Estée Lauder Companies

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Estée Lauder Companies Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
283 Reviews
3.3
283 Reviews
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Estée Lauder Companies President, CEO, and Director Fabrizio Freda
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137 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fair work life balance if you are willing to get your job done evenings and weekends (in 27 reviews)

  • Great benefits, lots of education, training program, paid hourly plus commission (in 16 reviews)


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

  • And that is why some senior management don't seem to be competent at all (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Consumer Care Representative

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

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies

    Pros

    Great experience, and work environment. Really helped me develop my customer service skills which i feel i can apply to anything.

    Cons

    Very limited duties, no ability to do your own projects. Daily tasks were repetitive and not stimulating

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay place to work if you need a job.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies

    Pros

    It's a relatively easy work.

    Cons

    In my opinion it is hard to advance without knowing someone in management personally.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give your employees a fair opportunity to advance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The ELC Diaries

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent benefits from Medical, Dental, and Vision to heavily discounted (and sometimes free) makeup and beauty products. Extremely philanthropic organization that allows you to volunteer on company time. Many opportunities for professional development that are unique and exciting (not just at-you-desk training courses). Cool, one-off perks such as getting to meet Liz Hurley during Breast Cancer Awareness Day. Note that your benefits/perks may depend on the department you are in, i.e. employees of a brand are more likely to receive free product and employees in HR are more likely to have opportunities to volunteer on the regular.

    Cons

    Depending on which department you are in, your experience as an employee at ELC will differ. Again, each department has their own pros and cons but I'll share mine. Overall, career progression at the company for junior staff is very stagnant. Directors and above keep getting promoted while assistants and managers have to wait a minimum of 1 year to get promoted - certain rules are bent for certain employees depending on who you know at the company. ELC promotes itself as a family company but there is much bureaucracy and your experience at the company really depends on who you know. Highly matrixed organization where you have to go through several layers of approval to get anything done. The company is very top heavy and people that have been there forever (aka "blue bloods") make key decisions are are resistant to change. Salary at the lower levels is extremely low compared to other large multinational companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more opportunities for junior staff to progress at the company. Ensure same policies apply to everyone no matter what you level (i.e. work from home policies). Work on the infrastructure so that the company is more progressive and in line with competitors.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Lots of change and no standardization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and a good relationships company

    Cons

    Inside is totally disorganized, no standard processes and nothing but change, change, change,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Easy place to work

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

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    People are friendly and managers are courteous.

    Cons

    Old technology and tools to work with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need total overhaul in the top ranks, the company has loose work culture and slow decision making processes.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Programmer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Programmer in New York, NY

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work Life Benefits, Training Opportunities

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, lots of baby sitting, politics

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of education, training program, paid hourly plus commission

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to grow and retail hours with lots of black out dates. Taking vacations with your family is hard.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    very corporate

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good corporate benefits, good place to start career.

    Cons

    If you are in the creative field, there are not many options to explore. no office culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate your employees with studio perks and rev up office morale.

  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Average experience; your future depends on the quality of your manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Acct Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Acct Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Estee Lauder is a leader in the industry and it's wonderful to get experience working with a global company.

    Cons

    poor compensation
    lack of career growth
    tough industry

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

    Standard work life balance

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

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies

    Pros

    There are some employees that truly love what they do and are happy to help you out.

    Cons

    Opportunity for growth within the department is non-existent and there is not much going on in terms of community outreach and events.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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