Unilever PLC Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
48 Reviews
3.8
48 Reviews
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  1.  

    A Great Place to work

    Current Employee - Information Management in Bangalore
    Current Employee - Information Management in Bangalore

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

    Pros

    Integrity and Sustainability, connectivity with technology and understanding marketing condition

    Cons

    Have to get more exposure on value added skills and the opportunities should be given to right people and on right time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    NA

  2.  

    Great place to learn but not sustainable place to grow long term career.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Exciting and fun work. Performance driven. Great bonus and benefits. Flexi working hours and can work from home. Leaders are inspiring. Many good people to learn from.

    Cons

    Strong Clans formed by certain races and people of same background made it hard to get promoted unless you are part of the clan. High stress, workload and pressure. Poor work life balance. HR let almost anyone get away with bad behavior if the person can deliver results. Results at all cost culture can bring out the worst in many people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to look into fair and transparent promotion opportunity for all. Genuinely improve work life balance by moderating work load.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company, people and brands. Slow progression.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant CMI Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Assistant CMI Manager in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    It is a very collaborative environment where you views are valued and taken into account at all levels. The employees are all highly driven but it is not a cut throat place to work compared to some other large companies. Work life balance is as good or bad as you make it and opportunities to move function/location are always there if you ask and push for them.

    Cons

    Career progression - in terms of visible obvious routes are totally non-existent and there is no sign of this changing. Furthermore the PDP system as utilised in other FTSE 100 companies is flawed and de-motivates far more than it drives "performance culture".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a transparent career progression for non-management and management alike (as per your competitors) as this will really drive the performance culture you seek. Not a forced distribution of performance with the current PDP system.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The company is a great place to learn and be groomed for top leadership position in business.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement in Lagos (Nigeria)
    Former Employee - Procurement in Lagos (Nigeria)

    I worked at Unilever PLC as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    The company offers opportunities for career growth and development. Promotion is merit driven.it is an highly innovative company with great prospects for career advancement.

    Cons

    Once you pitch your tent with this company, the likelihood of leaving for other company is very slim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement and sustain a robust succession plan for the next generation of leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great business to work for!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Worked with many great colleagues over the years and had the opportunity to work across a number of functions and in different countries. Experienced and learnt so many things. Ambitious growth plans, but also very focused on sustainability and core values

    Cons

    Has become much more streamlined in recent years, hence less promotional activity (more time spent at current job level, unless fast track). Has been active on promoting work life balance, but hasn't always worked out for some colleagues. At times not as quick to market as it should be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A great business, that can be even greater. The people that work for Unilever are its greatest asset, please continue to develop and manage to their full potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Unilever is a great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Development Finance Business Partner in Durban (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Customer Development Finance Business Partner in Durban (South Africa)

    I have been working at Unilever PLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great upbeat culture
    Major emphasis on performance
    Great support with regards to development i.e. mentoring/coaching
    Large leading FMCG
    Socially responsible
    Easily accessible senior management

    Cons

    Career opportunities are great but they take some time in materialising

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Fantastic place to work for and learn.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Director in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Former Employee - Finance Director in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

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

    Pros

    People oriented, international workplace. Highly competitive.

    Cons

    Work load and too many meetings (of which many do not add any value) keep you out from the real world. It is a big shock when you leave the company.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Great Place

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  11.  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Unilever PLC full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to progress; good training programmes; ambitious but friendly colleagues; good atmosphere; decent salary and lots of Unilever freebies!

    Cons

    Flexible working arrangements not possible in my role (but may have been elsewhere).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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