L'Oréal

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L'Oréal Reviews in United Kingdom

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
421 Reviews
3.3
421 Reviews
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L'Oréal Président-Directeur Général Jean-Paul Agon
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177 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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  1.  

    Great place to work. Improving a lot.

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    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Marketing in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Fast paced, passionate people, entrepreneurial. Not bureaucratic.

    Great products and brands. Great product allocation.

    Flexible hours (new program) allows you to manage work/Life balance.

    Lot of responsibility early on.

    I have seen a massive amount of positive change in the last two years. New UK MD very approachable and making lots of changes and improving the organization and culture.

    New CMO organisation can help changes in marketing.

    Cons

    Meetings culture. Disorganised meetings.

    Repetitive reports. Poor IT systems.

    Pressure, but senior management improving on this.

    Visits from international French senior managers unproductive and at times a waste of time.

    Too many interns. Need more headcount.

    Pay improved but is only OK.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep improving the culture and management systems but invest more in people (more people, better pay).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    L'Oréal Response

    Jan 26, 2015Employer Branding Manager

    First of all, thank you! Your feedback show us that we're on the right track and investing time and money in the right areas to continuously improve ourselves. We recognize that we are not a ... More

  2.  

    Great fun, insightful and exciting

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Summer Intern in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Summer Intern in London, England (UK)

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Working at L'Oreal can be really enjoyable. The people are generally really outgoing and fun. You can get exposure to life at a top firm with a diverse range of products and processes. The staff shop is also a real bonus!

    Cons

    The culture can be somewhat chaotic and unstructured which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but takes time to get used to and learn what's going on (not really any sufficient training materials). The pay is also not great for interns (especially given the cost of living in London!).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    L'Oréal Response

    Jan 27, 2015Employer Branding Manager

    We're happy to hear your feedback and that your internship with us was such an enjoyable experience. We hear time and time again from employees around the world that its the people who work here ... More

  3.  

    You'll either love it or hate it.

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    Current Employee - Senior Digital Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Senior Digital Manager in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at L'Oréal full-time

    Pros

    Very few processes, very talented people, agile working scheme

    Cons

    Very few processes, bad work life balance, unrealistic demands from senior management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We say we are consumer centric but much of what we do currently is not. People are too focused on their own career progression by delivering one or two great projects and not focused enough on doing a good job overall. People are often promoted too quickly and so there is often a skills gap at senior management level.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great brands, awful people

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    Former Employee - National Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - National Account Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at L'Oréal (more than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing brands, ignites a lot of passion amongst everyone. A great place to begin your career and bag the name on your CV.

    Cons

    Very cliquey which causes a challenging environment to work in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff turnover is so high as management do not value nor acknowledge great employees who dedicate their lives to the job. Management place no focus on employee well-being and stress levels within the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    L'Oréal Response

    Jan 26, 2015Employer Branding Manager

    Thank you for your insight on your experience working for L'Oréal, feedback about our company culture helps us understand what we need to do to improve the work-atmosphere we provide around the ... More

  6.  

    Logistics internship

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    Former Employee - Logistics in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Logistics in London, England (UK)

    I worked at L'Oréal as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmosphere around the place and there's lots of scope to move around the various brands. Also cafe upstairs, lots of discounted products and young staff.

    Cons

    Salaries were lower than typical for technically minded staff, long hours expected at certain times of the month and can be perception of second class citizen compared to marketing etc.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fast-track careers, very dynamic, but decisions are often short-term with little Global vision

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L'Oréal

    Pros

    Fantastic people, really fun and brilliant, great socialising. Good people get rewarded and fast-tracked. Glamorous job, people will always want to talk about it. Opportunities for international careers.

    Cons

    Can be chaotic. Atmosphere in the countries is very good but leadership can be very French and emotional. Blaming people rather than helping with answers.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    L'Oréal Response

    Jan 26, 2015Employer Branding Manager

    Thanks for your review - We're especially thrilled that you appreciate your amazing, talented coworkers -- we try our best to recruit the top talent around the world to meet our business objectives ... More

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Loreal UK- do not work here ever

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    Current Employee - Finance in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Finance in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at L'Oréal

    Pros

    Discounted products, great friendly colleagues

    Cons

    Long hours with no overtime payments

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay overtime or hire an extra personnel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    L'Oréal Response

    Jan 26, 2015Employer Branding Manager

    We appreciate you taking the time to leave your impression of your employment at L'Oreal UK and are sad to hear that you're not enjoying your work experience with us overall. We highly recommend ... More

  9.  

    A lot of opportunities but office culture is embarrassing

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    Former Employee - Sales Executive in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Executive in London, England (UK)

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    If you interested in learning something new - this is the best place with a lot of opportunities.

    Cons

    Long working hours, high pressure and very little support for new starters

    Recommends
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    You will feel younger every day

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    Former Employee - Finance in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Product
    Benefits
    Easy to promote
    Discounts
    Side benefits

    Cons

    Working Hours
    Culture
    You have to speak French
    Salary
    IT systems

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrendous

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    Former Employee - Regional Training Manager in London, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Regional Training Manager in London, England (UK)

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Not many to be honest, product allocation was pretty good that's about it.

    Cons

    Stressful, pressurised, long hours, not a family orientated company at all, pay not great for hours put in, no support from company! I wasted to many years working for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR are useless!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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