Unilever
3.7 of 5 604 reviews
www.unilever.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Unilever Reviews

Updated Apr 21, 2014
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3.7 604 reviews

                             

92% Approve of the CEO

Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

(331 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work/life balance is fair but seems to be getting worse each year"
    in 49 reviews
  • "flexible working hours, ability to work from home, good staff benefits"
    in 22 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-life balance is a joke, and the ones to blame are analyst level employees"
    in 38 reviews
  • "decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation"
    in 21 reviews
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Best company to learn and exercise brand equity building

Global Brand Director (Current Employee)
Milan (Italy)

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

ProsFriendly environment, great in-dept understanding of brands and how to build them to last. World class social approach.

ConsNeed to create a strong network to be able to progress. Overall perceived as long in taking decisions.

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

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Great People and are passionate about making a difference

Category Management Manager (Former Employee)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)

I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 3 years

ProsWell compensated with opportunities for advancement. People are interested in hearding what you have to say and value opinions. The people in headquarters and the field are amazing and are passionate about their work.

ConsThe direction changes too often and it isn't a very nimle organization. Relationship management is critical for movement.

Advice to Senior ManagementCulture needs help after all the restructures.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Unilever full-time

ProsGreat place to work it has a very good performance culture

ConsThe structures are getting smaller in some of the regions

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Unilever

ProsCompetitive salary, top FMCG company, gorgeous office, good training sessions

ConsAggressive environment, tough competitiveness, bureaucracy

Advice to Senior ManagementThey should open more

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Great company to work for

Brand Manager (Former Employee)

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

ProsAverage age is pretty young, the culture is very professional but informal at the same time so there is a great working environment. The company gives its employees many responsibilities since day one.

ConsMany processes, sometimes things get slowed down because of many guidelines and processes to follow.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Job experience was good but the environment was just a bit off

Trainee (Former Employee)
Manila, Manila (Philippines)

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

ProsYour job is on the spot in terms of your course and what you are capable of. You are given enough load to perform projects. You can easily communicate with bosses.

ConsThe age group in my department was old, hence work relationship is strictly for that matter. If there are no projects, there is no work, hence once can become very bored.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo provide an alternative ways to entertain employees in this department once they are idle.

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

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Amazing people, great work life balance, lots of opportunities

Associate Category Manager (Former Employee)
Cincinnati, OH (US)

I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 3 years

ProsThe people are amazing. They are happy to help you grow your skills and support you to succeed. The Cincinnati office has everything and more than you can imagine to be able to do your job. There is room to grow your career, you just have to be willing to move frequently. But they take care of you when you do move.

ConsCurrent U.S. CEO is trying to run the business like the European market. It is very different and can't be run like Europe.

Advice to Senior ManagementPromote US employees to the top instead of forcing them out to bring in European executives.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Safety is a priority and individual experience through projects is achieved.

Safety Health & Environmental Intern (Former Employee)
Covington, TN (US)

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

ProsVery friendly, comfortable and progressive environment

ConsIt is very big and reaching certain departments may be difficult

Advice to Senior Managementnon

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

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Great place to grow

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

ProsGood environment, great opportunity to grow

ConsSomehow there is bottleneck for some career opportunities

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

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Great Job, limited upward mobility

Associate Finance Manager (Current Employee)

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

ProsWork life balance, great people, interesting work

ConsShrinking senior management positions, lots of restructuring that seems to be politically tied and not always performance based

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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