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Estée Lauder Companies Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
260 Reviews
3.3
260 Reviews
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Estée Lauder Companies President, CEO, and Director Fabrizio Freda
Fabrizio Freda
124 Ratings

Review Highlights

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

  • Great benefits,Amazing, creative, friendly, great customer service, quickly recognized (in 13 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. 9 people found this helpful  

    Slightly delusional, but slowly coming to...

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    Current Employee - Executive Director  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Great brands, lots of enthusiasm, and a great story of a self-made brand-builder. Schedules are relatively manageable, and I really enjoy working with my colleagues.

    Cons

    There tends to be more enthusiasm than competence in a lot of areas. In particular, there are constantly "newly created roles" for senior people who aren't particularly talented. So it leads to an environment where many senior people, as pleasant as they may be, are not respected for their business/technical acumen. The implicit communication is that your image and relationships are more important than substantive work quality. In fact, many senior people lack the necessary competencies to effectively evaluate their direct reports at all.

    On the bright side, it appears that this veil of incompetence is slowly melting away. Incremental steps are being made towards accountability and bringing in good people. The challenges we face now are building a system that rewards people for the right contributions and developing strong leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward performance. If we can effectively lay out the right goals and reward the people who help us achieve those goals, we'll be great. But if we continue to idolize our internal heroes and heroines, we will be blind to internal and external threats. We hold these people up as mavens of innovation, but ignore the fact that most of these people haven't come up with anything of interest. And while we hold fancy dinners in their honor, a competitor who is much more self-aware is working to innovate us out of existence.

    Recognize strengths, but acknowledge our weaknesses. Then execute a winning strategy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    OK so far. We'll see

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    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Accountant in Melville, NY

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

    Pros

    Great work-life balance and benefits. Good company with room for growth.

    Cons

    Haven't been challenged nearly enough. Compensation is on the low end for an entree level position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Challenge employees more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies

    Pros

    Lots of great benefits. The work environment was amazing - they seem to hire amazing people. I am still friends with a bunch of them - very little workplace drama.

    Cons

    I was in the call center so not a lot of room for growth. Need more opportunities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company, long-lasting colleague relationships

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician  in  Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Melville, NY

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

    Pros

    Great references, good people, globally recognized

    Cons

    If you are a temp, you are out of luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your good temp workers.

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Life at Estee Lauder

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    Current Employee - Education Executive  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Education Executive in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The training that Estee Lauder provides is outstanding. There are lots of opportunities to learn and grow with the brand. The culture is very positive and energetic.

    Cons

    Beware of company politics, you absolutely need to do lots of socializing here, and a lot of drinking. Not a lot of opportunity to advance unless you live in LA or NYC

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create more jobs in the field and less in the office.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Intern to GIS

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    Former Employee - Intern to GIS
    Former Employee - Intern to GIS

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people. Office was extremely nice.

    Cons

    Could get boring at times when no work is available for interns.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Decent Pay but dbl the work

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    Former Employee - Counter Manager  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Counter Manager in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Love the products, the training and development, overall good company that cares to an extent.

    Cons

    Lots of overtime needed to accomplish goals, too much paperwork and new ideas should be ore organized

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help develop more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Learning Experience

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    Former Employee - Temp Chemist  in  Bristol, PA
    Former Employee - Temp Chemist in Bristol, PA

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Got to learn a lot and take own initiative and start own projects

    Cons

    Inconsistent, don't really pay much attention to you unless there is a problem.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Make your own schedule, good pay.

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    Current Employee - Makeup Artist  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Makeup Artist in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    As a freelancer you get to choose what events you work, making your own schedule. The pay is great for a part-time gig, not to mention it's a really fun job!

    Cons

    The hours/events are not consistent. Some months you'll have the option to work every weekend, other months you won't get any hours at all.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Needs Some Work

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    Former Employee - Beauty Advisor  in  Green Bay, WI
    Former Employee - Beauty Advisor in Green Bay, WI

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

    Pros

    Personally, the only thing I really enjoyed about this company was being able to work with such great products.

    Cons

    They have too high of expectations and don't even consider the region you're living in and how that may affect sales. The company is always changing and making things more confusing for beauty advisors. This job is really not worth the pay, and the sense of community among the company and your coworkers is just not there. The best choice I ever made was leaving this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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