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Unilever Reviews

Updated Jul 27, 2014
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3.7 670 reviews

91% Approve of the CEO

Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

(374 ratings)

80% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is fair but seems to be getting worse each year(in 56 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours, great remuneration and understanding line managers(in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate(in 44 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation(in 25 reviews)

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    One of the nicer FMCG companies to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat to get commercial experience and training, looks good on CV, amazing brands, great/smart people, brilliant values that they are really driving.

    Conssalaries aren't the best after initial entry. Huge organisation with a lot of internal competition and politics.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great support in return for hard work

    Insight Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat social side to the business, good support for development and lots of opportunities. The UFLP is fantastic, a great entry to the world of FMCG and all the challenges that go with it, I'd recommend it highly.

    ConsWork-life balance can be an issue, as the workforce reduces but the volume of work to be done doesn't. Often you need to move site/category/country to enable a step up, sometimes people leave the business for a year or two and come back at the next level up. Progression is slow. Lots of red tape & politics, but often the same in other businesses. Pay relatively low.

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

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    Great Company

    Sales (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsFantastic market leading brands
    Great Head Office in Leatherhead and London
    Opportunity to move across brands to give depth to CV
    Fantastic maternity leave
    Great staff shop
    Fully subsidised staff restaurant with huge choice
    Gym and salon on site
    Free Ben and Jerrys Ice cream!

    ConsDifficult to move cross function, especially the higher up in the organisation you move, for example marketing to sales
    Can be quite beaurecratic given its size
    Pay reviewed only once per year despite job changes

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

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    great flexible working practices, frustrating bureaucratic

    SME (Former Employee) London, England

    Prosflexible working
    great people
    good opportunities
    good work life balance
    company has great values

    Consbureaucratic projects
    political environment
    too many useless offshore resources
    too much reliance on consultants in IT

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Insightful

    Safety Health & Environmental Intern (Current Employee) Leeds, England

    ProsOffered a good intern experience with access to managers and a good rounding of skills, sustainability initiatives are fantastic

    ConsLocations aren't always the best for young graduates, demanding hours for many employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementShare knowledge both internationally and nationally

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to build a career

    CMI Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsVaried training both formal and informal, strong leadership for the most part, passionate colleagues, good office environment in central location. Great sustainability agenda.
    The company name helps CV to stand out

    Conslack of HR/ IT support, pay not as competitive, restructuring, job can be very demanding

    Advice to Senior Managementreview pay packages vs other large FMCGs and give more transparent progression opportunities across work levels

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

     

    Definitely in the Top Ten of companies of this nature

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsVery rewarding, excellent people, forward thinking, world class perks, interesting challenges.

    ConsWork-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate. Lack of training.

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    Global PA (Former Employee) London, England

    ProsGood perks, shop, in office dental and private GP

    ConsPoor management, awful treatment to 'low' level staff. Only look after themselves, and the general company attitude has change dramatically over the last few year and is only getting worse. Poor pay well below the market average.

    Advice to Senior Managementtreat people fairly and equally, admin staff are already at the bottom no need to wipe your feet on them too.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    IT Manager (Former Employee) Port Sunlight, England

    Pros- Great attention to employees.
    - Many development chances if you are flexible and seek opportunities.
    - Global so opportunities to move around.

    Cons- IT has been mostly outsourced so opportunities are less. Seek Architecture or Process types of jobs.
    - Felt leadership was becoming too aggressive.
    - Bigger jobs, bigger responsibilities, bigger nightmares...

    Advice to Senior Management- Too much "ham effect" at manager and director levels.
    - Lack of clarity and resources to achieve your goals.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great learning and responsibilities but poor reward and career progression

    Assistant Brand Manager (Current Employee) London, England

    ProsYou can drive complex projects and be exposed to great learning - being Unilever a sort of marketing academy with more than 100 years of best in class activities and products.

    Before you realise it, you would massively grow your product, project and brand management expertise.

    ConsThe company is extremely hierarchical, to the point that entry level managers will probably never be able to be exposed/interact/take decisions or simply talk to top managers.

    The reward/salary is simply unacceptable for a company that aims at attracting and retaining top talents.

    The career progression and development is deadly slow and unstructured, leaving room for uncertainties and unfairness that are totally neglected by both managers and HR.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPromote a more democratic and open culture within the company. Implement for real the so-called "performance culture".

    Increase reward and incentives to younger/entry level employees - otherwise the leaders of tomorrow will be the submissive of today who accept the current conditions instead of pushing or leaving for something better.

    Give more structure to the career progression system.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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