Colgate-Palmolive
3.8 of 5 223 reviews
www.colgate.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Colgate-Palmolive Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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3.8 223 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

Colgate-Palmolive Chairman, President, and CEO Ian M. Cook

Ian M. Cook

(151 ratings)

84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
223 Employee Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good work-life balance, good management if you are paired with a good mentor"
    in 28 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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File Clerk

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

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

ConsIt was only a temporary assignment.

Advice to Senior ManagementPlease hire me again permanently! lol

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

ProsThis 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.

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

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

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Colgate Peru

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

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

ProsGood place for learning, launching a career

ConsCareer path depends on relationships, more than performance

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Tired of waiting to be promoted

Manager (Current Employee)

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

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

ConsSuccession 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 Senior ManagementDo 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.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Promotions are not based on performance

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Topeka, KS (US)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time for more than 10 years

ProsAfter 20+ years in the company the benefits become a competitive advantage for Colgate when evaluating going to another company.

ConsTired of working hard and not getting promoted even after great performance reviews. Specific individuals got promoted out of the sudden despite complaints from business partners.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop thinking the company is perfect and has nothing to do with regards motivating people.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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cologate

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive

Prosgreat people, great company to grow with

Conslow pay , no rotational program

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Excellent Detal and Health Benefits

Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee)
Morristown, NJ (US)

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

ProsPeople, coporate culture and salary.

ConsDifficult to maintain work life balance and no shedding of dead weight.

Advice to Senior ManagementLatin America is not the only place where the company has talent.

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Very solid Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Colgate-Palmolive full-time

Pros- Colgate is a truly global Company, when working there you really feel you are part of a global team. Lots of interactions with people from different geographies
- Financilly solid with consistent positive results
- Very focused and internally aligned
- Strong team spirit. Respect and caring values applied.

Cons- You need to be globally mobile and make yourself 100% available in terms of timing and location in order to grow in the company. If being an expat you reject a move to another country you get localized in whichever country you are at this moment
- Too centralized few room to develop ideas or new ways of doing
- Diversity only in terms of nationality, few women in top management and most men with same traditional profile (married with wife and children following them around the world)

Advice to Senior Management- Review current practices to promote good talent to senior positions
- Push for real diversity open mind to different ways of building carreers
- Leverage dividends payout with salary increases

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

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Working at Colgate-Palmolive really let me experience a real corporate enviornment

Intern (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive part-time for less than a year

Pros-Great experiences
-Great location
-Great work/life balance
-Pay was great
-Allowed to be creative with work

ConsYou have to make yourself apart of the company because people won't come to you.

Advice to Senior ManagementOn board new employees better

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

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I great learning experience with a good life work balance

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Colgate-Palmolive

ProsA very successfull company that is a leader in the industry. Friendly poeple that are good at what they do.

ConsTalking about toothpaste non stop can be quite boring. They are not very aggressive in advertising so it is hard to compete with others.

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