Unilever PLC Reviews

Updated 10 October 2014
Updated 10 October 2014
47 Reviews
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Unilever PLC CEO and Director Paul Polman
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  1.  

    Great company, people and brands. Slow progression.

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    Current Employee - Assistant CMI Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant CMI Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is a very collaborative environment where you views are valued and taken into account at all levels. The employees are all highly driven but it is not a cut throat place to work compared to some other large companies. Work life balance is as good or bad as you make it and opportunities to move function/location are always there if you ask and push for them.

    Cons

    Career progression - in terms of visible obvious routes are totally non-existent and there is no sign of this changing. Furthermore the PDP system as utilised in other FTSE 100 companies is flawed and de-motivates far more than it drives "performance culture".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a transparent career progression for non-management and management alike (as per your competitors) as this will really drive the performance culture you seek. Not a forced distribution of performance with the current PDP system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Leeds, England

    I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    people are very nice to work with. You get to travel the world and see all parts of the world on business

    Cons

    Low pay, and opportunities for career development means leaving the country.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever PLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to progress; good training programmes; ambitious but friendly colleagues; good atmosphere; decent salary and lots of Unilever freebies!

    Cons

    Flexible working arrangements not possible in my role (but may have been elsewhere).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work 20 years ago! (less good now)

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England

    I worked at Unilever PLC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting projects; working with and learning from some great people.

    Cons

    As Unilever has gone increasingly global (from 2005 onwards) the strong emotional connection with employees at the individual level has been lost. It has become a tougher, more selfish world where everyone has to look out for themselves first. And if you work in IT, Unilever is no longer a great place to be, because of successive waves of outsourcing, offshoring, downsizing, etc. IT professionals are no longer as highly valued as before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I guess Unilever is no different to other big global corporations. Paul Polman has made a huge positive difference to the company, providing a new sense of ambition and energy and focus. But at the expense of the fewer individual employees who are left.... having to work ever harder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unilever's biggest enemy is themselves

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Director in London, England

    I worked at Unilever PLC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Intelligent people, multicultural teams, team-working ethic, business processes, brand strength, supply chain performance.

    Cons

    Internal politics
    Average calibre, career minded people in senior positions
    Low salaries versus market
    Low recognition for long hours especially if travelling
    HR values numbers ahead of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Zero tolerance to selfish political senior managers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for

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

    I worked at Unilever PLC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good development opportunities
    Friendly employees, can do attitude.
    Great benefits and training.

    Cons

    Can be silo'd, if only Unilever knew what it knew!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to be if in the right part of the business

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever PLC

    Pros

    great if you are in marketing or working on a brand.

    Cons

    all other non-core functions (finance, accounting, investments, benefits, etc) are essentially forgotten.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Learning Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Learning Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Headroom to follow up on new ideas, friendly atmosphere, truly global, very human generally, inspiring CSR mission that really matters (not just greenwashing), very varied, some roles offer good work-life balance, virtual working

    Cons

    Can be a bit silo-mentality, need to do lots of stakeholder management which can slow things down a bit, pay is good but not best-in-class but the pros outweigh this IMHO

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Review of Unilever plc July 2012

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant CMI Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant CMI Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The culture here is fantastic and its a great place to learn. Fantastic brands to work on and inspirational senior management.

    Cons

    compared to other FMCG companies of this size and smaller renumeration is significantly below average. Opportunities are good but progression is often limited by internal politics / not enough roles coming up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Work is motivational most of the time and people great.

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

    I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Great people, interesting work on a large and international scale.
    -Sustainability is really part of what we do in nearly all things.

    Cons

    -In some areas of the business the org structure is very flat, so you cannot delegate or have the opportunity to manage teams. Its the matrix organisation at its best, so if you are a networker this is not really a contra indicator.
    -New people to the business may find it hard to intergrate, make sure you have a couple of 'buddies' to translate the acronyms and introduce the informal culture.
    -Bonus scheme for low and middle management a little disappointing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more courageous with promotions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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