Unilever Reviews

Updated 28 October 2014
Updated 28 October 2014
759 Reviews
3.7
759 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Place to Grow

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    Most comprehensive FMCG company

    • 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

    Pros

    company values & training & flexible working hours

    Cons

    hiererchy based office culture and repetitive works

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    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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  5.  

    Very pleased, but room for growth.

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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

    Talented co-workers. Purpose-driven brands. Corporate social responsibility and triple bottom line are truly valued. Cash-rich business after divestitures, so future acquisitions and launches will be very revealing about direction. Work-life balance can be excellent depending on which category you work on.

    Cons

    Salary--be prepared to make significantly less than your peers. What's worse is not only is salary lower, cost of living isn't factored in. Quite a bit of red tape which leads to slower-than-necessary innovation launches. Very political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You will continue to lose top talent if you don't make changes to compensation package.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    SME

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - SME in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - SME in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    Had a great experience, great culture

    Cons

    good, nothing negative to mention

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    nothing really, they are great

  7.  

    Working with Unilever a lot of Knowledgeable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Test Engineer in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Innovative Technology, Agile Work Space

    Cons

    Work life balance benefits time off policies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great start to my career!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Internship experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Intern
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Intern

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

    Pros

    Depending on location you get good exposure to all areas

    Cons

    a lot of politics and manufacturing is hard in north america

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Research Manger

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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