Unilever Reviews

Updated 12 April, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Good company but worse shopfloor leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits and world class manufacturing

    Cons

    Shop floor leader focus on the output but neglect human connections.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great family and great job but don't expect to be their long they mover everything cross boarder!

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    Former Employee - Receiving in Brampton, ON
    Former Employee - Receiving in Brampton, ON

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Really Great pay and good benefits!

    Cons

    Moving everything from Canada to cross boarder

    Advice to Management

    Keep jobs in Canada!!

  3. Helpful (2)

    Politics and poor management have killed this company.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Amazing brands. Great employees. Great global vision. You will get great foundation from formal training.

    Cons

    Management over last few years has beaten any remaining spirit out of you. Sr execs in Canada making short term reactionary decisions. Say they want open culture, but don't trust them, they don't actually want you opinion unless you agree.

    Advice to Management

    If you hate people, you shouldn't be leading them.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    Stay Away!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Unilever

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong portfolio of market leading brands

    Cons

    Little acknowledgement given to previous employment experience
    Pay below industry average - "take it or leave it attitude"
    Middle management known to throw employees under the bus
    Short-term focused, unstrategic view to business
    Poor morale

  6. Helpful (1)

    Why Work for Unilever When You Can Work for P&G?

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    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Financial Analyst in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Unilever

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Emphasis on social responsibility and relatively comfortable environment.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy - it's very difficult to speak with even your immediate manager.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure middle management is responsive to entry-level workers.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Start your marketing career here, learn what you can and LEAVE after 1.5 yrs and work for a good company with better pay

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    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Brand Manager in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Unilever

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    they used spend a ton on training and development. when employees start, they attend a three week course spreadout over the year in new york. It teaches you the fundamentals of marketing and you learn from some very bright people. Unilever has a traditional approach to marketing that gives you a solid foundation for your career. I'd highly recommend someone out of school working here or someone with an interest in marketing with no skills. However, leave after a few years because the balance at work is non existent and you can get way better paying jobs, better career progression elsewhere.

    Cons

    poor worklife balance in marketing, lack of recognition, senior management always a step behind the competition

    Advice to Management

    listen to their employees and act on their concerns

  8. Risk Assessor

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    Former Employee - Risk Assessor in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Risk Assessor in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    a lot of great people to work with

    Cons

    glass ceilings in place, too many cliques

  9. Helpful (2)

    good learning experience but horrible people management

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    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Brand Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    best in class marketing education and experience, great brands to work on

    Cons

    subpar compensation, office culture has changed from great work life balance and team comradarie to cutthroat and no work life balance

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people, compensate your marketers better given their importance to delivering top and bottom line growth

  10. Political.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good brand and flexible working.

    Cons

    Too many politics, not enough teamwork.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more

  11. a challenging experience but unaffordable as far as work ethics

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    Current Contractor - Finance Manager in Athens (Greece)
    Current Contractor - Finance Manager in Athens (Greece)

    I have been working at Unilever as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    personal development, many opportunities to be an expert in your field, many chances to travel abroad and have an international experience, specialization in fmcg processes, understanding of the market and products

    Cons

    many infighters, lack of respect in work ethics and diversity, difficulty in compliance with the rules, unhealthy competition between team members, work life balance doesn't really exists.

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