Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated 31 March, 2015
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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  1. Great experience

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    Former Intern - Category Management
    Former Intern - Category Management

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern (less than a year)

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

    Pros

    People are great and driven. Company is growing and allows for a lot of personal and professional growth

    Cons

    Hard work / life balance, i found it hard not to take work home as expectations from superiors were very high. As an intern, salary was not competitive.

  2. Fast paced, great work environment

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

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

    Pros

    Ability to move within the company both geographically and role specific. Great work environment as everyone is very collaborative and willing to give a helping hand.

    Cons

    Long hours and man projects to manage. Office is not centrally located so can be difficult to get to. Cubicles are tiny!

  3. Easy working environment. Respectful colleagues. overall satisfied.

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    Current Employee - Continuous Improvement Engineer in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Continuous Improvement Engineer in Istanbul (Turkey)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    not too much hard work or pressure from top-management
    no overtime needed
    private health insurance
    respectful working environment

    Cons

    out-fashioned and slow mindset.
    decisions take too much time
    low salary
    not standardized career planning

    Advice to Management

    career management and training system should be improved.
    Currently nearly all training is performed by CP employees.

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  5. Global Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Global business, Well recognized brands, Good Quality, Customer Focused, open to new technologies.

    Cons

    "Heavy walls" separate "product category groups" preventing valuable cross-learning.

    Advice to Management

    Avoid expensive technology work duplication among product categories. Make Category learning permeable through organizational walls.

  6. Good job as a start

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    Current Employee - Intern in Warsaw (Poland)
    Current Employee - Intern in Warsaw (Poland)

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

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

    Pros

    getting experience in worldwide FMCG company, working with experience people, nice atmosphere, people are willing to help and share their knowledge

    Cons

    Business Partner employees (on a contract by external agency) are treated as a secondary employees, they have no trainings, have no clarity when there will be headcount available, company preferes to employ people from outside not to promote interns on a assistant possition

    Advice to Management

    concentrate more on the development of people who are already working for the company not taking people from the outside, keep your promises, do not lie to people that they will get raise or they will be promoted and not keep your promises,

  7. Solid company

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

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

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

    Pros

    The CEO is very ethics and quality focused. There is a formal process where everyone lists their career goals every year. The company also went through a restructure, and impacted people where given sufficient notice and opportunity to apply for other open positions. Headquarters is in NYC which is great for people who like big-city life. The company also has some smaller offices in smaller towns. Also a very, very strong internation presence. The company does a great job moving high potential talent across different countries.

    Cons

    There are a few people who are low performers who I've seen get shifted from job to job. In my mind it would be better to let them go instead of letting a low performer stick around for 15 years. Having headquarters in NYC is a negative for me. I wish Colgate was based in a city with lower cost of living. The international business can be seen as a con; if a promotion opens up, you are not only competing with people in your home country, but people all over the world for that promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the constant messages about quality and ethics.

  8. Great Company

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

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

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

    Pros

    The work/life balance is execellent. So is the company culture. I love that this is a family oriented company who understands that employees have lives outside of work. The office hours are great! You can't beat 8:30 AM to 4:15 PM! Summer Fridays is a bonus as well and I feel that the company does think about employee retirement and does a lot to ensure that employees have a good income even once they retire.

    Cons

    The salary is ok, but it could be a bit higher in New York since the cost of living is so high.

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    highly collaborative culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent community of colleagues.
    Supportive culture.
    Plenty of opportunity for those prepared to work hard and be flexible about where the company wants to place you.

    Cons

    High alignment culture means that things can move very slowly.
    IT & Technical systems are old and high control which makes it difficult to keep pace with outside world.
    Salary and benefit programs are very rigid. Work by rule rather than guiding principles and logic, eg terrible vacation policy which management recognizes but won't change.

  10. Nice, friendly enviornment, but hard to get in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Nice, friendly environment, except HRs. They are hard to negotiate

    Cons

    The HRs have more say in recruiting compared to scientists, even the HRs have no idea about the needs of R&D.

  11. Great Company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Dallas, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Maintenance Technician in Dallas, TX (US)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

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

    Pros

    Great Benefits, work life balance, and Compensation.

    Cons

    To many managers. Everyone has idea, creating road blocks to finish plans.

    Advice to Management

    Implement a plan a see it through before changing plans.

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