Mary Kay Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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Mary Kay President and CEO David B. Holl
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Pros
  • Mary Kay is a debt-free, privately held company that operates by the Golden Rule, and teaches God first, Family second, Career third (in 14 reviews)

  • Culture is "go-give" and they work by the Golden Rule (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • If you don't have self discipline and an entrepreneural spirit, this is not the career for you (in 10 reviews)

  • It's is so haard after coming home from your regular full-time job and then having to drive to visit 4 people in one night to meet sales goals (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Senior Sales Director

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Senior Sales Director in Hopedale, MA
    Current Contractor - Senior Sales Director in Hopedale, MA

    I have been working at Mary Kay as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, awesome products, open-ended opportunity. Flexibility and recognition

    Cons

    Challenging to work with general public and lead independent contractors. No health or life insurance benefits.


  2. Great company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce City, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Commerce City, CO

    I have been working at Mary Kay part-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Work at your own pace. You choose who you work with

    Cons

    Your income depends on your level of effort. No health care

    Advice to Management

    Promote yourself by stepping up your commitment


  3. Good & Bad

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

    I worked at Mary Kay

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

    Pros

    You get to set your own schedule, and make as much or as little money as you want

    Cons

    -Convincing people to buy something they don't really need


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  5. Office manager and assistant

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mary Kay

    Pros

    Set hours and friendly people

    Cons

    As an office manager and assistant for a Mary Kay consultant, there are not enough hours and not guaranteed work.


  6. Great,but the competition is getting overwhelming.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    I have been working at Mary Kay

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -own hours
    -own boss
    -convienent
    -great product
    -you get 50% profit

    Cons

    -many people sell it
    -can be expensive to many people
    -change products too much

    Advice to Management

    Stop discontinuing popular products and packages.


  7. Lovely products, hard to sell

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant

    I have been working at Mary Kay part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice products and nice women. I enjoyed trying all of the products and explaining them to women.

    Cons

    It was difficult to sell them due to their price. You need to know a lot of people in order to make real money or approach strangers.

    Advice to Management

    Lower prices


  8. acquired taste

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

    I worked at Mary Kay

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

    Pros

    flexible schedule, weekly meeting for growth and support, mentor, fun to give parties

    Cons

    a bit like a pyramid scheme and not so good when you don't have that many contacts and aren't comfortable going up to people randomly to sell make up - it's what you make of it


  9. Not what the company used to be, but still probably better than average.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Processing Technician in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Processing Technician in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Mary Kay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    PTO and vacation is good.
    Opportunity for advancement is good.
    401K and profit sharing is good.

    Cons

    Benefits aren't what they used to be.
    Compensation hasn't been adjusted form the offset of the benefits.
    Company has been on a steady decline since Mary Kay Ash's death.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to listen to the workers more and adjust compensation for what we had lost in benefits.


  10. Okay Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Addison, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Addison, TX

    I worked at Mary Kay full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I learned a lot.
    Gave me opportunities to learn all the roles and was able to work on a wide range of projects
    Benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Long hours
    People push there work on you
    Caddy employees
    Do not follow the Mary Kay way
    Management is unfair with promotions
    Unfair work environment

    Advice to Management

    Be more open and fair with employees


  11. First Contract Job

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Addison, TX
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Addison, TX

    I have been working at Mary Kay as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I took this contract position to get back into a field I haven't been in for several years, increase my salary point, and work a legitimate 40-hour work week (rather than the 50-60 hours a week I was working in my previous permanent full-time job). It has certainly allowed me to do those things, but I am not happy with the move. I think I may just not be cut out for freelance work.

    Cons

    The training pace has been very slow and not very helpful, and the level of trust placed in me by my direct supervisor has been disappointingly low (though I'm not sure if this is just me, her need for control, or a lack of trust in contractors in general). I was told the contract would not extend past eight months but I wasn't trained on any of my actual job duties until I had been there for two weeks, and they don't seem like temporary needs, but I guess it's on them if they don't want to use me for what they hire me for.

    I don't feel at home here, perhaps because it's contract and I went in with a set end date in mind, but I don't think I will want to stay even if I'm offered an extension. I'm having a hard time understanding how/why so many people have stayed for 10-20 years. Part of this could also be my experience with HR, which has been terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Having such a large number of contract employees, more effort could be put into a formal orientation and/or training program. That might have made me feel a bit more included, even for the short time I expect to stay. This would not even have to take more than an hour or two.



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