Avon Products Reviews

Updated September 17, 2014
Updated September 17, 2014
585 Reviews
3.0
585 Reviews
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Avon Products CEO Sheri S. McCoy
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are great to work with and the company is very good with work life balance (in 31 reviews)

  • Freedom to work from home as needed (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is poor to non-existent, depending on who you work for (in 20 reviews)

  • Upper Management doesn't believe in a proactive method to turn North America around (in 27 reviews)

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  1.  

    A great learning experience.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avon Products part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This is one of the best learning experiences in business that I've ever had. It teaches you financial responsibility, and you will learn how to market your product.. Don't be fooled that this franchise does all the work for you, it does not. However, there is training and support available, as well as chances to meet with others. The products are no longer just beauty, they include fashion, home products, even a baby product line and all are of great value.

    Cons

    This may be one of the few companies where door-to-door selling is still important to marketing the product.. This is a big and one of the oldest franchises and there are rules that you have to adhere to. There is not enough support for tax information.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest referrals for tax information, or creating meetings with tax accountants.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Rye, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rye, NY

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is very acceptable at Avon. Very good benefits and a true global company

    Cons

    Since the restructuring there has been very little involvement from management to bring their teams up to speed on the changes and what is expected

  3.  

    NICE PEOPLE

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Avon Products

    Pros

    You get to meet interesting people and share the shopping experience.

    Cons

    For me it did not generate enough income.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give a commission on orders below $50.00.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    There was a time...

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    Current Employee - Management  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Management in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Growth Opportunities, empowerment, development, work / life balance

    Cons

    Typical big business issues. Politics, too many chiefs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your people and their contributions. Stop already with these insane multi-million dollar bonuses to Sherry & other CEOs when the company is in the red and is selling assets, closing buildings and eliminating jobs. Hire and promote people who understand the US business.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nothing is guaranteed!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avon Products full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great pay! Great benefits! Vacation/sick time. Work-life balance was seasonal. Certain time of the year the employees knew what was expected.

    Cons

    Moral went down hill. Wages froze. Most positions work loads became heavier. Better risk for injury. More work less people. Managements attitude toward employees changed. It was hard to take pride in the company when it felt like boot camp at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GREED. Not staying true to yourself. It can all come crumbling down. No one thought the TITANIC would sink. I had the same mind set about AVON. Yet it took a few bad decisions to shake the foundation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    good people, bad management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avon Products full-time

    Pros

    good people and exposure. a good place to start a career

    Cons

    bad management, lack of resources, and inconsistent message from senior management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Company afloat and looking for safe harbor

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

    I worked at Avon Products full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people who really care
    Disorganized matrix structure lacking decision making clarity.

    Cons

    Difficult to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I believe they have undertaken an aggressive turn around plan, so it may be better today

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    (IT/Data Center) Was once a great, great place to work...

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Rye, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Rye, NY

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People in the trenches had tremendous pride and belief in the company. Onsite consultants, off-shoring, and several rounds of layoffs have destroyed its' very foundation.

    Cons

    Long term employees undervalued, laid off to avoid pension benefits. Morale is at an all time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Go back to the roots of what originally made Avon a great place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cosmetics

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in New York, NY

    I worked at Avon Products full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    United, goal oriented, great cosmetics!

    Cons

    Ongoing turnaround, constant uncertainty from day to day.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11.  

    overall good company, fast pace, has been struggling for the past several years

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

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    dynamic environment, matrix teams, tons of learning opportunities. flexible working hours for some departments.

    Cons

    unclear strategy from upper management, too much politics, technical experts were not appreciated here

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    the management team seems to be the problem :)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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