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  1.  

    Good opportunity, with good prospects

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Good global company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Good working environment, multi-cultural with relative freedom to operate and select the projects to work on. Work is usually recognised both as a team and as an individual.

    Cons

    Promotion do not happen that easy. Entry point is very important and defines the opportunities to work or to grow internally.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great culture, strong vision, real purpose

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England
    Current Employee - Marketing in London, England

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

    Pros

    a company with a soul beyond only getting business result, truly global and multicultural. huge opportunity for learning both on the job and via courses. very affiliative values.

    Cons

    complex operating framework, still some top assignment that do no seems to be based on performance culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Apply same performance culture to every single employee, cut bureaucracy, continue to push sustainability and social mission. celebrate more !

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Confidence crushing experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Category Finance Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Category Finance Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    It can be tough to get into this company and you feel that everyone you work with is an expert in their field. No dead wood in the organistation.

    Cons

    Expected to work every hour under the sun - especially in a global role where you're dealing across time zones. Senior managers appreciate work/life balance but that disappears down the hierachy.
    Having a multi cultural environment is a great thing but people tend to stick in groups which alienates others.
    Dog eat dog approach with lots of finger pointing when things don't go as planned.
    You're made to feel like you should be grateful to work for such a company rather than them be grateful to have you there.
    Distinct lack of career progression. Expected to be content with moving sideways in roles at the same level for up to 5 years before making any progression.
    Non existent personal development conversations with managers.
    2 people in my immediate department left within the 2 years I was in the company due to mental health issues brought on by the roles they were in.
    Poor salary when you benchmark externally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more time and genuine interest in people rather than having an approach where if people don't like it, you can replace them just as easily.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Internship

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Great office culture, stimulating environment. Worked in Durban, South Africa and it is one of the better companies to get into.

    Cons

    Difficult BEE ratings and the normal challenges of a corporate structure.

  7.  

    Infinite career opportunities, people culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Category Finance Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Category Finance Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    Unilever is a company thriving on building talent and strong teams. There are infinite varieties of roles on offer within Finance in the 3 South West offices and beyond. The management style is generally co-operative and friendly. The levels of bureaucracy are diminishing giving wider responsibilities to more junior levels and making roles more interesting/ fulfilling.

    Cons

    Base salary is below other FMCG companies for equivalent roles BUT the extras & bonus package (many other companies don't give such generous bonuses to their Finance teams) boosts the full package to just below senior manager level for equivalent-sized FMCGs. Not a con, but a watch-out: progression can be slow if you do not drive your career with the right people (look out for those heading up the talent committees).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Work life balance poor, old fashioned but trying to keep up, has a certain style, people are polar. Useless or great.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Gloucester, England
    Current Employee - Data Manager in Gloucester, England

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

    Pros

    Benefits good. Pension was best in class, still is really. Share advantages are very good, 2 options that both give 33% before the share price goes up. It's trying to be modern and lean. Management will support you on the classic work problems (not the specific ones). Good crowd of people.

    Cons

    Office politics (obviously), people appear robotised, focus in wrong areas. Poor opportunities unless you lose your soul. Polar workforce - half really excellent, half will do the bare minimum. Upper management don't understand your role, and don't have time to focus on important agendas. Old fashioned, going through the appropriate channels will result in nothing happening. Work life balance poor, especially if you have morality about it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and give out some good news, there is only bad. Rank is not equivalent to 'greatness of idea'. Focus on common sense, not the latest fad that upper management has sent down.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Very good company excellent opportunitie good visioen strategic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Tax in London, England
    Current Employee - Tax in London, England

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

    Pros

    Unilever had an excellent visioen, great products an a Well defined strategy great leaders and lost of career opportunities. Hence good employer

    Cons

    Financial benefits not top, not much negativiteit things, sometimes slow and not very energetic, difficult to get. things done, but overal good employer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More flexibele

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great company, people and brands. Slow progression.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant CMI Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant CMI Manager in London, England

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

    Pros

    It is a very collaborative environment where you views are valued and taken into account at all levels. The employees are all highly driven but it is not a cut throat place to work compared to some other large companies. Work life balance is as good or bad as you make it and opportunities to move function/location are always there if you ask and push for them.

    Cons

    Career progression - in terms of visible obvious routes are totally non-existent and there is no sign of this changing. Furthermore the PDP system as utilised in other FTSE 100 companies is flawed and de-motivates far more than it drives "performance culture".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a transparent career progression for non-management and management alike (as per your competitors) as this will really drive the performance culture you seek. Not a forced distribution of performance with the current PDP system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Had great time and learned a lot

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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