Colgate-Palmolive

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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated 19 February 2015
Updated 19 February 2015
301 Reviews
3.8
301 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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199 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor (in 36 reviews)

  • Good work family balance with great benefits (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work / Life Balance seems to be deteriorating quickly (in 14 reviews)

  • very conservative; the decision making process is too long (in 13 reviews)

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  1.  

    very good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Manager in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    learning and open organisation. very good company to work for.

    Cons

    Not really. very open and transparent culture..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not really

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Experience as an Intern in Colgate

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

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Brilliant company to work for. Very good work environment, they really care for their employees.

    Cons

    Nothing much really. Really adore the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great place to be in! Dream

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The work/life balance is execellent. So is the company culture. I love that this is a family oriented company who understands that employees have lives outside of work. The office hours are great! You can't beat 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM! Summer Fridays is a bonus as well and I feel that the company does think about employee retirement and does a lot to ensure that employees have a good income even once they retire.

    Cons

    The salary is ok, but it could be a bit higher in New York since the cost of living is so high.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Great Benefits, work life balance, and Compensation.

    Cons

    To many managers. Everyone has idea, creating road blocks to finish plans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement a plan a see it through before changing plans.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Nice, friendly enviornment, but hard to get in

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Nice, friendly environment, except HRs. They are hard to negotiate

    Cons

    The HRs have more say in recruiting compared to scientists, even the HRs have no idea about the needs of R&D.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Great People, Training, & International Opportunities

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto (Australia)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto (Australia)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    All employees that are hired at Colgate are great people to work with. They are smart and make up the positive, non-cut throat attitude that exists at the Canadian subsidiary. Everybody is very collaborative and willing to help out each other. Colgate is a great place to work if you are looking for international opportunities. After spending a couple years at the company at senior levels, being mobile becomes a requirement for promotion. There is great work life balance at CP - you have to work hard to deliver results but it is not expected that you work into unreasonable hours of the night as compared to other CPGs.

    Cons

    Colgate is very conservative and makes its shareholders their number one priority above its consumers and its employees. That being said, the company does not invest in developing a great work culture and does not do enough to invest in its employees. Compensation is on the lower end of the Tier 1 CPG scale and promotion is slow and based on the time with the company rather than merit-based.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect employees, promote faster where applicable. Being frugal with employees is definitely noted and not contributing well to corporate culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    highly collaborative culture

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Excellent community of colleagues.
    Supportive culture.
    Plenty of opportunity for those prepared to work hard and be flexible about where the company wants to place you.

    Cons

    High alignment culture means that things can move very slowly.
    IT & Technical systems are old and high control which makes it difficult to keep pace with outside world.
    Salary and benefit programs are very rigid. Work by rule rather than guiding principles and logic, eg terrible vacation policy which management recognizes but won't change.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Supervisor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Extremely diverse company make everybody welcome
    People are overall very nice and polite

    Cons

    Colgate moves slowly - not a fast pace company
    Depending on the dept where you are, it can take forever to be promoted and move to the next level

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    Used to be great.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Technical Analyst in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    The flexibility to work from remote locations is still difficult to beat. The health insurance is still pretty good.

    Cons

    The pay is no longer top end. It used to be very competitive, but now there are much better paying jobs out there. They are moving much of the business support functions to centralized locations outside of the US, so there is little opportunity for advancing. There are a lot of issues that just get ignored because it just has to work even though there hasn't been much thought put into the initiatives. Management does not listen to the people who know how to do the job because they think they know better. It is bad when you cannot tell whether the Dilbert comic strip is made up or about your (former) company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend the money to hire good people. Quit trying to get by with hiring people who don't know very much but are put in a job that used to be a senior role. You get what you pay for, and if you're after cheap labor the quality of work will be just as cheap. It isn't a good thing when over half the employees have been there for less than 10 years. That means half the people don't know what they're doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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