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Unilever Reviews

Updated 5 March 2015
Updated 5 March 2015
1,196 Reviews
3.7
1,196 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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  1.  

    Great place to work, the company has a clear vision that is ingrained in day to day business.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    the company stresses on teamwork and inclusion of ideas by everyone.

    Cons

    the market is competitive and fast paced, which could make it potentially challenging for some.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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

  3.  

    manufacturing manager

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Casablanca (Morocco)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Manager in Casablanca (Morocco)

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    international company providing necessary training either for business performance or for personal skills development

    Cons

    complex procedures to makes decisions because of the high level organization which makes achieving results harder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    consider career advancement for skilled employees by exploring overseas possibilities

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    20+ years in IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    -Global, large scale, innovative IT, UN follows industry standard practices
    -Agile (flexible) work arrangements
    -Socially and Environmentally conscious operating principles - the company gives back to comminities and has strict sustainable sourcing standards
    -Very broad work experience. Roles change almost every year. Challenges are plently with support from Sr. Management which generates energy and motivation to perform.

    Cons

    -Salary growth has been very slow. Doesn't even keep pace with inflation.
    -Handling much more responsibility for several years with no promotion
    -intense competetition from colleagues
    -Management giving most of the choice opportunities with an advancement path to young job entrants right out of college.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the long term employees that brought the company to where it is today. The UFLP will complete graduate degrees and run for the hills

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great opportunities for training and breath of exposure to different categories/brands. Global experience very valuable.

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

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

    Pros

    Big enough so opportunities exist to enhance your experience regularly

    Cons

    People are not objectively valued, highly political

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out ways to reward strong managers do they do not burn out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    good company to work with

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in India, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in India, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    good salary..good experience, good people

    Cons

    there are no cons, only pros. its a good company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    management is good, there is no advice i would like to suggest

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Marketing Director

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    You drive your career
    Great school to learn fmcg
    Entrepreneur friendly
    Strategic thinking
    Sustainability mindset
    Multi categories
    Brilliant brains
    Financial acumen

    Cons

    Poor execution / go to market
    Too much politics
    Just average pay for top notch work / load
    Big egos in the leadership
    Too many hierarchical levels

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less politics and more real business
    Consider more business units approach to improve execution

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Just an amazing Great Place to Work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Mexico City (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Analyst in Mexico City (Mexico)

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

    Pros

    Focus on bias for action , results , pro active place and huge social impact by world tops brands.
    Here people are always focus on a target, almost always is GM%, profit or share market

    Cons

    Little training for low perosnal processes and development. Some times the process become a little repettive and what you do become actual a rutine for the company model.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Great business, people focussed.

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    • 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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    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

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