Unilever Reviews

Updated 23 April 2015
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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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  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. handpacker

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    Current Employee - Handpacker in Blodgett, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Handpacker in Blodgett, MO (US)

    I have been working at Unilever (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company store and good benefits

    Cons

    Work nights is a con.

    Advice to Management

    Supplemental status sucks!

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  5. Record to report

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Record to Report in Katowice (Poland)
    Current Employee - Record to Report in Katowice (Poland)

    I have been working at Unilever (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good life and work balance

    Cons

    Hard cooperation with Service Providers (IBM, Capgemini)

  6. Great work, life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You have some great perks, company store, onsite salon, work from home, summer hours. Supply Chain is tough but there is work life balance here, more so depending on what boss you get.

    Cons

    The advancement opportunities are challenging as there are a pool of people competing for the same roles, however if you know someone they can move you along much quicker, however, not in my case

    Advice to Management

    Less politics especially in moving up the ladder, not fair for all employees

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    Former Employee - Electrician in Raeford, NC (US)
    Former Employee - Electrician in Raeford, NC (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    a good company to work for

    Cons

    company should put more in safety

    Advice to Management

    be more diverse in hiring

  8. I am working here for just a month, but I like it very much.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bucharest (Romania)
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Bucharest (Romania)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The offices are very nice, the people are very kind and sociable. There are a lot of little gifts or contests that make your day better or make you smile.

    Cons

    When you are new or maybe just in my case, nobody has time to stay and teach you, and I feel like I could have learned many things until now.

  9. engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    good working environemnt
    interesting topics
    work life balance

    Cons

    benefits and doesnt seem international

  10. Global Category Procurement

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

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Agile workplace, ability to change roles, continual learning opportunities, lots of great people to work with

    Cons

    Poor roll out of strategy, unrealistic work loads, long hours, favoritism in promotion, constant change of strategy and database upgrades that don't make things more efficient, projects lead frequently by too young/green marketing team with more attitude than project management skills, still too beuocratic, and don't plan on a long career as ageism is a trend.

    Advice to Management

    Set clear and realistic goals. Improve the onboarding process. Control scope creep. Protect your team from burn out and retain talent. It is a great company and has great products but the fun in work has slowly gone away, now it is a daily grind without break.

  11. HRBP Strategies & Operations and Talent Manager SC

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    Current Employee - HRBP in Schaffhausen (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - HRBP in Schaffhausen (Switzerland)

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Culture, Career Perspective, Agility, Content of Position, International

    Cons

    complex, chaotic, challenging, administration, slow

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