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Unilever PLC Reviews

Updated Feb 25, 2014
Unilever PLC – “Factory Italy”

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3.7 45 reviews

96% Approve of the CEO

Unilever PLC CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

(23 ratings)

89% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Constant change

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPay is above most competitors and company store you have the ability to get most Unilver products at half the regular sale price.

    ConsMost employees have no sense of urgency. Most managers do what is best to get their bonus not always working in the best interests of the company, often confilcting goals and KPI's.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Place

    Account Manager (Current Employee) Leeds, England (UK)

    Prospeople are very nice to work with. You get to travel the world and see all parts of the world on business

    ConsLow pay, and opportunities for career development means leaving the country.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Used to be a great place to work 20 years ago! (less good now)

    IT Manager (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsChallenging and interesting projects; working with and learning from some great people.

    ConsAs Unilever has gone increasingly global (from 2005 onwards) the strong emotional connection with employees at the individual level has been lost. It has become a tougher, more selfish world where everyone has to look out for themselves first. And if you work in IT, Unilever is no longer a great place to be, because of successive waves of outsourcing, offshoring, downsizing, etc. IT professionals are no longer as highly valued as before.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI guess Unilever is no different to other big global corporations. Paul Polman has made a huge positive difference to the company, providing a new sense of ambition and energy and focus. But at the expense of the fewer individual employees who are left.... having to work ever harder.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Unilever's biggest enemy is themselves

    Supply Chain Director (Former Employee) London, England (UK)

    ProsIntelligent people, multicultural teams, team-working ethic, business processes, brand strength, supply chain performance.

    ConsInternal politics
    Average calibre, career minded people in senior positions
    Low salaries versus market
    Low recognition for long hours especially if travelling
    HR values numbers ahead of people

    Advice to Senior ManagementZero tolerance to selfish political senior managers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Good place to be if in the right part of the business

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosgreat if you are in marketing or working on a brand.

    Consall other non-core functions (finance, accounting, investments, benefits, etc) are essentially forgotten.

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    OK

    Graduate Engineer (Former Employee) Lagos (Nigeria)

    ProsMultinational company touching lives everyday

    Consremuneration isn't fantastic in Nigeria like rival P&G.
    Culture isn't as strong

    Advice to Senior ManagementEnsure that policies and corporate culture is practicalised at the bottom

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Unique

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAgile working and versatile Style

    ConsCold and impersonal working environment.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo take care the relationships with wl1 as they are the ones whom help the wl2 and above perform.

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    Ever changing

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsName recognition, global organization, opportunity for growth

    ConsContinuously changing, silo mentality, very large organization, complex structure, costly unit/region reporting structure, lacks work/life balance

    Advice to Senior ManagementStructure is complex and redundant needs to be simplified in order to reduce costs and improve efficiencies. Example: why is the marketing manager/director for Mexico work out of Argentina?

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great place to start a career, great training, lack of upward mobility

    Associate Finance Manager (Former Employee) Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)

    Pros- Great training opportunities
    - Looks good on a resume
    -They understand that people are career switchers
    -Laid back environment - can work from home, wear jeans everyday
    -Subsidized food from cafeteria
    -Shuttle from NYC to work (although it is a little pricey)
    -Great 401K

    Cons- Pay - base pay and bonus are not competitive
    -Jobs keep getting larger - every reorg consolidates two jobs into one without a pay increase
    - No opportunity to have direct reports until you become a mananger
    -Manager positions constantly being eliminated, limiting upward mobility
    - Takes too long to get promoted
    -Work experience before business school not counted when looking at upward mobility/promotions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLots of WL1s are jumping ship...do something about promotional opportunities.

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    A company with great values and strong ethics but level of persistent on-going change is unsettling good people.

    Finance Director (Former Employee)

    ProsStrong values and ethics
    Diverse middle management
    Strong corporate social responsibility
    Very talented and bright people
    Collegiate, consultative work style
    Driven, ambitious people who are on the whole respectful of others
    Well established control processes mean this a business that is less likely than others to make bad decisions.

    ConsCollegiate and consultative style can delay decision making.
    Control processes can be badly applied by some individuals limiting creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.
    More needs to be done with regard to diversity, particularly in leadership roles.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDecide on a clear strategy and stick with it for sufficient time to see the outcome. There has been so much change in recent years, some of it very necessary, but there comes a time to stabilise the business and focus on competing.

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