Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated 21 August 2014
Updated 21 August 2014
249 Reviews

3.8
249 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
Ian M. Cook
167 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.  

    Colgate was best employer I've ever had

    • 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

    Pros

    Colgate offers many opportunities for advancement. It also has a great management team.

    Cons

    Long term, if you're not interested in international business, Colgate may not be the best place for you.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Strong company that shows employees appreciation.

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

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

    Pros

    Strong and understanding management, diverse culture, opportunities to partake in consumer tests for extra cash, company store is a huge plus.

    Cons

    Some job cuts have occurred recently. transferring between departments is made difficult

    Recommends
  3.  

    Great place to work with amazing people

    • 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 a year

    Pros

    Quality of people is unquestionable. Sociable and enjoyable place to work. Having the opportunity to work on heritage brands that have been in my life since I was a little kid has been a rewarding challenge and great experience.

    Cons

    It is a political and hierarchical environment to work in that can be very frustrating. Given a responsibility to shareholders, it is (at times) be risk averse, and can tend to over-think strategies - making it slow to respond.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster a culture that promotes change and allows middle management to challenge the status quo. Embracing different views can often bring something new to the table with great potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    representative in the conference of oral health community.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    is a company with serious commitment to oral health in Puerto Rico

    Cons

    establish a network of Statistics on main factors causing diseases related to oral cancer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilization levels and surveys of using colgate flowchart related to oral diseases oral hygiene, importance of oral health products and expectations for the future.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good company to work with

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    Good platform to start your first job

    Cons

    May be quite stressful with very tight deadline

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    great company to work for

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

    - modernise

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A real Nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consumer Marketing Intern - Personal Care  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Consumer Marketing Intern - Personal Care in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Old-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 ManagementAdvice

    Take a life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Decent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate  in  Ahmedabad (India)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate in Ahmedabad (India)

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

    Pros

    Respect for peers, Good work culture

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, slow career progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better opportunity for a work life balance to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tow the company line and you'll be fine

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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 full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Company 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Mixed Signals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Sofia (Bulgaria)

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

    Pros

    Multinational 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.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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