Estée Lauder Companies Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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  1. Helpful (5)

    Marketing Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent company to work for as it is a global company, amazing training ground. If you are lucky enough to have the right kind of manager, it is an excellent opportunity to grow and develop. Benefits packages are very competitive.

    Cons

    Salaries can be lower than other beauty companies, so it is best to negotiate in the beginning. Raises can be quite small. Moving positions within the company can be difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Hiring from within should be encouraged more. There is already a trained talent pool within EL, so it would be best to be more open to internal candidates wanting to from other brands. This should increase retention, rather than candidates leaving for competitors.


  2. Busy busy

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, opportunity for weekend paid overtime, occasional opportunities for advancement within the company, great team to work with

    Cons

    Unpaid overtime on weekdays, potentially chaotic and stressful work environment, not many opportunities to train and learn other areas of the business


  3. Helpful (1)

    Poor work life balance in Ecommerce division, in addition to low salaries.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits Great brands Discount on product Gratis Leader in the industry oh high end prestige makeup

    Cons

    In the division I work in work life balance is a challenge. Too much work to bring home evenings and weekends. Constantly bombarded with emails and expectations to work on off time. Salaries are low and way below national average. Too many layers of management make even the simplest task an ordeal. Not to mention the nepotism that is prevalent. Nearly impossible to get promoted even with stellar reviews. If you have the great misfortune as do I to be managed by or at the mercy of people who are a hindrance to your own professional development; then you'll become very discouraged and disengaged. There are a ton of other things going on that are unjust. Bringing it to anyone's attention such as HR or your manager's manager is futile. Work somewhere where the people are professional not petty. Say no to mean girls!

    Advice to Management

    Equalize the work and pay across the board. Remove the excessive layers of management, 360 real work reviews.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Global Supply Chain Analyst

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The people you work with are terrific. Great culture. It is a great company to work for, but make sure you have a job that you love.

    Cons

    There is not much movement. A lot of promises with no follow through.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your staff and let them take accountability.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Not what it once was.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    exciting work company growing financially competitive benefits

    Cons

    working conditions in corporate marketing political cut throat mean spirited senior management no life balance ineffectual HR high turnover

    Advice to Management

    CEO, open your eyes to what occurs with corporate marketing management. Deplorable conditions, high turnover. Wasted resources training new talent who leave


  7. Free-lance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Freelance Makeup Artist in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Freelance Makeup Artist in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It was great as I got to make my own schedule and i enjoyed working with different co-workers depending where the hours available were. My boss was great and I enjoyed working there. The best part is you get discounts from the company store. i got as much as 56% off from their products.

    Cons

    I think they need to put more effort into selecting their bottom line workers as they make a huge impact when it comes to making and outperforming sales goals.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more qualified sales people.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Stay away from Estee Lauder Companies

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time

    Pros

    - Access to global processes and operations in a large company. - Company looks good on resume for future employers. - There are several positions available at any time, which might come handy if you're stuck with no way up within your department (which is likely to occur anyway). - Work-Life balance: most employees leaves at 5pm and take 1 hour lunch. - Employee discounts

    Cons

    - Disorganized: Surprisingly (extremely) disorganized for such a large company. - Promotions: Hard to be promoted from within - they prefer to bring someone from the street who will have to learn everything from scratch, current employees are not valued unless they have a mentor/protector. - HR: Beware if you have any issues that happen to reach HR personnel. They will be extremely unfair, not listen and will be useless in handling any simple conflict, favoring whomever is highest in rank. - Salaries significantly below market.

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within, pay more attention to how the company is disorganized in its processes. Competition beats up this company in operations.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Would still be there

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    It was a great company to work for. The benefits were great and the access to resources to help you do your job was terrific. I was caught up in a major downsizing or I would still be there. The work hours were standard.

    Cons

    There were some culture issues with co-workers


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love working for Estee Lauder! Great company.

    Cons

    The only con would be having to work retail hours, And having a extremely high goals sometimes.


  11. Assistant Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and working with smart people

    Cons

    Sometimes promotions are about time in role rather than level of work



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