Unilever
3.7 of 5 598 reviews
www.unilever.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Unilever Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.7 598 reviews

                             

91% Approve of the CEO

Unilever CEO and Director Paul Polman

Paul Polman

(327 ratings)

81% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Work/life balance is fair but seems to be getting worse each year"
    in 43 reviews
  • "relaxed working environment; good mentors/directors; good internship program;"
    in 33 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work life balance can suffer - especially in finance"
    in 36 reviews
  • "decision-making can be complicated & slow since this is a matrix organisation"
    in 22 reviews
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I worked for Unilever at the Rexdale plant for over three years.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Unilever for more than 3 years

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

ConsOne 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 Senior ManagementThe 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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A great first experience.

Refinery Intern (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

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

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

ConsWhile 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 Senior ManagementBecome 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Pretty awesome company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Former 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 Senior Management- Cross functional collaboration could improve

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Asst Manager Finance

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

Prosgood work life balance
learning opportunities

Consslow career progression
MTs gain more chances for growth

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Internship working in production with operators and calculating efficiency

Continuous Improvement Intern (Former Employee)
Brampton, ON

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

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

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

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

Senior Production Supervisor (Current Employee)
Brampton, ON

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

ProsGood 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

ConsYou 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 Senior ManagementLook at lower management teams and do a cleanup.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Waste of time

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at Unilever

ProsIt'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 Senior Management-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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Stay Away!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at Unilever

ProsStrong portfolio of market leading brands

ConsLittle 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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Brampton, ON

I worked at Unilever

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

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

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Financial Analyst(Co-op Student) (Former Employee)
Toronto, ON

I worked at Unilever

ProsFridays are paid half days, great culture, friendly and helpful environment. People work hard, and even as a co-op you are given meaningful work

ConsPerformance reviews are not fairly administered, little transparency as to why and how you were reviewed a certain way

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep up the good work!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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