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It has been okay but very challenging

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Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant  in  Dearborn, MI
Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Dearborn, MI

I have been working at Mary Kay

Pros

You get to be your own boss and you learn the ropes of becoming a great manager. I loved it

Cons

One big problem is having to find, sell and keep your customers. Another problem is not having a good director

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make sure that you are head strong and you have the passion for the products that Mary Kay has for customers

No opinion of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Style over Substance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Addison, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, TX

    I worked at Mary Kay

    Pros

    Access to some great technology and great technologists. The premise of the organization is great, providing opportunities to enrich women's lives.

    The pay and benefits are highly competitive (although things are getting tighter) and offices are beautiful.

    Cons

    Congruency of projects and efforts are frequently illconceived and misdirected. The organization is heavy on overhead types, weighing down on individual contributors.

    I discovered I was burned by an "open door" discussion with a senior level leader, after a direct report to the manager being discussed shared points from the discussion (literally) 30 minutes later.
    There have been significant reductions in staff the past few years through attrition and buyouts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the most brilliant talent to walk through ANY organization has moved into and out of Mary Kay because your senior and middle managers. Your e-commerce department is a cult-of-personality. At least it seems like Supply Chain was required to prove ROI.

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    No self-respecting business school teaches your methods.

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    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant  in  Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Mary Kay

    Pros

    Corporate produced Consultant training and resources are excellent. Reliving the cattiness and pettiness of high school, as a pro it is entertaining to see grown women act like spoiled teenagers.

    Cons

    You can't swing a MK consultant without hitting a MK consultant. The market is super duper saturated making selling and recruiting way harder than it should be. Reliving the cattiness and pettiness of high school. Period. Your sister consultants will be your bestest besties as long as you are drinking the kool-aid for lack of a better term, but their interest in you is strictly business. Anything that you encounter in your business that isn't working how they say is should work is your fault. There is always something that you could have done or said. 50% commission is also misleading because the business models passed down from SD to SD involves free products and generous hostess rewards which all come out of the consultants pocket.

    If you are reading these trying to decide whether or not to join MK, my best advice is never lose sight of who you actually are and what you think is acceptable behavior. Also, question the how successful that Cadillac Senior Sales Director really is if she still has to work a day job. No one loves working in an office that much!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.
    Business is about making money.
    Mary Kay sells a dream.
    There are plenty of women wiling to (literally) buy that dream.

    Doesn't Recommend
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