Unilever PLC Reviews

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Unilever PLC CEO and Director Paul Polman
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  1.  

    Constant change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time

    Pros

    Pay is above most competitors and company store you have the ability to get most Unilver products at half the regular sale price.

    Cons

    Most employees have no sense of urgency. Most managers do what is best to get their bonus not always working in the best interests of the company, often confilcting goals and KPI's.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Great Place

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Leeds, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Leeds, England (UK)

    I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    people are very nice to work with. You get to travel the world and see all parts of the world on business

    Cons

    Low pay, and opportunities for career development means leaving the country.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work 20 years ago! (less good now)

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    Former Employee - IT Manager  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever PLC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Challenging and interesting projects; working with and learning from some great people.

    Cons

    As Unilever has gone increasingly global (from 2005 onwards) the strong emotional connection with employees at the individual level has been lost. It has become a tougher, more selfish world where everyone has to look out for themselves first. And if you work in IT, Unilever is no longer a great place to be, because of successive waves of outsourcing, offshoring, downsizing, etc. IT professionals are no longer as highly valued as before.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I guess Unilever is no different to other big global corporations. Paul Polman has made a huge positive difference to the company, providing a new sense of ambition and energy and focus. But at the expense of the fewer individual employees who are left.... having to work ever harder.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
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    Unilever's biggest enemy is themselves

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Director  in  London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Director in London, England (UK)

    I worked at Unilever PLC full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Intelligent people, multicultural teams, team-working ethic, business processes, brand strength, supply chain performance.

    Cons

    Internal politics
    Average calibre, career minded people in senior positions
    Low salaries versus market
    Low recognition for long hours especially if travelling
    HR values numbers ahead of people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Zero tolerance to selfish political senior managers

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to be if in the right part of the business

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Unilever PLC

    Pros

    great if you are in marketing or working on a brand.

    Cons

    all other non-core functions (finance, accounting, investments, benefits, etc) are essentially forgotten.

  7.  

    OK

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    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer  in  Lagos (Nigeria)
    Former Employee - Graduate Engineer in Lagos (Nigeria)

    I worked at Unilever PLC as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Multinational company touching lives everyday

    Cons

    remuneration isn't fantastic in Nigeria like rival P&G.
    Culture isn't as strong

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that policies and corporate culture is practicalised at the bottom

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Unique

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Agile working and versatile Style

    Cons

    Cold and impersonal working environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do take care the relationships with wl1 as they are the ones whom help the wl2 and above perform.

  9.  

    Ever changing

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever PLC

    Pros

    Name recognition, global organization, opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Continuously changing, silo mentality, very large organization, complex structure, costly unit/region reporting structure, lacks work/life balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Structure is complex and redundant needs to be simplified in order to reduce costs and improve efficiencies. Example: why is the marketing manager/director for Mexico work out of Argentina?

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to start a career, great training, lack of upward mobility

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    Former Employee - Associate Finance Manager  in  Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)
    Former Employee - Associate Finance Manager in Englewood Cliffs, NJ (US)

    I worked at Unilever PLC

    Pros

    - Great training opportunities
    - Looks good on a resume
    -They understand that people are career switchers
    -Laid back environment - can work from home, wear jeans everyday
    -Subsidized food from cafeteria
    -Shuttle from NYC to work (although it is a little pricey)
    -Great 401K

    Cons

    - Pay - base pay and bonus are not competitive
    -Jobs keep getting larger - every reorg consolidates two jobs into one without a pay increase
    - No opportunity to have direct reports until you become a mananger
    -Manager positions constantly being eliminated, limiting upward mobility
    - Takes too long to get promoted
    -Work experience before business school not counted when looking at upward mobility/promotions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lots of WL1s are jumping ship...do something about promotional opportunities.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    A company with great values and strong ethics but level of persistent on-going change is unsettling good people.

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    Former Employee - Finance Director
    Former Employee - Finance Director

    I worked at Unilever PLC

    Pros

    Strong values and ethics
    Diverse middle management
    Strong corporate social responsibility
    Very talented and bright people
    Collegiate, consultative work style
    Driven, ambitious people who are on the whole respectful of others
    Well established control processes mean this a business that is less likely than others to make bad decisions.

    Cons

    Collegiate and consultative style can delay decision making.
    Control processes can be badly applied by some individuals limiting creativity and entrepreneurial spirit.
    More needs to be done with regard to diversity, particularly in leadership roles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide on a clear strategy and stick with it for sufficient time to see the outcome. There has been so much change in recent years, some of it very necessary, but there comes a time to stabilise the business and focus on competing.

    No opinion of CEO

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