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Unilever Reviews

Updated 27 April 2015
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  1. 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.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Good opportunity, with good prospects

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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)

    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

  3. Helpful (1)

    Customer Management Summer Internship

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Customer Account Executive in Leatherhead, England
    Former Intern - Customer Account Executive in Leatherhead, England

    I worked at Unilever as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefit from both large-company training and small-team support and visibility
    Very good feedback mechanisms
    Opportunity to expand or change your role in line with your interests as well as business needs
    Nice office, and free ice cream (Leatherhead office)!
    Staff shop
    Gym and gym classes
    Generally great work atmosphere
    Loads of different academic/ business backgrounds within teams
    Has been great to discuss in grad scheme interviews

    Cons

    Experience depends quite a lot on how hands-on/ friendly your line manager is!
    You don't have input into which team you join
    Work can sometimes be dull, data entry etc (true of most internships anywhere)
    You should love (or say you love) Unilever products, P&G is not looked on favourably

    Advice to Management

    Recruit more of your interns onto the grad scheme, many other FMCG internships take almost all of theirs as they've invested so much in training them

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great

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    Former Employee - Retail Supply Chain in Leatherhead, England
    Former Employee - Retail Supply Chain in Leatherhead, England

    I worked at Unilever

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Treat staff like equals. Respect and listen to staff. Give good bonuses. Allow flexibility in the working day, for example many staff work over-time; if you need a couple of hours to visit the dentist/take a longer lunch break to run errands, managers are ok with this.
    Gives staff personal responsibility/ownership of their workload.

    Cons

    Huge company - can be difficult to engage well with other teams. Progression routes are limited from non-management into management levels.
    High pressure, but comes hand in hand with staff being able to take personal ownership/responsibility for their work.

    Advice to Management

    Open up more progression routes.
    Reduce work-time stress by supporting staff to decide what is critical and what is not.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Buzzing place to work

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

    I have been working at Unilever

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Culture, flexible working, people, career opportunities

    Cons

    salary is little low, Leatherhead is not the best location

    Advice to Management

    don't pigeonhole people, give a chance to prove we can do it

  7. Absolutely loved working for Unilever

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in London, England
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in London, England

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    - lots of great brands and categories to work in
    - a lot of responsibility
    - lovely people from all over the world
    - Sustainable Living Plan is very inspirational and gives meaning to work

    Cons

    - lower salaries, but good stock rewards and bonuses

  8. Good global company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  9. Great culture, strong vision, real purpose

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

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

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (1)

    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.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Infinite career opportunities, people culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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)

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

    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).

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