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Independent Sales Representative

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Current Employee - Independent Sales Consultant  in  West Columbia, SC
Current Employee - Independent Sales Consultant in West Columbia, SC

I have been working at Avon Products as a contractor for more than a year

Pros

No quotas, commission scale is good. If you hit President's Club, you are guaranteed 40% commission for the next year, but there are ways to cheat the system to achieve President's Club. You can get credit with Avon, so you don't have to lay out $$ for the product before you deliver it.

Cons

Need to buy new catalogs every two weeks

Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    A Sinking Ship!

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at Avon Products full-time

    Pros

    company store, free giveaways, strong name associated in helping women

    Cons

    Almost everything! Seriously, run don't walk away from this place. Weak sr leadership, inability to make a decision and stick with it, poor communication at all levels. Unclear direction of category role which seems to change by the minute. A lot of Avon lifers, people who have been there far too long with automated response of we can't or no or that's the Avon way. A TON of churn causing work to be undone, redone, etc. due to lack of said inability to stick with decision. Witnessed personal pov chosen over sound business decision on numerous occasions. If you want to be in the real world avoid this place at all costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a decision and stick with it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Laughable Senior Management in Technology is Tragic Comedy

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    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
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