Unilever Reviews

Updated 17 September 2014
Updated 17 September 2014
716 Reviews
3.7
716 Reviews
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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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  1.  

    Great support in return for hard work

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    Former Employee - Insight Manager
    Former Employee - Insight Manager

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Work-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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Shout to be heard

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Leatherhead, England
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Leatherhead, England

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great formal training structure, particularly for those on the graduate programme
    Exposure to working with world class brands
    Lovely offices, hair salon/gym etc
    Flexible working

    Cons

    Unless you work in a global role the office locations are not ideal
    Very bureaucratic organisation, getting simple projects off of the ground is a nightmare
    The kind of environment where big egos flourish, lots of very talented but more reserved people are regularly overlooked for recognition

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay less lip service to corporate values, and focus on genuinely appreciating the people that work in your offices - especially when business isn't going as well as hoped.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    One of the nicer FMCG companies to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Move up or move out !!!

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    Former Employee - Insight  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Insight in London, England

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    You will get great exposure and classic training in marketing.

    Cons

    The company has lost the friendly atmosphere it once had.
    Don't join if you want work life balance.
    Be prepared for politics and accommodating big egos.
    You may well have to develop yourself.
    A young company. If you do not progress up the hierarchy you will not be there for long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pretending you are team focused.

    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Sales in London, England

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

    Pros

    Fantastic 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!

    Cons

    Difficult 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    great flexible working practices, frustrating bureaucratic

    Former Employee - SME  in  London, England
    Former Employee - SME in London, England

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Insightful

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    Current Employee - Safety Health & Environmental Intern  in  Leeds, England
    Current Employee - Safety Health & Environmental Intern in Leeds, England

    I have been working at Unilever as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share knowledge both internationally and nationally

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to build a career

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

    I have been working at Unilever full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Varied 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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    review pay packages vs other large FMCGs and give more transparent progression opportunities across work levels

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    PA

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    Former Employee - Global PA  in  London, England
    Former Employee - Global PA in London, England

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good perks, shop, in office dental and private GP

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Definitely in the Top Ten of companies of this nature

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

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