L'Oréal

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L'Oréal Reviews

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
396 Reviews
3.1
396 Reviews
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L'Oréal Président-Directeur Général Jean-Paul Agon
Jean-Paul Agon
165 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very fast-paced environment, you will NEVER find yourself bored, or not know what to do next (in 15 reviews)

  • A lot of responsibility early on (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Intern may experience some pressure and difficulties to manage work-life balance (in 51 reviews)

  • Too many useless and time-wasting tasks - long hours - snob managers (in 36 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    if you are passionate about consumer products and want to work 15 hour days......

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President Marketing in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President Marketing in New York, NY

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    it is a generous employer and they give you every benefit under the sun.
    the work is interesting as are the products and the people are brilliant.
    the brands are amazing and the development pipeline impressive. you get to work with many people cross functionally and there is a lot of room to move around l'oreal if you are good and you start there young.

    Cons

    it is a very demanding work load. the systems are overwhelming. it's very political. it's not always a meritocracy but a lot how well connected you are. being french is a big help. there are endless meetings and updates for french management that arrives almost monthly and that adds more work to an already demanding load. simple things are made difficult and sometimes you are made to strategize 50 programs for a brand and only 4 or 5 get done due to timing and costs. there are a lot of long and very arduous meetings and too many emails with entire departments cc'ed that may not be relevant to your daily work and this is even more time consuming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    turnover should be looked at. sometimes entire departments turn over and no one looks at the head of the brand or at the leadership. promotions are not always given to the hardest worker or the most talented person but to favorites. management should be aware that after working a 9 to 8pm day, people are home are still at work late into the night and when you wake up --- you are inundated with another 100 emails.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    The best company if you want a beauty marketing boot-camp experience

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

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Top tier marketing talent and big budgets within beauty industry; exposure to global product development and business strategy; robust employee training programs; free product

    Cons

    long hours, high-stress environment; can be difficult to move up if you are not French or have not worked in France

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better work/life balance; Allow for more flexibility in allowing employees to move between divisions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Five years and still love it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at L'Oréal full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic people & products
    Really can rotate functionally which is very rare in corporate America
    Best benefits anywhere
    Highly compensated - especially upper levels
    Sense of purpose, belief in the company, pride when telling people it's L'Oreal

    Cons

    Inefficient in a lot of aspects - still lots of room to make things work faster and smoother
    IT is nowhere close to cutting edge
    More work than there are people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People development needs to be part of the culture...saying we are doing it and doing it are two different things; better work-life balance could really help retain great talent...there's nothing wrong with working remotely or from home if the work force is working,

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

    Great if you like ambiguity & fast pace with arbitrary changes

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at L'Oréal

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with a lot of different product

    Cons

    No respect if you're not French
    Glass ceilings exist
    Absurd management is tolerated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect all employee regardless if you are French or not

    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Losing great beauty advisors to cosmetics companies that care

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Counter Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Counter Manager in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at L'Oréal

    Pros

    Product line full of good products
    Well Known Name

    Cons

    Unsupportive Account Executives that will take credit for your hard work, or blame you if things go wrong.
    Lack of training for new hires

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Berkeley Heights, NJ
    Current Employee - Intern in Berkeley Heights, NJ

    I have been working at L'Oréal

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere in the office
    Berkeley heights office is pretty new and very spacious
    Great perks for full time employees, especially in the corporate store
    Shuttle provided to NY office
    Summer hours and casual fridays

    Cons

    Office is in remote location in mid jersey
    Traffic to office is sometimes heavy
    Train station is not close to office
    Departments tend to socialize within

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management works very well with employees, since there are not too many levels of delegation witching the company. Employee's are trusted to succeed in projects and are not micro-managed.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Global cosmetics company with a focus on marketing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Berkeley Heights, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Berkeley Heights, NJ

    I have been working at L'Oréal

    Pros

    L'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.

    Cons

    Finance 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Territory Sales Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Territory Sales Manager in Boston, MA

    I worked at L'Oréal

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

  10.  

    Corporate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - LP Educator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - LP Educator in New York, NY

    I worked at L'Oréal

    Pros

    Benefits
    Product discount
    Vacation
    meetings in fancy hotels

    Cons

    Management
    Budgets
    Top heavy
    Not family friendly
    Enough

    I have entered 5 words already!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too top heavy..assess management that has driven away many great employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    jk

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Paris, TN
    Current Employee - Intern in Paris, TN

    I have been working at L'Oréal

    Pros

    allow a great evolution, high skilled management

    Cons

    not flexible, hierarchy, competition, long recruitment process after internship

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    no special comment. follow the current strategy and the success is there

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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