Unilever Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
749 Reviews
3.7
749 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work-life balance was certainly fair, never had to fight for time off when it was needed (in 63 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours, great remuneration and understanding line managers (in 27 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 52 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    Had great time and learned a lot

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    Former Employee - Manager In Business Services Organisation in Kingston upon Thames, England
    Former Employee - Manager In Business Services Organisation in Kingston upon Thames, England

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

    Pros

    Company has a real sense of mission around it business and it's environmental commitments. The people working for Unilever are high caliber and form a great team. You can build a great career within the business, touching lots of different areas. Many people have been around the business for a long time - which must count for something.

    Cons

    Senior management are much more demanding than the past, but often in a "don't care about you" kind of way - which is tough. Equally I'm not sure that the current senior management especially rates the people who have built their careers within Unilever - there's a sense that outsiders have more to offer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Generally think you're going in the right direction, good luck.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    An amazing school, but with very little chance to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    -great culture
    -inspiring top management
    -friendly environment
    -you can learn lot

    Cons

    -very little opportunities to grow
    -people that know people...still count more than your performances sometimes
    -especially as ABM you are very often just a number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    enjoy, learn...but don't stay too long!

  3.  

    I really enjoyed working for Unilever and learnt sooo much!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clinical Scientist in Port Sunlight, England
    Former Employee - Clinical Scientist in Port Sunlight, England

    I worked at Unilever as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great company values and had a real community spirit to the place even though there were over a thousand people working there. I was given a lot of responsibility which provided excellent experience for my CV. My Manager was supportive and had great knowledge in the area I worked in. The team worked very well together.

    Cons

    Very difficult to get a permanent position there. My Manager pushed to make me permanent but there were a lot of redundancies happening at the time and it just wasn't possible. Which was a shame.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great work life balance. Some office politics going on in the office but I just kept clear of it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Shout to be heard

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Leatherhead, England
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Leatherhead, England

    I worked at Unilever full-time (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
  6.  

    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
  7.  

    Great support in return for hard work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Insight Manager
    Former Employee - Insight Manager

    I worked at Unilever full-time (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
  8.  

    Move up or move out !!!

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

    I worked at Unilever full-time (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
  9.  

    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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    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 (more than an 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
  11.  

    Insightful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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

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