Avon Products Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
588 Reviews
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588 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are great to work with and the company is very good with work life balance (in 31 reviews)

  • Freedom to work from home as needed (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is poor to non-existent, depending on who you work for (in 20 reviews)

  • Upper Management doesn't believe in a proactive method to turn North America around (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    Wonderful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Avon Products full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This company really gives you a sense of family. 9 - 5 is awesome hours and on the day before a holiday weekend you have the option to work from home.

    Cons

    Management is always changing, so it hard to get use to your boss when he/she last for only two years.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Company afloat and looking for safe harbor

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    Former Employee - Marketing  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing in New York, NY

    I worked at Avon Products full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people who really care
    Disorganized matrix structure lacking decision making clarity.

    Cons

    Difficult to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe they have undertaken an aggressive turn around plan, so it may be better today

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nothing is guaranteed!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avon Products full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great pay! Great benefits! Vacation/sick time. Work-life balance was seasonal. Certain time of the year the employees knew what was expected.

    Cons

    Moral went down hill. Wages froze. Most positions work loads became heavier. Better risk for injury. More work less people. Managements attitude toward employees changed. It was hard to take pride in the company when it felt like boot camp at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GREED. Not staying true to yourself. It can all come crumbling down. No one thought the TITANIC would sink. I had the same mind set about AVON. Yet it took a few bad decisions to shake the foundation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    (IT/Data Center) Was once a great, great place to work...

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Rye, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Rye, NY

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People in the trenches had tremendous pride and belief in the company. Onsite consultants, off-shoring, and several rounds of layoffs have destroyed its' very foundation.

    Cons

    Long term employees undervalued, laid off to avoid pension benefits. Morale is at an all time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Go back to the roots of what originally made Avon a great place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cosmetics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Avon Products full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    United, goal oriented, great cosmetics!

    Cons

    Ongoing turnaround, constant uncertainty from day to day.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7.  

    Avon Products Supply Planning

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Planning Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Supply Planning Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Avon has a great history and provides an opportunity to all (more often than not women) to earn addition income. They contribute a significant amount of money to charitable causes; specifically Breast cancer and domestic violence. They provide great benefits.

    Cons

    Avon has struggled mightily over the past 6 years. Within the supply chain, direction from management for the most part the focus has moved away from processes improvement, towards cost cutting (which doesn't make much sense given one should lead to the other). In addition, with the poor performance, so many of the A people have left. Senior leadership has turned-over at an unbelievable rate leaving the employees with little or no direction and scrambling to keep the business afloat. It is truly a shame to see such a great company struggle so mightily, it was such a great place to work. People that used to work here truly believed in the company and worked to make it great. Unfortunately poor decisions by management, as well as an inability to get our products to the customer efficiently (sales have been catastrophic) has led the company down a path of constant layoffs. The offices are a bit depressing now with so many people gone. They also need to focus on talent development and retention, otherwise there will be no one left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    overall good company, fast pace, has been struggling for the past several years

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    Current Employee - Associate Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    dynamic environment, matrix teams, tons of learning opportunities. flexible working hours for some departments.

    Cons

    unclear strategy from upper management, too much politics, technical experts were not appreciated here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the management team seems to be the problem :)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    No money made

    Former Employee - E-Representative  in  Mechanicsville, VA
    Former Employee - E-Representative in Mechanicsville, VA

    I worked at Avon Products part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Own business products delievered to house

    Cons

    Pay percentage back don't make much money

  10.  

    Avon has changed

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Avon Representative
    Current Employee - Avon Representative

    I have been working at Avon Products part-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Able to purchase products at reduced prices

    Cons

    Too many to mention. Unless you do leadership, you are just a number.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more incentives to non-leadership reps. Begging people to join in order to win prizes is not the way to run the business.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Used to be better

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    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative  in  Miller Place, NY
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Miller Place, NY

    I worked at Avon Products part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great if you have lots of time and access to large groups of people. You're independent, so you can set your own hours and create your own promotions. Avon gives you the ability to make money through direct catalog sales, a website, find raiser opportunities, and parties.

    Cons

    The company has been changing things, making it harder for representatives to get by in tough economic times. If your area already has an active rep or two, distributing catalogs can be a waste of money. Product availability can be very poor, unless you're at the top of the sales rung, so moving up from the bottom can be very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Local district managers should be helpful, but not overbearing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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