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Sr. Management so disconnected from core competencies and consumers

Former Employee - Director
Former Employee - Director

I worked at Avon Products full-time for more than 8 years

Pros

Early on there was a great sense of camaraderie and teamwork that led to some terrific lifelong friendships.

Cons

More recently, the constant revolving door, lack of effective and managed processes, inability to make decisions and many levels in decision-making process, unbelievable amount of change and rework made it an awful place to work. Not to mention from the Rep and consumer perspective it's an awful proposition--lousy order fulfillment rates, huge Rep turnover

Advice to ManagementAdvice

They're too far gone

Doesn't Recommend

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of work to make it, lots of fees to maintain it!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Independent Sales Consultant  in  Missoula, MT
    Current Employee - Independent Sales Consultant in Missoula, MT

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

    Pros

    If you love talking with people and giving them your honest opinion about beauty products, then this is a great company to do that with. Low start up cost ($10) compared to other beauty product companies.

    Cons

    Fees, Fees, Fees!!! Each campaign you have fees for submitting orders, fees to order books (Which is your only way to get the product out there) fees for samples, fees if you're late, fees to ship back returns.....AVON makes most of it's money off the independent sales reps - not customers!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with all the FEES! Also, understand the market that you're in, and what competitors are in the area, such as Mary Kay, Arbon and whatever else.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Could be a great fit for some...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Avon Products full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    - Global projects, global partners
    - You can actually make a difference
    - Opportunity to support many different departments
    - Senior management is generally open to new ideas
    - Very flexible work hours; great work/life balance

    Cons

    - Although the company is often open to new ideas, most new ideas are ultimately shut down
    - Associates work until they retire; top talent eventually moves on. Associates with questionable talent and questionable values tend to linger.
    - Creative Direction is often approved and led by associates with a sales background or that happened to stay with the company for decades.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your best to keep the ship floating

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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