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Unilever Reviews

Updated 20 November 2014
Updated 20 November 2014
773 Reviews
3.6
773 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance can be excellent depending on which category you work on (in 66 reviews)

  • Good working culture and Flexible working hours (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 55 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 29 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good opportunity to see the work culture.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Former Employee - Intern in Istanbul (Turkey)

    I worked at Unilever as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    It was an hands on experience where I had chance to work like a new hire or management trainee. There was a strong colloboration among the employees and plenty of trainings. Flexible work hours and salary was also a great benefit. Also, I find chance to had many meetings with the international teams.

    Cons

    As I observed, even in the level of line managers, a large percentage of work load was based on operational jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    In the hiring process, interns do not have any advantage other than passing the interview process; although their project management and human relations skills have comprehensively observed by the mentors.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great experience with multinational business, no work-life balance.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Prague (Czech Republic)
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Prague (Czech Republic)

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

    Pros

    Amazing company culture, love brands, comprehensive benefits, open communication and really nice and long-term focus on sustainable business.

    Cons

    Limited space for promotions (flat organization structure, only few manager positions), too many dotted lines, too many internal meetings, workload in some functions is so high that despite several vitality activities many people just spend enormous amount of extra hours in the office. Salary compensation is not adequate.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great culture held back by bureaucratic domestic business and stagnant middle management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Business Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Customer Business Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, Job opportunities, Top Employer Brand in most countries

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, red-tape, not open to new ideas

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for employees, real corporate responsibility

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company values are truly great, the CEO is all about corporate responsibility but it's not just PR talk, it's really in the blood of the company. It's not just corporate responsibility for the society, but also for employees. very good benefit, employees activities, creative volunteering opportunities etc.

    Cons

    nothing major, same type of problems you find in most companies. structure was flat so official leadership opportunity was limited, one could be a manager or senior manager without a team to supervise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Place to Grow

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Category Management Manager in Pleasanton, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Category Management Manager in Pleasanton, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn and develop early in your career. Recognizes talent and promotes from within. Agile work environment with flexibility in working hours and schedule.

    Cons

    Cannot explore cross-functionally. Limited geographic mobility. Too big to be able to make a significant impact. Not enough exposure outside of immediate manager.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great company to work for overall

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Procurement Analyst in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Procurement Analyst in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Great company values, work-life balance, flexible work schedules and comprehensive medical benefits. Lots of opportunities for movement within different departments. Onsite gym and vitality trail around the campus.

    Cons

    Compensation could be higher, internal employees seem to get less pay for the same rolls versus an outside hire. The yearly increase is very low and not in line with inflation. There is a lot politics and upper management takes too long to make decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good training, poor advancement

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

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

    Pros

    You get very good training and loads of experience.

    Cons

    The corporate ladder is a bit out of whack

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Lots of opportunities

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Great company to work with, ask what would you like to work on and where would you like to work and you ll mostly probably get it if you are an high performer.

    Cons

    Very hard to progress higher if your managment is not a "push type" management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More focus on people managment and not only on processes and projects.

  10.  

    Most comprehensive FMCG company

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

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    company values & training & flexible working hours

    Cons

    hiererchy based office culture and repetitive works

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A company where you never stop learning

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

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    personal, growth, work life balance, world class brands and people, caring employer, serious about sustainability as well as delivering great consumer experiences

    Cons

    too democratic in terms of decision making, compensation getting increasingly uncompetitive,

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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