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Mary Kay is a very nice place to work with fabulous cooperate culture.

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Former Employee - IS Developer  in  Addison, TX
Former Employee - IS Developer in Addison, TX

Pros

Their cooperate culture is one of the best out there. People are friendly. Recognition is emphasized through out the company. Working time is flexible.

Cons

It is a private company, so you cannot know how the company perform. The traffic around there is bad. It is not a company for an over-achievement individual.

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The leadership is great at Mary Kay. They sometimes spend time with the employees during lunch. Overall, they do a good job.

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  1.  

    Don't Join Mary Kay, they just want your thousands of dollars.

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    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    They will accept anyone with a credit card

    Cons

    You will be coerced into buying a large inventory on your credit card. You will definitely not be able to sell this product at these prices. The upper level directors are just trying to get you to make that initial investment. It doesn't work, don't get sucked in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop pushing inventory and lower your prices

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  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, a very stable and positive work environment.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Addison, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, TX

    Pros

    The benefits are best in class. The facility is exceptional, and, for an older building, surprisingly well maintained. Most salaried employees have walled offices (primarily with windows at the corporate office), which is difficult to achieve prior to VP status at most companies. The culture is overtly positive, and I am generally happy to go to work every day. The salary is definitely comparable, if not better, than the local job market. Average tenure is something like 10 years, which is unheard of in corporate America. Typically, when you see tenure like that, you also see people stuck in the same position until someone leaves. Not the case here. Mary Kay is extremely flexible with promoting an individual based on their work to date, even if there is not technically a new position for them. A balanced work/family life is HIGHLY encouraged for most of the company, and typically modeled by management.

    Cons

    The pros listed above, when taken to the extreme, can be a bad thing. Where the culture is overtly positive, difficult issues/conversations are often skirted, and underlying problems remain unresolved for years/decades. Where the tenure is lengthy, those who have been with the company for any length of time are typically stuck in the 'Mary Kay Way', whether that be rational or not. In many areas , they have NOT kept up with the times. The dress code is unreasonably stuffy, which often is offputting to young college graduates and those outside salespeople who might want to call upon the company. Along those same lines, those with tenure often assume that everyone understands what's going on, and why it's being done, simply because it's always been that way. Communication is not the company's strong point, and it starts at the executive level. Because the company is primarily women, and work/family life balance highly encouraged, people are often out of the office, and again, progress is impeded. It's not even questioned when/if a mother needs to be out of the office, during core work hours, numerous times during a single week. Nor is it expected that said mother communicate to others that they will be out (per the poor communication comment above).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not assume that because it 'aint broke', it isn't actually broken. Just because it's always worked, doesn't meant that it can't be done better. Listen to those in ALL levels of the company, especially those who recently came from outside the hallowed pink walls. Be open to change, and that starts with the dress code. It's AMAZING what an impact that has on the image of the company, and not in a positive way. It's not encouraging or pleasant to don a suit jacket with a pair of slacks in 110 degree weather. Obviously, the company is doing things right, or they wouldn't have found such lengthy success, but, it's widely discussed, that real change likely will not happen until the majority of tenured upper management retires.

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