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Don't bother

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Suffern, NY
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suffern, NY

I worked at Avon Products

Pros

The company has a prestigious history and an entire department dedicated to community outreach. Applaud the efforts of the annual Breast Cancer Walk. Dedicated coworkers. Paychecks were regular.

Cons

-Senior management is horrendous. Each year employees are encouraged to take an engagement survey and to speak candidly about their experience at Avon. Each year the results are disasterous. Employees do not feel appreciated, are overworked, underpaid, often made scape goats for percieved mistakes. As a result, each year senior management requires employees to participate in meetings about how the culture/workplace can be improved. Just don't say anything. If the employee actually suggests how any of the various categories can be improved, they will be punished. So, in the end, it's all a dog and pony show and a huge waste of time. Status quo as always.
-Creativity is not welcomed. PhDs are recruited and promised the opportunity to work in an intellectually stimulating environment. As a PhD, I can say that this is not true. Once there, I was given work that a talented high school kid could complete. To work there, one only needs to know how to jump on cue and follow directions from a recipe. Also, management doesn't understand the fundamentals of General Biology/Chemistry yet expect for the earth to be moved to create the next groundbreaking product that will ultimately fall apart or break you out.
-Workers are expected to work more than 10 hours per day or are said to "lack motivation". In those 10 hours, employees should expect to be worked like a dog, yelled at, and degraded. Once one "high priority" project is completed, don't expect to be rewarded or even thanked.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

A serious overhaul is needed. Start with Product Safety and Integrity. Departments are understaffed and forced to work under a tyrant whose understanding of organization and general science is lackluster, at best.

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Try Something Else

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative  in  Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Birmingham, AL

    I worked at Avon Products

    Pros

    -They have wonderful products and a great selection of them.
    -You get a discount on the products.

    Cons

    - Management would not email me back when I emailed them with questions I had.
    -The chances for being scammed are very high so you have to watch it.
    -Unless you place an order that is over $50, you don't make any money at all.
    -Campaign deadlines are every two weeks so you don't have time to get orders in for every campaign.
    -It can be demanding if you plan on making any money at all.
    -You get charged for the littlest things.
    -They make you pay a deposit (which is usually high) to place an order.
    -They will hound you about collections over and over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales leaders need to answer their representatives as soon as possible when they have questions. Also, please change the rule about only getting money back from $50 orders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Disappointing based on incompetent Senior Management

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    Current Employee - Sales Management  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sales Management in New York, NY

    I have been working at Avon Products

    Pros

    The people are great, hard working and very committed to doing an excellent job with very little support. If you are in the field there is a good deal of flexibility as long as you are delivering results

    Cons

    The hours are unbelievable, the company expects 24/7, and if you are not working evenings and weekends it affects your prospects. If you are not one of the chosen ones in terms of a senior management favorite you may as well look for another job now. HR is one of the worst I have ever seen, they are manipulative and are constantly looking for reasons to "build a file" they cannot be trusted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the old boy network out and start fresh. Senior management is promoting friends from the past that are inept

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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