Process Engineer Trainee (Former Employee) – Johannesburg, Gauteng – 9 June 2018
Working at Unilever was the best thing that ever happened. I always wished to work for manufacturing company and given this opportunity fulfilled my wish. I was working as a process engineer trainee but i was also involved in the safety department which i found as interesting because i was exposed to both departments. It is a good working environment because they ensured that students are exposed to all the work and what other departments do.
Unilever employees were easy to interact with
When i couldn't get the opportunity to be involved in a particular project
Great culture and working environment. The business provides plenty support for a healthy work life balance, career guidance & advancement and on the job performance. They encourage continued learning either within your category or furthering studies with an external institution.
You are taught independence in terms of managing your work along with sharp decision making skills, accountability is key. Very much an open door policy from the highest level of leadership down to your direct line manager.
In many roles you are left to manage your own time. The key is delivering results, in which ever area you work in, so that as a collective Unilever moves forward and achieves their goals. Great team culture and people are always willing to help each other, although you need to be sharp enough to learn quickly on the job.
They typical day i encountered was when the line i was working at was broken and i was asked to assist to the other line which i was not given work training. That gave me an opportunity to learn abroad about the company and never relay on working on the same position. The management are the great leaders and understands that communication is the key in the workplace. The hardest part of the job is when we can not deliver the target due to the machine problem .e.g Brian Leakage etc. The most enjoyable part of the job was on production day where management come to the factory and work with us, and we become their management.
I believe in learning something everyday. This helps me keep up with forever changing world. I plan my day and this is how I am able to accomplish my day's tasks. The work culture is very good because even though we have our roles, we can do other peoples work and we are versatile and team players at the same time.
Shift work is bit challenging that's all.
In association with many people and learning from each other.
Merchandiser (Former Employee) – Wellington, Western Cape – 19 April 2018
a typical day at work in any shop could change in seconds. from dealing with a difficult customer or a difficult manager. Work Smart not Hard. their wage is under the belt I think and some managers doesn't care about you.
HR Secretary (Former Employee) – South Africa – 15 April 2018
Fantastic mentoring, supportive co-workers and incredible environment to work in. Perks were out of this world and a very balanced work / home life. Workplace was relaxed and upbeat. Management were very involved and communication was key within the organisation and teams. Lots of energy, team support and fun - always something happening and always learning on the job.
On site canteen, coffee shop, salon, gym, ice cream bar, staff shop
Merchandiser (Current Employee) – Gauteng – 17 March 2018
The most enjoyable part of the job is interacting with different people from different parts of the city, getting their broader perspective on how they view products we offer. From the pricing all the way to the packaging and also the effectiveness of the product that they are purchasing or interested in.
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.