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Unilever Reviews

Updated 17 April 2015
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  1. engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    good working environemnt
    interesting topics
    work life balance

    Cons

    benefits and doesnt seem international

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great company with well known brands but cost cutting going too far

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in London, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great fast paced, culture. Delivering best practice in HR and always striving to do better. Good opportunities for personal development, engaging with loved brands, nice offices and agile working. Sustainable living plan is a model all business should be following.

    Cons

    Opportunities to move up are few and far between. Too much emphasis on graduates. If you come in as a mid career recruit any past experience you have is forgotten once through the door. As growth is slowing cost cutting is getting extensive, roles become bigger with no increase in salary and impact of this is being felt.

    Advice to Management

    Start delivering what you promise in the EVP, remember there is more to the world outside of Unilever and slow down on reducing numbers and making jobs bigger.

  3. very good blue chip company

    Current Employee - R & D Scientist in Port Sunlight, England
    Current Employee - R & D Scientist in Port Sunlight, England

    I have been working at Unilever

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    space to grow, good opportunities in a fast moving company. Generally a satble, secure job. Abvility to travel and work abroad

    Cons

    A very large corporate structure, sometimes being lost in a very big machine. Restructuring and changes being made on a ~ 2 year cycle. Numerous movements about the comnpany

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  5. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  6. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Customer Management Summer Internship

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

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

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

    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 Management

    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

  8. Helpful (1)

    Buzzing place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

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

    Pros

    Culture, flexible working, people, career opportunities

    Cons

    salary is little low, Leatherhead is not the best location

    Advice to Management

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

  9. Good global company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  10. 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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Helpful (2)

    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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).

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