Estée Lauder Companies

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Estée Lauder Companies Reviews

Updated October 21, 2014
Updated October 21, 2014
265 Reviews
3.4
265 Reviews
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Estée Lauder Companies President, CEO, and Director Fabrizio Freda
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fair work life balance if you are willing to get your job done evenings and weekends (in 25 reviews)

  • Great benefits, lots of education, training program, paid hourly plus commission (in 15 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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of perks, great training and education

    Cons

    Low pay, very political, slow movement

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall very good!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director, Product Development in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director, Product Development in New York, NY

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Gives employees a good quality of life in terms of work/life balance. People don't stay "crazy late". The employees are great. Great discounts. You are working on amazing products.

    Cons

    Salary is not as high as at major competitors but then again, I think the balance is better, so that has to be factored in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more opportunities for part-time/job sharing, especially important for women with children.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies

    Pros

    Great benefits, lots of education, training program, paid hourly plus commission

    Cons

    Not a lot of room to grow and retail hours with lots of black out dates. Taking vacations with your family is hard.

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  5.  

    Great to try.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Beauty Advisor in Elmhurst, NY
    Current Employee - Beauty Advisor in Elmhurst, NY

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It's getting more money than other beauty company.

    Cons

    The people around you have to be aware, very stress in work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No comment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    WWTD

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Intern in Oakland, NJ
    Former Employee - Production Intern in Oakland, NJ

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The manager, Terence, was absolutely the most involved he could possibly have been. I learned a lot from the internship thanks to his tutelage. He is such an impressive example of what a manager ought to be that I actually used him as an example in some of my management coursework in a section called, 'What would Terence Do?' in a reading journal.

    Besides he and the other consummate professionals I got to work with, I was assigned a very serious project which I had full control over. That sort of experience is invaluable, and looks great on a resume.

    Cons

    Working in production is loud, and not transferable to some of the more refined positions you might be interested in pursuing afterward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just ask yourself... WWTD?

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    This is a great company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SAP Portal Developer in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - SAP Portal Developer in Melville, NY

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    Estee Lauder has a very friendly environment.

    Cons

    Office space was small and there was not many interaction between the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Workload should be distributed evenly.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stuck in a beauty bubble

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are highly passionate about what they do. Lots of perks like free products, and travel opportunities including many opportunities to move within the company internationally.

    Cons

    Ridiculously low salaries (free lipstick is not going to make up for that). Majorly political work environment, with different offices and brands infighting constantly. Lastly, and oddly, the company seems to have invented its own corporate language that even after 4 months I had not deciphered--- literally, I would get off a 30 minute long phone call with NO IDEA about what the person was talking about. Instead of saying "ok, I am going to send you the file", at EL they would say "We are aligned, I will bounce back that asset." WHAT?

    I left after only a few months, but not before my boss, her boss, and my "dotted line boss" back in NY headquarters had all left (either quit or fired). So much for the stability of a big multinational.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invoke a company culture where transparency and clarity of language enables new talent to enter and thrive at the company. Minimize the role of politics. Don't pay people in face cream.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    As an entire company - very satisfied... however...

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

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

    Pros

    The pros for the Estee Lauder Companies are many - but to name a few they are: strong in diversion and inclusion gaining value with each employee to feel as if they belong to a community; e.g. Asian group, LGBT, Millennial, etc. The company has a very extensive training program and garner success. The company promote from within and transfer rather than exhaust. A very successful intranet where any associate can read in on what is going on with the company as a whole. A very well kept office environment where it is clean and a friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    In terms of MY specific department and brands I work in. The work-life balance feels to have gone off due to the leadership being very successful and into their work loads the culture shift is an all work attitude. Many leaders come in while they are sick. The hours of operation are well into the evening hours - past 615p or so. However I can only speak for the specific floor I am on. No "break room" - no cafeteria to sit down and have your lunch away from your desk. Many, associates eat their lunch at the desk and it is normal to have your lunch interrupted. A break room is needed as not all people want to go out and eat their lunch, especially during the winter time - however, taking a full lunch break is frowned upon and almost impossible as many meetings are scheduled during lunch, too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please have a break room where people can go to and sit down to have their lunch without work interruptions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Chaotic, disorganized. Some good people.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Design in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Design in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    People and family oriented. Sometimes forgiving and laid back.

    Cons

    Professionalism not a huge deal. Politics. No structures.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Account Executive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies

    Pros

    Greatn opportunities for advancement and career devleopment

    Cons

    home based offices make work life balance an opportunity. Retail partnterships

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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