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Avon Products Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
634 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 42 reviews)

  • 9 - 5 is awesome hours and on the day before a holiday weekend you have the option to work from home (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is poor to non-existent, depending on who you work for (in 25 reviews)

  • Upper Management doesn't believe in a proactive method to turn North America around (in 31 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    60-70 Work week, No family balance!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Avon Products full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great Benefits package inclusing company car, laptop, gas card.

    Cons

    60-70 Work week not including weekedns. Corp relies to much on Leadership then everything falls on the DSM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't rely on the Leadership Reps. They scam you of the bonus and prizes. Start paying attention to your top sellers. This company is first a sales company. Stop pushing the Hispanic areas to grow business. Latinos strive to have a better life once they get to the US and so Avon is not on their top list. Latinos selling Avon in Central amerca strive to hit a goal to earn what they need for their families. Here in the US they can't sell much since the Gov't will take away their "gold cards" or other gov't benefits if they make too much income.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Long, unpaid and obviously dishonest director

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Boiling Springs, Spartanburg, SC
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Boiling Springs, Spartanburg, SC

    I worked at Avon Products full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours ability to meet many new people

    Cons

    Work Many hours that you do not get paid for. No benefits, no work life balance if you plan on making any money. Allllot of my money spend building "MY" business and customers for nothing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was told when I recruited "x" # of recruits under me I would receive a % of every sale they made. I worked my tail off to do just that. My director also had a quota to make and she was short this month... She put all 6 of my recruits under HER! She took my recruits for her slack month and gave me some BS excuse. I have never touched another Avon product since this day!,

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stress

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager

    I worked at Avon Products full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Can set schedule to a degree, but there is NO work/life balance at all. Pressure if you don't live for the company.

    Cons

    Leadership in the company is behind the times. They cannot figure out where they are going and continue to pressure managers to make up for losses. Reward those willing to break the rules. No support for career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out your market and fix the business model. Managers are passionate about their jobs and they would perform if you would set realistic goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Avoid joining this company if you can

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suffern, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suffern, NY

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

    Pros

    work-life balance. people can get half day off each two weeks. company store is convenient and people can get a good price there.

    Cons

    Poor compensation package compare to other companies.
    Too much politics that are hurting the organization from inside.
    The culture is very poor too.
    Limited career development opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are a lot changes needed in R&D. Some people need to be let go but stayed, and some people are making positive impact on the company but left the company. Some managers are not familiar with the related field which is really hurting the R&D operation since they cannot make right decisions. There are more talkers than doers and Avon R&D really need more down-to-earth type of people. So, hiring the right people, putting them in the right position and keep them is the key.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    District Sales Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avon Products

    Pros

    Insurance is top notch and getting to travel for conferences is great,

    Cons

    Everything besides the Pros listed above. Let's start with training- although they have an outline of what you SHOULD be trained on- it is just not the case!! I was stuck with a trainer that told me at the end of the day what I had seen and what to put on my weekly reports submitted to my Divisional. When I spoke up about my feelings toward lack of training I was told to "own my training" and stop blaming others.
    Next let's move to Field Training Managers- they have a backwards way of working the field with you and I say "working" the field very lightly. She shopped and insulted people in the town we were training in at each and every stop. She was unprofessional and even told a representative I "wasn't up to par" for the job.
    Divisional Managers- I went through 4 during my year with Avon and each one had different views. You better be careful which "sister managers" you befriend because if your divisional doesn't like them- you are screwed.
    They claim flexible hours BUT as long as it fits their flexibility. You are NEVER off work and I received calls at 1:30 am one night from a Representative because she hadn't gotten her order on time. I've been cussed at and even had a Representative "tell on me" because I left her event sooner than she wanted me too!
    If you have a family-- kiss them goodbye because they will take a backseat to Avon and that is expected of you but NEVER EVER said!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop "conference calling" and "reporting" everyone to death. DSMs have enough to do without the extra admin stuff. Make the districts smaller and more realistic- you're going to lose some great DSMs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst job I ever had

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chemist in Suffern, NY
    Former Employee - Chemist in Suffern, NY

    I worked at Avon Products as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people who would love to help.

    Cons

    Constant abusive from upper management in respect to Temporary employees. Following orders and not ever questioned them. Working tight place with another temp, both using balance at the same time etc. Asking to move to empty space available next to them( nobody won't be occupied long time), they denied our petition with an irrational excuse. Most of time the manager was behind our back when we was working... Horrible place to work!!!. I left in 2 weeks, for me it was 10 years. According to my friend, the other temp stayed for not so long...
    Past temps left with same issue .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Temps are human beings and treating accordingly. On the phone interview, Nobody mentioned me of the mentally abuse.

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

    Too Many Changes

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Nice people - but they usually leave

    Cons

    Constantly changing but not in a good way - and all the good people leave because of this.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn how to manage and motivate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Empowering....Rewarding...Educational...Disappointing...Stressful...Defeating....Dishonest

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avon Products

    Pros

    Build a thick skin, meet and work with SOME great people

    Cons

    If you want to keep your job...well... well, mmm learn to bob and weave

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the people that have your back, Be careful of the DIvision Managers you have given too much license to

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Very unfair and very age discrimination practiced

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    My team was very appreciative and it is over 6 months later and I still receive at least on call every day.

    Cons

    I managed 2 districts which were always in the top 5 ranking report.
    I won Circle of Excellence
    But then I got a new Divisional who made it obvious that she wanted to get rid of me and replace me with one of her own. In the end, 9 DSM's out of 15 have been replaced with younger, less educated and with less experience. Both of my districts are on a steady decline - One is at the very bottom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the damage that has been done in the last year. Hold your head high and admit mistakes were made. Get Avon back on the Success track they were on in 2010.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst company ever

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    There is no good reason to work for such an unprofessional company.

    Cons

    No promotions at all for managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to remove most if not all of your division managers.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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