to do lots of stakeholder management which can slow things down a bit, pay is good but not best-in-class but the pros outweigh this IMHO

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great work atmosphere for interns, Co op is highly recommended!

Category Procurement Analyst Intern (Former Employee)
Trumbull, CT (US)

I worked at Unilever PLC as an intern for less than a year

ProsThe work atmosphere in the Trumbull, CT office was family oriented. People were always very friendly to one another and teams felt like families. As an intern, I was highly respected among all my coworkers. There is a lot of room to grow in the company too with the companies rotational program.

ConsI was not a fan of the location in Trumbull, CT but that is personal preference.

Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A truly great business with a unique vision

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Unilever PLC

ProsTrue emphasis on sustainable growth - operating ethically will deliver improved sales
Outstanding people and collaborative culture
Genuine work/life balance achieved for most employees
Wonderful brands that really do improve consumers' lives
Good pay, based on good performance
Still massive opportunities to grow in new markets and win share through innovation

ConsDecision-making can be painfully slow - driven by consensus culture and obsession with keeping everyone happy and informed
Product performance is not necessarily as good as competitors in some areas (laundry, some foods) and some ranges have become too flabby and indistinct
Extraordinarily hierarchical - like the colonial civil service in some respects
Not a business for mercurial minds and instinctive, creative spirits

Advice to Senior ManagementA record-breaking year in 2012 and another in prospect for 2013 despite global downturn. The temptation must be to just carry on what we're doing right now. But we have to be faster, more imaginative and less bureacratic if we're to see off hungry competitors. We talk about it, but I don't see the people aroud me changing...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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sales

Sales Director (Current Employee)
Casablanca (Morocco)

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

Prosenvironment and brands, management, expertise, finance

Consstress, worload, regions, supply chain, HR

Advice to Senior Managementre-think

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Great Brands

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)

I worked at Unilever PLC full-time for more than 5 years

ProsExcellent brand portfolio, extremely competitive internationally and really has the foundation for rapid global expansion. Great people. Always looking for ways to improve and innovate. Very flexible work environment - job share and part time options. Good with flex place work as well.

ConsLong hours. Roles continue to expand but are not upgraded so people are stretched thin. Very political organization. It can be difficult to gain clear alignment and move forward.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The ills going on at Unilever

Finance Manager (Current Employee)
Accra (Ghana)

I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time for more than 5 years

ProsFair salary structure with clear lines of career advancement.

ConsFavoritism and back stabbing . Management seems not to care about this.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop the favoritism going on.

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Review of Unilever plc July 2012

Assistant CMI Manager (Current Employee)
London, England (UK)

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

ProsThe culture here is fantastic and its a great place to learn. Fantastic brands to work on and inspirational senior management.

Conscompared to other FMCG companies of this size and smaller renumeration is significantly below average. Opportunities are good but progression is often limited by internal politics / not enough roles coming up

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great

Demand Planner (Current Employee)

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

ProsAgile working and working from home

Conssalaries are less than compettitor firms

Advice to Senior Managementincrease pay

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OK

Graduate Engineer (Former Employee)
Lagos (Nigeria)

I worked at Unilever PLC as a contractor for more than a year

ProsMultinational company touching lives everyday

Consremuneration isn't fantastic in Nigeria like rival P&G.
Culture isn't as strong

Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure that policies and corporate culture is practicalised at the bottom

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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