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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Project Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
Former Employee - Project Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

I worked at RB full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

There is always an opportunity to fix something
Challenging by nature to fix whatever issue/business situation you have inherited
Can grow in the ladder if you are smart to pick opportunities where you are able to deliver them fast.

Cons

Many projects die after months because the changes/turnover/lack of follow-up of the person that inherited the project.
RB is very international/multicultural company, this also implies you are in a "lottery" of personalities that will be your teamwork
You can perceive when people have been or not been raised within RB by identifying those that are constantly celebrating the "past glories".
It is not a company for people that are process oriented or are looking for a work/life balance
You need to be aware of your own development, RB will not offer you "formal" training. People that are >4 years within RB seems to forget what is happening in the external world in terms of best practices.
Career opportunities only come to mobile people

Advice to ManagementAdvice

As many other companies, communication would be really good to improve alignment to RB goals.
It is good the new vision build for the company and more investment in sustainability.
Use more the HR function to assess the climate within the departments of the company.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Fast Moving & Ownership

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    Former Employee - Brand Management Intern in Mannheim (Germany)
    Former Employee - Brand Management Intern in Mannheim (Germany)

    I worked at RB as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Even though Reckitt Benckiser is a consumer goods corporation, it acts fast, has flat hierarchies and direct communication. It's a place where ownership is highly valued. -->Learn fast. Career boost.
    Employees get trainings & team building workshops
    In Germany there are not too many employees, so it is a familiar atmosphere. New employees are introduced & integrated.

    Cons

    In Germany it is located in Mannheim, a city that is not nice to work in. Employees commute from Frankfurt.
    It is very Sales driven, with more short than longterm & consumer oriented planning /strategy. Perhaps this is due to the history that started not with personal care products, but detergents, which are still the power products of Reckitt today. This is not negative, but just to differentiate it from a company like Beiersdorf known for more longterm consumer focussed (market research) strategies.
    High fluctuation of employees (pro and con)
    Tough climate in some teams, but you learn how to push harder for results.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Fast progression but at a cost

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    Current Employee - Finance Department in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance Department in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Fast movement with RB and used to be work hard play hard. You are empowered to make choices that you can actually see through to the end. Decent pension.

    Cons

    Reason for the movement is because everyone leaves, terrible working atmosphere and no work life balance. They expect everything from only a work force half the size of any top FMCG. Don't expect to be paid well if the company does perform. Years of growth have gone leaving the decent bonus structure worthless.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider your people before short term business goals.

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