What it does: Makes health, hygiene and homecare products
Staff stats: 35,000 globally
The good bits: Autonomy and ownership
The not so good bits: Demanding pace
Hiring grads with degrees in: Property & Built Environment; Sciences; Teaching, Education & Human Welfare; Engineering, Maths, IT & Computer Sciences; Finance, Accounting, Economics & Business Administration; Health & Medical Sciences; Humanities, Arts & Social Sciences; Law & Legal Studies.
The RB story
RB is short for Reckitt Benckiser Group, the company that was formed when the British business Reckitt & Colman merged with the Netherlands-based business Benckiser in 1999.
Benckiser was launched in 1823 in Germany by Johann Benckiser. The business originally focused industrial chemicals but began making cleaning and beauty products during the 20th century. Reckitt and Sons started out as a starch mill operation in England in 1840 but its founder, Isaac Reckitt, soon started making household cleaning products. By 1886 the company was operating in Australia, it’s first international venture. In 1938, it merged with J. & J. Coleman, a flour miller and mustard maker.
While you may not have heard of RB or any of its predecessor companies, you will have used many of the products produced by these companies. These include Aeroguard, Air Wick, Clearasil, Dettol, Durex, Harpic, Mortein, Mr Sheen, Nurofen, Strepsils, Veet and Vanish, to name just some of the higher-profile brands.
RB is now headquartered in Slough, England. It has operations in around 60 nations and its products are sold in just about every country in the world. In 2016, it had revenues of just under £10 billion ($17.5 billion).
Diversity and inclusion is an important part of the culture at RB. Globally, RB’s senior executive team is comprised of 51 different nationalities. The leadership team of 9 in Australia are comprised of 6 different cultural backgrounds. From a gender balance perspective, in 2018 RB received a WGEA employer of choice award an evidence to their strong D&I agenda.
Additionally, RB has a development focused culture where they provide access to a range of formal and personal development tools to build leaders of the future.
RB’s brands are purpose led, whether it be Finish encouraging people to save water in the home or Harpic raising awareness and educating people on safe water and sanitation. Each business unit forges its own unique relationship to partner effectively with their charities.
RB has a number of short-term and longer-term initiatives where it encourages it’s employees to give back to the community; through volunteering locally or travelling to countries such as Tanzania to partner with charities on longer term projects.
The recruitment process
If you’re considering a career with RB you may wish to do a Commercial (Sales & Marketing) Internship or simply proceed to RB Graduate Program.
RB offers three different graduate programs:
- Commercial (Sales & Marketing)
In terms of personality, it reported that RB people are those who “blend intellectual curiosity with commitment and have an intense desire to outperform wherever they focus.” RB will give its staff the freedom to succeed – what happens next is up to you.
A typical recruitment process has the following steps:
- Online Application
- Online Numerical Testing
- Online Reasoning Testing
- Video Interview
- Phone Interview
- Assessment Centre
The graduate programs run for 2-3 years – based on each individual’s performance. While the programs differ, you can expect to have “high autonomy and accountability from day one”, rotations through different areas of your department, exposure to senior leaders, enhanced development opportunities and access to tailor-made training.
While the salary paid by the Graduate Program at RB is on par with other Graduate Programs, “working with RB is worth more than just the salary, superannuation and the bonus component. It’s about coming to work at a company with great brands and an amazing culture!”
RB is a global organisation and focused on rewarding for performance. As such, those who work hard, deliver great results and show potential can expect to advance up the career ladder much faster than in most other companies.
The vibe of the place
RB is a work hard, play hard kind of place. You’ll be expected to take ownership of the projects assigned to you and deliver the required outcomes. On the other hand, you’ll also have plenty of chances to let your hair down at informal after-work drinks with your team, as well as company-wide sporting and social events and conferences. The business has a flat structure, managers are accessible and teamwork is encouraged.
Star Rating: 4.4 stars
From the Employer:
"At RB we are inspired by a vision of a world where people are healthier and live better.
We continually innovate to make better products that empower everyone to take their health and hygiene into their own hands and homes. We believe passionately in doing things the right way and have a culture that pushes us to outperform, every day.
Our purpose is to make a difference by giving people innovative solutions for healthier lives and happier homes.
We are more than a company. RB is a growing community of 40,000+ diverse, talented entrepreneurs. We’ve created an entrepreneurial environment where curiosity is encouraged, ideas are embraced and ownership is given.
To us, our values aren't just posters on the wall. They're values and behaviours that guide how we operate on a daily basis.
We give people the freedom to succeed.
RB in numbers
- 40,000 + employees globally
- 200 year heritage
- 60 locations globally
- 2 business units
- 20m+ products sold daily
- £12.6bn net revenue in 2018
- 15 consecutive years as a member of the FTSE4Good Index
- *61K tonnes of CO2e saved from the purchase and generation of renewable electricity
Socially, environmentally and financially, we act with integrity, responsibly and sustainably in all our markets.
RB Hygiene Home
Our Hygiene Home business unit is bringing innovative solutions into 1 billion homes around the world by eliminating dirt, germs, pests and odours that impact health and happiness. We are also accelerating hygiene foundations across the world.
Our Health business unit has a unique and compelling portfolio including Infant and Child Nutrition, health relief, health hygiene, health and wellness and Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements spanning the whole of life’s journey."