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Updated 28 January 2015
Updated 28 January 2015
828 Reviews
3.6
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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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  1.  

    Confidence crushing experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Category Finance Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Category Finance Manager in London, England

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It can be tough to get into this company and you feel that everyone you work with is an expert in their field. No dead wood in the organistation.

    Cons

    Expected to work every hour under the sun - especially in a global role where you're dealing across time zones. Senior managers appreciate work/life balance but that disappears down the hierachy.
    Having a multi cultural environment is a great thing but people tend to stick in groups which alienates others.
    Dog eat dog approach with lots of finger pointing when things don't go as planned.
    You're made to feel like you should be grateful to work for such a company rather than them be grateful to have you there.
    Distinct lack of career progression. Expected to be content with moving sideways in roles at the same level for up to 5 years before making any progression.
    Non existent personal development conversations with managers.
    2 people in my immediate department left within the 2 years I was in the company due to mental health issues brought on by the roles they were in.
    Poor salary when you benchmark externally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more time and genuine interest in people rather than having an approach where if people don't like it, you can replace them just as easily.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shout to be heard

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Leatherhead, England
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Leatherhead, England

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

    Pros

    Great formal training structure, particularly for those on the graduate programme
    Exposure to working with world class brands
    Lovely offices, hair salon/gym etc
    Flexible working

    Cons

    Unless you work in a global role the office locations are not ideal
    Very bureaucratic organisation, getting simple projects off of the ground is a nightmare
    The kind of environment where big egos flourish, lots of very talented but more reserved people are regularly overlooked for recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay less lip service to corporate values, and focus on genuinely appreciating the people that work in your offices - especially when business isn't going as well as hoped.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Used to be great company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Technician
    Current Employee - Shift Technician

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

    Pros

    they paid for my apprenticeship

    Cons

    ever since I have joined it has gone downhill, pensions reduced, leaders are incapable, management given pay rises whilst the factory production staff are not given any extra. The ceo and other top dogs are happy to take massive pay rises and ridiculous benefits for themselves whilst we lose out. If I had to start over I wouldn't chose Unilever to go through my career with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look after your workforce and not just yourselves as we're the ones that keep your factories running day in day out!!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Senior management perceive workforce as a irritating impediment to more profits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Port Sunlight, England
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Port Sunlight, England

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Illusion of job security may be of some comfort.

    Cons

    You'll always find the outsourcing or removal of your role to be a target for higher management bonuses

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No one really buys your phoney rhetoric. We understand you have to pretend.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    MKT

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Customer Marketing Manager

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

    Pros

    A lot of products you can buy from the internal store which offers very low price, but I am told that even at that level, they are still making money. Free B&J ice cream.

    Cons

    It is impossible to compete against P&G and yet every manager is still trying to do that. The C-level members are speaking the big words, so don't take things too seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop Talking Plz

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Major Company Restructure, lots of confusion and lack of support.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Service Operation Specialist - Supply Chain in Leatherhead, England
    Former Employee - Service Operation Specialist - Supply Chain in Leatherhead, England

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very clean and fresh environment, every 25 minutes a person in a purple shirt come round with a vacuum cleaning, nice building to work, good company shop, gym discunted restaurant and free Ben and Jerry ice cream bar Working environment is great, giving a free Ben & Jerry Ice-Cream is nice, but teaching me my job would have been even better.

    Cons

    Some of the management lost interested in the company, no structure for new starters, training is the worst in any company I have worked in, too much attention to managers providing pastries, cakes and food and lack of attention to training, dump you in it from day 3, made to feel lost in such a big company. Too much office politics and a lot of trying to blame other people when things go wrong, being rude about customers who bring n the money to keep Unilever going, constant moans from certain people who will stab you in the back if you make an error because you have not been trained, management often hide or refuse to deal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some structure in your training and development and stop abusing temporary staff, Managers need to see training as a worthwhile investment and not as some managers have said to me at Unilever, training is time consuming and we are going through massive restructure, we agree our training is not up to a very good standard like it normally would be.

    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Inconsistent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Flexibility in schedule; not too demanding
    Great pensions programme
    Communications bulletins are frequent and helpful
    Sustainability programme is source of pride

    Cons

    No adherence to policies - very individually driven
    Lack of true performance management -- limited upward mobility
    Base salaries for core roles generally much less than market -- variable does not make up for it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Role modelling by senior leadership is poor - what people see are inconsistent behaviours and poor change skills on the part of leadership; implement multi source input as part of formal performance review -- not just for development.

  9.  

    A great place to work until.....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations in Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Operations in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Salary OT
    Great technical support
    Great boss
    Great people
    Travel

    Cons

    Terrible decisions from upper management.
    Rough part of town
    The small of mayonnaise at 100 degrees
    Lousy temp agency

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let your people do their job.
    Use facts.
    Be aggressive with improvements.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good company but worse shopfloor leader

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits and world class manufacturing

    Cons

    Shop floor leader focus on the output but neglect human connections.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    Disorganized HR organization, no onboarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Person
    Current Employee - Human Resources Person

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

    Pros

    Agile, flexible work, nice campus

    Cons

    flat organization, poor senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employee onboarding necessary

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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