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Global company with strong growth history and many opportunities for hard working professionals

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies

Pros

Global company
growth opportunity
High quality products and prestige
Professional team
Innovative
Strategic

Cons

Do more with less
Weak process discipline
Reengineering process too slow

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Continue with strategic plan

Recommends
Approves of CEO

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    Bullies and Incompetence Galore

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

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies

    Pros

    Looks good on a resume; decent health benefits/corporate discounts; reasonable work/life balance.

    Cons

    Estee Lauder--once considered to be the "gold standard" of places to work in the beauty industry--is swiftly on its way to becoming the laughing-stock of the business world. Due to severe mis-management, politics, and overall incompetence, this company is on a swift decline.

    To start: Most of senior management has been with the company for 20+ years. Although on paper this sounds good, these people were obviously hired at a time when being "street smart" and "scrappy" was enough to get you to the top of the beauty industry. As a result, Senior management is filled with nasty, unprofessional, spendthrift, poorly-educated women who think nothing of bullying their employees into submission. Every day at the office is like an episode of "Real Housewives of New Jersey." Seriously.

    And God help an employee that might actually want to pursue higher education. When a former colleague informed her manager that she was going to attend business school, she was actually informed that, "It was fine if she wanted to do that for herself personally, but it wouldn't help her advance [at Estee Lauder]". Said employee was then informed that she was so "lucky" to have the opportunity to work at Estee Lauder, that she should be happy fetching coffee indefinitely.

    There are zero career growth opportunities (once again, due to the jealousy of the fore-mentioned bully sorority), and the employee turnover is extremely high. Not to mention the fact that the salaries are only about %75 percent of industry standard pay.

    I started working at Estee Lauder with high hopes, but unfortunately, this place is a real-life version of "The Devil Wears Prada."

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fabrizio Freda has started to do the right thing by "eliminating" some of Upper Management's most offending culprits, but he really just needs to do a clean sweep of the upper ranks. There are many promising middle-managers who work hard and who want to do a good job--but unfortunately they leave as soon as they realize the culture they are up against. End this culture of bullying and bring back the qualities that Estee Lauder used to be praised for!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Low pay and little concern for developing talent internally.

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    Former Employee - Administrator  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrator in New York, NY

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Many people leave at 5:30pm.
    They make great products people love.
    Easy to get discount product.

    Cons

    Very slow advancement.
    Very little training. The little training there is not respected or considered favorably by potential hirers.
    No career planning - all advancement requires you apply and network as if each brand were a separate company
    They do not value advanced degrees
    Upper management (Director and above) makes all important decisions
    To be promoted, you are expected to already have been doing higher level/additional work. You are not promoted and than encouraged to grow into the role.
    Work culture varies drastically between brands.
    Low pay - about 75% of pay at competitors for comparable positions.
    Surprising little work is done by external agencies so internal teams do a lot of non-strategic work.
    Slow to innovate, except in the digital space.
    Not at all ethnically diverse workplace and almost no effort to change that

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should amp up training program and university recruiting. Talent should be identified and cultivated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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