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Updated 14 November 2018
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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Great Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible Working Environment (if you need to work from home in the middle of the week to go to the doctor for example, it's fine). As long as you get your work done, people don't tend to care when you leave the office etc.

    Easy access from NYC with use of company shuttle (you pay for it but it's minimal)

    Company truly believes and lives it's motto around purpose and sustainability

    Ability to work across multiple categories

    Top notch research and data capabilities. Although there are a lot of processes, there is a rarely a function or job that doesn't have built in tools to help you succeed

    Cons

    Pay growth year of year is minimal. Only way to get a good salary increase is to get promoted and this can be hard moving up levels depending on what stage of the year the company is in.

    Advice to Management

    Although you need to focus on hitting your Wall Street numbers (especially post Kraft-Heinz), refocus back on the long term with people management. Especially when you look to delay promotions around times of profit crunches.

    Unilever Response

    22 May 2018 – Global Talent Specialist

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your experience at Unilever so far. It's great to see that you highlight flexible working and a culture of sustainability and purpose... More


  2. "ABM"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Flexible times and a lot of fun

    Cons

    Location not very good 2

    Unilever Response

    17 Sep 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for taking time to leave your comments.

  3. "SHE Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Flexible working and good life balance. Diverse cultural teams. Many innovation projects meeting people around the world. Good annual bonus.

    Cons

    Very disorganised multinational company. Dots are not connected, which makes following up activities and projects very hard, with many times not receiving even an answer to an specific query. Changing global R&D strategy every few months which complicates current Ways of Working and people feel lost and not knowing which their roles or responsibilities are anymore.

    Advice to Management

    If a new strategic approach is going to be made, it should be thought thoroughly and making it clear how it will affect to employees. Not only how much benefit ti will give to the company.

    Unilever Response

    13 Nov 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thank you for your review and sharing your experience. We would encourage you to share this review with your line manager.


  4. "Excellent company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Excellent work life balance and culture

    Cons

    Speed of career progression is variable

    Unilever Response

    13 Nov 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for sharing your experience so far.


  5. "Researcher"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Liverpool, England
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Liverpool, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of freedom in doing science

    Cons

    There are conflict of interest between departments

    Unilever Response

    12 Nov 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for your review on your role at Unilever so far.


  6. "Change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Strong company ethos based on doing the right things

    Cons

    Lack of direction and process breakdowns over last few years

    Unilever Response

    5 Nov 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for sharing your experience.


  7. "Sustainable Business and Communication Assistant"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Learn a lot through the company
    Flexible working hours

    Cons

    Limited development opportunity for my role

    Unilever Response

    5 Nov 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for leaving a review on your role at Unilever.

  8. "UFLP: Technology Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    - Flexible working
    - Rotations allow exposure to a variety of areas of the business
    - Learning opportunities

    Cons

    - Difficult to get hands dirty due to size of organisation
    - Geographically mobile

    Unilever Response

    5 Nov 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to give us a review and provide feedback.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great company and people, but few opportunities to advance your career"

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    Former Employee - CMI in London, England
    Former Employee - CMI in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Unilever full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great supportive working environment, with smart, friendly people.
    Chance to work on great brands.
    Good work life balance, with not a lot of pressure on face time.
    Great benefits: central location, in house gym, doctor, 25 days holiday..etc
    Lovely to work for a company that wants to make the world a better place! USLP is inspiring.

    Cons

    Every 2 years there was a new company structure.
    After the failed KH take over bid, moved towards more of a cost cutting culture.
    Very little room to advance. You could wait YEARS for someone to leave in order to even apply for a higher up position.

    Advice to Management

    Restructure less, don't change for the sake of change.
    Create more growth opportunities for people.

    Unilever Response

    29 Oct 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your previous role with Unilever. It’s pleasing to see that you highlight a number of positives, including work life balance and employee... More


  10. "Industrial Placement - Process Development Student"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Good company to work for, managers encourage strengths.

    Cons

    Sometimes innovation can be slow due to size of company.

    Unilever Response

    12 Nov 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for sharing your experience.


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