L'Oréal Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
330 Reviews
3.2
330 Reviews
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L'Oréal Président-Directeur Général Jean-Paul Agon
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159 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very fast-paced environment, you will NEVER find yourself bored, or not know what to do next (in 14 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Intern may experience some pressure and difficulties to manage work-life balance (in 44 reviews)

  • Long working hours, project with no decent planning & schedule, very unorganise, bad documentations (in 19 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    it is a fast paced work environment. You have to be good at multitasking and time management

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L'Oréal

    Pros

    flexible, interesting, and with ownership

    Cons

    work over time, too many meetings, the indecisive managers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    less meetings

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good start into field

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Beauty Advisor
    Former Employee - Beauty Advisor

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Customer service, working with makeup, training, fun, easy

    Cons

    Need better incentives, hours, pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better store managers

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay company

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Nashville, TN

    I worked at L'Oréal part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Stays on top of latest trends, decent benefits, good hours

    Cons

    Not a company I saw myself staying at for much longer than a year. This doesn't seem like a good place to build a long-term career. Sales goals were set so high that you were set up to fail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and keep them informed.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging but interesting experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Dynamic, good professional expertise, ethic

    Cons

    high volatility, lots of pressure, many meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More empowerment and consideration of employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great brands, terrible environment

    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at L'Oréal full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The brands at L'Oreal are wonderful and very well known. The compensation and benefits are great and the work, at its core, is fairly easy to perform well. It's the politics that tend to get in the way.

    Cons

    The environment at L'Oreal is pretty bad. Erratic, inconsiderate, and downright rude behavior is tolerated and rewarded. Outside vendors and agencies are treated terribly, and overall, the environment runs on fear and unhealthy competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have great, thriving brands. Reward nice, decent people who work hard and try to turn this environment around

  7.  

    Lots of opportunity, need to work relationships

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ability to move around and cross develop.

    Cons

    Girls club, cliquey, compensation lower than market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure compensation aligns with effort and market value or talent will walk

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Decent clientele, easy job, long hours

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Beauty Advisor
    Former Employee - Beauty Advisor

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Job was easy, not difficult
    Long hours

    Cons

    Cheap company, poor training
    Didn't have good bonus incentives

  9. 8 people found this helpful  

    if you are passionate about consumer products and want to work 15 hour days......

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President Marketing in New York, NY

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    it is a generous employer and they give you every benefit under the sun.
    the work is interesting as are the products and the people are brilliant.
    the brands are amazing and the development pipeline impressive. you get to work with many people cross functionally and there is a lot of room to move around l'oreal if you are good and you start there young.

    Cons

    it is a very demanding work load. the systems are overwhelming. it's very political. it's not always a meritocracy but a lot how well connected you are. being french is a big help. there are endless meetings and updates for french management that arrives almost monthly and that adds more work to an already demanding load. simple things are made difficult and sometimes you are made to strategize 50 programs for a brand and only 4 or 5 get done due to timing and costs. there are a lot of long and very arduous meetings and too many emails with entire departments cc'ed that may not be relevant to your daily work and this is even more time consuming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    turnover should be looked at. sometimes entire departments turn over and no one looks at the head of the brand or at the leadership. promotions are not always given to the hardest worker or the most talented person but to favorites. management should be aware that after working a 9 to 8pm day, people are home are still at work late into the night and when you wake up --- you are inundated with another 100 emails.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great if you like ambiguity & fast pace with arbitrary changes

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

    I worked at L'Oréal

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with a lot of different product

    Cons

    No respect if you're not French
    Glass ceilings exist
    Absurd management is tolerated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect all employee regardless if you are French or not

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Global cosmetics company with a focus on marketing

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    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Berkeley Heights, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Berkeley Heights, NJ

    I have been working at L'Oréal

    Pros

    L'oreal is a well respected global company with many brands. It is great to have in your resume. If you want to learn marketing this is the company for you.

    Cons

    Finance operates like a boys club. Innovation and dissent are not valued. There is a complete lack of communication and planning that leads to unnecessary hectic deadlines. Analysts do the bulk of the work and some upper management - mostly those that have been there for eons- act like cogs in the machine. Because we are a marketing based company finance has little influencing power and often have to sign off on launches and promotions that we know will fail.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make finance an equal partner in the company's decision making. Ensure that upper management is pulling their weight.

    No opinion of CEO

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