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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    The worst job I ever had

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Chemist in Suffern, NY
    Former Contractor - Chemist in Suffern, NY

    I worked at Avon Products as a contractor (less than a 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
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    District Sales Manager

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    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
  3.  

    Too Many Changes

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    • 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
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  5.  

    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

  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    The worst company ever

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    • 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
  7. 5 people found this helpful  

    Very unfair and very age discrimination practiced

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    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
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Run away, don't give up your life to be a District Sales Manager aka the fall guys

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    some ability to make your own schedule. meeting wonderful people and helping to change lives. car is a perk. good benefits

    Cons

    management is clueless. a lot of unfair tactics go on here. you can work your butt off but if you don't kiss enough of them you will not last long. You can be fired even if you are in the top third of your division. Others will stay because they are liked. Very unfair treatment in this supposedly professional company. You will work long hrs 7 days a week for very little money or respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating managers like children in school. Give the respect you expect in return. Appreciate our hard work. Stop playing favorites. Get a grip , the leadership you have will never be self starters, they throw what they don't want to do at the managers and the managers are paid to do it. Let go of the managers and good luck staying a float.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a good experience

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Brookhaven, NY
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Brookhaven, NY

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

    Pros

    None I can remember other then being able to work from my home

    Cons

    - Poor upper management
    - 24/7 Work week
    - Bonuses dangled in front of the managers but impossible to obtain
    - Representatives very mean and would presonally attack
    - Was physically threatened by a representative and when reported to inside management, along with the legal department nothing was done
    - Harrassed by my Divisional Manager and a fellow male District Manager - I didnt file complaint because of know they would do nothing
    - Felt exposed to representatives because they could look up where I lived - not protected like a regular employee that work in the corporate offices
    - Fellow district managers very mean, cut throat and bunch of snakes
    - When redisticting was done my district was disolved and assigned to a new one where representatives, mostly the top leadership, made it their business to personally attack and destroy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am glad I left the company!!! It was the worst experince work wise I have ever had.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 8 people found this helpful  

    What a sad place to work it has become

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

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

    Pros

    Fortune 500 company, 401k, name recognition, USED TO BE an incredible company to work for. Based on the reviews here, representatives still seem to be happy, but they are NOT employees and skew the results

    Cons

    I left to join another company and thank goodness I did, as things really went from bad to worse.
    -Horrific Senior Management that treats people badly at so many levels.
    -An environment that pretends to want your feedback by conducting an annual engagement survey only to make excuses when the feedback is poor. "oh this is not relevant" "oh this is really pertaining to the last supervisor", "oh complaining about a lack of earnings/bonus/etc is something everyone does all the time so we won't even get into that" etc etc etc.
    No promotion opportunities for people that have a proven track record. It's all about your buddy!
    -Bonus opportunities have disappeared. Avon will talk about it as IF a bonus really exists but it's all,on paper. You can count on one hand how many people in middle management really receive a bonus.
    -Poor people skills. I have encountered some of the most vile individuals at Avon, in Senior Management. This is "mean girls" at its finest. They will hold everyone to a much different standard than they hold themselves to. No leading by example.
    -Honest feedback not wanted. Speak the truth and your head will get lopped off.
    After I left, someone had the grandiose idea to lay off tons of District Managers, the recruiting machine at Avon. They have been in a tail spin ever since. Someone with 2 brain cells could have predicted that this crash would happen ....and Avon has highly paid individuals that could not foresee this?
    -A constant stream of bad decisions that take the business from bad to worse, such as: Closed boundaries. Required DSMs to live in their market (did you ever try to hire someone with an advanced degree from the South side of Chicago?)Relocated customer service, finance, HR to India. Brought in people that have no idea about direct selling. Made incentives so complicated that nobody in the field could understand them. Dramatically downsized amount of Districts. Have most of the products manufactured in China. Won't fix a fill rate that's at 50%....the list goes on and on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are beyond help. Avon Board of Directors - fire Sheri McCoy then get buyout or make her do an "undercover boss" appearance in the field so she will understand what District Managers have to accomplish every day. Maybe then she will fire all those executives that have fed her BS and start anew.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Global Finance Manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Avon gives you the title and they pay decent for someone younger making it into management. However you better come in at the level that you want. Promotions are rare.

    Cons

    I don't know where to begin. How this place survives is beyond me. I went through over 10 marketers in one year due to the high turnover all across Avon. If you have been there two years then consider yourself a veteran. They have old systems and rely heavily on excel. You work long hours, get no appreciation, no promotions, etc. Being in management here was impossible. They want to recruit the best talent but give the people tedious, long hour repetitive work that demoralizes the best talent. This company just spits out products every two weeks and people management is not on their list of responsibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GO AWAY. You took a multi-billion dollar company and did not evolve it since the internet came forward. It takes two weeks from the time a product is ordered to when it is delivered. Meanwhile on Amazon you can free two day shipping on competitive brands. The business model needs to change tremendously along with more emphasis being placed on talent retention. Soon after I left the CEO was removed. You don't want to work here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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