Unilever PLC Reviews

Updated 10 October, 2014
Updated 10 October, 2014
47 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company, people and brands. Slow progression.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant CMI Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant CMI Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    It is a very collaborative environment where you views are valued and taken into account at all levels. The employees are all highly driven but it is not a cut throat place to work compared to some other large companies. Work life balance is as good or bad as you make it and opportunities to move function/location are always there if you ask and push for them.

    Cons

    Career progression - in terms of visible obvious routes are totally non-existent and there is no sign of this changing. Furthermore the PDP system as utilised in other FTSE 100 companies is flawed and de-motivates far more than it drives "performance culture".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a transparent career progression for non-management and management alike (as per your competitors) as this will really drive the performance culture you seek. Not a forced distribution of performance with the current PDP system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    The company is a great place to learn and be groomed for top leadership position in business.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Former Employee - Procurement in Lagos (Nigeria)

    I worked at Unilever PLC as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company offers opportunities for career growth and development. Promotion is merit driven.it is an highly innovative company with great prospects for career advancement.

    Cons

    Once you pitch your tent with this company, the likelihood of leaving for other company is very slim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement and sustain a robust succession plan for the next generation of leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great business to work for!

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

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

    Pros

    Worked with many great colleagues over the years and had the opportunity to work across a number of functions and in different countries. Experienced and learnt so many things. Ambitious growth plans, but also very focused on sustainability and core values

    Cons

    Has become much more streamlined in recent years, hence less promotional activity (more time spent at current job level, unless fast track). Has been active on promoting work life balance, but hasn't always worked out for some colleagues. At times not as quick to market as it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A great business, that can be even greater. The people that work for Unilever are its greatest asset, please continue to develop and manage to their full potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Unilever is a great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Development Finance Business Partner in Durban (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Customer Development Finance Business Partner in Durban (South Africa)

    I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great upbeat culture
    Major emphasis on performance
    Great support with regards to development i.e. mentoring/coaching
    Large leading FMCG
    Socially responsible
    Easily accessible senior management

    Cons

    Career opportunities are great but they take some time in materialising

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Living Vitality

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Development Intern in Manila, Manila (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Customer Development Intern in Manila, Manila (Philippines)

    I worked at Unilever PLC as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    At least as an intern, you learn from the best, you work with the best and then you at least think you become the best

    Cons

    Even from an intern's standpoint, the workload can sometimes see you spending more than 9 hours in the office or on the road

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A Great Place to work

    Current Employee - Information Management in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Information Management in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Integrity and Sustainability, connectivity with technology and understanding marketing condition

    Cons

    Have to get more exposure on value added skills and the opportunities should be given to right people and on right time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Wonderful experience and enjoy all the Trainings attended

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Financial Analyst in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Financial Analyst in Lagos (Nigeria)

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

    Pros

    - Unilever are good at Training her workers
    - Working in Unilever is the best that can happen to man
    - Unilever value her employees and give them rooms to grow.

    Cons

    - You work on week end and always closing late

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should do more to stop Labour turnover

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever PLC full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good development opportunities
    Friendly employees, can do attitude.
    Great benefits and training.

    Cons

    Can be silo'd, if only Unilever knew what it knew!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great work atmosphere for interns, Co op is highly recommended!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Category Procurement Analyst Intern in Trumbull, CT (US)
    Former Employee - Category Procurement Analyst Intern in Trumbull, CT (US)

    I worked at Unilever PLC as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The work atmosphere in the Trumbull, CT office was family oriented. People were always very friendly to one another and teams felt like families. As an intern, I was highly respected among all my coworkers. There is a lot of room to grow in the company too with the companies rotational program.

    Cons

    I was not a fan of the location in Trumbull, CT but that is personal preference.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    A truly great business with a unique vision

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever PLC

    Pros

    True emphasis on sustainable growth - operating ethically will deliver improved sales
    Outstanding people and collaborative culture
    Genuine work/life balance achieved for most employees
    Wonderful brands that really do improve consumers' lives
    Good pay, based on good performance
    Still massive opportunities to grow in new markets and win share through innovation

    Cons

    Decision-making can be painfully slow - driven by consensus culture and obsession with keeping everyone happy and informed
    Product performance is not necessarily as good as competitors in some areas (laundry, some foods) and some ranges have become too flabby and indistinct
    Extraordinarily hierarchical - like the colonial civil service in some respects
    Not a business for mercurial minds and instinctive, creative spirits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A record-breaking year in 2012 and another in prospect for 2013 despite global downturn. The temptation must be to just carry on what we're doing right now. But we have to be faster, more imaginative and less bureacratic if we're to see off hungry competitors. We talk about it, but I don't see the people aroud me changing...

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    Positive Outlook
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