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.  

    Think twice

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule with high Brand recognition

    Cons

    Work Life Balance does not exist...expect District Managers to be on call 24/7. Unrealistic expectations of field management while corporate can not manage to deliver products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing course with the wind...pick a strategy and stick with it...stop blaming the field for retention when your policies make it difficult for the Representatives to make money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Avon...the Company that pretends to care about women

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    Former Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager in Pointe-Claire, QC (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Good incentives and bonuses, education on coaching techniques and leadership skills was very good, but not put into practice oftentimes by higher ups

    Cons

    No work life balance. Constant pressure for numbers and always being made to feel like you are failing by management. IT was very cult like atmosphere and very emotionally abusive

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people in upper management that are more professional, ethical with an ounce of class. I know personally of a number of skeletons in the closets of management and some stuff is very gross and embarrassing. I cant believe they are where they are given their history

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Horrible

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager  in  São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

    Pros

    The salary, higher than market.

    Cons

    The worst place to work, ever.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None to admire. Character of most directors are, ar list, questionable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    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
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    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.  

    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

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    Avon Products Supply Planning

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    Current Employee - Supply Planning Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Supply Planning Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Avon has a great history and provides an opportunity to all (more often than not women) to earn addition income. They contribute a significant amount of money to charitable causes; specifically Breast cancer and domestic violence. They provide great benefits.

    Cons

    Avon has struggled mightily over the past 6 years. Within the supply chain, direction from management for the most part the focus has moved away from processes improvement, towards cost cutting (which doesn't make much sense given one should lead to the other). In addition, with the poor performance, so many of the A people have left. Senior leadership has turned-over at an unbelievable rate leaving the employees with little or no direction and scrambling to keep the business afloat. It is truly a shame to see such a great company struggle so mightily, it was such a great place to work. People that used to work here truly believed in the company and worked to make it great. Unfortunately poor decisions by management, as well as an inability to get our products to the customer efficiently (sales have been catastrophic) has led the company down a path of constant layoffs. The offices are a bit depressing now with so many people gone. They also need to focus on talent development and retention, otherwise there will be no one left.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Average of everything

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    Current Employee - Sales Representative  in  Ankara (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Ankara (Turkey)

    I have been working at Avon Products part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    You are your own boss. You can work independent of office hours. Also you can make money everywhere.

    Cons

    Education in company is very low. They do not help you to improve your income. Even samples are worth money to you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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