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Helpful (7)

Uninspiring & Depressing

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

I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

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

Pros

Some really good people at the company.

Cons

Terrible leadership. "Cascading" hierarchical dogma is utterly ABSURD. The corporate "layering" is ludicrous. There are too many so-called "People Managers" at Director level who have little to no real work to do at all so they essentially become Babysitters for Manager level and below. Atmosphere and environment is going from bad to worse. Extremely demoralizing. Petty. Uninspiring.

Advice to Management

The whole "cascading" thing...I mean, seriously?? Learn how to manage or get out before all the good workers leave. Entrepreneurial and Flat is where it's at -- not the massive "layering", "cascading" and "babysitting" that is now running rampant at EL. Talent does NOT want to be a part of the latter environment.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Still a great company, but not like before it went public.

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

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Fantastic people and beautiful brands!

    Cons

    Too much short term thinking based on quarterly financial performance.

    Advice to Management

    North America is part of the brand DNA and should be as important a focus as China.

  2. Helpful (7)

    Toxic environment, good name on your resume

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

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Company name on your resume once you want to leave. Benefits are great, elaborate holiday party and free or discounted beauty products from leading luxury brands.

    Cons

    In a company that has mostly women employed and at the helm, there is a seriously toxic culture. Instead of women trying to enhance and elevate one another, it is more about putting other women down to get ahead. There is no trusting anyone you work with, not a collaborative environment because people are always looking to get the credit. The particular department I worked for was exceptionally toxic, if you did not conform to the group or did not become who the head of the department wanted you to be, there were major consequences. At times crying in the bathroom was my only resolve. Also--compensation is TERRIBLE, below market for NYC. Also, work long hours and limited work life balance.

    Advice to Management

    There are brilliant younger women with amazing ideas who do not want to be your coordinator or admin assistant for the rest of their lives. This is your opportunity to make a difference and be a mentor. Bring the younger folks to the table and let their ideas be heard. Maybe senior management and entry level folks can all learn from each other. Otherwise the company will continue to have high turnover and be stuck with the antiquated processes.

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