Colgate-Palmolive
3.8 of 5 223 reviews
www.colgate.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.8 223 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook

Ian M. Cook

(151 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor"
    in 28 reviews
  • "Great benefits and still has some great people there"
    in 15 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work-life balance was no good for me at all"
    in 12 reviews
  • "very conservative; the decision making process is too long"
    in 12 reviews
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great company to work for

Business Analyst (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than a year

Pros- fair salary
- well qualified employees
- sturdy firm

Cons- not very innovative
- less than engaging work

Advice to Senior Management- modernise

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A real Nightmare

Consumer Marketing Intern - Personal Care (Former Employee)
São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than a year

ProsThat's a good company to have in your portfolio, very organized. Compensation is ok.

ConsOld-fashioned company, looks like it stopped in time in the 80's, don't invest or try new strategies, extremely slow and bureaucratic decision making. Remember that we had 12 people routing to approve details such as an ortographic correction in a artwork. Very stressed ambient mainly during the Budget review, as an intern I used to work more then 12h per day including saturdays and sometimes sundays. No perks, needed to use jacket and tie every day even without having contact with clients. Work-life balance was no good for me at all.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake a life.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Tow the company line and you'll be fine

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

ProsGreat opportunity for international employees and women. Some great managers at the the top. Very steady business always slowly growing. Benefits are very good.

ConsCompany has run out of ideas to save money and grow sales so is slashing internal staff and going to "global hubs". Has gone far away from its plans to become a best place to work.

Advice to Senior ManagementBusiness and sales are great don't neglect the employees who have worked so hard to get it there

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Mixed Signals

Business Development Manager (Former Employee)
Sofia (Bulgaria)

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than a year

ProsMultinational allowing for growth and development, internal online and on-the-job training. Team work, communication and management skills valued the most. Opportunity for recognition of efforts beyond one's job via YCMAD programs.

ConsSmall office, distant location and little light in the room. (Sofia office) Limited opportunity for further development after end of short-term assignments.

Advice to Senior ManagementTry to automate as many tasks as possible to reduce manual data processing and analysis. Consider BI graphs and charts on all levels.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good internship experience

Oral Care R&D Intern (Former Employee)
Piscataway, NJ (US)

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern for less than a year

ProsGood work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor

ConsThere did seem to be quite a bit of competition within the company

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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great conservative company with plenty of opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

Prosthere are many opportunities to growth a career and try new things, they foster a continuous improvement environment and with a good work life balance

Consthey are sometimes slow to make decisions, being a mobile employee and relocating often to any city is highly valued, could better utilize systems

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Co-Op (Current Employee)
Piscataway, NJ (US)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern for more than a year

ProsGood exposure to real life work environment in Research and Development.

ConsNot a lot of independence in terms of lead of projects.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Solid, stable company for mid-level to senior management

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than 3 years

ProsSome of the best benefits (health, vacation, etc) when comparing to other companies
Promotes networking and working in teams
Willing to let employees try roles that do not exactly match their backgrounds

ConsManagement is very conservative and it is extremely hard to make changes to practices already in place
Promotions tend to be based on politics rather than work accomplished
Little focus is put on developing and retaining young talent

Advice to Senior ManagementSpend some time focusing on feedback from the younger employees. Afterall, they are the future of the company - if they decide to stick around.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

ProsI love Colgate Palmolive. I loved everything about the company.

ConsIt was only a temporary assignment.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease hire me again permanently! lol

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

ProsThis fortune 500 company is great to work for. I have worked there for more than 8 years and can say the company offers great growth opportunities as well as work and family balance.

ConsIts a large company, so be prepared for lots of competition

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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