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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England (UK)

I worked at L'Oréal full-time (more than 10 years)

Pros

L'Oreal is an incredibly entrepreneurial place where you can gain a tremendous amount of experience.

Cons

Perhaps lacking in modernity and really behind when it comes to technology.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Look outside the L'Oreal group for inspiration and be more connected to the local community.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
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    Marketing

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Montreal, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Marketing in Montreal, QC (Canada)

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time

    Pros

    Discounted products
    Great training opportunities in other cities (Paris, NYC)
    The pride of telling people you work at L'Oreal
    Opportunities for movement, both up or different brands
    Good salary
    Great opportunities for recent grads, MBA or otherwise
    If you're in Marketing, this can be a really great company to work for because they spend a lot of $ on marketing
    Amazing learning experience
    A lot of responsibility early on in your career (if they like you)
    Young crowd
    innovative products
    lost of investment PR (luminato, tiff etc.)

    Cons

    High Turnover and constant change of management in the company. It gets tiring having to re-establish relationship with new managers, in 1 year you can have 2-3 different managers. All the hard work you did to prove yourself with your previous manager can be wasted. Because here, it doesn't matter what you did last month, what are you doing this minute?

    LONG hours. If there is an international visit be prepared to work weekends and late evenings. Sometimes these visits are a surprise and they tell you to prepare in 2-3 weeks (mostly rare). You end up preparing 100 different ppt. slides, 5 of which might actually be used. The entire visit process is such a waste of time, you're basically putting on a big show for the big international bosses. I haven't heard bad things about them, I've typically heard that they were pretty friendly, but it's just a waste of time. Everyone is stressed out and running around like chickens with their heads cut off.

    Office Politics. This is soo huge here. Like the comment above, its all about putting on a show. Making it seem like you're doing so much work and its amazing. Everything is controlled by HR, and they are watching/analyzing you're every move. It's all about if they like you, performance has less to do than you would expect. Lots of backstabbing. But at first its so hidden, you don't realize anything once you have the rosy shades on from being so excited to get hired. Then slowly you see cases where upper management suddenly vanishes from the company. People will throw you under the bus to get ahead. Poor value system. Don't trust anyone! Everyone is looking out for themselves.

    Logistics and IT sucks here. You'd think that a company that is so cutting edge in innovation, they would invest more in their logistics management systems and operations. Especially being a CPG giant. Expect computers from the mid 19th century (kidding. but seriously: crappy IT). It slows down your work, frustrating.

    Poor management (sometimes): If you have a bad manager, all i say is GOOD LUCK! you can be the hardest working, most intelligent employee and if they don't like you, you're screwed. If your manager doesn't know what they're doing, GOOD LUCK! this typical doesn't happen, but it does (i guess this is a risk at all companies) But don't dare voice your opinions to HR, because their motto is "too bad, its your responsibility to deal with it"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Relax, it's just a stick of lipstick. You're not curing cancer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Bullying does exist here

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    Former Employee - Field Force in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Field Force in London, England (UK)

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Staff shop
    Great to have on your cv

    Cons

    Management bullying does exist , and HR do not help you .... They bully you into not taking it to tribunal....managers get promoted who have complaints for bullying team
    Favouritism encouraged
    5-6 hrs driving on top of your 8 hr day is allowed by HR
    Meetings last for hr...8am start 7pm finish , even though there is a L'Oreal meeting charter up on the walls
    If you have over 8 yrs service they try to get you out rather than pay the salary , trying to go down the capability route , watch out !

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR need to listen to the team members about management bullying it does go on and needs to be addressed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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