The company offers good pay and benefits along with above average job security. It has a wide variety of job opportunities and encourages employees to advance themselves internally. It also has opportunities to travel and move to different areas in the US and abroad as Colgate-Palmolive has facilities in numerous countries.
In the analytical lab where I was employed, the work load was heavy and the pace was very fast. I did enjoy the work, but the work load became too much because of some not so work oriented co-workers. (The job security enjoyed there has the drawback of allowing less desirable employees to keep a position and often make the work load heavier for those who do work so well.)
I tested toothpaste to ensure the ingredients specified by the company/FDA were within the limits set. I also tested many raw materials to ensure they met specifications as well. The chemist position was responsible for following all test procedures, using proper protective gear as trained, and rules for the plant and areas in the plant. The chemists mixed many of the reagents used in testing and did trouble shooting/maintenance/repair on equipment as needed. All testing and paperwork had to meet FDA regulations since (even) toothpaste falls under their jurisdiction.
A typical day consisted of testing paste, entering the data generated, entering data on raw materials, and cleaning the glassware, etc. dirtied on shift. Common additions to the day were raw material testing,
Prosstable job, good pay, good benefits, company store (cheaper pricing)
Conssome lazy employees, work load often too heavy causing overtime
Typical Day at Work
My typical day at work includes distribution and electronic filing of Global Raw Material Qualification Reports and Global Quality Technical Agreements. I also assign control numbers to the technical agreements.
My responsibilities also include writing/editing Standard Operating Procedures and routing them via SAP's Document Management System. I am also the Global DMS Implementation Coordinator; I manage electronic documentation management system site launches around the world. I am currently working with sites that are located in Asia and Latin America. Previously I assisted sites in Australia and in Vietnam with their launches. The launch project includes training the new system administrators.
As a training database administrator, I assign GMP and Quality-related courses to users as requested. I also generate usage graphs for managers to evaluate and maximize system optimization.
What I Learned
I have learned how to manage documentation systems, and I've also learned how to communicate effectively via written and verbal avenues. Learning how to prioritize and work on multiple projects simultaneously has been a significant personal lesson over the years.
Management can be quite critical of your best efforts. Coworkers are typically understanding and helpful. They are supportive and look out for others.
The hardest part of the job is electronic filing due to its mundane nature.
The most enjoyable part of the job is managing th
ProsExcellent health & work benefits; perks, discounts
ConsCan be pigeon-holed into one type of job; limited work/life balance; high-stress environment
I worked at Hills Pet Nutrition which is owned by Colgate. This is not to be confused with working at Colgate. Hills is Kansas culture, Colgate is Park Ave NYC.
I managed two facilities with drivers who delivered pet food to veterinarians clinics. It was a good job, but long long hours and some travel. I was brought in at the lower of two salary levels for that position. The path to the upper level was always nebulous, kinda a wait until next year thing. Although I was training the upper guys on new systems and doing things they were unwilling to do. They value tenure over what you know and what you do. Good midwestern values.
My boss was great. Amazing guy. Worked his way up in the company. Now, when his boss retired, he and his teammates were told not to apply, that they had someone in mind. Want to know how to scare and disillusion a large network of transportation people? Give that role to an HR person who has absolutely zero experience in transportation. Then for good measure decide that you cannot hire drivers for full time positions, but rather for a 6 month contract. Even though there is a huge driver shortage and you are competing for talent and your current drivers are working 55 hours a week.
Back to that pay ... I have on my desk a wonderful handwritten note from the person picked from HR to lead that organization, saying how great I was for working so far beyond the call. I was grateful for the sentiment, but it didn't help pay my stude
Easy work - Decent Pay - Horrible management and culture
Pay is pretty good considering there isn't much expected other than showing up. Hourly workers are all paid the same (except warehouse, who are paid a few dollars less, and Tech Techs, who are paid a few dollars more). So, a new hire, makes exactly the same as someone who has been there 10 years. Great for the new hire, not so great for the experienced person.
So, you get paid the same, whether you bust your tail, or do nothing all shift. So what kind of culture do you think that breeds?
Management is horrible. Don't worry, they only stick around for a couple of years, then they move on or quit. Colgate Morristown is a revolving door for management trainees. Some come in and try to make a difference, and are promptly shut down. Others come in and simply do their time and try not to make waves.
Everything is an illusion at Colgate. Quality, Safety, Environment, Work-Life balance. All is made out to be top notch, but in reality it is all just lip service. This facility is the most unprofessional place I have ever worked. It is laughable that it continues to run and Colgate still makes million$ from this factory.
All that being said, if you can stand to be a part of a mediocre workforce with horrendous management, and do little to no work, for pretty decent pay ($18+/hr) then this is the place for you.
ProsPay, benefits, vacation, company store, climate controlled
Consmanagement, forced overtime, lazy coworkers, incompetent and uncaring supervisors
Customer Service Representative | Topeka, KS | Apr 22, 2014
Very productive workplace. Not a fun environment.
In my department, as soon as we log in we have five minutes to get everything pulled up on our computers. I use three different monitors due to the multitasking we have to do continuously. I key vet orders as fast as possible with as few mistakes as possible. These are checked on a weekly basis. I also switch from keying faxes to taking vet calls and taking orders over the phone or helping resolve order issues. When I am in queue to take calls and I am waiting for a call, I am keying returns on my other screen. I have learned to be very efficient. The coworkers around me right now all seem to be easy to work with. We have moved at least four times in the last few months. We pack up our desks and move and set back up, and then a few weeks later, we move again.It is hard to really get to know people around you, since you aren't around them long. The hardest part of the job is the constant changing. The most enjoyable part of the job is when things settle down a bit and I can get into a rythm, which helps me to relax, which causes me to work much better. There is a management team, so basically, we all have 5 or 6 supervisors. I prefer having one. It gives it more of a personal feel. This is all new, and is difficult to grasp all of the changes.
Colgate is a great company to work for, it offers great work life balance.Colgate allowed me to grow within my role. Management styles differed by Department. Some colleagues had great managers that aided in their development, some Managers like the ones I reported to were very hands off, which hindered growth. Colgate offered exercise classes 4 days per week which was great, they also had a Nurse Practitioner on staff, which was extremely helpful at times, since it was easy to get a prescription if needed.
The only problem I have with Colgate is its constant restructuring and or outsourcing of jobs. I believe this is counteractive in its believes in that they really don't care about their employees. I believe Colgate could have tried harder to save jobs, by reducing other spending such as company match for annual giving campaign. They could have also saved money with constant floor renovation. Floors were remodeled then decided they were no longer going to use it. This wasted money could have been used to save someone's job. I believe Colgate should become more conscientious with its decision to cut jobs, especially in a time we live in, where people are committing suicide for various reasons.
ProsGreat work life balance, with flexible working hours.
The management needs to be held accountable for their actions or lack of. There needs to be an evaluation for operators based on job performance to weed out the bad ones. The equipment needs updating/ replaced severely! They don't keep spare parts for equipment like they should. Company values aren't displayed like they should be but I have been seeing improvement on that since corporate has been coming around. The obvious segregation of the different departments is unnerving when in the breakroom. The continuous catering to office staff vs other hard working departments is almost like a slap in the face. Colgate employees (not all) are rude to the temp people in many ways.
The benefits are unparalleled! The perks of working 12 hour shifts is I can take two days vacation and be off for 7! Management does give recognition for hard work and going above and beyond your job. The pay is great for the area. Yeah jobs in Greenville pay more but you'll have to travel which cuts into your bring home cash and time away from family.
Overall, I stay for the money and the benefits. I have faith that the atmosphere (since it's a start up plant) will improve with time and effort.
Wonderfully diverse workplace with excellent benefits
Although Colgate-Palmolive is recognized as a classic American family brand, I am proud to say the company has embraced a culture of diversity. From benefits packages inclusive of civil unions and same-gender marriage to assisting with costs of adoptions to matching charitable gifts of employees, Colgate-Palmolive is a trailblazer for employee benefits.
In my last role at Colgate-Palmolive, I had the pleasure of working in Global Procurement, specifically in the Supplier Diversity Division. While there were standard tasks to complete each week, my day was never boring or 'cookie-cutter.' I also enjoyed the independence of working remote 2 days of the week. The most enjoyable part of my job was travel to various expos and conferences, while the most challenging aspect was the amount of work to be completed. This limited my ability to participate on cross-functional teams which I consider an incredibly valuable learning and growing opportunity.
ProsWork remote, Matching gifts for charities, opportunity for travel, constant learning
Colgate are known for there core values etc but this plant is an apple that's fell far far far from the tree of Ethics & Morale that's signature of this company.
No one ever comes from corporate office to this facility evaluate things on a personal level. Colgate's encourages employee's to call there Ethics hotline should an employee have a problem in which they haven't been able to resolve within the chain of command but there's no feedback nor attention to your grievances reported to the hotline.
HR in this PCP plant is beyond narcissistic and runs the HR office wrongfully on many levels and each are based on personal bias.
Too many chiefs and not enough indians and not one of the chief's can seem to make a simple decision that promotes productivity and efficiency and the result is always downtime for extended periods of time.
This plant is not for the individual who takes pride in there work everyday because your good work ethics will be tainted and never given any praise for.
ConsNo teamwork, no accountability, no structure in upper management, no human resources only human stress
I’m going to lay this out as plain and honest as I can. As a current Kelly service employee at Colgate-Palmolive, my job is to inspect parts as they are created and loaded onto lines to be filled with toothpaste. The machines are extremely fast, so much that I find running one line to be stressful, and lots of times, I run three or four lines which is nearly unbearable. None of the other full-time Colgate-Palmolive employees will dare to help you as you run back and forth, struggling to keep the lines going. Those employees either play on their phones or walk around with their hands in their pockets. The shift team leader over Kelly employees (who also is a Kelly employee), is quite possibly the laziest person there who constantly has a problem with everyone, the “drama queen,” if you will. Management in general is absolutely ridiculous; they do not enforce the rules. A very, very horrible place to work and I do not recommend unless you cannot find a job anywhere else.
ProsMost people are nice.
ConsExtremely fast. Short breaks. Lack of assistance. Terrible management.
Colgate Palmolive -My Phuoc branch is one of biggest CP -Tooth brush factory which produce 3 million TB/ day and export to 85 countries around the world.
Normal working day can say in one word "meeting", we have lots of meeting to review yesterday safety, quality and productivity. Where we can raise difficulties and request support from highest management team.
This is a globalize company so everything want to changes or implement new idea need to align with cross functional. If we have conflict, all the team will think how to resolve it. When mistakes happen, instead of judgment we cooperate and find solution how to overcome . With this teamwork we can improve daily production day by day.
I think this is only place that operators understand about labor laws and company policy much better than management people: they have trained about safety, policies, laws on the orientation. They can share their ideas about something new, we can not force them or screaming, angry .. this is violate the company policy. Same with management people , they very respect new idea and listen to superior and supportive.
Also they care about safety first even small sharp pieces of machine (where we have for all machine), visual. Small issue can come a small crash can report a first aid issue and do RCA, FAs ... So in this company seldom we face with serious safety issues.
They also provide lots of training for development for each level: how to become a trainer, Lean-6 sigma, general inst
Una de la mejores empresas de mexico, y en las cual tuve la fortuna de poder ser parte de ella.
Excelente Ambiente Laboral, Alto Nivel Cultural de sus Empleados Administrativos asi como los de los Superiores, Magnificas perspectivas de Aumentos en Puestos y Salarios. Aprendi a tomar decisiones importantes y tambièn a delegar en las personas que se encontraban bajo mi coordinaciòn, Ambiente de trabajo en un dia cualquiera de labores como en todas las Empresas, habian buenos, regulares y ocasionalmente malos. Los Gerentes y Directores totalmente accesibles a los comentarios de sus subordinados recibiendo la mayorìa de las ocasiones el apoyo incondicional, ya sea por algùn tipo de problema que se presentara, asì como en cuestiones personales. Mis compañeros de trabajo gente con amplia cultura, tanto acàdemica y como anteriormente lo mencione, de alto grado de cultura general. La parte mas dìficil del trabajo en esa època era la tardanza en los cierres de mes por el sistema de computo que era bastante lento y obsoleto, y lo que màs me gustaba era que la Empresa siempre estuvo a la alza en todos los aspectos, hasta que desgraciadamente por cuestiones ecològicas en àquellos años obligò el Gobierno a que la Empresa saliera de la Ciudad para trasladarse al "Corredor Industrial San Josè Iturbide en el Estado de Guanajuato", y para desgracia de muchos compañeros y el de su servidor, por diferentes causas por las cuales no podiamos trasladarnos a dicha Entidad, nos vimos en la penosa necesidad de renunciar a nuestro empleo, sin embargo la basta experiencia adquirida en una Empre
ProsAltas Prestaciones: Vales de Despensa, Seguro de Vida, Seguro de Gastos Mèdicos Mayores (para el empleado y sus familiares directos), Prèstamos A-B-C. (en dinero en efectivo, compra de muebles, compra de automòvil, ayuda para compra de vivienda, bonos por productividad (nìvel Coordinadores, Gerentes y Directores)-
ConsEn realidad no creo que haya existido alguna sobresaliente
Colgate é uma boa empresa no âmbito global e proporciona muitas oportunidades para as pessoas que lá trabalham, dando-lhes grande estabilidade de emprego. Entretanto existe uma falha na estrutura onde a alta gerência global não consegue fiscalizar as gerências locais com relação às práticas dos valores da empresa.
Meu dia de trabalho era bem dinâmico onde logo na primeira hora fazia um plant tour pela fábrica e logo em seguida realizava uma reunião diária com todo o staff para revisar os resultados de produção do dia anterior e verificar o alcance ou não da meta, discutir os problemas e traçar as ações. Logo após fazia reunião de planejamento de produção para verificar o nível de serviço, problemas de capacidade e nível de inventário.
Na empresa aprendi diversos assuntos tanto pelo motivo de que passei por diversas áreas como pelo motivo de eu ter liderado o projeto de fechamento de uma fábrica.
Com relação à direção, existia um problema dos famosos "carreiristas". Haviam muitos diretores estrangeiros que davam prioridade para sua carreira invés de realmente gerir sua equipe.
Os colegas de trabalho eram como se fossem uma família, já que a empresa é paternalista e portanto a grande maioria das pessoas já conviviam há mais de 10, 20 anos.
A parte mais difícil do trabalho era o momento de necessidade de mudança de algo que já existia há muito tempo, desde um simples relatório até um procedimento no chão de fábrica.
A parte mais agradável era o grau de liberdade que se ti
Iniciar ruta a las 7:30 am todos los dias una tienda diferente, se toma nota de los pormenores de la sucursal se resuelven los detalles asi como se checan las incidencias , se toma un tiempo para dialogar con el personal a cargo y si no hay ningun detalle que amerite mas tiempo se retira de la tienda, para seguir la ruta asi hasta las 17:00 pm.
Aprendi a trabajar bajo presion , a saber darle solucion a los problemas de acuerdo a su importancia y llevar a cabo un reporte diario de todas y cada una de las situaciones vividas al dia .
Siempre emprendedores y al pendiente de todo su personal.
Como en todos lados nunca faltan las envidias y los malos compañeros, sin embargo se trabajaba en equipo para hacernos mas fuertes como zona.
Dar de baja a algun compañero, ya que por mucho que se les apoyara no todos entendian que hay reglas y normas a seguir, y llevar a cabo el protocolo no siempre fue facil.
La parte o una de las cosas que mas me agradaron sin duda es conocer personas, estrechar los lazos demostrarme y demostrarles que la union hace la fuerza , ya que yo al igual que ellos fui promotor de la misma marca y siempre estuve casado con la misma, trabajar para una empresa de renombre no es tarea facil ya que en el mercado existen miles de marcas sin embargo hacer que colgate se mantuviera como lider era mas que agradable y todo esto fue porque supe formar parte de un gran equipo.
Prossueldo, y prestaciones, asi como la constante capacitacion.
Consla falta de capacitacion de el personal que de pronto llegaba con puestos mas altos, y sin tener una idea de lo dificil de la labor de los subordinados.
Considero la Colgate Palmolive la migliore azienda dove ho lavorato.
Particolarmente negli anni 1994 - 2004 della mia esperienza, considero che Colgate Palmolive era una delle migliori Aziende Mondiali del Largo Consumo in cui un Funzionario Commerciale poteva aspirare di lavorare.
Fu sempre una azienda estremamente selettiva nell'assunzione del personale commerciale, sicuramente quella dove riscontrai la maggior difficoltà a superare il colloquio e i test di assunzione,
Forniva al proprio personale commerciale la possibilità partecipare tutti gli anni o quasi a corsi di formazione molto interessanti e inoltre avevamo una autonomia di gestione che ci portava a sviluppare un senso di imprenditorialità molto elevato, fin da subito venivamo addestrati a gestire il cliente come una impresa personale con a disposizione tutti gli strumenti Finanziari e commerciali che ci consentivano di valutare e gestire il conto economico del cliente in maniera molto articolata ed efficace.
Sono fiero di avere lavorato per 18 anni in questa grande Azienda, questa esperienza lavorativa è sicuramente lo zoccolo duro della mia formazione professionale.
ProsAutonomia Operativa, Formazione professionale continua, ottimo management, ambiente di lavoro friendly e molto stimolante, revisione annuale della retribuzione con pacchetti incentivi stimolanti.
Conssolo negli ultimi anni un cambiamento di approccio, destimolante e demotivante, vs il personale commerciale e in particolare vs i profili di continuità.
• Reporting directly to the GM and dotted line to Colgate’s VP finance in USA and VP finance Saudi Partner.
• Reporting directly to the GM and dotted line to Colgate’s VP finance in USA and VP finance Saudi Partner.
• Operate two business models, one manufacturing facility, produce in Saudi Arabia for distribution within the Gulf region and the other one is commercial facility office in UAE sources product from other Colgate subsidiaries and sell it across all GCC.
• Also export markets to Egypt, Iraq, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco and Algeria.
• Total department consists of 17 employees, 5 direct reporting (Finance Controller, Accounting Manager, Finance service manager, IT manager, Supply Chain Manager and Admin Coordinator).
• Profit and loss full responsibility for Saudi Arabia and UAE.
• Play key role in creation of short, mid and long term strategic business plan which has significant impact on the region.
• Business development and growth of double increase during the last 3 years.
• Produce consolidated group reporting for both Saudi Arabia entity and UAE to USA and as well as statutory reports.
• Drive system and reporting improvements. Prepare board report with detailed concise evaluation and variance explanation to board member with monthly and timely financial reporting to allow review of the company financial
• Main point of contact for annual audit, control cash flow and mange treasury function. Proven track record in improving working capital, reducing costs and maximizing profitability.
el trabajo era muy bueno sabiendo lo que tenia uno que hacer
el dia tipico de trabajo era normal muy exelente a veces se ponia estresante porque se te complicaban las cosas pero se buscaba la manera de que se solucionaran
lo que aprendi fue que alla se aprendia algo nuevo todos los dias lleban muchas ofertas llegaban muchos codigos todos los dias tenias que aprender algo diferente por si se te presentaba cualquier inquietud saberla responder, se aprendia mucho sobre la seguridad de la bodega ,las cofias ,guantes, casco, eso era muy indispensable ,por donde se tenia que caminar .etc
mis colegas se manejaba exelente porque teniamos un equipo de trabajo en el cual teniamos que desempeñar lo mejor de nosotrso para que la bodega estubiara bien presentada y las ofertas salieran bien para el mercado.
hay veces la parte mas dificil del trabajo era cuando habian problemas en las lineas que depronto tenian que cambiar de oferta y entonces uno tenia que ya tener preparado el cambio de oferta porque si no te cogia el tiempo y eso era malo parea uno
lo que mas me gusto fue que alla se trabaja muy bien y el compañerismo los supervisores la gerencia eran muy buenos siempre en cuando tu dieras por bien servido tu trabajo porque si no la misma gerencia te va llamado a relacion y te van diciendo que es lo que pasa porque esto porque aquello pero mu bien
Prosla seguridad social era buena no tube ningun problema.
Conssi alla siempre habia un descanzo para almorzar o comer en fin .
Questions And Answers about Colgate-Palmolive
How did you get your first interview at Colgate-Palmolive?
Asked Jun 27, 2016
Applied direct on their careers site
Answered Mar 15, 2022
I spent 10 years with Colgate in all 3 divisons.
Answered Sep 13, 2019
Does this company offer entry level jobs with hands on training?
Asked Aug 29, 2016
Have a hard time with the black box testing never seen that machine before that's why I didn't get hired I learn by hands on experience that's how I learn but if I never seen it before like the black box testing it's going to be rough
Answered Feb 8, 2018
Management encourages cross training on all production equipment. They provide training and a mentorship.
Answered Oct 18, 2017
Is there any chance at all to be hired full time, even if you had to go through a temp to get your foot in the door?
Asked Jan 31, 2017
I was hired from a temp position. I know of other people who was also hired from temp positions.
Answered Apr 2, 2018
Yes, i started as a temp and got hired full time
Answered Jan 2, 2018
What questions did they ask during your interview at Colgate-Palmolive?
Asked Jul 26, 2016
Answered Mar 15, 2022
They make questions about your career and how would you response to a typical problem
Answered Nov 7, 2017
Does colgate hire graduates after internship ?
Asked Oct 21, 2016
Yes I think so
Answered Apr 2, 2019
YES, they also hire graduates for full time after the recruitment process.