Each day I was working with different technologists on a different project for the week. I learnt a lot on how to add ingredients in a formulation as well as how to carry out shelf-life, taste sections and report writing. Management was well organised in R&D as whatever was needed was on the system. There are a number of different cultures and everyone works together like a family. We learn a lot about other colleagues as they come from all around the world. The most enjoyable part was the projects working out at the end which gave me a lot of pleasure. The hardest part was actually finding ways to ensure that the quality of the projects was up to stands after adjustments were made.
Fieldmarketer (Current Employee) – Boksburg, Gauteng – 31 January 2018
Waking up each day to go instore and interact with customers is what I enjoy the most. I feel that it's time for me to look at other ventures and new challenges in life. Team spirit and lending a helping hand is 1 of the best things I enjoy. Carrying heavy things such as washing powder has become a walk in the park for me, my own gym. I honestly love my job but doing the same thing for 6 years has taken its toll on me and it's time to move on to greater things in life.
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.
Area marketer (Former Employee) – Durban, KwaZulu-Natal – 21 January 2018
I enjoyed working at unilever although there was a lot of pressure with regards to deadlines and feedback. Changes brought about by new management brought about restructure and job losses. This also had an adverse reaction to sales. Loss of sales brought about more restructure. Will not go back to work for unilever because you do not have job job security.
Had a good experience working there for 7 years it will be a good to work there again
machine operator (Former Employee) – Boksburg – 10 January 2018
Everyday was an experience as I got to learn new ways and forms of approaching problems and sorting them out. This company really cares cares for its employees as safety is the first policy that for me even made me work harder.
Every day work include being productive learning and giving input and making sure that you produce good quality product in a safety way being to work on time and making sure that you follow the company policies
Merchandiser (Current Employee) – Johannesburg, Gauteng – 27 October 2017
You results are determined by the amount of work you put in, especially at retail trade level. Our purpose as merchandisers is to drive sales and gain market share at retail trade level. A typical day at work will include merchandising Unilever products on shelf and any other additional adhoc spaces you receive at trade level. This in turns increases the chances of gaining market share against competitors.
You are left to work on your own . We are responsible for our work, and to make sure that our deadlines are met. Accuracy is of great importance, as you are constantly working with figures. We practice Agile Working, which means you can work from home as long as your deadlines and your responsibilities are met.
Unilever Lordsview is a fairly new factory. With the pressure of producing Ice Cream for Africa and getting its foundation intact, one would find it hard to balance providing current expectations and also build for stability for future.
The advantage is that one gets to develop working systems and SOPs. That build work capability in a way that any place can give you.