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Unilever Reviews

Updated 26 January 2015
Updated 26 January 2015
821 Reviews
3.6
821 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    My time at Unilever was very positive; it helped me develop me the business insights, knowledge and skills I needed

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Development Director in Walton-on-Thames, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Customer Development Director in Walton-on-Thames, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    The best thing was the quality of the people and their willingness to work together to get things done. The reputation of the brands, the resilience of the business processes and systems, the structured approach to personal development - these gave me a lot of confidence and were a crucial reason why I spent many years there.

    Cons

    Perhaps the biggest challenge at Unilever is its own size which can have the effect of constraining entrepreneurialism and slowing things down. The hierarchical structure could be a disincentive and there wasn't enough sopping of roles and experiences which meant at times it could feel quite static.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increased responsiveness and greater emphasis on an entrepreneurial mind-set will increase competitiveness. But don't lose the many great things that make Unilever such a good business to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Dynamic work environment with a winning culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    It's a young dynamic organization with smart people in a challenging environment. Opportunities for cross functional movement as well as international assignments are available.

    Cons

    Constraints on bureaucracy and limitations on swift reaction to competition can sometimes hinder maximum potential from coming into fruition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Opportunity to simplify further some processes; need to push for more work life balance initiatives

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Purpose makes it all worthwhile

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Strong sense of purpose has been brought to the commercial focus which brings significant personal engagement to the employment experience.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic, complex and hierarchical because of rapid growth, globalisationa and heritage of strong personal relationships.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    worked as chemical engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    best in industry policy & conditions

    Cons

    very good in personal growth, company values & work life balance

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Top brands to work with

    Cons

    nothing in particular to say

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More diversity would be better

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    supply chain intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    good company culture and nice people

    Cons

    a little bit fast-paced and stressful working enviroment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N.A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Loved working for this company. I worked in 2 different plants in 2 states, Great company, good pay great benefits.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Line Manager in Clearwater, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Line Manager in Clearwater, FL (US)

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Great benefits. Good pay. Multiple opportunities for those who wish to work hard.

    Cons

    Increasing corporate presence in the plants over recent years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great to learn a lot in short period of time!

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    Current Employee - Training Specialist in Warsaw (Poland)
    Current Employee - Training Specialist in Warsaw (Poland)

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

    Pros

    - very advanced process
    - following new trends
    - all the time changes to grow and be competivie

    Cons

    - centralization makes less possibilities to create own ideas
    - business orientation and vision created in top-down stream what makes people hard to believe and follow in a vision which out of their reality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - take more of their talents
    - let people be more deciding

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Supply Chain in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Retail Supply Chain in Leatherhead, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Treat staff like equals. Respect and listen to staff. Give good bonuses. Allow flexibility in the working day, for example many staff work over-time; if you need a couple of hours to visit the dentist/take a longer lunch break to run errands, managers are ok with this.
    Gives staff personal responsibility/ownership of their workload.

    Cons

    Huge company - can be difficult to engage well with other teams. Progression routes are limited from non-management into management levels.
    High pressure, but comes hand in hand with staff being able to take personal ownership/responsibility for their work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up more progression routes.
    Reduce work-time stress by supporting staff to decide what is critical and what is not.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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