L'Oréal

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L'Oréal Reviews

Updated Jul 2, 2014
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3.2 291 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

L'Oréal Président-Directeur Général Jean-Paul Agon

Jean-Paul Agon

(139 ratings)

61% 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 42 reviews)

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

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    Understand what you have signed-up for!

    Marketing (Former Employee)

    Pros-Great Resume Builder
    -Some really intelligent Snr Management and able to learn and grow from
    -Marketplace respect of Brand Marketing and Media Budget
    -Great Benefits (401k, Equinox, Pension)

    Cons-Be prepared to work very hard with little recognition and appreciation
    -Long hours and expectations to constantly check-in even when off
    -Lots of talk and little to no-portunity for cross brand or cross divisional moves. HR is useless.
    -Competitive coworkers and TOO MANY internal corporate politics
    -Other Snr Management will be threatened by young, smart, hungry go-getters and WILL throw you under the bus, keep you from spotlight or get rid of you.

    Advice to Senior Management-Re-evaluate VP levels. Some are really great. Others are really awful with no care for their employees career development. They causing really smart young talent to RUN!
    -HR needs to help deliver on "Corporate Promises" - moving around company; explorere programs etc
    -Smaller brands operate like its 1980. They are decades beyond Mass and Luxury brands.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Disorganized

    Creative Services Coordinator (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsName recognition, job duties, challenging, creative, large company, trips, working with talented people, discount on products.

    ConsWhen I was hired the company was going through a major overhaul. People were being hired and fired and positions combined. I was excited to have the job until I found out I would not recieve proper training. It was fine at first for I am a fast learner but since the girl who had my position previously had left on bad terms she left a lot of unfinished business that, naturally, my boss decided to blame on me since she no longer had her previous employee to blame. I took it in stride until my boss tried to not pay be for overtime. I had to wait an entire month to recieve my money and was fired for even requesting it!

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou are not always right! What a surprise. People are hired to help you, allow them to do their jobs. Train when necessary. Relax!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    The company has great benefits but is a tough environment to work.

    Director (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat Benefits, Secure company, Decent Salaray, Some good people

    ConsVery Long Hours, Little Appreciation, Little Senior Management Recognition

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat both mid level and jr employees better

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

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    Losing great beauty advisors to cosmetics companies that care

    Counter Manager (Current Employee) Chicago, IL

    ProsProduct line full of good products
    Well Known Name

    ConsUnsupportive Account Executives that will take credit for your hard work, or blame you if things go wrong.
    Lack of training for new hires

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The long wave of success about to hit a wall

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat R&D. If you are in marketing, greater opportunities generally. With such a large pool of people, you are always bound to find some great people. Certainly for the fortunate, there can be quick promotions and expatriation. The cosmetics industry is generally recession resistant -- so there's a net on the downside. The company has shown great growth over the past 20 years and with the need for growth, one can expect further acquisitions which will lead to even more opportunities. L'Oreal is a recognized leader -- and is typically a great school for marketing and sales... There are five divisions and a very handsome portfolio of brands to work in which can provide a good deal of diversity in the jobs. The benefits (at least in France) are very good.

    ConsL'Oreal suffers from an old fashioned management style (top down). There is a general sense of management by fear, especially among the French hierarchy. And, there are several very important "functions" that dominate: labs and marketing being the two main ones. Sales, HR and Education are typically under-regarded -- although that depends on the country to some degree.

    If you are not French, there are reduced opportunities. There is a poor level of diversity in top management in general.

    The company is underequipped in Information Technologies -- and it is lagging heavily in the internet activities. It has barely achieved a web 1.0 mentality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to listen (to employees and customers), let go (of the control). Learn how to say "no" in order to bring in real change in the way we do business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Inequality

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Nairobi (Kenya)

    ProsNo dress code.
    Open door policy.

    ConsThe inequalities between the different divisions are alot. Office staff eat on glass and overall normal plates while factory staff eat on metal plates.
     Employees working on Loreal consumer products division have extremely high benefits compared to staff working on local products(which ironically sell more).
    Extremely low salaries for interns, management trainees and those on contract.
    Slow decision making.
    Frequent resignations.
    Few career growth opportunities for locals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have to make things more equal in Kenya. For the company to grow, discrimmination has to stop.
    Make everyone feel as if the role they play in the company is valued.
    Get more locals in high up positions as they understand East Africa more, especially in sales and marketing.

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

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    Exausted and tough

    Commercial Area (Current Employee) São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    ProsOwnership and freedow to delivery results. Spend high energy to achieve results and negotiate internally

    ConsLack of salary grades and compensation policies and development policies . Clear way to achieve next levels Nd evaluatuation process . Relationship based

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe value or the culture is more important than the results

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Fun company but No work life balance ..

    (Former Employee) Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsGreat team work, very high energy work environment, lots of fun activities during / off work and a very flat organisation across.

    ConsUnstable manpower, high turnover, absolutely no work life balance here and too confrontational culture.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStrongly recommend in ways of improving work life balance to retain talent and harness experience of employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    How long will this dinosaur keep running?

    Marketing (Former Employee)

    Pros-great people, fast paced environment - you won't get bored, a lot of responsibility from the day one

    Cons-very hierarchical, political & old fashioned culture, no flexibility in working hours, not sufficient working equipment (laptop & cellphone), low salaries for junior staff

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe company must change in order to attract the best talents.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Last as long as you can- then don't hesitate to leave!!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) London, England (UK)

    Pros-Discounted products
    -looks great on CV
    -good opportunities to learn
    -can move into international roles

    Cons-no work / life balance
    -v long hours
    -political, if you are not in the 'clique' you will not progress well in this company
    -no transparency on salary bands, you have to fight for increase at every opportunity given
    -if they want you to leave they make this obvious - via unwarranted capability process or just limiting your progression so you feel you have no choice but to leave
    -high pressure which leads to a very stressful environment
    -large workload but small teams due to limited headcount
    -meeting charters not respected, not unusual to have a meeting commence at 6pm
    -there is a need to permanently cover your back by cc'ing all into e-mails or following up any phone calls with a written e-mail
    -as an employee you do not feel valued, you feel replaceable

    Advice to Senior Management1. Your employees are your assets- remember that.
    2. GM's -you need to manage your egos.
    3. Before pointing a finger of blame at an employee, look at the assets/resources they are given to do their job.

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

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