Unilever Reviews

Updated 27 August, 2014
Updated 27 August, 2014
701 Reviews

3.7
701 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work/life balance is fair but seems to be getting worse each year (in 56 reviews)

  • Flexible working hours, great remuneration and understanding line managers (in 25 reviews)


Cons
  • Work-life balance, lack of opportunities to move up unless you relocate (in 44 reviews)

  • decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation (in 25 reviews)

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  1.  

    I worked for Unilever at the Rexdale plant for over three years.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very friendly work environment and challenging as well. Front line workers and office staff are friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    One is expected to work very long hours and get called in the middle of the night. management and supervisors change constantly which takes a toll on the front line employees. Management typically makes short sighted decisions that target the performance goals of a few managers. The operation is not run effectively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people promoted to manager positions should be competent. It's better to go out and hire an industry professional then to promote someone from within who does not have the ability to perform the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good name brand for your resume, long hours but good pay.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Good and fun culture. Very competitive. Good pay. Good social life outside of work and a great name for your resume.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic in nature. Often stuck doing boring but necessary work. Not as much strategy work as I would have liked.

  3.  

    A great first experience.

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    Former Employee - Refinery Intern  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Refinery Intern in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Unilever as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    The people at Unilever are fantastic. Managers mostly keep to themselves and leave room for all employees to grow.

    Cons

    While at Unilever I felt that i was given very little guidance. Although this was good for my growth at times, it became hampering when small problems took large portions of my time just due to a lack of knowledge or experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Become a little more involved with interns and entry-level employees. They are the future of the company and more than likely the people you will always be able to count on.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Pretty awesome company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - Great culture, team work, collaborative attitude.
    - Takes care of its employee's career development
    - Great products and values - which inspires you
    - Great CEO who has really turned the company around

    Cons

    - Poor work life balance
    - Career progression might be a bit slow in Finance
    - Slight bureaucracy due to size of organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Cross functional collaboration could improve

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Asst Manager Finance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    good work life balance
    learning opportunities

    Cons

    slow career progression
    MTs gain more chances for growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Internship working in production with operators and calculating efficiency

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    Former Employee - Continuous Improvement Intern  in  Brampton, ON
    Former Employee - Continuous Improvement Intern in Brampton, ON

    I worked at Unilever as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    challenging work environment and given a lot of responsibilities, good work environment with friendly people

    Cons

    long hours and projects which may be scrapped and yield no result, lots of changeover among management

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Incapable and confused management that implant the wrong values in their employees

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    Current Employee - Senior Production Supervisor  in  Brampton, ON
    Current Employee - Senior Production Supervisor in Brampton, ON

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. It's a very good company for those who will do anything to grow and don't care about sticking to their values

    Cons

    You will not grow unless you are a big show off. Management has no visibility over their good people and the results of their projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at lower management teams and do a cleanup.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Strong portfolio of market leading brands

    Cons

    Little acknowledgement given to previous employment experience
    Pay below industry average - "take it or leave it attitude"
    Middle management known to throw employees under the bus
    Short-term focused, unstrategic view to business
    Poor morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Waste of time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    It's good for your resume

    Cons

    -too political
    -favoritism
    -low salary
    -no recognition for efforts
    -first line managers are protected accross all departments
    -don't provide equal opportunities to every employees
    -You are just a number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Top senior management: you have lost so many good employees over the past 5 years because you have empowered the wrong people. I would suggest that you spend at least a few minutes with each of your employees to understand the true challenges they are going through and collect real honest feedback from them. Employees are afraid to speak up and they end up leaving because of internal corruptions at Unilever. You have invested so much time and money in training and developing people but they all end up leaving because they are treated better outside the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointed, not keeping up with the image they project to the public.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brampton, ON
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brampton, ON

    I worked at Unilever

    Pros

    Tremendous resources, best practices available within the group but not utilized.

    Cons

    Incompetent, bungling management. Employees are encouraged to voice their opinions, then targeted when they do not like what they hear.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be consistent in your direction to employees, do not be swayed by hearsay, gossip and vested interests under you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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