Estée Lauder Companies

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Estée Lauder Companies Reviews

Updated December 8, 2014
Updated December 8, 2014
283 Reviews
3.3
283 Reviews
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Estée Lauder Companies President, CEO, and Director Fabrizio Freda
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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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Permalance Designer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Graphic Designer in New York, NY

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great small team, great department camaraderie. Encouraging environment, emphasis on learning. Employees have access to a company store with discounted merchandise. As a contractor, I wasn't able to shop myself, but could enter the store and ask a friend to purchase for me.

    Cons

    Never brought on full-time from agency due to fee. During my time there a full-time employee left, but I was passed over for the position for an acquaintance of the art director. This wasn't unusual. If you can get in full-time from the start, there is a lot of room for growth and to jump brands. It's hard to get it as a designer though.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in New York, NY

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    great exposure to the company

    Cons

    lack of feedback and review

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had a great experience

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    I enjoyed working at Lauder

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

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    You work with a variety of people and you need to know your stuff.

    Cons

    Constant policy changes and a tendency to wait until the last minute to implement decisions.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall very good!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, Product Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director, Product Development in New York, NY

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Gives employees a good quality of life in terms of work/life balance. People don't stay "crazy late". The employees are great. Great discounts. You are working on amazing products.

    Cons

    Salary is not as high as at major competitors but then again, I think the balance is better, so that has to be factored in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities for part-time/job sharing, especially important for women with children.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of perks, great training and education

    Cons

    Low pay, very political, slow movement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    WWTD

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    Former Employee - Production Intern in Oakland, NJ
    Former Employee - Production Intern in Oakland, NJ

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

    Pros

    The manager, Terence, was absolutely the most involved he could possibly have been. I learned a lot from the internship thanks to his tutelage. He is such an impressive example of what a manager ought to be that I actually used him as an example in some of my management coursework in a section called, 'What would Terence Do?' in a reading journal.

    Besides he and the other consummate professionals I got to work with, I was assigned a very serious project which I had full control over. That sort of experience is invaluable, and looks great on a resume.

    Cons

    Working in production is loud, and not transferable to some of the more refined positions you might be interested in pursuing afterward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just ask yourself... WWTD?

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 10 people found this helpful  

    Great people, Future TBD

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some of the most committed, wonderful people have built this company and working with them is a delight
    Very family oriented culture that looks out for its people and offers a personal level of belonging
    Great products and a very solid financial foundation
    Globally involved and very diverse

    Cons

    Company is changing dramatically to being stock price driven and eroding its foundations of family and belonging
    HUGE issues with processes and standardization. The stuff that should be easy, isn't.
    New leaders are cut throat and short term in their thinking as the maximize income while sacrificing longevity
    Tough to get a good foothold as the company is very relationship oriented
    HR is very weak and splintered making your experience from manager to manager VERY inconsistent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop sacrificing heritage for profit, Invest in your people not consultants, listen to your people on the front lines

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    As an entire company - very satisfied... however...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The pros for the Estee Lauder Companies are many - but to name a few they are: strong in diversion and inclusion gaining value with each employee to feel as if they belong to a community; e.g. Asian group, LGBT, Millennial, etc. The company has a very extensive training program and garner success. The company promote from within and transfer rather than exhaust. A very successful intranet where any associate can read in on what is going on with the company as a whole. A very well kept office environment where it is clean and a friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    In terms of MY specific department and brands I work in. The work-life balance feels to have gone off due to the leadership being very successful and into their work loads the culture shift is an all work attitude. Many leaders come in while they are sick. The hours of operation are well into the evening hours - past 615p or so. However I can only speak for the specific floor I am on. No "break room" - no cafeteria to sit down and have your lunch away from your desk. Many, associates eat their lunch at the desk and it is normal to have your lunch interrupted. A break room is needed as not all people want to go out and eat their lunch, especially during the winter time - however, taking a full lunch break is frowned upon and almost impossible as many meetings are scheduled during lunch, too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please have a break room where people can go to and sit down to have their lunch without work interruptions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Bristol, PA
    Current Employee - Intern in Bristol, PA

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

    Pros

    great people, good atmosphere, learning a lot

    Cons

    Dirty job, a lot of "babysitting"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Make up artist who traveled to different locations in Texas.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Makeup Artist in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Makeup Artist in Irving, TX

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

    Pros

    The other artists were great to work with.

    Cons

    Training was helpful.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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