Unilever Reviews

Updated 22 September 2014
Updated 22 September 2014
720 Reviews
3.7
720 Reviews
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Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman
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405 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is fair but seems to be getting worse each year (in 56 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours, great remuneration and understanding line managers (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 44 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 25 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent place to have an internship.

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Intern  in  Jonesboro, AR (US)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Jonesboro, AR (US)

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

    Pros

    A dream to work for as an intern, interested in making you succeed. They put a lot of time an effort to make sure your internship is meaningful and rewarding

    Cons

    Manufacturing facilities located in small towns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I really enjoyed working for Unilever and learnt sooo much!

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    Former Employee - Clinical Scientist  in  Port Sunlight, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Clinical Scientist in Port Sunlight, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great company values and had a real community spirit to the place even though there were over a thousand people working there. I was given a lot of responsibility which provided excellent experience for my CV. My Manager was supportive and had great knowledge in the area I worked in. The team worked very well together.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get a permanent position there. My Manager pushed to make me permanent but there were a lot of redundancies happening at the time and it just wasn't possible. Which was a shame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work life balance. Some office politics going on in the office but I just kept clear of it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very Good Place

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Amazing place to work at. Great organization. People friendly hr policies. Especially good for women. They have awesome facilities at the workplace and great opportunities for employees.

    Cons

    None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None. None.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very structured company

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Respects employees
    a real "school"
    good learning opportunities
    Values smart people
    great brands to be proud of
    clear processes and policies
    predictable

    Cons

    NOt very agressive compensation
    too global : moves too slow towards changes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You prepare people to the market

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Most inspiring and grooming experience

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    Former Employee - SAP Professional  in  Lahore (Pakistan)
    Former Employee - SAP Professional in Lahore (Pakistan)

    I worked at Unilever full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great environment, great people to work with. Seniors mentor you and everyone works as a team. Oh yeah, love the coffee machine ; )/

    Cons

    Project deadlines, following international work standards and the long conference meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the greatness.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    It was great company / experiencia

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    Former Employee - Sales Director  in  Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great brands, great people. Always caring for people.

    Cons

    Sometimes there is a Lot of politics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to promote mote local talent particularly in México

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Internship

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Intern in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Great experience
    Good pay
    Office culture is good

    Cons

    Competitive
    Work-life balance
    A lot of processes involved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Terrific

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Experience, the people, the brands

    Cons

    complex, too many people involved in decisions, etc

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop people

  10.  

    Great company with lots of development and growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Associate Finance Manager  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Finance Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Unilever full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The biggest plus working at Unilever is its culture. Very collaborative and provides multiple opportunities to develop and grow in different areas. The career planning process is also somewhat structured, albeit very competitive. The people are fun and good to work with.

    Cons

    Systems and IT resources could be a lot better. The salaries are on the lower end of the scale and far from competitive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Peoples prior experiences and accomplishments matter and they are very proud of them. It is important to take that in consideration when planning moves and promotions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to learn and get good experience in Marketing

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    Current Employee - Marketing  in  Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)
    Current Employee - Marketing in Tel Aviv-Yafo (Israel)

    I have been working at Unilever full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    UL has many training programs, they are best in class as far as Marketing is concerned. Great place to start your career as its good to have on your CV .

    Cons

    Global and regional teams decide on many issues, lots of debate with local teams which creates difficulties as each side wants their own agenda to prevail. Moving up or even across another job in the company is not easy

    Approves of CEO

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