Avon Products Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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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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  1. Great Products...

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager

    I worked at Avon Products full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The products are top in the industry.
    Pay with bonus great!

    Cons

    Company is in financial problems...don't look for them to be a company you can retire with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It's a Relationship Business guys...remember?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. manager

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

    I worked at Avon Products

    Pros

    good work and life balance

    Cons

    not easy to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    top management need to change

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Great company

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    Current Employee - Manager in Danville, VA
    Current Employee - Manager in Danville, VA

    I have been working at Avon Products

    Pros

    They offer great opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    The only challenge is the long hours and hard work you put it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work hard

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Work with nice people but at times a bit disconcerting

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    Current Employee - Chemist
    Current Employee - Chemist

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    People are nice and you get a lot of experience in a short amount of time. Culture is fairly understanding of a work life balance.

    Cons

    The high turn over and constant restructuring makes for a fairly uncertain environment. There is a undercurrent of passive aggressiveness in the culture which is a bit distressing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A sense of clear direction or structure would be appreciated. The ability for different functions within the organization to work together instead of undermining each other's work would be helpful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Great opportunities to gain experience in a cross-functional environment in the personal care industry

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Research Scientist

    I have been working at Avon Products

    Pros

    Friendly people, great environment and lots of hands-on opportunity to learn

    Cons

    Constant change and unclear actions towards goals

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Goals need to be more clear and actions need to be shared and executed more efficiently

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great company for women struggling to survive

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

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

    Pros

    The company's commitment to breast cancer, domestic violence and empowering women is the reason to work here.

    Cons

    Avon's business is on the decline and despite a new CEO and a turnaround plan, the company is struggling -- especially in North America. Layoffs occur at least one a year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. District Sales Manager

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, competitive pay for my first post college job, great benefits, potential to double your salary (read below), room for upward growth within the company.

    Cons

    Being a recent college graduate, I felt the training for the District Manager position was inadequate. I was coming in with little sales experience and didn't feel prepared for or supported in my role. I also felt that the commission structure was unattainable, especially for a brand new manager in an unfamiliar market. I was laid off when they went through their downsizing in 2012.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better support.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9. It was a great company to work 20 years ago. However business is not so good now, and there is constant restructuring

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    Current Employee - IT Technical Specialist in Rye, NY
    Current Employee - IT Technical Specialist in Rye, NY

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

    Pros

    > Good salary
    > Great people
    > Very flexible

    Cons

    > Too much politics
    > Hard to get promoted, very few opportunities
    > Long hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to your people, you have great talent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10. Overall Good Experience

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    Former Employee - Previous Employee in Suwanee, GA
    Former Employee - Previous Employee in Suwanee, GA

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, Good Benefits, Great People to work with.

    Cons

    Decreasing benefits and increased benefit costs, but this seems to be the trend with most companies. Becoming more like other companies instead of staying unique and something that made people want to stay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Connect directly with managers and representatives to know what motivates them. Put more money in the sales force and less in the NY office.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. Great, affordable products. Good benefits. Lots of comraderi with team management.

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Avon Products

    Pros

    Respected position. Mentoring and motivating others to feel good about themselves,

    Cons

    Work life balance. Pressure for recruiting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on selling products vs leadership.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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