L'Oréal

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L'Oréal Reviews

Updated Jun 4, 2014
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3.2 290 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

L'Oréal Président-Directeur Général Jean-Paul Agon

Jean-Paul Agon

(138 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good attempts at work life balance with flexi hours implemented(in 7 reviews)

  • Fast-paced environment - a day can pass by very fast(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work life balance, the company thinks that you need to devote 100% of your life to work(in 40 reviews)

  • Long working hours, project with no decent planning & schedule, very unorganise, bad documentations(in 21 reviews)

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    The Devil Wears Prada

    Marketing (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsFree perfume, cosmetics each month.

    ConsHorrible work culture. If you are French then you will move up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMedieval times are over. We are all human.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

    1 person found this helpful  

    Good pay if you actually get hired. They have more temps than hired employees at all time and abusive management!!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits and double time on Sundays
    Never work as a temp to hire our there is no pros
    One week vacation on hire

    ConsAbusive management
    Total lack of respect for hourly employees
    No job security when seventy percent of workforce is temps
    Stupid meeting where they lie and brainwash hourly employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you hate you're job and life change it..

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    Know what you are getting into before you join

    (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsThey will move you up quickly if you are willing to work 24/7 and they know there are 1,000 people waiting in line to take your place if you don't want to
    Analytical
    Will keep you on your toes
    Wondeful benefits
    Great perks

    ConsZero respect for work life balance
    Highly irrational thinking/actions are tolerated and sometimes rewarded
    People work very hard but no smart. There is a lot of waste of money, time and resources due to poor planning
    Treat vendors poorly. Constantly have vendors bid for projects and then expect at least 2-3x the amount of work from them without compensating them for their time
    It is very much a hyper political environment. Management is paranoid and alliances are very quickly built. Not playing a long will cost you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFix the culture. L'Oreal is known for it's horrible work/life balance and for the irrational and sometimes hysterical behavior of senior management. While the company is profitable and growing, I believe there are massive amounts of profit being lost due to the horrible culture of the company.

    There are teams dedicated to just coming in and spinning within L'Oreal. While it is good to have someone come in and push you or provide learnings, I would suggest having headcount to help execute. It is useless to have someone constantly come in and tell you what you can do better. Have them help do it. That is L'Oreal's problem. A lot of spinning but not much support.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worst experience of my career.

    Marketing (Current Employee) Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsBig company that looks good on your resume. Only because it is a well known fact that if you can last a year at L'Oreal you can do anything.

    ConsWorst work life balance. 9 - 5 job? I've never done those hours the whole time I've been there. You will be there until 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 or even midnight. And even then you will go home and work more. Those hours are expected. Even if you leave at 6, it will be noticed and asked why you are leaving early. Meetings are regularly scheduled after 'work' hours. Say goodbye to having dinner with friends and family. Say goodbye to your life.

    Worst culture. A boys club. Yes in a beauty company. It's as if as a female you have no opinion, your ideas are wrong, you are looked down on.

    Worst planning. Everything was due yesterday. No concept of prioritising. Everything is now, now, now. There's no planning out beyond the current season. It's reactive, not proactive.

    Worst development. Zero focus on development plans or training. You will be promised it but it will never happen. You won't get any feedback on your performance until the end of year review. And trust me, shocks will hit you in the face at your review. I've seen barely any promotions unless you are well liked, not if the person is ready.

    Worst turnover. Rumoured to be 75%. I think it's higher. It's a never ending revolving door. No stability. No getting to know your team. Constant upheaval.

    Worst hiring of local talent. A lot of talent is brought in from international locations. I wouldn't call them talent really. I regularly see international people here to work in Australia hired over locals and L'Oreal getting these people visas.

    Worst management. No clear direction. No vision. No sharing of objectives and results. No team activities. Any managers that allow all these things to happen are not worth working for.

    Worst place to work. Don't do it. You think you will be working for a big company with great brands. You will regret it. Trust me. You will want to walk out constantly. Trust me.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTest others how you want to be treated. Treat your employees like humans. Offer encouragement and advice. Celebrate wins. Be human.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not ' worth it'

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsAmazing products which appeal to a wide market

    ConsPoor work life balance. Aggressive culture.
    Acts of discrimination go unchallenged.
    Values and company ethos confused and unclear.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Loreal in Poland

    Marketing Intern (Former Employee) Warsaw (Poland)

    Proseasy to switch departments and become manager after 6 months of experience, work life balance ok, lot of nice brands

    Consnot friendly environment, managed by chaos and no procedures, big staff turnover, improve office building to provide employees more space and comfortable conditions

    Advice to Senior Managementtry to retain people and introduce more transparent way of managing and taking decisions

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great brands, terrible management

    Anonymous (Current Employee) Mumbai (India)

    ProsGreat brands

    Exciting product launches

    Casual work wear vs. Other fmcg companies

    ConsUnprofessional senior man com frequently shout and can be verbally abusive in meetings

    Totally unstructured and haphazard method of doing business

    Poor relationship between sales and marketing functions

    Micro managed by managers who are entirely autocratic

    Advice to Senior ManagementWeed out the mediocrity and arrogance from the team.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    4 people found this helpful  

    horrible environment

    Merchandising (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    Prosthe free products/discounts and company reputation

    Consworking hours, lack of lunch break, unfriendly people, high stress culture, no support or training

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Very bad experience.

    Commercial Director (Current Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsGreat Brands across beauty & luxury. Product design and formulations are world class.

    ConsImmature leadership, political climate, poor ability to manage commercial talent. Culture of bullying is rampant at the workplace.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFast track only those mid management professionals that have the functional and emotional ability to manage "people managers".
    By virtue of being a closely held company, L'Oreal can have a strategic agenda. Should not let some employees get away with short term measures to boost their career- this comes at a cost to L'Oreal.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I worked as an Intern for 6 months

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNotoriety. Interesting to add to your resume
    Well-paid in comparison with market averages

    ConsLack of organization and processes
    Lack of vision
    Lack of ethics
    Forget about merit. It's only politics
    Arrogant people. Arrogant people everywhere.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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