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Unilever Reviews

Updated 29 January 2015
Updated 29 January 2015
1,154 Reviews
3.6
1,154 Reviews
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    My time at Unilever was very positive; it helped me develop me the business insights, knowledge and skills I needed

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    Current Employee - Customer Development Director in Walton-on-Thames, England
    Current Employee - Customer Development Director in Walton-on-Thames, England

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

    Pros

    The best thing was the quality of the people and their willingness to work together to get things done. The reputation of the brands, the resilience of the business processes and systems, the structured approach to personal development - these gave me a lot of confidence and were a crucial reason why I spent many years there.

    Cons

    Perhaps the biggest challenge at Unilever is its own size which can have the effect of constraining entrepreneurialism and slowing things down. The hierarchical structure could be a disincentive and there wasn't enough sopping of roles and experiences which meant at times it could feel quite static.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increased responsiveness and greater emphasis on an entrepreneurial mind-set will increase competitiveness. But don't lose the many great things that make Unilever such a good business to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Purpose makes it all worthwhile

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Strong sense of purpose has been brought to the commercial focus which brings significant personal engagement to the employment experience.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic, complex and hierarchical because of rapid growth, globalisationa and heritage of strong personal relationships.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Customer Management Summer Internship

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    Former Employee - Customer Account Executive in Leatherhead, England
    Former Employee - Customer Account Executive in Leatherhead, England

    I worked at Unilever as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefit from both large-company training and small-team support and visibility
    Very good feedback mechanisms
    Opportunity to expand or change your role in line with your interests as well as business needs
    Nice office, and free ice cream (Leatherhead office)!
    Staff shop
    Gym and gym classes
    Generally great work atmosphere
    Loads of different academic/ business backgrounds within teams
    Has been great to discuss in grad scheme interviews

    Cons

    Experience depends quite a lot on how hands-on/ friendly your line manager is!
    You don't have input into which team you join
    Work can sometimes be dull, data entry etc (true of most internships anywhere)
    You should love (or say you love) Unilever products, P&G is not looked on favourably

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit more of your interns onto the grad scheme, many other FMCG internships take almost all of theirs as they've invested so much in training them

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Buzzing place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Culture, flexible working, people, career opportunities

    Cons

    salary is little low, Leatherhead is not the best location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't pigeonhole people, give a chance to prove we can do it

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good global company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Good working environment, multi-cultural with relative freedom to operate and select the projects to work on. Work is usually recognised both as a team and as an individual.

    Cons

    Promotion do not happen that easy. Entry point is very important and defines the opportunities to work or to grow internally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great culture, strong vision, real purpose

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    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England

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

    Pros

    a company with a soul beyond only getting business result, truly global and multicultural. huge opportunity for learning both on the job and via courses. very affiliative values.

    Cons

    complex operating framework, still some top assignment that do no seems to be based on performance culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply same performance culture to every single employee, cut bureaucracy, continue to push sustainability and social mission. celebrate more !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Infinite career opportunities, people culture

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    Current Employee - Category Finance Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Category Finance Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Unilever is a company thriving on building talent and strong teams. There are infinite varieties of roles on offer within Finance in the 3 South West offices and beyond. The management style is generally co-operative and friendly. The levels of bureaucracy are diminishing giving wider responsibilities to more junior levels and making roles more interesting/ fulfilling.

    Cons

    Base salary is below other FMCG companies for equivalent roles BUT the extras & bonus package (many other companies don't give such generous bonuses to their Finance teams) boosts the full package to just below senior manager level for equivalent-sized FMCGs. Not a con, but a watch-out: progression can be slow if you do not drive your career with the right people (look out for those heading up the talent committees).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Work life balance poor, old fashioned but trying to keep up, has a certain style, people are polar. Useless or great.

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    Current Employee - Data Manager in Gloucester, England
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Gloucester, England

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

    Pros

    Benefits good. Pension was best in class, still is really. Share advantages are very good, 2 options that both give 33% before the share price goes up. It's trying to be modern and lean. Management will support you on the classic work problems (not the specific ones). Good crowd of people.

    Cons

    Office politics (obviously), people appear robotised, focus in wrong areas. Poor opportunities unless you lose your soul. Polar workforce - half really excellent, half will do the bare minimum. Upper management don't understand your role, and don't have time to focus on important agendas. Old fashioned, going through the appropriate channels will result in nothing happening. Work life balance poor, especially if you have morality about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and give out some good news, there is only bad. Rank is not equivalent to 'greatness of idea'. Focus on common sense, not the latest fad that upper management has sent down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Very good company excellent opportunitie good visioen strategic

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    Current Employee - Tax in London, England
    Current Employee - Tax in London, England

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

    Pros

    Unilever had an excellent visioen, great products an a Well defined strategy great leaders and lost of career opportunities. Hence good employer

    Cons

    Financial benefits not top, not much negativiteit things, sometimes slow and not very energetic, difficult to get. things done, but overal good employer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexibele

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    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 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

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