L'Oréal Reviews

Updated July 17, 2015
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L'Oréal Président-Directeur Général Jean-Paul Agon
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Pros
  • Fast-paced environment - a day can pass by very fast (in 15 reviews)

  • A lot of responsibility early on in your career (if they like you) (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • work-life balance is a disaster (in 51 reviews)

  • You can end up working long hours during month-end periods (in 36 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Tough Environment, but if you can stand it is good resume builder

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

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Large organization with many brands so a wider opportunity for growth. Opportunity to move up fast in organization if skill set warrants to progression.

    Cons

    Long hours due to multiple changes in direction or simply iterations and many many meetings. There are meetings to prepare for the meeting that is preparing for the meeting.

    Advice to Management

    Do not allow a culture where it is ok to treat team members badly. Many managers are only focused on their own growth and not that of their team members. And actually most managers are not properly prepared to manage a team.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Best in Beauty, but can come at a price

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

    I worked at L'Oréal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great brands. Lots of opportunity for internal movement as they own 30 or so brands, most based in NY but also opportunities in California, overseas and elsewhere. Passionate about beauty. Biggest beauty company in the world. Good company discounts so you can hook up all your female friends with product.

    Cons

    Very heavy meeting culture, very strong involvement from Paris, not a lot of empowerment at lower levels unless you work on a small brand. Hours can be very long and culture can be unpleasant - really depends on the brand you work on and the management. Talent and dedication not always rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Cut down on the meetings and delegate more to the teams. Better work life balance.

    L'Oréal Response

    Apr 22, 2015 – Employer Branding Manager

    Thank you for your honest feedback about your time with us - it's helpful for us to improve and change to make our company the best place to work. Your advice about reducing meetings and better ... More


  3. Helpful (2)

    Entry level is challenging

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at L'Oréal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pays well Lots of holidays off Beauty perks

    Cons

    Long hours Unsupportive managers Difficult to make decisions without higher up approval No standardized processes

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire more headcount and work on PROCESS and EFFICIENCY


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Interesting, challenging with no work-life balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at L'Oréal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Top on the industry Free products Provide trainings Provide growth and development to its employees (depends on the manager though)

    Cons

    No work-life balance No standardization of processes No proper planning of projects Slow decision making Less automation of processes (heavily dependent on excel) If things go wrong people would at first put their energy in pointing who is to blame and solving the issue is only secondary. High rate of employee turnover


  6. Helpful (5)

    No work-life balance whatsoever

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Miami, FL

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Get to work with the latest/greatest products on the market, cool events, nice people, free and/or discounted products

    Cons

    Way too many presentations and meetings that prevent you from accomplishing your daily operational tasks (inefficiency) causing you to work extremely long hours, bombardment of emails, poor organization/management of brands (people managing way too many brands/lines), low pay, no appreciation for life outside work, stressful, and difficult to become upper management if not French

    Advice to Management

    Cut the unnecessary meetings/presentations, have more appreciation for life outside of work, hire more people


  7. Helpful (4)

    Not much focus on getting things done thoroughly due to business style

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Clark, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Clark, NJ

    I have been working at L'Oréal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    benefits, easy job to do if you don't care.

    Cons

    easy job, easy to turn into an idiot. low paying relative to competitors.

    Advice to Management

    enforce training, improve communications at higher level to reduce interference with international partners. and stop lying about innovation, you don't give your employees enough time to do it.


  8. Helpful (4)

    planner

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Planner in Florence, KY
    Former Employee - Planner in Florence, KY

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    they are good to their employee's as far as benefits, they do a lot of outside training, that is more culture training, which is nice they do, But when you get back to work, no one follows that training, so it eventually becomes a waste of time. . They also let you get involved in volunteering and giving back to the community. Their Human resource group is top notch, and very qood at what they do, Their manager actually sticks up for her group, so they are not afraid to learn and make mistakes. .

    Cons

    Excessively long hours, due to antiquated processes. Upper management throws tantrums, and ignores people if they made a mistake, Other employees stand offish, and just let you flail around if you are not sure how to do something. All people coming in are engineering majors so materials management is being handled like the building of a rocket, which ties materials hands to move quickly and respond to marketing's needs. All tasks are cumbersome and over analyzed. For every one result, there is about 15 tasks and 4 people involved, again slows down the ability and agility to respond quickly to get results for the customer.

    Advice to Management

    It would be helpful to hire college interns that are material management majors, not engineering majors. The operations group needs to also be managed by experienced Operational people, not an engineering major who happened to over see a group of planners while closing down a plant.


  9. Helpful (2)

    TEMP TO HIRE AT L'OREAL COMPANY

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Logistics in Seattle, WA
    Former Contractor - Logistics in Seattle, WA

    I worked at L'Oréal as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is a great job because it is for such a big worldwide company

    Cons

    I Never got hired on, worked for one year and a few months with a promise almost every month of being hired on in about 6 weeks. I was in a position with other full time employees making about 5$ less an hour for doing the same work until they said they would not be hiring me on and let me go.

    Advice to Management

    Stop the lies.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Understand what you have signed-up for!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 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.


  11. Helpful (8)

    Disorganized

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Services Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Services Coordinator in New York, NY

    I have been working at L'Oréal full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    When 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 Management

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



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