Avon Products Reviews

Updated August 24, 2014
Updated August 24, 2014
609 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.  

    Used to be better

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    So-so experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avon Products

    Pros

    Selling model is good and they have cheap reliable products.

    Cons

    The quoted discounts and pay are world's different than what you actually get.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Stuck in the past, struggles with Competition

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Ogden, UT
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Ogden, UT

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

    Pros

    Avon gives the flexibility to get the job done which means evenings, weekends or when you choose. The opportunity is truly for everyone and I have seen representatives come into the business with no skills and then develop some true job abilities. Everyday the job is different with coaching one on one, running a large meeting, or working in small group settings.

    Cons

    The company is reactive and not proactive. Direct selling is a different beast but sticking to a plan instead of changing every couple weeks is frustrating. Ive had a new boss every 3 months. Upper management only cares about recruiting more representatives and not building the skills of the current representatives. So many tasks are given to the front line management that there is no time for recognition. Under paid for the amount of job requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating the district managers as representatives. The company treats representatives as buying customers and managers like representatives and we are told to just find more representatives. That is a band aid fix, of course it looks good to the stockholders to say we will bring in this many more reps to the business. We have been told that for a decade and its not making the company healthy, lets change it.

    Lets make Reps more accountable, sign up for monthly or biweekly orders like other direct sales companies, if they don't order we have their customer lists and such. Make reps prepay, its outrageous we allow new reps to pay after they receive products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Increasingly stressful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and fun atmosphere....great products! Coworkers are amazing and talented. I am always learning and there's opportunity to move within the company

    Cons

    Reorganization efforts are weighing heavy on all employees. Work/life balance doesn't exist as I'm on call 24/7

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Home Based Business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Leader
    Current Employee - Sales Leader

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

    Pros

    Flexible home based business. You can earn money from sales & Leadership. Getting personal products at cost. Win prizes.

    Cons

    Finding new customers and or Leads for growth. Finding team members whom want to start their own team. Limited earnings on what is expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to work hard to get to the top. Constant communication with Managers is A must to get where you want to go. Continue to train to do the best job set forth for personal growth as well as team growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Independent agent

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Agent  in  Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Agent in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Avon Products full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You set your own hours, discounts, free samples

    Cons

    Hard to get ppl to buy itms after it arrives.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Earning on commission could be better.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Representative  in  Beaufort, SC
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Representative in Beaufort, SC

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    There are a handful of benefits of having a stay-at-home based business such as receiving discounts on upcoming campaign products, being one of many to try new products before public demand, and becoming your own boss in the comfort of your own home. Start up fee wasn't bad; $10. Since I became a rep in college, I would really suggest this business to seniors in high school and students in college to build experience. Plus having your own business would look good on a resume.

    Cons

    Pay is based off commissions. Campaign order must total at least $50 to earn 10-25%.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Okay. Made the same amount of money in a position even if the other person did a poor job.

    Former Employee - Order Processor  in  Newark, DE
    Former Employee - Order Processor in Newark, DE

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

    Pros

    Most of the associates were like family.

    Cons

    Hard to get day off, especially when really, really need it for a reason and even if it is months away.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost their top talent due to lay offs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits
    Employee development

    Cons

    Work-life balance
    Company did not adhere to its vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avon made a difficult discussion to cut the Global Implementation project of SAP, however, in my opinion it was a bad decision. This was the way to keep Avon competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    unique experience for life experiences

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager  in  Lakeland, FL
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Lakeland, FL

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

    Pros

    freedom to do as needed to complete tasks

    Cons

    reports could be shortened to allow more time to sale

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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