Estée Lauder Companies Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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Estée Lauder Companies President, CEO, and Director Fabrizio Freda
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Pros
  • Fair work life balance if you are willing to get your job done evenings and weekends (in 27 reviews)

  • Great benefits, lots of education, training program, paid hourly plus commission (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • home based offices make work life balance an opportunity (in 12 reviews)

  • And that is why some senior management don't seem to be competent at all (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Good overall experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing Coordinator in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Motivated employees, surrounded by smart people

    Cons

    not a great work life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Nepotism runs deep at this company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    -Good work-life balance
    -Somewhat secure
    -They're really great about family and allowing time off for personal things
    -It's a good company if you can get in at a position/level you want, if you're not focused on trajectory

    Cons

    -You really can't get promoted or move to another group unless you're related to the family or someone at the Co
    -If you do get promoted, it's luck/timing or a job that no one wants
    -People have been in the same position, on the same brand for 50 years
    -Many functions/groups are getting restructured
    -The pay is not competitive; but again.. you do get work-life balance..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Force the "experienced" people to rotate, even if it's not preferred roles. Reward people, even if they aren't related to anyone. Allow for recognition and opportunity to your high-flyers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. The E Commerce division is going from very bad to much worse.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company benefits, a generous gratis program. Great brands, developmental learning courses.

    Cons

    Salaries on the low end of market. Employees are undervalued in this division. You work long hours and it goes unappreciated and just results in getting more added to your workload. People in more senior positions treat their direct reports horribly. Managers that don't know how to manage. Stagnant career path unless someone likes you personally has nothing to do with merit based or deliverables. Take notice of the great people leaving or that have left the division and the company. People generally leave bad managers (Senior VP's) not companies. Work life balance non-existent and going from bad to worse. Calamity seems hand.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Part of the problem is maltreatment of direct reports. Why all the layers of management for people that can't manage people just abuse of power. Restructure and reorganize.

    Approves of CEO
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  5. It was wonderful!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Bristol, PA
    Current Employee - Intern in Bristol, PA

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies

    Pros

    Learned a lot about manufacturing

    Cons

    intern pay was below average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue to allow employees to grow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Good people, very traditional, hard to accelerate within the company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, good working environment.

    Cons

    Hierarchical, traditional, do not see this company existing in 10 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask the younger generations what they believe the company needs to change and survive

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Learned a lot!

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies

    Pros

    Benefits are fantastic. Hours are great.

    Cons

    Not a clear brand aesthetic moving forward.

  8. 1 person found this helpful

    One of the better beauty companies but still has its challenges.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies

    Pros

    Family oriented, pleasant work environment. work life balance respected.

    Cons

    Technologically behind makes it difficult to get info. Slow process to get to market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at your senior management and executive teams. A effective leader is better than a results driven employee that causes a revolving door of talent. You loose more money in the end.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Great company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies

    Pros

    Great people to work with, somewhat relaxed environment but still very hard working.

    Cons

    Only 10 days vacation a year

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. A Company who believes in Developing and Promoting

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time

    Pros

    Fun Company who cares about a work life balance and developing their people.

    Cons

    Only so many positions in each location usually means you have to be mobile to move up the ladder.

    Recommends
  11. 4 people found this helpful

    Great company lacking in some areas

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Associate in New York, NY

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The culture is great once you find the right fit of people to work with. The CEO has infused some great advantages into the company since his arrival. I wish they would overhaul the HR department.

    Cons

    HR can be a challenge to work with, unfortunately the culture is geared toward helping only upper level management. They can be sneaky and manipulate situations to suit the advantage of the executive or the company. HR doesn't care about the little guy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget the little guy supports you in everything you do. Stop treating the subordinates like they are dispensable, you are dispensable also.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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