Colgate-Palmolive
3.8 of 5 224 reviews
www.colgate.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.8 224 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

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

Ian M. Cook

(152 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
224 Employee Reviews
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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:
  • "Difficult to maintain work life balance and no shedding of dead weight"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Decision making by consensus sometimes means some opportunities are missed"
    in 11 reviews
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Very positive but it was time to move once Piliot Plant operations was relcoated from Jersey City, to Piscataway, NJ

Research Safety (Former Employee)
Piscataway, NJ (US)

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than 10 years

ProsVery comfortable atmosphere. Good working conditioss

ConsMuch of their product interests revolves around the third world countries resulting in less manufacturing and job opportunities here in the US. Much downsizing as well through closures of facilities.

Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop more products and be more competitive in the US against P&G and Unilever to draw more homegrown talent; however, their buisness model seems to focus abroad. I have not been with this organinzation for awhile but still have good friends there as well as sometimes keep apprized of their activities.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Not for everyone...

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

ProsSmart People, Great Senior Management

Cons"Up or out" culture and a lot of politics.

Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to thoroughly evaluate and provide training to individuals placed in middle management.

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Good professional growing experience.

From the Director Level to the Staff Level (Former Employee)

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGlobal scope. Wide range of personal assesses and culturally exposures..

ConsGlobal scope. Wide range of personal abilities and culturally challenges.

Advice to Senior ManagementLead by example.

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

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Good place to work with great benefits and longevity

Analyst (Current Employee)
Smyrna, GA (US)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

ProsIf you have a 4 year degree and are interested in moving up the food chain, this is a great company to work for.

ConsLocal management shows little or no interest in employees unless you are one of their pets. A 4 year degree is required for any position.

Advice to Senior Managementget to know your employees

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

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Customer Development (Former Employee)

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

ProsI would say that there are many good things about working here:
Great benefits
Good employee compensation (even with only a mediocre review)

ConsYou are losing a lot of good people because of the lack of transparency.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great people, satisfying work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than 5 years

ProsRecognition - awards, options, etc
Wide variety of assignments
Global footprint
Flexibility

ConsLack of women in senior leadership position
Glass ceiling at a certain level

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to offer diverse opportunities across categories and functions

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Great!

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than 5 years

ProsVery Good people to work with and good work life balance a lot of opportunities

ConsCan get repetitive and need to make things interesting on your own.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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A great experience so far

Human Resource Director (Current Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than 10 years

ProsStable, caring environment, smart people, lots of work that stretches you, dynamic, globally successful company

ConsLean; how to engage millenials

Advice to Senior ManagementContinue good focus on broadening diversity at leadership levels

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

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Really professional and personal leadership school.

Business Development Manager (Current Employee)
São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than 10 years

ProsSolid and valuable principles.
Very well structured business for short and long term strategies.
Transparent on what you must do to develop and grow professinaly.

ConsToo many business reveiw with division.

Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time on having informal contact with employee.

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

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Brilliant work culture

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

ProsWork culture, People, Professionalism, facilities

ConsNot much... Less exposure.. Selection

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