Elizabeth Arden Reviews

Updated July 15, 2015
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Elizabeth Arden Chairman, President, and CEO E. Scott Beattie
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Pros
  • They also offer great discounts on products and spa services which is an enormous plus as a female employee (in 3 reviews)

  • You learn a lot about the beauty business, experts teach you makeup techniques, how to prepare gifts and you learn about all the fragrances (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • no work life balance, constantly working around the clock (in 5 reviews)

  • No room for growth, at leats in the department that I worked in (in 3 reviews)

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  1. No Clear Strategy

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

    I worked at Elizabeth Arden full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Elizabeth Arden has somewhat of a family feel and a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Elizabeth Arden has no clear strategy. The company is always behind trends and consistently reacts to issues rather than having clear direction from management. To top it all off, their management does not agree on anything. Each leader acts in silos instead of working as one company with one vision. Until this completely changes, nothing will improve.

    Advice to Management

    My advice is to restructure management, not the lower-level employees who have no influence on the company's future.


  2. Analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Roanoke, VA

    I worked at Elizabeth Arden full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to work from home

    Cons

    management attitudes, morale is low


  3. Helpful (1)

    Horribly run company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miramar, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Miramar, FL

    I have been working at Elizabeth Arden full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary that's about it, easy parking, pretty office clean bathrooms. Benefits are okay, holidays are more than most Florida companies dish out

    Cons

    Horrible CEO that appears for half a year and mistreats employees by slamming doors in their faces literally he slams doors in your face Directors and evps mistreat and talk down to staff It's Cuban run if you aren't Cuban you are talked about behind your back in Spanish The company sells garbage cologne from the 1980s which no one will buy, very stressful failing environment

    Advice to Management

    They need to treat employees with some decent courtesy


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  5. If you fresh out of school. Try It!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Nail Technician in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Nail Technician in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Elizabeth Arden full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    90% off services, Good shopping and eating in the area, and The name will take you far.

    Cons

    You will not move up no matter how hard you work. Some ladies have been there 15 years plus with no raise, so learn what you can build a clientele and move on.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are working there behinds to the bone. To be a high end spa you lack the caring affection, and understanding Mrs. Arden built her empire on. Yes people on the out side see you as a company of class but you employees know the truth. Maybe you should work on that.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Horrible corporate management

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Holder
    Former Employee - Key Holder

    I worked at Elizabeth Arden full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The best thing about working there are friendships with fellow staff, other than that there's not much to recommend.

    Cons

    Micromangement by out of touch and uncaring corporate office, they expect loyalty from staff who are underpaid and just used them. There is zero holiday pay even though we give up our holidays, overtime only when extremely short staffed(they make sure that's kept to a minimal), no benefits for part time staff, and of course hours cut during slow seasons, sometimes to less than 10 hours per week. For that, they expect loyalty.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your staff who are running your stores, you get what you give.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Unprofessional company!

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Elizabeth Arden full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good discounts on products.

    Cons

    I worked for the Elizabeth Arden outlet. It was a terrible abusive atmosphere. Our district manager had a huge anger problem and would fire anyone at whim! We had an employee who was a bully and always got her way with corporate. She set out to get me and my store manager fired, and got her wish! She still works there and was even promoted to my job. They offered little to no training for management, and low pay. Please stay away from this company, it is bad news.

    Advice to Management

    Learn not to have favorites and give your employees some proper training!


  8. Lack of credible leadership direction

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Elizabeth Arden full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Has hired top talent. Good products.

    Cons

    Lack of direction from the CEO. More of a Wall Street deal-maker than a leader. In denial about tragic state of business. A lot of scrambling at end of quarters to build and ship cheap products without considering longterm consequences. Any sale, anywhere, at any price is acceptable at Arden.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure about competence of the Board of Directors - way past time for them to step up.


  9. Fun but very temporary.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Guest Service Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Guest Service Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Elizabeth Arden full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great team of employees. All techs went to the best schools and are very talented. Discounted services were always a plus!

    Cons

    Not really room for growth with the company, very minimal training, pay not competitive,benefits almost non existent for such a large well known company, on flexible schedule


  10. Helpful (1)

    Unorganized, undervalued, unappreciated and under paid!

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in New York, NY

    I worked at Elizabeth Arden full-time (Less than a year)

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The people I met who have also left.

    Cons

    This company does not value its employees and is extremely unorganized. They expect you to drop everything and come to a meeting in a moments notice when that meeting doesn't even pertain to you. During my employment there they thought they were doing us a favor by giving us an hourly rate due to construction delays, but what they failed to understand or care about was the pathetic amount they gave us didn't pay for all of the debt we incurred during our time there. Aside from the the commute alone, paying for lunches, etc. the pathetic 8.00 an hour they paid us didn't even cover a Metro Card. They later upped it to 10 and thought they had given us gold. When construction went on for another delay they said they would give us all a bonus. (Of course it was taxed) but you had to stay for another 4 weeks to see it. If you work for them prepare yourself to live on their hourly wage and not a penny more. You have to work on at least 11 clients a week in order to make a commission. Sound easy? It's impossible! All we did was work on employees. They give their corporate people huge discounts and then those people don't even tip you on the full bill. Cheap! Cheap! Cheap! By the way, they don't advertise, so seeing 11 clients a week is next to impossible. We were told, "Here are your business cards, the rest is up to you now." Did I mention the cards were two months late? Oh, and if you asked for a schedule so that you might be able to "plan" your life, they looked at you as though you had asked them for a liver transplant. We were told there was a massive advertising campaign and it never happened. I won't even get started on the artistic team they hired. We cleaned the salon every day for a week, unpacked boxes, moved boxes and unpacked them again and again. At one point a few of the office employees had a breakfast and she yelled at one of the styling team for taking some orange juice. Real humane! I kept telling myself it would get better, but sadly, it only got worse. Stay away from this company! I saw people lose their entire savings trying to stay afloat there and all of the promises that were made that went by the wayside. We were always reminded of how "replaceable" we all were.

    Advice to Management

    Stop expecting your salon staff to do the job you do with the salaries you make and to work the hours that you work. We are not salaried employees!!! Stop using your employees to your advantage. I was hired to be a stylist at your salon, not the maid service, the packing service or the group talk service to talk about your new products and evaluate them. They are called focus groups and they get paid 100.00 a session, not 8.00. Wake up and smell 2014! People want to work with a company that is conscious and treats its people well. As much as you try to advance Elizabeth Arden, you might want to just accept that fact that it will always be the place everyone buys their mother a gift certificate to on Mother's Day. It will never be more than that because the people who run this corporation are still stuck in that mode. Wake up and treat your employees better-then maybe you might see a change in your growth. It's not always about the bottom line-especially when you are using your employees to make your quotas.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Stay far away from this toxic place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Elizabeth Arden full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    - Get to work on all parts of the brand (concept, product development, launch, growth) - Interesting brands

    Cons

    - Constant reorganization over the past 3 years by literally playing musical chairs in marketing. One day you could be working on one brand and the next who knows... - Every place has politics, but this place is toxic. Your fellow employees will throw you under the bus so fast in order to have a scapegoat for anything and everything. - Employees are not valued because they are considered headcount and easily replaceable.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring externally from CPG and develop your own training program instead of buying talent that has already been trained in brand management. Value your employees and their work life balance because people are so unhappy that they get sick all the time.



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