Avon Products Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
609 Reviews
3.1
609 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.  

    Its been a wonderful learning experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time

    Pros

    Growth, Career paths, work life balance, learning, Promotions, have learnt so much in a past three years

    Cons

    I have yet to come across any cons of working here. I really enjoy working for Avon

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great for self starters

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Elmhurst, PA
    Current Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Elmhurst, PA

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

    Pros

    -Great potential for extra and unlimited earnings
    -Excellent customer service skill enforcement
    -Great management experience

    Cons

    -Support when needed can be difficult at times
    -Samples are chosen by corporation as opposed to those in the field with live data
    -Changes to startup and some other features actually hurt the sales rep more than help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    With everyone shopping online more and more let's bring back the online parties and events. Also training fro the site is great but also support from leadership needs work from some districts. This should be monitored and worked on so you set your rep.'s on the most successful paths. The better the rep.'s do the better Avon does.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great company for a self motivated person

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avon Products

    Pros

    Make your own money, and work around family schedues.

    Cons

    Market and economy may make things tough at times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Nothing is guaranteed!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great pay! Great benefits! Vacation/sick time. Work-life balance was seasonal. Certain time of the year the employees knew what was expected.

    Cons

    Moral went down hill. Wages froze. Most positions work loads became heavier. Better risk for injury. More work less people. Managements attitude toward employees changed. It was hard to take pride in the company when it felt like boot camp at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    GREED. Not staying true to yourself. It can all come crumbling down. No one thought the TITANIC would sink. I had the same mind set about AVON. Yet it took a few bad decisions to shake the foundation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  7.  

    Good products but hard to build a client base

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are familiar with the products.

    Cons

    You can't get your website searchable by everyone unless you have consistently high sales each campaign. This makes it hard to build a client base.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    (IT/Data Center) Was once a great, great place to work...

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    Current Employee - Manager in Rye, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Rye, NY

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

    Pros

    People in the trenches had tremendous pride and belief in the company. Onsite consultants, off-shoring, and several rounds of layoffs have destroyed its' very foundation.

    Cons

    Long term employees undervalued, laid off to avoid pension benefits. Morale is at an all time low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Practice what you preach. Go back to the roots of what originally made Avon a great place to work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not as good as it used to be!

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    Current Employee - Independent Representative in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Independent Representative in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Avon Products as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Because you are an independent rep you make your own hours and how much your work/sell determines how much you can make. You don't have to punch a clock and worry about anyone looking over shoulder all the time.

    Cons

    Getting rid of local regional managers that used to help new reps and relying on other reps to recruit and train and manage new reps. Push for reps to recruit. If you're not recruiting lots of new reps and spending tons of time managing their work you aren't very valued anymore. If I didn't like a number of their products i would have given up selling it already. Also the fact that you have tell customers they can return anything at any time, but reps pay the return postage fees and lose credit for sale etc. I am not that motivated anymore like I used to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help do more to get reps to sell better and stop this stupid push to get reps to constantly recruit and manage a downline. 10 really good reps who sell a lot and keep at it are far better than 100 who sell just a little for a very short period of time than quit. Maintain parts of the reps website that you've let go such as product info section.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    No help from Upper line, of any kind

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    Current Employee - Avon Representative
    Current Employee - Avon Representative

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

    Pros

    It is so easy to shop using the website. I really loved being an e-representative, because of the awesome website.

    Cons

    There was absolutely No help from my manager, even though I repeatedly asked for help, all I ever received was another question. You should not ask a question to someone that is telling you that they have no idea where to start. I truely felt that my manager cared more about getting more new representatives, rather than trying to help the people that she already had.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be better

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    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Miller Place, NY
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Miller Place, NY

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

    Pros

    Great if you have lots of time and access to large groups of people. You're independent, so you can set your own hours and create your own promotions. Avon gives you the ability to make money through direct catalog sales, a website, find raiser opportunities, and parties.

    Cons

    The company has been changing things, making it harder for representatives to get by in tough economic times. If your area already has an active rep or two, distributing catalogs can be a waste of money. Product availability can be very poor, unless you're at the top of the sales rung, so moving up from the bottom can be very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Local district managers should be helpful, but not overbearing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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