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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated 11 September 2014
Updated 11 September 2014
254 Reviews
3.8
254 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
Ian M. Cook
170 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor (in 32 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    summer Internship program in Colgate Palmolive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Finance Intern  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Corporate Finance Intern in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    Nice people to work with; great company culture;
    The company has very good summer training program for interns. Directors and managers from each department present their work to interns. There are also Technology Center tour and lunch with CEO & CFO. Interns have a lot opportunities to interact with senior managers during the summer.

    Cons

    The full-time openings are very limited in the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Microbiologist

    • 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 for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay, good company store, flex hours

    Cons

    Micro managing, racism, hard to advance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    CP Rocks!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Business Analyst  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Associate Business Analyst in Mumbai (India)

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

    Pros

    Good work, nice ethics, employee friendly. These help to grow very fast at work if you have the mettle.

    Cons

    Compensation and training are a bit less but if you know what you are doing it will suit you

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe more training and certification opportunities might be good for the employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Caring company, great benefits, though beaurocratic & slow to change

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

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Respects work life balance
    Believes in principles like Managing with respect\
    Genuinely tries to care for people

    Cons

    Beaurocratic & slow to change. Too many people who have "always done what they are doing"
    Weak HR function, not able to implement "stated" policies
    You need to fend for ur self for your career & make sure you have someone that matters pitching for you. Specially as you go higher up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    limit time in each assignment
    nurture talent, else you will be stuck with lots of avg people

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Limited Career Potential

    • 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 for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Benefits
    Strong Consistent Business Performance
    Good Training Opportunities

    Cons

    Limited Career Advancement once you reach mid-management
    Very Political Environment; A few "Chosen Ones" get put on the Fast Track
    Who you know and Who is fighting for you are more important then overall job performance
    Work / Life Balance seems to be deteriorating quickly
    Culture and Values have drastically changed over that last few years for the worse

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outline and Map out career progression opportunities to retain talent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A slow but sure decline in values and the treatment of employees, always a take away never a give back

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst  in  Piscataway, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Piscataway, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours, Half Decent Pay, Some good people still left in the company

    Cons

    Gradually reducing employee rewards and benefits, the You Can Make a Difference Program is a Joke. HR is invisible (high turnover), Moving jobs overseas to very underqualified people. Lots of managerial infighting. Loosing its values "best place to work" is now "a place to work". Very political. Used to be awesome but now it's not, the place is becoming like a government job without the security. Small cubes, small work space, like rats in a wheel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The "bad economy" excuse is out of style, quit trying to squeeze all the juice out of the lemon and give back to the employees. It's only a matter of time before the quality people realize the grass actually is greener on the other side. Cut the BS, you can follow corporate guidelines but don't over do it with rules, regulations and micromanagement. Take off the plastic face masks and act like real people, nobody likes a plastic. Dump the mothballs and open the windows, let the place get some air. From an employee point of view, CP Management can only wish it had the employee respect it did 5 years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    great and wish to do it again soon

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Promoter  in  Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
    Former Employee - Promoter in Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)

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

    Pros

    salary is very good and shifts
    u will make a lot of friendships their

    Cons

    you must work very hard to get noticed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Customer Development Manager (KAM)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Development Manager (KAM)  in  Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)
    Former Employee - Customer Development Manager (KAM) in Stockholm, Stockholm (Sweden)

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

    Pros

    In the past, the company has been very good at move people around - both as long term expats and also on short term assignments (6 months).
    The company organized lots of trainings which obviously was very valued by all staff.
    Great people to work with - fantastic atmosphere at the office.

    Cons

    Not competitive salaries (in Sweden). Too focused on cutting costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to better understand the limitations of the employees to avoid people leaving the company due to stress and poor work/life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Corporate culture is excellent. Work life balance

    Cons

    None that comes to mind.

  11.  

    Great Company

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

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

    Pros

    Diverse Culture, excellent management team, promotions based on talent, and excellent work life balance.

    Cons

    None =- The company is great.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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