Unilever PLC
3.7 of 5 41 reviews
www.unilever.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Unilever PLC Reviews

Updated Mar 06, 2014
Unilever PLC – “Factory Italy”

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3.7 41 reviews

                             

95% Approve of the CEO

Unilever PLC CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

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88% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Unilever PLC full-time for more than a year

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

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

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

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Great Place

Account Manager (Current Employee)
Leeds, England

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

IT Manager (Former Employee)
London, England

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

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

ConsAs 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 Senior ManagementI 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Unilever's biggest enemy is themselves

Supply Chain Director (Former Employee)
London, England

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

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

ConsInternal 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 Senior ManagementZero tolerance to selfish political senior managers

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Unilever PLC

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

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

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Great Company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Learning Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

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

ProsHeadroom 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

ConsCan 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

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

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Review of Unilever plc July 2012

Assistant CMI Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time for more than a year

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

Conscompared 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

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

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Senior Brand Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Unilever PLC

ProsGreat to build marketing skills
Nice people
Very flexible in terms of location

ConsVery poor salary
Lack of good managerial skills from the leaders

Advice to Senior ManagementRevise salary as it is below the industry average
Improve balance of ABMs vs. BMs (meaning more ABMs giving BMs more experience to lead people - meaning more than one person)
Ensure that directors are good managers and have great managerial experience leading teams before promoting them

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Really enjoyable work environment.

Finance Manager (Current Employee)
London, England

I have been working at Unilever PLC

ProsThe people - there is a very strong community within the company and several of my colleagues are now friends of mine. The career advancement opportunities are very good, there is a clear career proposition and plenty of chances to prove yourself and to deliver real value and growth to the company. The work/life balance is excellent, managers are very good about letting you take time off/leave early if you need to. There are excellent opportunities to work abroad.

ConsCompensation is claimed to be at a premium above market rate but isn't. Unilever can also be a bit 'soft' for some people.

Advice to Senior ManagementTo be more transparent about the direction of the company instead of justifiying decisions made reterospectively.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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