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Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated 17 November, 2014
Updated 17 November, 2014
273 Reviews
3.7
273 Reviews
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Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook
Ian M. Cook
182 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor (in 36 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 13 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very solid intern program

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

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good managers. Solid direction for new employees. Enjoyable colleagues. Loved the housing structure and field trips. I would have interned all of college here. Enjoy the brand name on the resume.

    Cons

    Not enough exposure to other functions. Wish we had higher pay for an east coast internship.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work if you're not a BP

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Trainee in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)
    Former Employee - Finance Trainee in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic)

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.
    You can be innovative without borders.
    They respect personal education time.
    Great company... to put on your resume.

    Cons

    Salary sucks if you're a BP, contract or temporary.
    Personal growth is only available if you look for it yourself.
    Management is not really there for you most of the times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire BP, contract or temporary people. You're making great potential employees for OTHER companies and creating those so called "career advancement" outside of Colgate-Palmolive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Supply Chain & OSA Analyst

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

    Pros

    Beautiful Environment and open Mind people.

    Cons

    Don' t say anythinng about the future and available position

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  5.  

    Good company, not perfect, but better than most.

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

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent pay, lots of opportunities for interesting projects, flexable hours, very concerned with safety, departments usually willing to work together if the lines of communication are there.

    Cons

    Difficult to gain full employment, large and very departmentalized, difficult to access other departments for cross department co-operation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    System Administrator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Piscataway, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Piscataway, NJ (US)

    I worked at Colgate-Palmolive full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Dental Benefits.
    Company Store.
    Few Good Co-workers. Summer hours.
    Meet Wall Street expectation.

    Cons

    Great place to work. But has changed a lot in past few years.
    Clueless Middle Managers without any technical or Management skills.
    Fake or Completely non existence HR.. Your manager is HR and he dictates policies. Which are based upon liking. 3rd party Mirco runs the business ( kickbacks). ESC is completely unethical department. All CP principles like Valuing CP, MWR are violated. If you complain you'r are pretty much done. Your career is at dead end.
    3rd party does all good project work. You are stuck with all garbage work. No DR planning.. Good Luck if something goes really wrong in Pisct.. You better sell your stock! Director is completely clueless from old school .Doesn't even know how to spell IT... Out of 12 months 7 months he is travelling.. You only hear him when there is production machine downtime as his bonus is tied.. Otherwise he has no interest to listen to you..
    Lack of training. Blame games. No leadership skills. Complete Chaos place for real techies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of middle managers.. will save company lot of money. They are useless. Look at your DR..
    You will never recover.. Good Luck! Give to IBM.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people, great work life balance, great products

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

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

    Pros

    Knowledgable CPG company, stock price reflects effeciency and growth, fair time-off policies including Summer Fridays, very much interpersonal

    Cons

    Highly political, slow moving, bad at recognizing young talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a way to recognize your best entry level talent and then reward and grow them. The HR department at Colgate is very weak.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good workplace overall

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Department in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)
    Current Employee - IT Department in Dublin, Dublin (Ireland)

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, great company reputation, solid employer

    Cons

    Hard to have internal growth opportunities, formal atmosphere, a lot of focu on appearances when a deeper engagement in substance could be more helpful

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Work Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GIT Intern in Morristown, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - GIT Intern in Morristown, NJ (US)

    I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    They help you out a lot. Good place to work at

    Cons

    Not a big fan of a corporate job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good Job

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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 (more than an 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
  11. 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 (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

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