Estée Lauder Companies

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Estée Lauder Companies Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
276 Reviews
3.4
276 Reviews
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Estée Lauder Companies President, CEO, and Director Fabrizio Freda
Fabrizio Freda
133 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Fair work life balance if you are willing to get your job done evenings and weekends (in 26 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Intern in Bristol, PA
    Current Employee - Intern in Bristol, PA

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

    Pros

    great people, good atmosphere, learning a lot

    Cons

    Dirty job, a lot of "babysitting"

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Summer Intern

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    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Program Coordinator in New York, NY

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, supportive environment, fun projects.

    Cons

    Nothing thought of for now.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Make up artist who traveled to different locations in Texas.

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    Former Employee - Makeup Artist in Irving, TX
    Former Employee - Makeup Artist in Irving, TX

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The other artists were great to work with.

    Cons

    Training was helpful.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Wonderful company to work for. Great Benefits, wonderful mentors to teach you the industry.

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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)

    Pros

    Great work / life balance. Great Talent management courses

    Cons

    No cons, wonderful company to work for.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Impressive benefits and professional growth opportunities

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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 5 years)

    Pros

    Great professional development and internal education opportunities. Competitive benefits and employee perks. Sense of community among brands.

    Cons

    Communication between upper management and employees is inconsistent. Operations and protocol a bit old-fashioned and bureaucratic at times which can cause frustration and stunt the growth of motivated younger employees with new ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more training for managers to ensure they are supporting work-life management and leading by example and coaching, rather than fighting to preserve doing things status-quo.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stuck in a beauty bubble

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    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
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Not the same as it used to be.

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    Current Employee - Administrator Human Resources in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Administrator Human Resources in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The benefits are top notch. The people that work here are loyal. The commute is very convenient. Gratis and advancement opportunities. Who knows how much of this will remain.

    Cons

    Too many consultants here. Some for years. Seems like a scam to keep them off benefits, vacation. Current leadership is arrogant and wants the "old mentality" employees gone. Huge department changes equaling most of us looking for new jobs. No longer a family feel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are doing too much too soon without any employee feedback. Shifting the entire HR department to NYC was a huge mistake. Melville managers are left handling employee relations and employees will not be comfortable calling a random HR person on the phone with a discrimination claim. You are losing the high touch that you have been driving into our heads for the last 3 years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    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 5 years)

    Pros

    Large, financially stable, ethically-sound, industry-leading, well-managed company. Personable employees, well-educated, professional, driven but sensible and well-tempered management. Excellent benefits, humane place to work.

    Cons

    Although the H.R. team is generally personable, the organization is structurally convoluted and could be more streamlined and efficient.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Streamline and develop your Human Resources organization so that there is greater consistency of philosophy with regard to career development opportunities. While appropriately leaving the employee with primary responsibility for his/her own career development, enhance communication throughout the job posting process so that employees are notified when they are not selected for interview, and when the job has been filled. With regard to specific employee development programs, also provide meaningful developmental feedback to employees who despite successfully progressing through multiple stages of the extensive application process, are not selected for these opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Marketing

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies

    Pros

    great benefits, work-life balance, company-values, leader in cosmetics industry, best-in-class workforce

    Cons

    hierarchy, non-existent career pathing, leadership in select departments are weak, salary is competitive but subpar

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    career paths, visibility to senior leaders, elevate strategic decision making

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    Unorganized, Lots of waste, Poor leadership

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    Former Employee - Director - Supply Chain in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director - Supply Chain in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Location, Product discount, Profit Sharing, Offsite brands have nice offices

    Cons

    The amount of work they expect one person to do is ridiculous, Big titles but low pay in comparison to similar titles at other cosmetic firms. Poor leadership especially in supply chain....they are completely clueless. Just a bunch of number manipulators that try to please upper management to get there bonuses. If you are coming from a company that is strong in supply chain mgmt...this place will drive you completely insane. Look elsewhere, there are plenty of better options especially in NYC area.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Supply Chain leadership needs to be completely replaced....completely clueless.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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