Unilever Reviews

Updated 19 October 2014
Updated 19 October 2014
749 Reviews
3.7
749 Reviews
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Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance was certainly fair, never had to fight for time off when it was needed (in 63 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours, great remuneration and understanding line managers (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 52 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 28 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great start to my career!

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Toronto, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Excellent learning environment, supportive staff and programs, interesting projects, professional development is encouraged

    Cons

    Limited opportunities in my home country, need to be mobile to move up within the company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Research Manger

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    Current Employee - Research Manager in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Research Manager in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Great Opportunity to Learn, as there are many new projects

    Cons

    Very long working hours & low work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    I've got a lot of business exposure since joining this company in 2013

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    Current Employee - MSO Planner in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - MSO Planner in Jakarta (Indonesia)

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

    Pros

    The medical coverage is promising, and the salary is also superior compared to similar companies.

    Cons

    It takes quiet a long time to get promoted due to huge amount of employees and tight competition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company needs to review every function role and offers better chance of promotion to employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Great Place for Learning & Development

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Great place for learning and development; Proven frameworks in the marketing function that will benefit you as a Brand person at any company; Great brands; A competitive environment in that the company wants to win in the categories it is playing in - an exciting time to be at this company; a lot of room for development and diversity in experience; Work/life balance depends on how big of a priority your category is and your manager

    Cons

    Big company with a lot of networks and it can sometimes be difficult to navigate; Another general con of a big company is that it can sometimes be a longer time to wait for a promotion

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    yes

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    Current Employee - Intern in An Nair (Sudan)
    Current Employee - Intern in An Nair (Sudan)

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

    Pros

    s students complain of lack of jobs, Unilever seems to be in a dire need of great talent to join their famous leadership programme ,what is popularly known as graduate/ management trainee programme.
    Their mission in campus this time was to pitch the Idea trophy; which according their website is a Unilever on-campus youth development initiative designed to create an "out-of-the-classroom" learning experience that focuses on the development of personal and entrepreneurial competencies amongst Kenya undergraduates. It is a challenging and creative experience, where students from different universities figure out how business works in real life while developing their own skills and competencies. This is wher

    Cons

    u applying to Unilever, one of the biggest multinational consumer goods companies in the world? As such, their application process is detailed and often difficult. Let us here at JobTestPrep be your own personal guide through the whole Unilever application process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    yes

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Helpful, but unorganized

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    People are willing to help if you ask

    Cons

    Took too long to begin training, sat around with nothing to do

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Finance Trainee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    -Friendly staff
    -Good pay
    -Fast paced environment

    Cons

    -Accounting systems look quite complex at first
    -Strict deadlines
    -Line managers might be too busy to respond to you when you need assistance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Had great time and learned a lot

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    Former Employee - Manager In Business Services Organisation in Kingston upon Thames, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Manager In Business Services Organisation in Kingston upon Thames, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company has a real sense of mission around it business and it's environmental commitments. The people working for Unilever are high caliber and form a great team. You can build a great career within the business, touching lots of different areas. Many people have been around the business for a long time - which must count for something.

    Cons

    Senior management are much more demanding than the past, but often in a "don't care about you" kind of way - which is tough. Equally I'm not sure that the current senior management especially rates the people who have built their careers within Unilever - there's a sense that outsiders have more to offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generally think you're going in the right direction, good luck.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    6 mo. Temp position

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Trumbull, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Trumbull, CT (US)

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance was certainly fair, never had to fight for time off when it was needed. Everyone that I worked with was absolutely amazing, saw the big picture of their work. Could not be happier with what I learned and what was taught to me.

    Cons

    Overall there is not much I can say about cons. The company is a great company and is certainly heading in the right direction.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    A rich marketing experience in an informal and friendly atmosphere

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    Former Employee - Intern in Rotterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - Intern in Rotterdam (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    - Friendly and young people
    - Room for initiative
    - Centered on development of Young Talent

    Cons

    - Difficult to make a difference: lot's of stakeholders
    - No actual long-term vision -cornerstone- in business conduct, brands operate in silos and jump from one project to the next.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on creation and execution of long-term strategies for respective brands. This will make for a somewhat more predictable and therewith more relaxed atmosphere and a better development of talent.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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