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Avon Products Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
623 Reviews
3.0
623 Reviews
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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 42 reviews)

  • 9 - 5 is awesome hours and on the day before a holiday weekend you have the option to work from home (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is poor to non-existent, depending on who you work for (in 25 reviews)

  • Upper Management doesn't believe in a proactive method to turn North America around (in 31 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I loved the work and the indepence of having a chance to star my own company.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Detroit, MI

    I worked at Avon Products full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    To gain experience. Very exciting and profitable opportunities.

    Cons

    It is commission based. Not much to complain about really,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Company with excellent compensation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Rye, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Rye, NY

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

    Pros

    The company pays well. You will get to work with lot of challenges. Since the recent layoffs, they company is trying to turn around. This has overloaded certain employees

    Cons

    Recent restructuring is causing employees not to trust the company any more. They are feeling very insecure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rework on benefits.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    There are high expectations but huge rewards.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Avon DSM in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Avon DSM in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Avon really is a step above. The benefits and perks of bring a DSM are huge. Salary company car pension 401k medical dental vision great holiday pay sick leave and a great bonus structure. The possibilities are huge for a hard worker.

    Cons

    You are accountable for your numbers. Sometimes a challenge because not everyone has strong work ethic. Have to learn to balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be stricter and not so nice holding people accountable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A great company once upon a time

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    Former Employee - IT Professional in New York, NY
    Former Employee - IT Professional in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Very flexible. Great work-life balance. Laid back culture. Excellent about needing to take time off for personal reasons.

    Cons

    Great ideas are generated but there is no follow through. Extremely title and class conscious. Title shouldn't matter, but it doesn't.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember who Avon's target market is. Stop trying to sell up. Avon traditionally appeals to the mass market; stop trying to make it a prestige brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Could be a great company if it got out of its own way

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

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    great mission & core values; very nice people & friendly culture; good work/life balance; great products and discount; I enjoy coming to work

    Cons

    highly disorganized; senior executives aren't moving in the same direction and have a short attention span, so 'launch & abandon' is rampant and there's an overall leadership & communication void.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire a chief operating officer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company & people, poor senior management

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Avon Products full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Wonderful company overall and impressive buisness model that helps thousands of women earn extra income - much needed help in many many low income areas. Products are priced for that population which is also good. Management at sites is very good - competent, caring and hard working - in an overall sense.

    Cons

    The biggest negative is top executives - over the last 8 years, have seen two CEOs, several senior executives - almost all have done tremendous damage to the company by focusing on the wrong things - whether business tactics, product strategy, or cost control (cutting people). People reduction is so deep that bones are exposed and it directly affects quality, productivity and overall business efficiency. This very short sighted approach to layoffs, and not replacing open positions, is really hurting the company. I think most all employees can see this - except the top executives who make these decisions. It is all very unfortunate. I myself know of several dozen excellent, very capable people find other jobs and leave Avon. This brain drain is hurting the company big time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Big name business consultants like McKenzie, have clearly failed to help over the years. Avon should stop spending millions on them and use that money to hire more people which is a critical need in several functional areas. Focus on people in real sense, communication meetings alone are not enough. Top executives have to stop this downward spiral that is likely to completely demolish this great company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company that needs to care more about employee welfare

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avon Products full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Dynamic culture, very young, and hip environment but at the same time, it is an organization that is serious about its intentions and results. Once it gets through the office politics, management is quick to excise those who have abused their authority.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is not encouraged and some members of senior management have left partly due to this. People work long hours everyday and the office politics is also manifested especially where promotions and performance evaluations are concerned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know manpower can be expensive but do not scrimp to the point that employees work Mondays to Sundays. People will work because they care about their jobs and the agents who depend on them. However, burnout can happen and it does happen too often.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avon Products

    Pros

    Flexible hours. Can make lots if money

    Cons

    Work with public. Drive ur own car

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Selling

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company Gone Really Bad Due to Poor Management

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    Former Employee - Senior Brand Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Brand Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Avon Products full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It used to be a wonderful company. Terrific products and great people.

    Cons

    Neglect of the US business by senior management. Imported leadership from Brazil and UK that had no understanding of the US business and how to turn it around. New CEO was not a beauty insider and had no knowledge of direct selling business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back some of the previous homegrown company leadership to kick start the turn around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Manager

    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Rye, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Rye, NY

    I worked at Avon Products full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It was a positive experience. Great work/life balance, wonderful discount on products.

    Cons

    Not too competitive on salalry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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