Estée Lauder Companies

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Estée Lauder Companies Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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3.3 238 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

Estée Lauder Companies President, CEO, and Director Fabrizio Freda

Fabrizio Freda

(108 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Decent work-life balance, which - for most people - offsets the low pay(in 23 reviews)

  • Great benefits,Amazing, creative, friendly, great customer service, quickly recognized(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance in Marketing role not always achievable(in 10 reviews)

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

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    Standard work life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Management coop

    Production Supervisor (Former Employee) Bristol, PA

    Prosgood team environment, and talented management teams

    Conschallenging task of time sensitive work environment

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Meh

    Beauty Advisor (Current Employee) Lithonia, GA

    ProsGreat discount, meet new people, great product

    Conssales goals are attainable but if you work at dillards it's inflated almost unreasonable, i loved the people I worked with but hated the store management. But any retail position you get is always taxing. My advice: stay as long as you can stand it, make as much money then move on. If you wish to stay with this company and into corporate network at the estee lauder meetings, network network network!! Good luck!!

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe lower level managment, phenomenal group of ladies, wouldn't know what goes on at headquarters didn't care enough

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Origins, Part time Counter Manager

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood quality products, yearly gratis, opportunity to earn bonuses, and excellent training workshops

    ConsHourly pay somewhat low, opportunity to get a decent raise is not likely, work environment depends on the attitudes and rules of store or mall the counter is located...terrible experience with that

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe an advocate for your employees. Be open to better wages.

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    Very Average Workplace

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible hours, good balance, friendly, diverse

    ConsManagement is not always respondent

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more and better feedback.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    SAP documentation and Training intern

    SAP Intern (Current Employee) Long Island, NC

    Pros` Supervisor is very nice and tries to teach and help you as much as possible.
    ` There are lots of external consultants from IBM, SAP and other companies working here, it's a great opportunity to build your networking.
    ` Get chance to learn many advanced softwares.
    ` Get chance to work with people from different functional groups.

    Cons` Internship is unpaid.
    ` Internship is not very formal and systematic, not fixed assignment, my work is based on what they need. And it's possible to get some tedious work to do even though they are not SAP related.
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    Advice to Senior Management` Pay the interns even though it could be legal min payment.

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    Good people, lots and lots of red tape.

    Director (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsWorking with talented people, high standards, many opportunites to advance if you have the ambition, prestigious company, good heritage. Good benefits.

    ConsWork load is ridiculous, they are conservative with adopting new technology. pay is not great for mid-level unless you threaten to leave.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate lunchroom/cafeteria space in the office

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Wonderful family Company, but pay for entry/mid-level employees is below average

    Coordinator (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThe people! Everyone is the Company is extremely friendly and seems to genuinely like what they do. Perks are great! 50% of all products plus lots of free ones that go around. Benefits (medical & dental) are very strong.

    ConsELC is slow to promote and salary is below average. There is a reason many employees in their 20's and 30's leave- we like working here, but the pay is so hard to live off of in NYC. A huge miss on the Company's part is the overtime policy. For example- if you are a coordinator, work late hours and make overtime you could make an extra $20-30K a year! When you get promote and you are no longer eligible for overtime, it could take you 8-10 years to get back to the salary you earned when you first started.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIn my 20's, I don't really have a work-life balance and I am ok with that. I do love this Company a lot, but am unfortunately looking elsewhere because of the salary gap.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Slightly delusional, but slowly coming to...

    Executive Director (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat brands, lots of enthusiasm, and a great story of a self-made brand-builder. Schedules are relatively manageable, and I really enjoy working with my colleagues.

    ConsThere tends to be more enthusiasm than competence in a lot of areas. In particular, there are constantly "newly created roles" for senior people who aren't particularly talented. So it leads to an environment where many senior people, as pleasant as they may be, are not respected for their business/technical acumen. The implicit communication is that your image and relationships are more important than substantive work quality. In fact, many senior people lack the necessary competencies to effectively evaluate their direct reports at all.

    On the bright side, it appears that this veil of incompetence is slowly melting away. Incremental steps are being made towards accountability and bringing in good people. The challenges we face now are building a system that rewards people for the right contributions and developing strong leaders.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReward performance. If we can effectively lay out the right goals and reward the people who help us achieve those goals, we'll be great. But if we continue to idolize our internal heroes and heroines, we will be blind to internal and external threats. We hold these people up as mavens of innovation, but ignore the fact that most of these people haven't come up with anything of interest. And while we hold fancy dinners in their honor, a competitor who is much more self-aware is working to innovate us out of existence.

    Recognize strengths, but acknowledge our weaknesses. Then execute a winning strategy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

     

    good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosvery friendly management and workforce

    Consnot so much room to advance

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