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Unilever Reviews

Updated 12 April 2015
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  1. Risk Assessor

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    Former Employee - Risk Assessor in London, England
    Former Employee - Risk Assessor in London, England

    I worked at Unilever

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    a lot of great people to work with

    Cons

    glass ceilings in place, too many cliques

  2. Political.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good brand and flexible working.

    Cons

    Too many politics, not enough teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more

  3. Helpful (2)

    Poor pay, long hours...

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    Former Employee - Customer Development
    Former Employee - Customer Development

    I worked at Unilever

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good company culture, very inclusive

    Cons

    Lowest pay versus competitors.
    No recognition unless you are a 'favourite'.
    Strong emphasis on short term opportunities which increases stress levels throughout the business.
    Long hours and poor work/life balance, you are expected to put in the extra hours with little to no acknowledgement.
    A lot of people become comfortable and do an 'ok' job, they are kept on purely so as not to offend.

    Advice to Management

    Series of staff cut-backs has led to a stressful working environment. Has also meant that opportunities for progression have severely been reduced.
    Need to address the bigger issue and stop focusing so much on the short-term.
    Very slow to react to the rest of the market and its competitors, this will set Unilever back in the next few years.

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  5. Confidence crushing experience

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Shout to be heard

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Leatherhead, England
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Leatherhead, England

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Used to be great company to work for

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    Current Employee - Shift Technician
    Current Employee - Shift Technician

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Senior management perceive workforce as a irritating impediment to more profits

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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 Management

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

  9. MKT

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    Current Employee - Customer Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Customer Marketing Manager

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Stop Talking Plz

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

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    Former Contractor - Service Operation Specialist - Supply Chain in Leatherhead, England
    Former Contractor - Service Operation Specialist - Supply Chain in Leatherhead, England

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

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Inconsistent

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    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 Management

    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.

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