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Unilever PLC Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
48 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company, people and brands. Slow progression.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant CMI Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant CMI Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a very collaborative environment where you views are valued and taken into account at all levels. The employees are all highly driven but it is not a cut throat place to work compared to some other large companies. Work life balance is as good or bad as you make it and opportunities to move function/location are always there if you ask and push for them.

    Cons

    Career progression - in terms of visible obvious routes are totally non-existent and there is no sign of this changing. Furthermore the PDP system as utilised in other FTSE 100 companies is flawed and de-motivates far more than it drives "performance culture".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a transparent career progression for non-management and management alike (as per your competitors) as this will really drive the performance culture you seek. Not a forced distribution of performance with the current PDP system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good development opportunities
    Friendly employees, can do attitude.
    Great benefits and training.

    Cons

    Can be silo'd, if only Unilever knew what it knew!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Review of Unilever plc July 2012

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant CMI Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant CMI Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    The culture here is fantastic and its a great place to learn. Fantastic brands to work on and inspirational senior management.

    Cons

    compared to other FMCG companies of this size and smaller renumeration is significantly below average. Opportunities are good but progression is often limited by internal politics / not enough roles coming up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Work is motivational most of the time and people great.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    -Great people, interesting work on a large and international scale.
    -Sustainability is really part of what we do in nearly all things.

    Cons

    -In some areas of the business the org structure is very flat, so you cannot delegate or have the opportunity to manage teams. Its the matrix organisation at its best, so if you are a networker this is not really a contra indicator.
    -New people to the business may find it hard to intergrate, make sure you have a couple of 'buddies' to translate the acronyms and introduce the informal culture.
    -Bonus scheme for low and middle management a little disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more courageous with promotions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Really enjoyable work environment.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Unilever PLC

    Pros

    The people - there is a very strong community within the company and several of my colleagues are now friends of mine. The career advancement opportunities are very good, there is a clear career proposition and plenty of chances to prove yourself and to deliver real value and growth to the company. The work/life balance is excellent, managers are very good about letting you take time off/leave early if you need to. There are excellent opportunities to work abroad.

    Cons

    Compensation is claimed to be at a premium above market rate but isn't. Unilever can also be a bit 'soft' for some people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To be more transparent about the direction of the company instead of justifiying decisions made reterospectively.

    Recommends
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  7.  

    Great place to learn but not sustainable place to grow long term career.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Exciting and fun work. Performance driven. Great bonus and benefits. Flexi working hours and can work from home. Leaders are inspiring. Many good people to learn from.

    Cons

    Strong Clans formed by certain races and people of same background made it hard to get promoted unless you are part of the clan. High stress, workload and pressure. Poor work life balance. HR let almost anyone get away with bad behavior if the person can deliver results. Results at all cost culture can bring out the worst in many people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to look into fair and transparent promotion opportunity for all. Genuinely improve work life balance by moderating work load.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The company is a great place to learn and be groomed for top leadership position in business.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Former Employee - Procurement in Lagos (Nigeria)

    I worked at Unilever PLC as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company offers opportunities for career growth and development. Promotion is merit driven.it is an highly innovative company with great prospects for career advancement.

    Cons

    Once you pitch your tent with this company, the likelihood of leaving for other company is very slim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement and sustain a robust succession plan for the next generation of leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great business to work for!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Worked with many great colleagues over the years and had the opportunity to work across a number of functions and in different countries. Experienced and learnt so many things. Ambitious growth plans, but also very focused on sustainability and core values

    Cons

    Has become much more streamlined in recent years, hence less promotional activity (more time spent at current job level, unless fast track). Has been active on promoting work life balance, but hasn't always worked out for some colleagues. At times not as quick to market as it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A great business, that can be even greater. The people that work for Unilever are its greatest asset, please continue to develop and manage to their full potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Unilever is a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Development Finance Business Partner in Durban (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Customer Development Finance Business Partner in Durban (South Africa)

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

    Pros

    Great upbeat culture
    Major emphasis on performance
    Great support with regards to development i.e. mentoring/coaching
    Large leading FMCG
    Socially responsible
    Easily accessible senior management

    Cons

    Career opportunities are great but they take some time in materialising

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Living Vitality

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Development Intern in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Customer Development Intern in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    I worked at Unilever PLC as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    At least as an intern, you learn from the best, you work with the best and then you at least think you become the best

    Cons

    Even from an intern's standpoint, the workload can sometimes see you spending more than 9 hours in the office or on the road

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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