Avon Products Reviews in White Plains, NY

Updated May 19, 2014
Updated May 19, 2014
588 Reviews
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588 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 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.  

    Great place to work in

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in White Plains, NY

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

    Pros

    Woman friendly organization. If you perform well, they really acknowledge and take care of you. Being a Global company there is opportunity to work with people from all over the world. It is a diverse and fun environment to work in.

    Cons

    Expensive location. Very difficult to find a good home considering cost. The office is located in upstate NY and the cost of living is pretty high. Day cares and house rents are expensive. This is not a "Con" of the company per se, but just an issue with the location of the office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None as of this moment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lost their top talent due to lay offs.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

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

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits
    Employee development

    Cons

    Work-life balance
    Company did not adhere to its vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avon made a difficult discussion to cut the Global Implementation project of SAP, however, in my opinion it was a bad decision. This was the way to keep Avon competitive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, poor business plan

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager  in  White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Manager in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great working environment, wonderful care of employees, great products

    Cons

    business model is not workable anymore, so the company is not successful anymore

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop relying and centralizing the business on Avon Representatives. Put products in stores, bolster online retail, let Avon Representatives act as fashion experts and give them a % of online sales.

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

    Laughable Senior Management in Technology is Tragic Comedy

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Avon Products as a contractor

    Pros

    Great talent at individual worker level, especially among those who are newly in-country
    Terrific international employees with wonderful work ethic and impressive technical skills
    Quality of full-time employees (who were former consultants) and talented consultants

    Cons

    Senior management in charge of technology transformation are utterly ignorant of the technologies they are responsible for implementing
    All executive level reporting is done in PowerPoint with dumbed down bullet points and few words in big fonts, stripped of any meaningful details
    Program management does not know how to use MS Project, they say it is "too hard to understand" so no project plans are created or tracked
    Executives don't know how to use MS Visio, either, so mapping Business Processes is an alien experience and creates hostile confusion
    I found the women in charge to act in a "mean girls" high school kind of way: forming cliques, heckling you within earshot, then turning on each other
    Certain executives with the least technical knowledge would reject the very good advice of senior, experienced consultants, then terminate them without notice
    Entire solutions that required skills with certain in-demand software were rejected outright due solely to management's ignorance of industry best practices
    Any effort to educate senior management about how to employ necessary software solutions were met with accusations that you were "just trying to sell them something"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put incompetent people in executive positions responsible for global technology transformations. Any senior leadership spot should be merit based, otherwise you'll continue bungling your international tech solutions and make headline news for spectacular stupidity. There are too many women relying on their income from Avon to support their families and even to climb out of poverty for this company to gender norm executive appointments.

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

    Independent Sales Representative

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    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative  in  White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in White Plains, NY

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

    Pros

    You work your own hours. No need to check in or out.

    Cons

    You work off pure commission and it is not a significant amount

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There should be other more productive ways to make more money without recruiting other sales people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Avon's mission is admirable and so are many of its people, but how it operates is broken and there is NO career dev't.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager  in  White Plains, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in White Plains, NY

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time

    Pros

    Great to work for a company that also has a good mission... it is the #1 micro lender in the world I think. Many people are down to earth.

    Cons

    Promotions are rare and usually given to save someone from leaving rather than from merit. Raises and bonuses are non existent since company's financials are so poor. Hours can be bad as there have been lots of layovers and mgmt doesn't make decisions effectively. Company does not encourage change as much as it should.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One way out of the mess is to start focusing on your people who work for you. Prioritize talent management and career development. Encourage people to speak up, take risks, and reward them for doing so (even if the results are perfect at first.). That will create a more innovative, positive environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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