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Updated 16 July 2018
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  • "cksichtigung der work life balance" (in 194 reviews)

  • "As you might expect for a company this size, decision making process very slow which can be very frustrating" (in 105 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "Great Company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • 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. "Assistant Brand Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great products, great responsibilities.

    Cons

    There are quite a lot of processess.

    Unilever Response

    30 May 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for taking the time to leave a review about your experience of Unilever.

  3. "Fun but don't stay too long"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good team of talented people with years of experience. Opportunity to work and learn from technical people with very focused roles.

    Cons

    Limited opportunities to try new things or develop. Very poor pay progression in UK - even for high performers and at a time when the company still makes huge profits.

    Advice to Management

    Safety organisation needs a refresh.

    Unilever Response

    13 Jul 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for taking time to let us know about your role at Unilever.


  4. "Good"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Culture is really really good, you colleagues

    Cons

    Pay is pretty bad, heavy restructuring

    Unilever Response

    9 Jul 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for your review on your experience of Unilever.


  5. "Brand Manager"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Unilever full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, agile working, international mindset and opportunities

    Cons

    Lenghty decision making, re-structuring every couple of years

    Unilever Response

    29 Jun 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to leave a review about your experience of Unilever.


  6. "Cut throat and discriminatory"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England
    Former Employee - Senior Project Manager in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are ok. Chance to travel.

    Cons

    No longer treat employees as long term investment. Senior management would set own grandmothers to secure their roles and bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the human element and Lord Lever's ideals of treating employees with compassion.

    Unilever Response

    13 Jul 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thank you for leaving a review. Your feedback is helpful and we will ensure it is given to the respective teams.


  7. "Not for mid career recruits"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Business Partner in London, England
    Current Employee - Senior Finance Business Partner in London, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very flexible
    Support those that start as graduates
    Opportunities for travel

    Cons

    No structure or opportunities for mid career recruits
    Lower than market salary

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people

    Unilever Response

    13 Jul 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for your review. We request that you also share your feedback with your Line Manager.

  8. "Great company, with global opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Sales Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Global Sales Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Huge portfolio of amazing brands, strong leadership and vision of how to win. Reasonable benefits. Good work/life balance

    Cons

    Slow to get things done and high on internal politics.

    Unilever Response

    25 Jun 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback and your contribution at Unilever.


  9. "Empowerment and Trust"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of trust in employees to solve challenges. They empower them. Celebrate Diversity

    Cons

    Work life balance can get impacted

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to junior levels more

    Unilever Response

    18 Jun 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thanks for your review and feedback.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Trading on an old name"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever full-time

    Pros

    Well known brand, good sustainability credentials within fmcg

    Cons

    Too slow, can’t innovate, brands aging, political and hierarchical, risk averse, bad location

    Unilever Response

    27 Jun 2018 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thank you for your comments and all the best in your future role.


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