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Cut-throat competitive and very political
ABM (Former Employee), Toronto, Ontario, CanadaMarch 27, 2013
Pros: location, industry learning opportunities, work from home
Cons: not collaborative, poor management that limits your growth, lower than average salary
Pros:
Great downtown location
Fun and bright coloured "happy" office
Good opportunity to learn from inter agency and unilever organized events, activities, guest speakers, etc.
Opportunity to work from home if you need to
It will look good on your resume

Cons:
Individualistic vs collaborative work culture, more ABMs than brand manager positions, so there is cut throat competition to show off and make it to the favorites list
Poor management: favoritism, lack of coaching and clear expectations, no constructive feedback which inhibits your professional growth and development. Management does not make your success their success, you're pretty much on your own.
Large number of "mandatory" company meetings, events and activities, limiting the time to do your actual work.
Lower than average starting salary for this particular role
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awesome company to work for
Quality Assurance Specialist (Current Employee), BramptonSeptember 22, 2014
Pros: lovely company, engaging leadership, family atmosphere, constantly evolving, good training ground, possibility of international assignments if you are a high performer
Cons: the long conference meetings, following international work standards and the project deadlines.
Very friendly work environment and challenging as well. Front line workers and my colleagues are friendly and helpful.
the typical day is the wonderful environment, fun, positive, and encouraging.
The most enjoyable part of my job is the environment, you can never feel the tiredness and the time that passes. mostly on Fridays we have different event just for appreciate us to work there. that shows the value of the company.
the management is very fair and awesome. my manager and my supervisor they're such a great people.
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good
management trainee (Former Employee), torontoNovember 4, 2013
• Calculated return on investment for Hypermarket channels and projected payback period for new Vaseline SKU. As a result, achieved an increase in market share of 40% in 2010 per AC Nielson.
• Analyzed deodorant trends for male consumers and recommended pricing strategy for Axe brand in Greater China, improved total deodorant (Deo) profit margins by 10% with a sales growth of 50%.
• Forecasted and analyzed twelve-month P&L with revised templates, reduced variances by 60%.
• Calculated the cannibalization rate between Axe and Dove Deo and formulated shelving strategy.
• Developed spend reporting and completed financial analysis on actual vs forecasted spend
• Reconciled general ledger and performed month end closing, identified and removed discrepancies.
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Lipton Canada (Unilever) was a great place to work!
Lead project developer (Former Employee), Toronto, ONFebruary 3, 2014
Pros: excellent work environment, with great pay and bonuses.
Cons: none that i can think of at this time.
Lipton fostered personal skills as well as providing Time Management training and Project Management training.

I was encouraged and rewarded with cash bonuses to meet project deadlines on time and under budget.

The CFO of Lipton Canada had an amazing memory. He could have one conversation with you, and remember the details of that conversation, almost word-for-word, as well as who was in your family and how old they were, months or years later!

Very comfortable place to work with a great view of Bloor St. in Toronto!
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Very friendly environment
Financial Analyst (Former Employee), TorontoFebruary 19, 2014
• Assisted in monthly Flash Report with commentary on variances for senior managers
• Supported cost center managers in updating Scorecards and variance explanation
• Monitored KPIs and followed up with respective managers after doing trend analysis
• Month end journal entries for accruals and expense allocations
• Assisted in Budgeting and LE quarterly update, populating templates, back up files and assumptions
• Assisted in standard cost half yearly update and running cost roll up in SAP
• Inventory reconciliation, investigation and inventory adjustment, write off proposal
• Entering vendor invoices in APSS for coding and management approval
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On it's way out
operator (Current Employee), Simcoe OntarioMarch 27, 2014
Cons: very demotivated work force.
Management has a cut throat mentality. Employees are never appreciated as well as this facility gives new meaning to the term "Lean Manufacturing" Packers are treated the worse as they are pushed harder and faster until they get hurt and then made to feel like they have done something wrong. Never report an accident because that could cost you your ...
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Machine Operator and Mix Flavour
Machine Operator, Mix Flavour (Former Employee), Simcoe, ONOctober 9, 2012
Pros: great pay, good co-workers
Cons: forced overtime, supervisors knowledge
An excellent job for a person my age but there is a large gap between what happens on the factory floor and what the supervisors believe can be done. At times there is a huge lack of communication between what the workers can do and what the supervisors think can be done. The managers need to have a better grasp of what the factory is capable of.
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Exciting workplace - always something new going on
Supervisor (Former Employee), Brampton, ONFebruary 6, 2015
Pros: exciting learning opportunities
Cons: long hours, poor management recently
People here are motivated to do their best at all times. There are several projects going on to learn from.

Management quality has decreased over the years as the plant has had rumours of closure and reduced advancement opportunity.
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Staff turn over is fast, job security is always a concern.
Quality Specialist (Current Employee), Brampton, ONAugust 1, 2012
Pros: young co-workers keep you inspired
Cons: lack of time for family
10-12 hours of working is not uncommon and also there is no proper system of carry over for the next shift. Completing all the work before end of the shift is very demanding.
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Work with a wonderful group of co-workers
Consumer Service Representative (Current Employee), Saint John NBJuly 24, 2015
Take calls on products owned by the company. Have a great supervisor who is always there when needed. Best part of my job is when I know I have made my consumer happy and satisfied. Hardest part of my job is dealing with constant complaints and rude people.
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Great career growth opportunities and development
Maintenance Engineer (Current Employee), torontoSeptember 8, 2014
structured place to work with good support from management. Unilever will always work to develop and grow your skills. Pitfalls are the competitive nature of employees there most often at the expense of company goals.
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Poor work environment
Maintenance Electrician/Mechanic (Current Employee), Simcoe, ONJuly 23, 2014
Could be a great place but the environment has apparently gone down hill since Unilever bought the little ice cream plant. The plant may not be around for too much longer according to the current manager.
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Very good salary and benefits package
Shipping Clerk (Former Employee), Simcoe, ONJuly 31, 2015
Good place to work . Fast paced environment that can become challenging to maintain at times however there are many good people working together to grow the company in a positive way.
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Good place to work specially for blue collar.
Electrician (Current Employee), Brampton, ONMarch 19, 2015
Almost top pay rate in food industry, nice co-workers, not too much pressure and you have rights to refuse some works.
Annurial Xmas party, kids party.....
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Work life balance
Deductions Specialists (Current Employee), Mississauga, ONMarch 12, 2015
Working at Unilever is great experience, timings are flexible and work from home with Agile facility of remote access. Company's has Gym to stay fit at work and take breaks at regular intervals.
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Productive and fun atmopshere
Financial Analyst (Former Employee), Toronto, ONJuly 31, 2014
Pros: good atmosphere between coworkers
Cons: load of work
.A professional work place, a good management , professional atmosphere between coworkers and a harassment free atmosphere. It was an enjoyable job since I enjoy and love working with number and analysing figures.
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Friendly work environment
Safety, Health, and Environment Coordinator (Current Employee), Toronto, ONApril 14, 2014
The work environment has a friendly atmosphere which makes it easy to approach other co-workers. Sense of team work is strong and most activities are cross-functional and are done in teams.
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Great products!
Associate Finance Manager, Category Finance (Former Employee), TorontoFebruary 19, 2014
Pros: product discounts
Cons: advancement involves moving to us or europe
Love the products they sell. Proud to work for the company (because of its reputation). Love the Dove product line and the charities it supports.
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Great Place To Work
Payroll Administrator (Former Employee), Toronto, ONJune 12, 2013
Processed payroll for different divisions
Met some really great people
My direct supervisor was the greatest thing on this earth.
Hardest part of the job was trying to deal with irate employees
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many years of above average income
Machine Operator (Former Employee), Belleville, ONSeptember 17, 2015
The company closed unexpectedly but was an excellent employer with great wages and benefits. They were always generous to their employees and treated us well.
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more than $10bn (CAD)
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10,000+
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