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Unilever Reviews

Updated 23 April 2015
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Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman
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Pros
  • Work-life balance can be excellent depending on which category you work on (in 69 reviews)

  • Good working culture and Flexible working hours (in 30 reviews)

Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 57 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 30 reviews)

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  1. engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    good working environemnt
    interesting topics
    work life balance

    Cons

    benefits and doesnt seem international

  2. Risk Assessor

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    Former Employee - Risk Assessor in London, England
    Former Employee - Risk Assessor in London, England

    I worked at Unilever

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    a lot of great people to work with

    Cons

    glass ceilings in place, too many cliques

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great company with well known brands but cost cutting going too far

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    Current Employee - Human Resources in London, England
    Current Employee - Human Resources in London, England

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great fast paced, culture. Delivering best practice in HR and always striving to do better. Good opportunities for personal development, engaging with loved brands, nice offices and agile working. Sustainable living plan is a model all business should be following.

    Cons

    Opportunities to move up are few and far between. Too much emphasis on graduates. If you come in as a mid career recruit any past experience you have is forgotten once through the door. As growth is slowing cost cutting is getting extensive, roles become bigger with no increase in salary and impact of this is being felt.

    Advice to Management

    Start delivering what you promise in the EVP, remember there is more to the world outside of Unilever and slow down on reducing numbers and making jobs bigger.

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  5. Great business, people focussed.

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    Current Employee - Category Manager in Leatherhead, England
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Leatherhead, England

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Improved performance focus over the last couple of years. Cross functional working and team development are high priorities. Great leadership and clarity of vision. Work life balance and flexible working are brilliant.

    Cons

    Fewer and fewer promotion opportunities. Middle management layers being removed and consolidated. Lack of opportunity to gain quality feedback and career planning.

    Advice to Management

    Bring employees more into the conversation around career planning and ensure the structure is there for employees to map out their next 1/2/3 moves so they have real ownership of their career.

  6. very good blue chip company

    Current Employee - R & D Scientist in Port Sunlight, England
    Current Employee - R & D Scientist in Port Sunlight, England

    I have been working at Unilever

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    space to grow, good opportunities in a fast moving company. Generally a satble, secure job. Abvility to travel and work abroad

    Cons

    A very large corporate structure, sometimes being lost in a very big machine. Restructuring and changes being made on a ~ 2 year cycle. Numerous movements about the comnpany

  7. Political.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good brand and flexible working.

    Cons

    Too many politics, not enough teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more

  8. Helpful (1)

    My time at Unilever was very positive; it helped me develop me the business insights, knowledge and skills I needed

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    Current Employee - Customer Development Director in Walton-on-Thames, England
    Current Employee - Customer Development Director in Walton-on-Thames, England

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The best thing was the quality of the people and their willingness to work together to get things done. The reputation of the brands, the resilience of the business processes and systems, the structured approach to personal development - these gave me a lot of confidence and were a crucial reason why I spent many years there.

    Cons

    Perhaps the biggest challenge at Unilever is its own size which can have the effect of constraining entrepreneurialism and slowing things down. The hierarchical structure could be a disincentive and there wasn't enough sopping of roles and experiences which meant at times it could feel quite static.

    Advice to Management

    Increased responsiveness and greater emphasis on an entrepreneurial mind-set will increase competitiveness. But don't lose the many great things that make Unilever such a good business to work for.

  9. Helpful (2)

    Poor pay, long hours...

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    Former Employee - Customer Development
    Former Employee - Customer Development

    I worked at Unilever

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good company culture, very inclusive

    Cons

    Lowest pay versus competitors.
    No recognition unless you are a 'favourite'.
    Strong emphasis on short term opportunities which increases stress levels throughout the business.
    Long hours and poor work/life balance, you are expected to put in the extra hours with little to no acknowledgement.
    A lot of people become comfortable and do an 'ok' job, they are kept on purely so as not to offend.

    Advice to Management

    Series of staff cut-backs has led to a stressful working environment. Has also meant that opportunities for progression have severely been reduced.
    Need to address the bigger issue and stop focusing so much on the short-term.
    Very slow to react to the rest of the market and its competitors, this will set Unilever back in the next few years.

  10. Purpose makes it all worthwhile

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Strong sense of purpose has been brought to the commercial focus which brings significant personal engagement to the employment experience.

    Cons

    Can be bureaucratic, complex and hierarchical because of rapid growth, globalisationa and heritage of strong personal relationships.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Good opportunity, with good prospects

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    Former Employee - Global Sustainability Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Global Sustainability Manager in London, England

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Overall a good place to work with a diverse culture. you would expect from the size of this multinational

    Cons

    Can be a very political environment and people will stomp on you to get up, that's okay, just be prepared

    Advice to Management

    Be aware of what is going on around you. Don't put your head in the sand and stop leaving things to the last minute

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