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Unilever Reviews

Updated 3 March, 2015
Updated 3 March, 2015
89 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work-life balance can be excellent depending on which category you work on (in 69 reviews)

  • Good working culture and Flexible working hours (in 30 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 57 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 30 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company but worse shopfloor leader

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Great compensation and benefits and world class manufacturing

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    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)

    Pros

    Really Great pay and good benefits!

    Cons

    Moving everything from Canada to cross boarder

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep jobs in Canada!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away!

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

    I worked at Unilever

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    Pros

    Emphasis on social responsibility and relatively comfortable environment.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure middle management is responsive to entry-level workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    listen to their employees and act on their concerns

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Political.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Good brand and flexible working.

    Cons

    Too many politics, not enough teamwork.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    it was a challenging experience but unaffordable as far as work ethics

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

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

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Need to improve on their Diversity Program

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Department in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Human Resources Department in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    There is a clear classism and racial bias in the company.

    Cons

    There is a clear classism and racial bias in the company. HR managers need more cross cultural training and the company needs to hire upper management that practice humility and should learn to work with middle and lower management with compassion not passion for their egos. People of color are often hired just for the company to say they are diverse but tenure for colored people is low because of racial discrimination. Also, prepare for a lot of ethnocentric upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do more cross cultural training the EEOC details are not just for you to post on boards and intranet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Planning

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, summer hours, no limited sick days

    Cons

    Managers have no clue what their reports do or how they do it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know what your direct reports do

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