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Updated 15 January 2019
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  • "Work life balance can be difficult during busy times of the year" (in 209 reviews)

  • "Decision making process can be more speedy" (in 111 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    "Great Company"

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    • 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. "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.

  3. "formulation scientist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    good company to work for

    Cons

    the company doesn't have cons so far


  4. "Good Large Employer - Pockets of frustration"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Generally good culture, senior management strong and directional

    Cons

    Due to Large company politics, there are pockets of poor management and poor culture


  5. "Operations Manager"

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

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Top class company, some good people there

    Cons

    Things done to you rather than with you

    Advice to Management

    Be prepared....they want a lot for the salary they're paying

    Unilever Response

    8 Jan 2019 – Global Talent Specialist

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your experience at Unilever.


  6. "Assistant Brand Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    -friendly and supportive people
    -learning culture

    Cons

    -slow career progression
    -lower salary vs competition

    Unilever Response

    8 Jan 2019 – Global Talent Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback about your time at Unilever so far.


  7. "Supply chain managere"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good place to work and start career

    Cons

    hard, not fit for weaks

    Unilever Response

    4 Jan 2019 – Global Employer Brand Apprentice

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

  8. "Thought leaders in category development"

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    Current Employee - ECommerce Manager in Leatherhead, England
    Current Employee - ECommerce Manager in Leatherhead, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The flexibility of working from home, people and culture

    Cons

    Difficult to get innovative things approved as it is such a large business

    Unilever Response

    6 Dec 2018

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a review of your experience at Unilever.


  9. "Really great company, not so good worklife balance"

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Gloucester, England
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Gloucester, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    World class company. Great benefits.

    Cons

    People work in silo's and there are one or two people who do all the work of any department. This is no training.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps focus on outcomes, rather than processes

    Unilever Response

    26 Nov 2018 – Global Talent Specialist

    Thank you for your review, we would encourage you to speak to your line manager about any of your concerns.


  10. "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.