Avon Products

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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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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 40 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 24 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.  

    company in transition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    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 8 years)

    Pros

    many challenges to hone your skills
    somewhat flexible though not through formal programs

    Cons

    difficult business environment
    company continues to shrink in profit, employees and Avon ladies.
    hard to get promoted or rewarded

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It's my business.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great way to network and meet ppl along with running your own business and hours

    Cons

    Takes a lot of devotion and commitment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    update the forms and marketing flyers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good Independent Sales Organization to work for.

    • Work/Life Balance
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Columbia, MD

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

    Pros

    This is a great job for stay at home moms. You can set your own hours/times, have home parties or not. No pressure sales job. Ordering is done online and you can get your own website for your customers to order on-line if they wish. I liked the fact that you ordered your products on credit vs having to pay for the products before you received payment from your customers

    Cons

    You had to order/pay for samples.

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Look Beyond the Headlines

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Incredible people accomplished in their various areas of expertise; very family friendly; iconic company that's truly dedicated to helping women and changing lives; compensation could be higher.

    Cons

    The business challenges can be stressful and affect morale. They also lead to a feeling of uncertainty. Employees want the turnaround to pick up the pace.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you're doing. You're smart, savvy and no-nonsense. You're definitely the team that's going to turn things around.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    As an intern, I was exposed to many aspects of the business and had a moderately enriching experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineering Co-op in Suffern, NY
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineering Co-op in Suffern, NY

    I worked at Avon Products as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    My coworkers were exceptionally helpful and eager to assist me in learning and fitting in to company culture. Flexibility in scheduling was a huge plus.

    Cons

    The Co-Op program does not have a formal structure, so personal initiative is required to have an educational internship.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A more structured co-op program with specific educational opportunities would be excellent for bringing in new talent.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    A great learning experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avon Products part-time (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
  8.  

    Good potential if senior management takes more decisive actions to fix the business

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avon Products

    Pros

    People are generally nice and great work life balance.

    Cons

    Senior management isn't driving enough decisive and focused actions to fix the business and reputation of the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay focused and take decisive and swift corrective action.

  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    There was a time...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Management in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    NICE PEOPLE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rye, NY
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Rye, NY

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time (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

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