Estée Lauder Companies Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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Estée Lauder Companies President, CEO, and Director Fabrizio Freda
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Pros
  • Gives employees a good quality of life in terms of work/life balance (in 27 reviews)

  • Great benefits and a good relationships company (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • home based offices make work life balance an opportunity (in 12 reviews)

  • Upper management doesnt do anything but micromanage (in 10 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Melville, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great employee culture and benefits. Lots of opportunity for growth and development. This is an entrepreneurial company with a high focus on personal relationship and interpersonal skills.

    Cons

    Employees who are not looked at favorably are left out of the talent development process which is of great disadvantage to the company having invested an enormous amount of resources in the training and development of veteran employees.

    Advice to Management

    Too many middle and top level management use their position of power to promote employees based on their personal bias and preferences instead of seeking out individuals who will serve the interest of the company's growth. This type of leadership will not add to the company's continued success.


  2. R&D Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People at the bench, employee store, education benefits, corporate access to museums

    Cons

    Shareholder first company. Lack of leadership, lack of training programs.

    Advice to Management

    Lead your people, put the employee "family member" ahead of the shareholder.


  3. Executive Assistant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Preston, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Preston, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The products... There is a massive portfolio of brands

    Cons

    Not enough space, too cluttered

    Advice to Management

    Have a formal employee suggestion process


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Ecommerce Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Portfolio of Brands Good Benefits

    Cons

    Executive Management is Excellent but the rest of the company still operates with archaic business mentality- slow & political


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nice people and great benefits.

    Cons

    Almost non existent talent development. Very hard to get promoted, or moved to a different position.

    Advice to Management

    People development should be a higher priority.


  7. Beauty Advisor

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    Current Employee - Beauty Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Beauty Advisor in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Perks. They are a very giving company, always willing to help and constant ongoing training.

    Cons

    Stress of sales goals, not enough pay.

    Advice to Management

    Pay on site associates more per hour because it's a high stress environment position.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Good company to work for, compensation not competative

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    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great culture, encouraging of work/ life balance, opportunity for internal mobility

    Cons

    management not progressive in terms of career advancement for mid-level employees, compensation is not competitive with other companies or industries

    Advice to Management

    embrace your entry and mid-level employees, many of them do not feel valued


  9. Helpful (1)

    Not great for Finance/IT

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    50-60% discount on products. International travel opportunities, depending on your role. Great company if you are involved in Marketing/Brand Management.

    Cons

    This is a company that does not value your professional opinion unless you are an Executive Director or higher. Areas like Finance and IT tend to be the company's last priority. Senior Management is very "old school" and is unwilling to adapt to current technologies or changes in modern culture which makes it difficult for the company to progress. Compensation is also on the low end compared to other Cosmetic companies.

    Advice to Management

    Need to change mentality on technology and start embracing it. An employee's hard work and dedication should correlate to an increase in compensation, however this currently does not happen.


  10. Estée Lauder

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    Former Employee - Manager Global in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Manager Global in Philadelphia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Gratis and health insurance package

    Cons

    You need to know people to move up


  11. Experience dependent on office location

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    Former Employee - Consultant in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in Brooklyn, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies (More than a year)

    Pros

    Downtown locations are very laid back, comfortable atmosphere

    Cons

    Very hierarchical - have to go through many layers to get things done



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