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Unilever Reviews

Updated 25 February 2015
Updated 25 February 2015
1,183 Reviews
3.7
1,183 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Customer centric progressive organisation with a positive outlook & great brands

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Work flexibility
    Customer relationships
    Brands
    Functional training
    People capability

    Cons

    Salary benchmarking
    Limited cross-functional interaction
    Account team silos

  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Friendly enviornment, professional atmosphere, I was able to learn a great amount in the short time I was there.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Trumbull, CT (US)
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Trumbull, CT (US)

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome people, free products, laid back but very professional.

    Cons

    Some lack of communication, seem to hire contractors rather than full-time employees to save money.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great business, people focussed.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Leatherhead, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Improved performance focus over the last couple of years. Cross functional working and team development are high priorities. Great leadership and clarity of vision. Work life balance and flexible working are brilliant.

    Cons

    Fewer and fewer promotion opportunities. Middle management layers being removed and consolidated. Lack of opportunity to gain quality feedback and career planning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring employees more into the conversation around career planning and ensure the structure is there for employees to map out their next 1/2/3 moves so they have real ownership of their career.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Challenging and Learning

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Astt Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Astt Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Lot of learning due to company's attempt be mark to market situation. lots of responsibility and less of low value added work.
    Focus on sustainability

    Cons

    Too much of stress, which will impact your personal life, non ending work hours. too many touch points.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    you are a wonderful company, however make sure that you look in to career plans of each individual. Please also ensure work-life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great work-life balance.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Senior Brand Manager in Rotterdam (Netherlands)
    Current Employee - Global Senior Brand Manager in Rotterdam (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    Great work life balance , allows flexible working
    Top management very approachable , foster ideas and listen from the bottom

    Cons

    Slow decision making
    Loads of debate, management ''too democratic'' , lacking assertiveness
    Compensation not top band

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more assertive: if you are decision maker, then decide!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    very good blue chip company

    Current Employee - R & D Scientist in Port Sunlight, England (UK)
    Current Employee - R & D Scientist in Port Sunlight, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    space to grow, good opportunities in a fast moving company. Generally a satble, secure job. Abvility to travel and work abroad

    Cons

    A very large corporate structure, sometimes being lost in a very big machine. Restructuring and changes being made on a ~ 2 year cycle. Numerous movements about the comnpany

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A great company with strong brands that strives to grow stock price but in turn burns out its employees

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

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

    Pros

    An extremely strong portfolio of brands across multiple categories

    Cons

    Reactive company that has troubles managing channel conflict.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    An excellent place to work!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Unilever (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for personal growth. High quality products. Flexibility to work from home. Well developed processes. A socially and environmentally responsible company. Inspiring CEO.

    Cons

    Demanding and fast paced work environment. Very heavy workload. Ongoing restructurings and severances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Senior Leadership is doing the right things. Stay true to the Unilever values.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It's grate place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Innovation Chef in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Innovation Chef in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    It's grate place work,
    Work-life balance can be excellent depending on which category you work on"

    Cons

    Need to drive alone to learn - More promotional options for IIMs - Less to exp guys inside company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent place to begin your career

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

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

    Pros

    - Highly formalized program designed to give cross-functional experiences, and international work experience
    - Work life balance is great, agile work-style affords you to work from home when necessary as long as you meet your deliverables
    - Great colleagues who are very supportive and strive to give you meaningful projects
    - Free ice cream and products occasionally
    - Formal training and development
    - Variety of career trajectories, if you are proactive about it, you can land where you want

    Cons

    - Typical annoyances of large corporation when it comes to IT, HR, and some administrative things
    - Have to pay your dues, some roles can be rather boring, but important stepping stones for better things
    - Like to relocate people a lot and have to live your life 8 months at a time -- obviously it's what you sign up for though and for some people it's a pro
    - Field offices can leave you feeling dislocated from the larger mission

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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