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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated 11 September, 2014
Updated 11 September, 2014
254 Reviews
3.8
254 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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 32 reviews)

  • Great benefits and still has some great people there (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance was no good for me at all (in 12 reviews)

  • very conservative; the decision making process is too long (in 12 reviews)

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  1.  

    a very good company with excellent work policies and good people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Oral Care Consultant  in  India Hook, SC (US)
    Current Employee - Oral Care Consultant in India Hook, SC (US)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Caring company
    Work life balance
    good work environment
    good work policies
    adequate training facilities provided.
    HR Policies are also very good

    Cons

    not dynamic enough
    Grown to an extend that it cannot grow the same percentage year on year with the existing strategies.
    bad politics in the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    please try to acquire and retain good talent

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work for

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Excellent benefit, exposure to cross functional department and no limit to career growth (for those willing to relocate frequently)

    Cons

    Job safety not anymore guaranteed with several outsourcing initiatives toward Mexico and India effecting many departments (Accounting, Finance, HR, IT, Customer Service...)

    Very old school mentality.

    Strong resistance to change as well as extremely long process to implementation when such process changes are approved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much uncertainty in light of the current changes and outsourcing plans which is dragging efficiency down, need to focus on CP people and show the true "Caring for People" in this difficult time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company but limited opportunity for those not recruited right out of school

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Excellent salary and benefits and great discounts on products.

    Cons

    The company tends to identify those they want to promote early on by ability to relocate around the country and world. If you are not recruited right out of college you may be limited in opportunities for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Utilize the talent within the company more effectively.

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  5.  

    I interned in Colgate for a year. It is great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Co-Op  in  Piscataway, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Co-Op in Piscataway, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    I learned a lot when I interned there, cowokers are nice, ready to help and friendly. Hourly pay is good and time is flexible.

    Cons

    It is hard to get a full time position if you are a co-op.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I wish I can attend more activities in the company and network with more other people, but there are not that many opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    highly political. Ethics exist only in theory. Do not accept a job here if you have other choice

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    salary, other perks such as dental insurance

    Cons

    Very slow moving, political, competence completely ignored and irrelevant for management. No transparency and clear commutation, very bad planning. Ethics are at a very low level. Company doesn't see anything wrong in bullying on people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change all middle management. Hr trainings needed first for HR themselves. HR are absent. Nobody cAres about employees. Very bad managers out there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Strong company that shows employees appreciation.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Piscataway, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Strong and understanding management, diverse culture, opportunities to partake in consumer tests for extra cash, company store is a huge plus.

    Cons

    Some job cuts have occurred recently. transferring between departments is made difficult

    Recommends
  8.  

    Great place to work with amazing people

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Quality of people is unquestionable. Sociable and enjoyable place to work. Having the opportunity to work on heritage brands that have been in my life since I was a little kid has been a rewarding challenge and great experience.

    Cons

    It is a political and hierarchical environment to work in that can be very frustrating. Given a responsibility to shareholders, it is (at times) be risk averse, and can tend to over-think strategies - making it slow to respond.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster a culture that promotes change and allows middle management to challenge the status quo. Embracing different views can often bring something new to the table with great potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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

    Pros

    - a lot of things to learn in the first 2-3 years as entry-level both from other employees and trainings
    - very good implementation of culture & values (can be seen on website)
    - salary as market average + extra-benefits and bonuses
    - high business ethics standard
    - environment where employees feel free to share and discuss any ideas/issues even with top management
    - opportunity to work abroad, though reduced since 'the economic crisis'

    Cons

    - depending on personal capabilities, after 2-3 years from entry-level you might reach a halt in learning if left on the same position/category/project
    - since 'the economic crisis' the strategy is has not been clearly defined and communicated
    - strategy is strongly driven by financial KPIs, not focused on consumers
    - middle managers have 10+ years in the company and are a bit stuck in the 'old ways' of doing things
    - in commercial departments overtime is a given and not compensated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - clearly define and communicate company commercial strategy
    - focus the strategy more on consumers (research), brand communication
    - start building long term plans (vs current very short term) and actively enforcing flawless implementation for long term results
    - less is more

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Decent company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate  in  Ahmedabad (India)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Associate in Ahmedabad (India)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Respect for peers, Good work culture

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, slow career progression

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide better opportunity for a work life balance to employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Colgate was best employer I've ever had

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Colgate offers many opportunities for advancement. It also has a great management team.

    Cons

    Long term, if you're not interested in international business, Colgate may not be the best place for you.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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