Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated 28 August, 2014
Updated 28 August, 2014
250 Reviews

3.8
250 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
Ian M. Cook
168 Ratings

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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Employee Reviews

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tow the company line and you'll be fine

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5.  

    great conservative company with plenty of opportunities

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    • 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
  6.  

    Co-Op

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    • 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
  7.  

    File Clerk

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    I love Colgate Palmolive. I loved everything about the company.

    Cons

    It was only a temporary assignment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please hire me again permanently! lol

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Solid, stable company for mid-level to senior management

    • 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 3 years

    Pros

    Some of the best benefits (health, vacation, etc) when comparing to other companies
    Promotes networking and working in teams
    Willing to let employees try roles that do not exactly match their backgrounds

    Cons

    Management is very conservative and it is extremely hard to make changes to practices already in place
    Promotions tend to be based on politics rather than work accomplished
    Little focus is put on developing and retaining young talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some time focusing on feedback from the younger employees. Afterall, they are the future of the company - if they decide to stick around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work

    • 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

    Pros

    This fortune 500 company is great to work for. I have worked there for more than 8 years and can say the company offers great growth opportunities as well as work and family balance.

    Cons

    Its a large company, so be prepared for lots of competition

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Colgate Peru

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Lima, Lima Region (Peru)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lima, Lima Region (Peru)

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

    Pros

    Good place for learning, launching a career

    Cons

    Career path depends on relationships, more than performance

  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    Tired of waiting to be promoted

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Great values and culture
    Collaboration, teamwork
    Good salary
    Great shares performance
    Stable brand success

    Cons

    Succession planning is not transparent. Waiting time for promotion can be exhausting, with no specific feedback received on why there is no promotion. Some people are promoted fast but it is not clear how to get on that fast track

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not demoralize talented employees by promoting the same individuals and ignoring others, unless it is a strategy to get rid of certain people. If you are not satisfied with performance please give immediate feedback. It will help both the employee and the perception of the Company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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