Avon Products Reviews

Updated April 16, 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. Management cares only for management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    If you are a woman, maybe you stand a chance.

    Cons

    Management has had 3 years to turn it around and still has not a clue, yet still has high pay earned on the backs of the large number of talented people terminated in massive layoffs. You can't cut your way to success.

    Advice to Management

    Revise your focus on changing your model. Independent Sales Representatives are a thing of the past for the younger generation. You would sell more products by selling on Amazon. TV ads would help.

  2. Unit Leader

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avon Products

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    work your own hours, be your own boss

    Cons

    very little pay and many hours of work, compare to other companies before you join.

    Advice to Management

    help the leaders advance to the next level

  3. Helpful (1)

    Not so good!

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

    I worked at Avon Products

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

    Pros

    Nice atmosphere, very clean buidling.

    Cons

    The people were not nice at all, no work life balance. I worked weekends and nights and no one cares. Management, who is that? You never see them. No startegic plan for anything. Expect you to just know your job without information or training.

    Advice to Management

    Teach and develop your staff

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  5. Helpful (1)

    District Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Avon Products

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The legacy of this company is it's people. There are awesome, smart, hard working people that have created something that has become an iconic brand. Unfortunately, quickly becoming a "has been".

    Cons

    Oh where to begin ... Ethics are non-existent! Proof is the history of the upper management and the FTC. Upper management is all so busy playing CYA that they couldn't make a sound decision if their lives depended on it. "Look the other way" has become a way of life and delivering the numbers regardless of how manipulated or crooked they are is the norm. They pride themselves in caring about Representatives and customers yet they can't seem to deliver the products that their Representatives sell and make such a small amount of profit on to begin with. The "Customer Service" team must be rewarded on the number of times they can say no. Literally 2 out of every 3 orders this past Holiday season were not filled as ordered - but they justified it by saying it was only slightly worse than last year. They fired 80 managers in January - no notice, no severance - claimed they were going to hire and fill the positions - Now, those markets will not be filled and many more are virtual which means no support in the field for 30% of their districts. No more sales meetings for Representatives - no opportunity to see the product before they buy or sell it. This company struggles so to find it's "turn around" plan, claims to be in the "relationship" business yet cannot see how they continue to destroy relationships at every level. It's truly sad.

    Advice to Management

    None - They wouldn't listen anyway! The very best plan I have seen is to allow for a Private Investment Group to buy them out, get them away from having to putt on a show for shareholders and really re-build the business. Best wishes to the Representatives who have seen better days - I truly wish you well.

  6. Always putting out fires

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    Current Employee - Finance in Johannesburg (South Africa)
    Current Employee - Finance in Johannesburg (South Africa)

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None. Sucks so bad, boring work, unsatisfactory remuneration, bonus is a joke. Can't wait to leave.

    Cons

    Everything. Toxic environment, shocking exit rate, appallingly incompetent and egotistical senior management, bad decisions, covering mistakes, passive aggressive, low level of trust, hoarding information, secretive about decisions, favoritism, no strategic direction, no sense of purpose, incompetence, ugly cramped offices. Wouldn't recommend to my worst enemy.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being delusional, this was once a great company but not anymore. Ethics not up to scratch. Don't turn a blind eye when you have to lead and make the decisions you are paid a senior management salary to make.

  7. Independent Representative

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    Former Freelancer - Independent Representative in Vancouver, WA
    Former Freelancer - Independent Representative in Vancouver, WA

    I worked at Avon Products (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    I owned my own business

    Cons

    The company's quote "You may be in business for yourself but never by yourself. Not true.

    Advice to Management

    Be around to help supervise new Reps and assist in whatever way necessary.

  8. This company is a mess

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company car and cell allowance

    Cons

    They make too many changes all the time. The district managers are always going to out of town meetings but you're still expected to meet goals.

    Advice to Management

    Stop changes every other day

  9. Helpful (3)

    District Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Avon Products

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Company car, flexible hours, wonderful co-workers.

    Cons

    Management shifted focus in 2012 and the company has gone downhill ever since (probably even longer, but it seems the most drastic changes happened around that time). NO work/life balance, extreme pressure to deliver numbers. Avon does not solicit feedback from DSMs on ways the company could improve. Upper management is positioning themselves so they don't get laid off. They don't care about the front line staff (DSMs), just the bottom line and their own pocketbooks.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to DSMs. Get back to teaching Representatives how to sell. We are a SALES company, not a leadership company. Put less emphasis on leadership programs and more on product knowledge and training. Respect DSMs with the fact that they have families, that we are not robots and we don't and aren't available 24/7.

  10. Helpful (1)

    District Sales Manager

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    Former Employee - DSM
    Former Employee - DSM

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

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

    Pros

    Salary is good
    You pay a portion of the car lease fee monthly

    Cons

    You will work 70+ hours a week
    You're expected to motivate unprofessional people
    You are expected to do events outside in the winter, to recruit new representatives
    There are weekly conference calls with in your division, and your peer managers will hear everything that you did wrong that week
    The quality of the recruits, is poor. This causes a loss of staff. And a constant churning of representatives to recruit and train. Then they quit.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your seasoned managers with respect
    The division sales managers, are brutal
    Nothing is ever good enough. Not your numbers, not your sales, not your recruiting numbers, nothing

  11. Helpful (3)

    Just waiting for it to Crumble or be Bought Out!

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Dallas, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, Flexible hours, Company car, gas card.

    Cons

    Flexible hours yes, but then you have to make it up some time in the evening or else you fall soooo behind. No chance for advancement. It's a "who you know" kind of company! Work 50-60+ hours a week!
    Corporate doesn't listen to the District and Division managers on what is going on in the field. Once again Avon is relying too much on the Ind Leadership Reps to do all the work and yet again it will fall on the DSM laps because Leaders don't do what Avon wants them to do. Division mgrs position is a joke! They only have a meeting with their DSM's once a month and maybe attend a quarterly division rally. All other times they are no where to be found. There's too many chiefs in this company!

    Advice to Management

    Start paying attention to your top sellers. Have more incentives for them. This is a SALES company first then a MLM!

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