Colgate-Palmolive

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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated 27 January, 2015
Updated 27 January, 2015
291 Reviews
3.8
291 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor (in 36 reviews)

  • Good work family balance with great benefits (in 18 reviews)


Cons
  • Work / Life Balance seems to be deteriorating quickly (in 14 reviews)

  • very conservative; the decision making process is too long (in 13 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Great pay and Benefits. Excellent coworkers

    Cons

    Work-life balance, training, some management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Tough place to hang your hat

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Brand Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    A lot of opportunity for those who want to explore executive opportunities overseas. If they like you, it's the kind of place you can spend your entire career.

    Cons

    The US company is not a fun place. Most of the opportunities are overseas. Still very much an old boys club.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work great career oppertunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CDO- Customer Development Officer in Midnapore (India)
    Current Employee - CDO- Customer Development Officer in Midnapore (India)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Nice place to work, Employee friendly environment, good pay package

    Cons

    Imbalance with work and personal life, huge area to handle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was a very nice company with lot of opportunities to grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Valencia, Carabobo (Venezuela)
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Valencia, Carabobo (Venezuela)

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to learn and grow in the Company
    Good Salary

    Cons

    Very fast paced environment
    Disorganized
    Tight deathlines

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It has very good and capable managers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company for both professional and personal growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Retail Expert in Caracas, Capital District (Venezuela)
    Former Employee - Retail Expert in Caracas, Capital District (Venezuela)

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

    Pros

    -Honest and ethically sound company
    -Great benefits designed to help the employee in and out of work
    -Constant training and development
    -Products that enrich people's lives and health

    Cons

    -As a big company nobody should expect quick changes or updates
    -Very traditional "How to"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great people and great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Logistics Coordinator in Lima, Lima Region (Peru)
    Former Employee - Customer Logistics Coordinator in Lima, Lima Region (Peru)

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Learn a lot about my peers, highly qualified people, great environment to work, great benefits. Compensation is better than rest of the companies

    Cons

    work load can be sometimes stressful and colgate expected you give 200%. You can stay long hours to finish tasks or presentations for the next day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Lead in Morristown, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Global Lead in Morristown, NJ (US)

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employees are respected and lot of learning experience . Its a truly global company with strategy driven centrally and IT is also globally located in US.

    Cons

    Slow growth once you reach a certain Grade/Level.

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

    Great for building experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Manager Consumer Insights in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Manager Consumer Insights in New York, NY (US)

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

    Pros

    In my position, I was hired earlier than usual. I came in through a non-standard internship in which I had incredible mentors, and then, access to a position in marketing that I would never have normally obtained without an MBA or 3 to 6 years of prior experience in my field. Therefore, I learned a lot, and met wonderful people along the way.

    Cons

    The company is full of great people who are highly skilled in their fields. That said, there is a lack of potential to pursue creativity or innovation; or to build skills beyond the slow-moving corporate training. I could hack it now, but as a younger Millennial at the time, I reached a point at which I needed to branch out externally to further my career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not discount the creative drive of employees. If hires need mentoring in a particular skill set, give it to them. Also, as a company leader, I would not begrudge employees assistance in further education other than MBA degrees. Instead, I would urge HR to consider what sorts of educational opportunities could be enriching for employees in a way that could enhance the capabilities of specific departments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great environment, many international development opportunities but a lot of pressure and average payslip

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Rome (Italy)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Rome (Italy)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Multinational, opportunities for growth and development (especially if you are geographically mobile), good training curriculum - especially leadership skills, respectful people and good teamwork. The everyday working environment is relaxed and fun, although this may vary by team / function. The company has clear strategies, future vision, strong ethical values, as well as a very solid financial performance.

    Cons

    The compensation and benefits are average (the bonus and annual raises are low). After a certain point, career progression requires international mobility, even outside one's continent, and the expat package budgets are getting lower and lower. Demanding management, a lot of pressure, fast moving environment but also many long processes can be frustrating and bad for work life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They are doing the right things for the business. They should not forget giving people opportunities for growth and motivation in the context of tough global economic environment and corporate restructuring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company, progressive and diverse

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

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Good company, progressive, diverse, and good benefits,

    Cons

    increasing cost of medical expense

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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