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Unilever Reviews

Updated 1 March, 2015
Updated 1 March, 2015
269 Reviews
3.0
269 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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  

    Sink or swim

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Assistant Brand Manager in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great training
    - Excellent reputation
    - World class marketers

    Cons

    - personal relationships are vital to success
    - very poorly resourced
    - unrealistic expectations of brand teams

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Keep changing and waste investment

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Toronto, ON

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

    Pros

    It is a company in fortune 500. Good to for new graduate gain experience in the first step, then step up in a better company.

    Cons

    Unilever Canada keeps shrinking due to main market is in US. Unilever Canada will eventually change to a distribution chain of Unilever products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good for Junior marketers

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Great brands, location and people. Lots of local activations that you get to influence

    Cons

    Work is very tactical. All strategies come out of Global so all you are left to do is execute for your local market.

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  5.  

    Good work experience to start for global companies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rexdale, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rexdale, ON

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good experience in overall. Working with Unilever Rexdale allowed great global corp. exposure from the line to HQ.

    Cons

    Team work is hardly seen in anywhere. The most people are obsessed with individual interests and goals over the team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote team work environment, and provide consistent and positive support to the team.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Total Productive Maintenance review

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    Current Employee - TPM in Rexdale, ON
    Current Employee - TPM in Rexdale, ON

    I have been working at Unilever part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    One of the largest consumer good companies in the world and it looks good on the resume. Moreover, working for a multinational company counts as an international experience and opens doors for working for different companies across the globe.

    Cons

    The location is far from the city and so long commuting time. Moreover, working for t a manufacturing facility can be boring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good name brand for your resume, long hours but good pay.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Good and fun culture. Very competitive. Good pay. Good social life outside of work and a great name for your resume.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic in nature. Often stuck doing boring but necessary work. Not as much strategy work as I would have liked.

  8.  

    Just another factory job

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    Former Employee - Operator (Seasonal) in Simcoe, ON
    Former Employee - Operator (Seasonal) in Simcoe, ON

    I worked at Unilever full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent employee-run ordering service, allowing employees to purchase Unilever products extremely cheap. Compensation was more than adequate for the duties required.

    Cons

    The factory atmosphere was gray and boring. The company has a real disconnect between the floor level employees, supervisors, and upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper management should spend some more time at floor level with employees, and ask for some of their feedback as to how things could be run more efficiently.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good overall experience

    Former Employee - Trade in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Trade in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work in a variety functions within the company

    Cons

    There is too much process within the company. It takes too long to obtain results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline processes.

  10.  

    interesting

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    pretty good salary and bonuses compared to other organizations, great cultiure and work life balance, great technology and internal communications

    Cons

    political, senior management tends to get posted overseas within a year, high management turnover, lots of outsourcing especially in IT, finance and HR

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hmmmm...this is hard to comment. in a global organization there are so many potential areas for miscommunication. honestly i'd say that the global leadership should travel more and get out of the UK to see how the countries are really run and performing

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good experience overall

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    Former Employee - Sales Controller in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Former Employee - Sales Controller in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

    I worked at Unilever full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility - agile working - nice people

    Cons

    poor remuneration - too burocratic

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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