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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated 23 September, 2014
Updated 23 September, 2014
256 Reviews
3.7
256 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
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170 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor (in 35 reviews)

  • Great benefits and still has some great people there (in 16 reviews)


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

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company to work with

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Intern in Petaling Jaya (Malaysia)

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good platform to start your first job

    Cons

    May be quite stressful with very tight deadline

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great company to work for

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

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

    Pros

    - fair salary
    - well qualified employees
    - sturdy firm

    Cons

    - not very innovative
    - less than engaging work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - modernise

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    x

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    • 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    A real Nightmare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Consumer Marketing Intern - Personal Care  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Consumer Marketing Intern - Personal Care in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    That's a good company to have in your portfolio, very organized. Compensation is ok.

    Cons

    Old-fashioned company, looks like it stopped in time in the 80's, don't invest or try new strategies, extremely slow and bureaucratic decision making. Remember that we had 12 people routing to approve details such as an ortographic correction in a artwork. Very stressed ambient mainly during the Budget review, as an intern I used to work more then 12h per day including saturdays and sometimes sundays. No perks, needed to use jacket and tie every day even without having contact with clients. Work-life balance was no good for me at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a life.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tow the company line and you'll be fine

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

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity for international employees and women. Some great managers at the the top. Very steady business always slowly growing. Benefits are very good.

    Cons

    Company has run out of ideas to save money and grow sales so is slashing internal staff and going to "global hubs". Has gone far away from its plans to become a best place to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Business and sales are great don't neglect the employees who have worked so hard to get it there

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Mixed Signals

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Sofia (Bulgaria)
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Sofia (Bulgaria)

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

    Pros

    Multinational allowing for growth and development, internal online and on-the-job training. Team work, communication and management skills valued the most. Opportunity for recognition of efforts beyond one's job via YCMAD programs.

    Cons

    Small office, distant location and little light in the room. (Sofia office) Limited opportunity for further development after end of short-term assignments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to automate as many tasks as possible to reduce manual data processing and analysis. Consider BI graphs and charts on all levels.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good internship experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Oral Care R&D Intern  in  Piscataway, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Oral Care R&D Intern in Piscataway, NJ (US)

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor

    Cons

    There did seem to be quite a bit of competition within the company

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Co-Op

    • 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 more than a year

    Pros

    Good exposure to real life work environment in Research and Development.

    Cons

    Not a lot of independence in terms of lead of projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    great conservative company with plenty of opportunities

    • 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

    there are many opportunities to growth a career and try new things, they foster a continuous improvement environment and with a good work life balance

    Cons

    they are sometimes slow to make decisions, being a mobile employee and relocating often to any city is highly valued, could better utilize systems

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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