Unilever PLC Reviews

Updated 10 October 2014
Updated 10 October 2014
47 Reviews
3.8
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    Exciting, challenging, rewarding and fun.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Account Manager
    Current Employee - Customer Account Manager

    I have been working at Unilever PLC

    Pros

    Unilever is a very large global company and as a result there are a plethora of opportunities both in the UK and abroad.

    The Unilever culture is based around people. They understand stand that if they treat the employees right then they will get the success that they want.

    Cons

    Due to the size of Unilever, you can sometimes find yourself lost in such a huge organization. when in the UK business it is sometimes hard to think of the business as global, however my next role in brand development may help to change this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would say that the higher levels should get more traction with the Unilever graduates. It is the Unilever Future Leaders Program and therefore i believe meeting higher management at the start would provide inspriation and support for the future.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    sr brand manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Unilever PLC

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very poor salary
    Lack of good managerial skills from the leaders

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Revise 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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Really enjoyable work environment.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in London, England

    I have been working at Unilever PLC

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Compensation 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 ManagementAdvice

    To be more transparent about the direction of the company instead of justifiying decisions made reterospectively.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    The company is a great place to learn and be groomed for top leadership position in business.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Former Employee - Procurement in Lagos (Nigeria)

    I worked at Unilever PLC as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company offers opportunities for career growth and development. Promotion is merit driven.it is an highly innovative company with great prospects for career advancement.

    Cons

    Once you pitch your tent with this company, the likelihood of leaving for other company is very slim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement and sustain a robust succession plan for the next generation of leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great business to work for!

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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 Unilever PLC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked with many great colleagues over the years and had the opportunity to work across a number of functions and in different countries. Experienced and learnt so many things. Ambitious growth plans, but also very focused on sustainability and core values

    Cons

    Has become much more streamlined in recent years, hence less promotional activity (more time spent at current job level, unless fast track). Has been active on promoting work life balance, but hasn't always worked out for some colleagues. At times not as quick to market as it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A great business, that can be even greater. The people that work for Unilever are its greatest asset, please continue to develop and manage to their full potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Unilever is a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Development Finance Business Partner in Durban (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Customer Development Finance Business Partner in Durban (South Africa)

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

    Pros

    Great upbeat culture
    Major emphasis on performance
    Great support with regards to development i.e. mentoring/coaching
    Large leading FMCG
    Socially responsible
    Easily accessible senior management

    Cons

    Career opportunities are great but they take some time in materialising

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic place to work for and learn.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Director in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Finance Director in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

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

    Pros

    People oriented, international workplace. Highly competitive.

    Cons

    Work load and too many meetings (of which many do not add any value) keep you out from the real world. It is a big shock when you leave the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Constant change

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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

    Pros

    Pay is above most competitors and company store you have the ability to get most Unilver products at half the regular sale price.

    Cons

    Most employees have no sense of urgency. Most managers do what is best to get their bonus not always working in the best interests of the company, often confilcting goals and KPI's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Living Vitality

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Development Intern in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Customer Development Intern in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    I worked at Unilever PLC as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    At least as an intern, you learn from the best, you work with the best and then you at least think you become the best

    Cons

    Even from an intern's standpoint, the workload can sometimes see you spending more than 9 hours in the office or on the road

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    A Great Place to work

    Current Employee - Information Management in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Information Management in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Integrity and Sustainability, connectivity with technology and understanding marketing condition

    Cons

    Have to get more exposure on value added skills and the opportunities should be given to right people and on right time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

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