Unilever PLC
3.7 of 5 41 reviews
www.unilever.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Unilever PLC Reviews

Updated Feb 25, 2014
Unilever PLC – “Factory Italy”

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3.7 41 reviews

                             

95% Approve of the CEO

Unilever PLC CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

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88% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great Place

Account Manager (Current Employee)
Leeds, England

I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time for more than 10 years

Prospeople are very nice to work with. You get to travel the world and see all parts of the world on business

ConsLow pay, and opportunities for career development means leaving the country.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Used to be a great place to work 20 years ago! (less good now)

IT Manager (Former Employee)
London, England

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

ProsChallenging and interesting projects; working with and learning from some great people.

ConsAs Unilever has gone increasingly global (from 2005 onwards) the strong emotional connection with employees at the individual level has been lost. It has become a tougher, more selfish world where everyone has to look out for themselves first. And if you work in IT, Unilever is no longer a great place to be, because of successive waves of outsourcing, offshoring, downsizing, etc. IT professionals are no longer as highly valued as before.

Advice to Senior ManagementI guess Unilever is no different to other big global corporations. Paul Polman has made a huge positive difference to the company, providing a new sense of ambition and energy and focus. But at the expense of the fewer individual employees who are left.... having to work ever harder.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Unilever's biggest enemy is themselves

Supply Chain Director (Former Employee)
London, England

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

ProsIntelligent people, multicultural teams, team-working ethic, business processes, brand strength, supply chain performance.

ConsInternal politics
Average calibre, career minded people in senior positions
Low salaries versus market
Low recognition for long hours especially if travelling
HR values numbers ahead of people

Advice to Senior ManagementZero tolerance to selfish political senior managers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Good place to be if in the right part of the business

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Unilever PLC

Prosgreat if you are in marketing or working on a brand.

Consall other non-core functions (finance, accounting, investments, benefits, etc) are essentially forgotten.

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Senior Brand Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Unilever PLC

ProsGreat to build marketing skills
Nice people
Very flexible in terms of location

ConsVery poor salary
Lack of good managerial skills from the leaders

Advice to Senior ManagementRevise salary as it is below the industry average
Improve balance of ABMs vs. BMs (meaning more ABMs giving BMs more experience to lead people - meaning more than one person)
Ensure that directors are good managers and have great managerial experience leading teams before promoting them

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Constant change

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time

ProsPay is above most competitors and company store you have the ability to get most Unilver products at half the regular sale price.

ConsMost employees have no sense of urgency. Most managers do what is best to get their bonus not always working in the best interests of the company, often confilcting goals and KPI's.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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OK

Graduate Engineer (Former Employee)
Lagos (Nigeria)

I worked at Unilever PLC as a contractor for more than a year

ProsMultinational company touching lives everyday

Consremuneration isn't fantastic in Nigeria like rival P&G.
Culture isn't as strong

Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure that policies and corporate culture is practicalised at the bottom

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Unique

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time for less than a year

ProsAgile working and versatile Style

ConsCold and impersonal working environment.

Advice to Senior ManagementDo take care the relationships with wl1 as they are the ones whom help the wl2 and above perform.

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Ever changing

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Unilever PLC

ProsName recognition, global organization, opportunity for growth

ConsContinuously changing, silo mentality, very large organization, complex structure, costly unit/region reporting structure, lacks work/life balance

Advice to Senior ManagementStructure is complex and redundant needs to be simplified in order to reduce costs and improve efficiencies. Example: why is the marketing manager/director for Mexico work out of Argentina?

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to start a career, great training, lack of upward mobility

Associate Finance Manager (Former Employee)
Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)

I worked at Unilever PLC

Pros- Great training opportunities
- Looks good on a resume
-They understand that people are career switchers
-Laid back environment - can work from home, wear jeans everyday
-Subsidized food from cafeteria
-Shuttle from NYC to work (although it is a little pricey)
-Great 401K

Cons- Pay - base pay and bonus are not competitive
-Jobs keep getting larger - every reorg consolidates two jobs into one without a pay increase
- No opportunity to have direct reports until you become a mananger
-Manager positions constantly being eliminated, limiting upward mobility
- Takes too long to get promoted
-Work experience before business school not counted when looking at upward mobility/promotions.

Advice to Senior ManagementLots of WL1s are jumping ship...do something about promotional opportunities.

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