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Unilever Reviews

Updated 10 April 2015
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Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good opportunity, with good prospects

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Overall a good place to work with a diverse culture. you would expect from the size of this multinational

    Cons

    Can be a very political environment and people will stomp on you to get up, that's okay, just be prepared

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of what is going on around you. Don't put your head in the sand and stop leaving things to the last minute

  2. Helpful (1)

    An amazing school, but with very little chance to grow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

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

    Pros

    -great culture
    -inspiring top management
    -friendly environment
    -you can learn lot

    Cons

    -very little opportunities to grow
    -people that know people...still count more than your performances sometimes
    -especially as ABM you are very often just a number

    Advice to Management

    enjoy, learn...but don't stay too long!

  3. Great company to have on CV with a mixed experience depending upon what team you are in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Insight Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Insight Manager in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting projects with a culture for trying to do things in a new and innovative way
    Flexible working - able to work from home 1-2 days per work
    Great company to have on CV
    Supportive culture of understanding how to get promoted

    Cons

    Working in Global Team is entirely different to working in Local team - much more political and unbelievable amount of time wasted especially to those in lower work level.

    Very bureaucratic and hierarchical

    Huge amounts of meetings

    Big ego personalities to satisfy at VP and SVP level with nobody standing up to them and feeding back on amount of time wasted

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  5. Good but could be much better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Great brands and possibilities to move across categories. Fast paced and diverse working environment.

    Cons

    No work-life balance in marketing roles. Business not always standing by it's values.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Award winning "TALK", but little evidence at grassroots of the "WALK"

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - First Line Management in Warrington, North West England, England
    Former Employee - First Line Management in Warrington, North West England, England

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

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

    Pros

    History of world changing approach to Manufacturing, with workers at the heart of what they do; awards for Sustainability; awards for producing industry-envied Leaders; great products; some great people

    Cons

    Poor carry-through of Company Values by some; documentation and processes sufficient to comply with ISO systems, but fall very short of WCM standards - in some cases, putting employees at risk of harm; bullying of subordinates not uncommon amongst "old style" managers; KPIs manipulated for personal or site advantage; CI initiatives limited to Manufacturing, with over reliance on TPM and OEE as improvement tools, to the exclusion of all other methods.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees - they have the answers you seek; improve trust, and weed out the bad apples; focus on ensuring employees are delivering on the Unilever values, don't just take their word! Take a more holistic view of improvement opportunities.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Great learning and responsibilities but poor reward and career progression

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in London, England

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

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

    Pros

    You can drive complex projects and be exposed to great learning - being Unilever a sort of marketing academy with more than 100 years of best in class activities and products.

    Before you realise it, you would massively grow your product, project and brand management expertise.

    Cons

    The company is extremely hierarchical, to the point that entry level managers will probably never be able to be exposed/interact/take decisions or simply talk to top managers.

    The reward/salary is simply unacceptable for a company that aims at attracting and retaining top talents.

    The career progression and development is deadly slow and unstructured, leaving room for uncertainties and unfairness that are totally neglected by both managers and HR.

    Advice to Management

    Promote a more democratic and open culture within the company. Implement for real the so-called "performance culture".

    Increase reward and incentives to younger/entry level employees - otherwise the leaders of tomorrow will be the submissive of today who accept the current conditions instead of pushing or leaving for something better.

    Give more structure to the career progression system.

  8. Great Place

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Leeds, England

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

  9. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    As 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 Management

    I 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.

  10. Too big to care

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

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to work globally (different cultures and timezones)

    Cons

    Constantly worried to lose your job during the re-organisation (Very frequent)

    Advice to Management

    You do not have to make people redundant to be successful

  11. Good but not great

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in London, England
    Current Employee - Director in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great brands
    Professional environment
    Multi cultural acceptance
    Challenging roles
    Acceptable reward

    Cons

    Poor career planning
    Slow and almost government like
    Stuck in legacy
    Too much number management

    Advice to Management

    Listen listen listen
    Get out of justifications
    Get more reality facing
    Career career careers

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