Estée Lauder Companies Reviews

Updated April 19, 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. Great company!

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    Former Employee - Freelance Makeup Artist in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Freelance Makeup Artist in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies part-time (more than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Free makeup!
    Top pay among cosmetic companies
    Works with your schedule!

    Cons

    Extremely high expectations.
    A lot of politics to get better locations.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key!

  2. It was a culture of passionate people, but also a lot of rules and politics

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

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (more than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Passion
    People are very nice to work with

    Cons

    Politics matter so much there. Hard to get decisions made, complex matrix organization

    Advice to Management

    Focus on building a collaborative culture to breakdown the bureaucracy

  3. Global Brand Supply Chain

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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 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Great Team work. Opportunity to work at one of the best beauty brands in the world. Great Opportunities to move within brands and business groups. People stay forever. Great Benefits. You can make a lifetime career here.

    Cons

    Con to the business group only is the workload, but they working on it correcting. If you start you're career here, the only way you'll make what you're worth as you grow is too leave and come back to get a pay jump or promotion.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the talent they have and instead of paying someone more from outside with less experience, reward / promote the talent you have.

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  5. Industrial Engineer

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    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Industrial Engineer in Melville, NY

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, many opportunities internally

    Cons

    Underpaid when you stay internally

  6. Review

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    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Global organization, inclusive, very good benefits.

    Cons

    Global positions are limited, slow elevators.

  7. Rewarding Experience

    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies as a contractor

    Pros

    Great company culture and cohesive working environment

    Cons

    Large organization with complex reporting structure

  8. MAC Artist

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, you are taught everything you need to know

    Cons

    Depending on the location less emphasis on artistry

  9. Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time

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

    Pros

    Warm, positive working environment in departments such as Creative Operations. Great discounts.

    Cons

    Departments were very isolated from one another. Difficult to transition within departments. Everyone eats lunch at their desk unless you are way up on the totem pole.

    Advice to Management

    Some managers are placed in such a role because they are excellent in their line of work, but at times they lack skills necessary for good management such as clear communication, steadfast decision making, and a positive outlook for other employees to follow.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Assistant manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fun company, good benefits.

    Cons

    No room for growth with in the company

    Advice to Management

    Offer more room to grow in company. Keep the benefits, they are awesome. That is about all I can say about that.

  11. Helpful (6)

    Nepotism runs deep at this company

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.

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