Avon Products Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
597 Reviews
3.0
597 Reviews
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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 37 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.  

    It wasnt for me..

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    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Outside Sales Representative in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    You make your own hours work when you want.

    Cons

    Its hard of youre not good with meeting new people and trying to sell the products. They sometimes charge you more than what is needed to cover your products leaving you with a credit balance when that's money that you could have had in your pocket. Take a big percentage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Started out great, ended very bad.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Rye, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rye, NY

    I worked at Avon Products full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Some really great people to work with, pay OK

    Cons

    The company slogan "The Company for Women" has resulted in too many unqualified and inexperienced women in various positions, especially management. On the other hand the men of the in-house Sopranos gang (anyone who has worked in Rye knows what this means) make IT decisions for reasons other than what is best for the company. My lasting impression is of the former CEO being a disciple of Jack Welch who preaches "cut till it shows", maybe that was good for GE but most companies cannot survive when the remaining workforce has one person doing what three used to... I'm not at all surprised at their troubles.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the cons, do something about it without perpetuating it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Do not Like selling Avon

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avon Products full-time

    Pros

    I did not find there to be any pros about this company

    Cons

    You only get to keep 10% of what you make.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the percentage someone can keep from what they sell higher like 40% like Mary Kay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stuck in the past, struggles with Competition

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    Current Employee - District Sales Manager  in  Ogden, UT
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager in Ogden, UT

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

    Pros

    Avon gives the flexibility to get the job done which means evenings, weekends or when you choose. The opportunity is truly for everyone and I have seen representatives come into the business with no skills and then develop some true job abilities. Everyday the job is different with coaching one on one, running a large meeting, or working in small group settings.

    Cons

    The company is reactive and not proactive. Direct selling is a different beast but sticking to a plan instead of changing every couple weeks is frustrating. Ive had a new boss every 3 months. Upper management only cares about recruiting more representatives and not building the skills of the current representatives. So many tasks are given to the front line management that there is no time for recognition. Under paid for the amount of job requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating the district managers as representatives. The company treats representatives as buying customers and managers like representatives and we are told to just find more representatives. That is a band aid fix, of course it looks good to the stockholders to say we will bring in this many more reps to the business. We have been told that for a decade and its not making the company healthy, lets change it.

    Lets make Reps more accountable, sign up for monthly or biweekly orders like other direct sales companies, if they don't order we have their customer lists and such. Make reps prepay, its outrageous we allow new reps to pay after they receive products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    So-so experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Avon Products

    Pros

    Selling model is good and they have cheap reliable products.

    Cons

    The quoted discounts and pay are world's different than what you actually get.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Senior Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Flexible Hours and good location

    Cons

    Very Bad Upper Management. Weak performance with Revenue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Product Development Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Product Development Manager in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Family type of environment and flexible.

    Cons

    Very low growth potential in terms of title.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    offer succession planning and make every employee feel as if they are working towards a promotion. Instead of working effortlessly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great for self starters

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    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 for less than a 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
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    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 for 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

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