L'Oréal

  www.loreal.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

L'Oréal Reviews

Updated Jul 24, 2014
All Employees Current Employees Only

3.2 291 reviews

81% Approve of the CEO

L'Oréal Président-Directeur Général Jean-Paul Agon

Jean-Paul Agon

(139 ratings)

60% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good attempts at work life balance with flexi hours implemented(in 7 reviews)

  • Fast-paced environment - a day can pass by very fast(in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work life balance, the company thinks that you need to devote 100% of your life to work(in 40 reviews)

  • Long working hours, project with no decent planning & schedule, very unorganise, bad documentations(in 21 reviews)

291 Employee Reviews
Relevance Date Rating
in
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Global cosmetics company with a focus on marketing

    Senior Financial Analyst (Current Employee) Berkeley Heights, NJ

    ProsL'oreal is a well respected global company with many brands. It is great to have in your resume. If you want to learn marketing this is the company for you.

    ConsFinance operates like a boys club. Innovation and dissent are not valued. There is a complete lack of communication and planning that leads to unnecessary hectic deadlines. Analysts do the bulk of the work and some upper management - mostly those that have been there for eons- act like cogs in the machine. Because we are a marketing based company finance has little influencing power and often have to sign off on launches and promotions that we know will fail.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake finance an equal partner in the company's decision making. Ensure that upper management is pulling their weight.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities

     

    Overall, it is a dynamic company that raised the bar in my personal and professional development.

    Senior Territory Sales Manager (Former Employee) Boston, MA

    ProsScientifically based skincare products
    Perks such as a 401k, 3 weeks vacation time, vested after 5 years
    Highly skilled and intelligent sales team

    ConsWork life balance is crazy little downtime for yourself
    Too many products that can be confusing to sell to end user

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to what you AE's need to balance their work week. Less admin and time out of the field dealing with forecasting, on SFDC

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Corporate

    LP Educator (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsBenefits
    Product discount
    Vacation
    meetings in fancy hotels

    ConsManagement
    Budgets
    Top heavy
    Not family friendly
    Enough

    I have entered 5 words already!

    Advice to Senior ManagementToo top heavy..assess management that has driven away many great employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

  1. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    jk

    Intern (Current Employee) Paris, TN

    Prosallow a great evolution, high skilled management

    Consnot flexible, hierarchy, competition, long recruitment process after internship

    Advice to Senior Managementno special comment. follow the current strategy and the success is there

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities

    2 people found this helpful  

    Respected company with internal burnout issues

    Assistant Marketing Manager (Current Employee) New City, NY

    ProsL'Oreal is a respected company in the industry. Peers in beauty and brand management understand that the company is a fast-paced, high intensity, results oriented atmosphere. In terms of one's future in a related industry, L'Oreal U.S.A. will be a beneficial experience.

    ConsL'Oreal's work/life balance is very large issue within the company. It seems as though very few people last more than three years before they've ever had enough or move on to another better paying opportunity. While the pay is extremely competitive in general, when in context of NYC--it does not go very far.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDevelop practices to keep talent instead of burning them out

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Disapproves of CEO

    2 people found this helpful  

    The long wave of success about to hit a wall

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat R&D. If you are in marketing, greater opportunities generally. With such a large pool of people, you are always bound to find some great people. Certainly for the fortunate, there can be quick promotions and expatriation. The cosmetics industry is generally recession resistant -- so there's a net on the downside. The company has shown great growth over the past 20 years and with the need for growth, one can expect further acquisitions which will lead to even more opportunities. L'Oreal is a recognized leader -- and is typically a great school for marketing and sales... There are five divisions and a very handsome portfolio of brands to work in which can provide a good deal of diversity in the jobs. The benefits (at least in France) are very good.

    ConsL'Oreal suffers from an old fashioned management style (top down). There is a general sense of management by fear, especially among the French hierarchy. And, there are several very important "functions" that dominate: labs and marketing being the two main ones. Sales, HR and Education are typically under-regarded -- although that depends on the country to some degree.

    If you are not French, there are reduced opportunities. There is a poor level of diversity in top management in general.

    The company is underequipped in Information Technologies -- and it is lagging heavily in the internet activities. It has barely achieved a web 1.0 mentality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn to listen (to employees and customers), let go (of the control). Learn how to say "no" in order to bring in real change in the way we do business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

    1 person found this helpful  

    Controversial L'Oreal

    Human Resources Manager (Current Employee) Washington, DC

    ProsIN society, proudness to say that you work for L'Oreal

    Conswork life balance, transparency are lacking

    Advice to Senior Managementpay attention to equity

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • Approves of CEO

     

    Great long term experience in Latvia

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Riga (Latvia)

    ProsVery dynamic, good brands and products, strong corporate culture, fair treatment, all official taxation and salary (all on time), flexible work time, trainings and development for some positions. Chance to work on your own things, smart managers. Very smart colleagues.

    ConsA lot of work, work more for young and without families (possible to arrange but not easy), strict and sometimes stupid procedures. Too much manager involvement sometimes, needs more trust.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore empowerement, less micro-management, more honesty and transparency, quicker decisions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    great company

    Digital Manager (Current Employee) Clichy (France)

    Prospeople are passionate about their jobs, and strive for better results. Changing jobs within the structure is also quite easy and happens every 1-2 years.
    Lots of opportunities if you work hard, and superior salary than other similar jobs

    ConsLots of stress and harsh environment. You have to earn and maintain your position daily.
    This requieres a lot of energy.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

    • Culture & Values
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Career Opportunities
    • No Opinion of CEO

     

    Supply chain internship

    Supply Chain Intern (Current Employee) Paris (France)

    ProsMaany professional and economic benefits, it has been a very good experience for me as a person and as an engineer.
    L'Oréal pays for 50% of your transportation title, offers also free vans that transport you from your workplace to specific locations like Charles de Gaulle Etoile, the food is very good, you also get discounts for the café and the restaurant.
    Arrival hours are not very strict and everyone, even if they stay working until veyr late, look very happy to work on what they do.

    ConsIt is not much of an engineering enterprise, main developments and career advancements can be made generally by people who work in marketing.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake interns more involved in management and decissional opportunities, since a manager profile is required for not having so much management opportunities in certain cases.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

Worked for L'Oréal? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.