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Avon Products CEO Sheri S. McCoy
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Pros
  • Good work/life balance if you are in the Rye office (in 42 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 doesn't exist as I'm on call 24/7 (in 25 reviews)

  • Upper management is in the middle of a complete restructure (in 31 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work in

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

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    None as of this moment.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Lost their top talent due to lay offs.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in White Plains, NY

    I worked at Avon Products full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation and benefits Employee development

    Cons

    Work-life balance Company did not adhere to its vision

    Advice to Management

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Great company, poor business plan

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (Less than a year)

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

    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 Management

    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.


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  5. Laughable Senior Management in Technology is Tragic Comedy

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

    I worked at Avon Products as a contractor

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

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Independent Sales Representative

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (1)

    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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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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