Working for Unilever has not only taught me what classically marketing is all about, but let me jump into the world of digital marketing. The resources, training and investment that comes with working for this company is invaluable and has been a brilliant grounding for me in marketing.
A typical day for me includes juggling meetings with agencies, gathering input from cross-functional teams such as R&D, sales and finance in order to deliver the best marketing execution possible.
I have been lucky enough to work with a fantastic team. Our office atmosphere is dynamic and there is a high level of trust amongst our various teams. When the chips are down, everyone jumps in to get the job done which can mean the difference between meeting a target, or not.
I love the culture in Unilever where inclusivity and diversity are high on every managers agenda.
The hardest part of my job is jumping between projects and making sure all our forecasts are as close to perfect as possible. I love the unpredictability that comes with a marketing role as I am constantly challenged to keep our projects on the right track
ProsAgile working, access to training, fun culture
When it comes to work-life balance, Unilever is #1. You have the opportunity to work from home from time to time as long as you perform at the required standard, do not have any meetings that day and meet your deadlines.
As far as Salary, not the best, well below market for Finance roles. Good benefits though such as Medical Aid and 13th Cheque, which many companies do not offer. Performance bonuses are linked to company growth/performance
Working hours can be long especially at month end, stock count or budget season so be prepared to work late and under pressure. No overtime is paid for non-factory roles, including weekend work. There is a lot of pressure from management on finance which made it a stressful environment. If you are looking for career growth in Finance, there is little upward movement, people tend to be rotated at the same level with very few "climbing up the ladder". Very limited training is offered to help upskill the finance teams although they do pay for CIMA (with conditions).
But not all is bad, if you are an Engineer or have a science related degree, the world is your oyster in the factory environment, especially at Unilever. The staff shop is also an added plus.
A typical day at work is full of argurments, disagreements and some productivity. I have to manage all the stakeholders in a project. Those can be suppliers, contractors, customers, etc. but becasuse i am in a factory, the main issue daily, is the customer (Production Department). All the main projects are done to either boost or in some way improve production (be it a new line or some equipment). The biggest learning is that the equipment is (in most cases) not the problem, but the people are. If they are not well trained or have no interest in that technology (new or old), you will have a huge problem. A machine can be perfect in all sense, but it cannot operate itself. All the projects i do, come alive with the engangement and the development of people. Fortunately enough, i have always had a winning team that is willing to push hard as much i try to push them. The hardest momements are when i have tried my best and things are just beyond my control at that moment. The most enjoyable moments are the project hand over on time in full. When production signs off and take over complete and fully operation equipment.
It used to be fun /enjoyable coming to work but not anymore
*Running around looking after 10 packaging lines-being responsible at leading a team of +40 people per shift.
*Leadership skills - Responsibility - Accountability - Authourity
*Management style - "I am the boss,you do as I say" - pushing people to go extra mile - but no recognition and compliment - take decision without involving those at lower level.
*I have never find any job hard - but I see as challenging - but above all those challenges - nothing from the company that make you keep on going. Feeling unwanted and worthless in what I do as if there is someone who can do the job better than I do - Do as much as the same work as other co-workers but renumerated less.
*Leading a most experienced and hard working team - also working together with other departments as the support to production - gaining lot of different experience - also motivating/coaching young inexperienced operators.Achieving/exceeding proposed targets with the team.
ConsCost cutting strategy has destroyed humanity and good working relationships - very tense atmosphere.
An environment where we win and work in teams to advance towards goals as cross functional teams to win in the market place versus competitors
I am a dynamic marketer with blue chip marketing experience with leading brands.
I thrive in managing and building sustainable brands through speed to market,innovation and renovation brand strategies.
My key measures of success as a marketer are managing a healthy P&L,share growth and consistent market & category overview to win against competitors.
I am young and creative with 8 years of experience in sales,operation,research and marketing which all culminates in skills that build brands for future and current consumers through a tightly managed and adaptable marketing mix model.
I thrive in winning and working in teams as well as independently with formidable people management experience for common goals.
ProsWork life enviroment and young vibrant corporate culture
ConsMoving to be based in the city the company is based has been challenging
Very good enviroment to work in and also great but challenging employees to work with.Very exciting plant in relation to the thought of all competitors,innovation,employees and output production,machinery,training and perfomances challenges of all this aspects.
I've learned that all that is required of all employees is to give outmost commitment to output production to sustain the business and to leave every individua to do his/her duty.
Management for office people not for techinal requirements.
Co-Workers committed and willing to learn.
To have a breakdown when u supposed to knock-off
When the projects u initiated are implemented and give positive results,whether individual or team-work and when u pass learnings to others and those learnings bear fruits.
I always tried hard to have a spare equipment,pump,valve,lectrical motor,seal for mots equipment i had in my section.
That really made my life very easy and enjoyable.
ProsDuring Director Breefings and Internal Courses.
Unilever was a great place to begin a career, they are fantastic at up-skilling young engineers, scientists and marketeers alike. The lessons that you learn will stay with you throughout your professional career. The work place is a melting pot of ideas: different categories HPC, Foods, Beverages, Icecream, etc. and functions: Marketing, Packaging, Processing, Finance, Procurement, etc. You make touch all of these at some time or another and build networks that will last a lifetime. The days are long but fulfilling with the buzz and vibe of teams of like-minded people going about their days. At times it's tough working on Projects, epecially when you need to work in virtual teams with other countries and time-zones but it's hugely gratifying to see a product you have had a hand in launching in the aisle at your local supermarket.
ProsGreat work environment, opportunity to work cross-categories and functions, opportunities to travel and learn with the best
Unilever has a great culture in terms of being able to work collaboratively with other stakeholders across what is which quite a flat hierarchical structure.
I have been able to learn a lot in a short space of time.
While I work under little to no direct supervision, I do have a very good communication platform with my management team as well as my colleagues in other parts of the country.
The reason I am looking to move is that, in spite of being told of the great value I have added to the business, in order to progress/be promoted, I would need exposure (lateral moves) in other parts of the business. My current location does not allow for this, and I do feel that my previous management experience stands me in good stead to be promoted.
I am thus looking for other opportunities to get into a job fit wherein I can grow and add more value suited to my skills and experience.
ProsFlexibility to try new things
ConsCareer growth limited due to my current location, but I am looking to relocate to Gauteng
A typical day at unilever as a quality assurer is to ensure that what goes out of the gate is of best quality,that all our customers are happy.I have learnt that you need to take pride in what you do and respect your customers cause they pay you and make your brand grow from strength to strength.The management team ensure we understand the vision of the company andthat we do our best in our feild of work by taking us to trainings and we have career discussions sessions.The relationship we have as co-workers is very close,we know each others duties in case when the otherone is not here we are able to cover each other.We treat each other as family and once a year theres a family day where we meet with our family members.The hardest part of the job is when things go wrong and a lot of investigations had to be done and dead line need to be met and reports needs to be submitted.Most enjoyable when we meet our targets,pass our audits and comply and then we get to be rewarded.
Unilever taught me that you do not have to be in management position to portray leadership skills, they helped me realise the potential i never thought i had in me. Unilever believes in producing quality products at the same time keeping their employees motivated all the times. Unilever recognises the talent and help employees to excel more by organising trainings, encourage people to study and fund their studies and also reward the employees who did well. Management was interested in each and every employees work including in-service trainees, they organised presentations and check if students are really getting a proper training and also do a follow up if they still happy in their departments and gave the support students needed. The challenging part was the effluent treatment plant project, i had very little knowledge when it came to water treatment and i was leading the project but with more research and team work it became a success.
A typical working day at Unilever:-
Before any work could be started Health and Safety checks had to be completed to ensure the area in which myself and my team were working was meeting standards. A check list had to be completed before any machinery was operated and I was responsible for ensuring tasks such as adjustments on lines to machinery to get them running to improve the lines overall effective efficiency (OEE). This enabled engineers to continue with other breakdowns on other lines or maintenance tasks.
Objectives were set at the outset of each working day to ensure productivity targets were met.
Productivity Targets were set at the outset of each working day, however self initiative was paramount to ensure deadlines and productivity targets were met.
What I learned:-
I learned that promoting a 'Can-Do' approach towards to tasks in hand ensured all of the above could be achieved. Having a positive outlook at the start of each day promoted productivity with team members.
I also learned that dependability was a key feature in my working day, Dependability was a quality that worked well for team members as they relied on me to get tasks done and also for the company as they could feel assured that I would work to the best of my ability and also lead a team of 6 staff to get the job done.
Co-operation and maintaining positive relationships with colleagues and supervisors was another quality which showed a wi
ProsAnnual company events i.e:- Summer Banquets, Works parties
Todo lo necesario para sentirse un engranaje mas en la máquina sin dejar de sentirse humano.
Buena experiencia, contrato de 3 meses operario de línea, expresé no estar interesado en renovar contrato.
Posibilidad de pasar a planta permanente para el empleado productivo, si no sos vago quedas efectivo o por lo menos te renuevan. Gran rédito económico, opción de trabajar extra, 12 horas, 1/2 hora refrigerio, 1/2 hora almuerzo, relevos 5 a 10 minutos para tomar un cafe e ir al baño, terminas trabajando menos de 11 horas. Indumentaria y elementos de seguridad de primera calidad, constante renovación.
Se almorzaba en el mismo espacio que el personal administrativo, lo cual resultaba molesto.
En ese tiempo los del fonavi hacían piquete y no dejaban pasar a los trabajadores, esos días por lo general no se trabajaba, en tres meses ocurrieron dos piquetes.
Las líneas de producción son un desastre, numerosas averías, máquinas y robots de descarte de otras plantas a lo largo del mundo, reacondicionadas y trabajando como viene, todo atado con alambre, el personal de mantenimiento esta todo el día haciendo cebo, pero su lugar de trabajo no esta en la ceberia.
Las mejores lineas: Duros (trabajo intenso pero buenos compañeros), Linea 4 (normal y buenos compañeros), Dove (pocos empleados, no hay mucho para hacer, seguro ya la desmantelaron al volver las importaciones)
Para cerrar, la tri-pack un sentimiento, en ese momento la bautizamos "la tripa", es una adefesio pero está apartada unos trescientos metros en un depósito, nadie va a molestar y la producción que se exije se lo
ProsRemuneración, posibilidad de crecimiento, seguro médico, premios, cajas de productos, proveeduría con saldo mensual provisto por recibo.
ConsUbicación inaccesible, transporte privado limitado y adecuado a los empleados antigüos, lineas de producción regentadas por cabezas duras con antigüedad, irregularidades en el calculo de impuestos a las ganancias, pésimo mantenimiento de instalaciones, averías, fugas, derrames, todo atado con alambre.
• Overall responsibilities of independently handling the outsourced plant operations
• Computing the performance data across plant and benchmarking the best in class
• Coordinating with R&D team, new product concept, developing the process and helping to implementing new launches.
• Implementation of Quality systems e.g. HACCP, BRC Standards, HH pillar. Take lead in implementation of requirements of these systems.
• To work towards continuous improvement of product quality, food safety and plant/personal hygiene. Regular monitoring of process wastage and work to reduce the same to deliver raw material and packing material utilization above set standards
• Monitor plant downtime and work to reduce the same by focus on manpower availability, spares availability, preventive maintenance, etc.
• Responsible for innovation in formulation and packing and supporting R&D during trails.
• Development and training of people on the shop floor, manage 3 shift executives, one each in every shift.
• Regular review of plant performance, make action plans for continuous improvement of product quality, productivity, food safety, operating cost and coordinate with third party for implementation of these action plans.
• Regular interaction with raw material, packing material suppliers for timely feedback on supply/quality issues and resolve the same.
• Ensuring products are produced as per compliance with systems implementation like TPM
• Responsible for interacting with category co
My typical day at work:
08:00 – 10:00/11:00
Planning the “24h” export transports from the 1st stock
Answering the export relevant letters
In case of special exports – RU;RS;CH – refresh the Supplier Declarations to reach beneficiary cost during customs clearance (Prove the EU origin)
Dock Booking – register the orderless trucks and confirm the well registered ones
Keeping contact with production planners – pay special attention for urgent goods
11:00 – 12:00
DHL issues – Talk to warehouse if they have collected any further samples were asked by one of the MSO we produce goods for
Make the packages, generate the orders in Intra Ship and order the DHL messenger
If there is no DHL issue I ask my colleague who is responsible for Master Data processes if I can help to
Extend or create new codes in SAP
Build BOMs (Bill of Materials)
12:00 – 12:30
12:30 – 14:00
Going further with Master Data issues
Answering the incoming letters
Provide the requested information (for UTPO, MSO planners, DC HOPI, internal requests)
Registering and confirming trucks in Dock Booking system
14:00 – 16:00
Planning the “48h” export transports from the 2nd stock
Counting with stock in transit to reach better efficiency
Aware UTPO about missing and wrong registrations at DC HOPI
Keeping contact with production planners – pay special attention for urgent goods
Dock Booking – register the orderless trucks and confirm the well registered ones
During this four years I le
ProsTeam buildings and factory trips
Product Development Engineer | London | 25 Sept 2014
Corporate Conglomerate with major global brands, diversity, global leaders & a great mission statement
Global brand development in London either meeting in Studio marketing office or Unilever Chelsey corporate offices for top-level meetings. Daily review of US innovation teams needs due to time change. Once US projects and directives have been executed, then regroup with Creative Team for their input on product strategy, brand launches, upcoming events, and projects. Depending on which country is in town or on the calendar host multiple int'l conference calls to source and resolve various regional responsibilities and challenges. Manage and orchestrate top-level professionals product testing results along with organizing multi-tiered international flow communicating project guidelines and goals while relaying info to US innovation teams in real time. I learned invaluable huge corporation policies and procedures, research practices, politics, and expedient project follow through. Management and global leaders were all brilliant and motivating maintaining strong focus and understanding of objectives. Co-workers were very diverse throughout EU and aggressive in making a strong imprint on the brand however they saw fit although they were not as friendly or brand loyal as I had hoped. Hardest part of the job was supporting the new brand direction I felt conflicted about that ultimately decreased revenue globally while working long hours to help in a movement i didn't truly believe in with people who were more in it for themselves rather than the company. The most enjoyable part of
Prosexcellent opportunities, growth potential, amazing benefits, travel, strong team focus and drive
ConsConflicting brand direction, non-personable co-workers other than superiors, high stress
Meet sales Reps and make calls on many different classes of trade.
Management had a " Cavalier Attitude" to hiring Sales Reps. One was hired before I on-boarded with the firm in Wantaugh ,L.I.
Then he was assigned to Cover Fairfield County, CT and Westchester County outside NYC. It generally took him 2 hours in the morning before he reached his first call and 2 hours at the end of the day in the evening to get home. He burned out quickly.
Management had a " Cavalier Attitude" to attending meetings on time. Often meetings were scheduled at the office for 8;30 AM and the Manager would stroll in at 10 to 10:30 AM saying it was traffic.
We all faced the same traffic.
The hardest part of the job was competing with top brands like Crest from Proctor and Gamble and Colgate. These were well established brands and had consistent advertising and marketing support on TV . Lever did not support these brands and they died on the vine and were sold to Arm & Hammer. After many new product failures Lever learned that the best way to build a #1 brand name was to BUY it and they did a great purchase of Chesborough-Ponds after I left the firm.
Selling and maintaining placement of any product line in a grocery store/chain is like going to war every day. If your products are not supported by a strong marketing program as well as well trained and staffed sales force the products will not survive over the long term as viable inventory items in the trade.
The Sales Reps that I wor
ProsBig Consumer marketing firm with Huge Marketing Budget
ConsHuge failure rate for new product introductions from the 60;s through the 70's
tanto Unilever Brasil quanto a empresa tercerizada Nova Rheal Consultoria, é uma empresa que não tenho que raclamar, é uma empresa muito organizada com regras que deve ser seguidas dentro de seus princípios, aonde eu fui trabalhar na área logística da Unilever prestando serviço atravéz da nova Rheal consultoria uma empresa terceirizada dentro da Unilever ha 30 anos.
apartir do momento em que eu fui contratada para trabalhar na logística, eu procurei aprender de tudo na logística, e o conhecimento que eu tenho nessa área, se eu for começar trabalhar e uma outra empresa e tenho tudo pra fazer uma empresa crescer, tenho conhecimento e experiência na área, principalmente conhecimento como o Silbel-Call Center - Atendimento de Soluções de Problemas.
SAP e TMS, sistemas gerenciais de controle e monitoriamento.
Gestão de empresas agregadas ao setor de Logística.
Administração de programas como 5S
Faturamento e distribuição a nível Brasil,
Faturamento de SAP
Digitação e Escrituração de CTR’s
Relatórios diários e mensais como Brienfing, Informativo.
Ocupação, Estatístico, Tail, Programação On-line.
Arvore de perda como definição de motivo e lançamento SAP
Cancelamento e retorno de NF’s
Formação de cargas nas Manufaturas
Elaboração de N.Q - Envio de notificação de qualidade
Análise e recebimento de devoluçôes de clientes
Pagamento de fretes (transportadora).
Porém não tenho momentos difíceis nessa empresa, sempre fui uma empsa agradável para trabalhar, e la dentro eu
Prostinhamos um refeitório na empresa aonde fornecia refeição aos funcionãrios
Conse tinhas todos os beneficios que uma empresa pode oferecer
• Nice offices in London
• Free ice-cream freezer
• Good food in the canteen
• Gym, GP on site
• Some employees are really nice and hardworking people
• Interesting projects
• The company is not what it was 10 years ago
• The company has lost its professionalism and now only rakes in benefits of its own name/reputation
• Many employees overworked, on stress leave or have outstanding grievances with the organisation
• Culture of intimidation, harassment and bullying is supported widely in the organisation by HR and by senior and executive employees
• Hidden agendas of senior employees are destructing from delivering the job
• Senior management does not live what they preach and overtly behave hypocritically
• Conflict of agendas of senior employees and therefore difficult work relationships between departments
• Extremely disorganised – left hand does not know what right hand is doing
• People are hiding behind general email addresses which breads culture of not being held accountable
• Technical systems within Unilever far below standard of FTSE 350 (let alone number 5 of FTSE 100)
• Extremely poor or no learning/training opportunities
• This is not a company for mid-career hire. The company employs long-service senior mgmt (Directors, VP, EVP and C level) and then people without any experience. Mid-career employees with experience are discouraged from doing their job.
• This results in high turnover of the employees who actually are doing the
A truly learning organization with performance orientation
For almost 5 years of my early working life, I both contributed to the business success of the organization and had a wonderful learning experience with this global giant in the Fast Moving Consumer Goods Market [FMCG].
I worked in a Business Process Review/Management Team [that reviewed key Business Processes in 5 Divisions of the Group] in my first year: Then I moved to the Product Development function before moving into the Marketing function. My working in Business Process and Marketing required me to travel a lot both within and outside Ghana.
Typical day at work would involve my participating in a morning departmental meeting at which we would review the previous day's activities and pick up on any outstanding items that required further attention. The rest of the day would find me applying myself to tasks that would lead to my achieving my day's objectives.
I learned my whole foundation of Management principles with Unilever. I learned how to work smart and work to achieve set objectives. I learned the culture of planning, monitoring and controlling how a business should run. I learned how to work in teams, both as a member and as a Leader. I learned hot to communicate effectively and how to place my unique talents at the disposal of my team and the organization.
Management were very receptive to new ideas and mentored us young Managers.
I had very helpful co-workers and although there were times when we did not agree on a number of issues, we always found ways t
The entire privacy programme and strategy is about helping everyone to understand their role in privacy. Once Unilever's privacy principles and legal objectives are widely understood then our strategy will succeed. The entire concept of trust and transparency is fundamental to our digital growth ambitions to have a two way dialogue with one billion people, and the need to demonstrate how we comply with the law is built on the ‘Accountability Principle’. Through the provision of tools, techniques, guides, policies, procedures and standards - that will ensure that privacy principles are fully established throughout Unilever. We have also achieved the following: • Single handedly engaged with nearly every ULE board member on privacy and related security issues, and developed and cultivated relationships and networks across the entire business in nearly every MCO/Cluster. • Raised the profile of privacy within Unilever and advised Paul Polman, Audit Committee and NEDs on issues of privacy and cyber security. • Cultivated an open dialogue with key functions where the Privacy CoE are seen as a ‘must invite’ on committees and project boards including SalesForce, CEC, PRM, Workday and many more. As a leader, I am required to establish and maintain a consistently high level of motivation remains throughout our privacy programme. Over the last three years, I have replaced four people to ensure the equilibrium, passion and focus remains in place. This helps to drive people’s enthusiasm
ConsLots of travel
Questions And Answers about Unilever
How did you feel about telling people you worked at Unilever?
Asked 31 Mar 2017
Feild marketers and merchandisers their salaries it's small than the job they doing in the stores
Answered 13 Apr 2019
Unilever is a good company
Answered 11 Mar 2019
What should you wear to an interview at Unilever?
Asked 02 Mar 2017
My chef uniform
Answered 04 Feb 2020
Formal n nity
Answered 12 Nov 2019
What is the interview process like at Unilever?
Asked 30 Mar 2017
Answered 09 Feb 2019
Related to work condition.
Answered 07 Jan 2019
How should you prepare for an interview at Unilever?
Asked 18 Apr 2017
Buy doing research having some clues about the company and about safety when you are in the site
Answered 05 Feb 2019
Environment to be warm and friendly and approcheable
Answered 07 Jan 2019
What is the company culture at Unilever?
Asked 18 Apr 2017
To guide,support workers, to uphold standard of the company always.