L'Oréal USA

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L'Oréal USA Reviews in New York, NY

Updated Jul 22, 2014
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3.0 99 reviews

64% Approve of the CEO

L'Oréal USA President and CEO Frederic Roze

Frederic Roze

(55 ratings)

48% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Growth can be very limited, but you can learn a lot about the industry(in 14 reviews)

  • Company store is a nice perk, good company benefits and more holidays than most(in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is terrible, and there is a very high stress level(in 54 reviews)

  • No work life balance and little support to accomplish a tremendous amount of work(in 13 reviews)

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    Great company to work with!

    Staff Accountant (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat employees, benefits and overall experience

    ConsOvertime, hectic schedule, benefits can be improve

    Advice to Senior ManagementBenefits can be improve as well as promotions

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

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    Excellent people, but negative management style and archaic atmosphere- executives called by last name, etc.

    Director (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat people and products, good place to begin a career.

    ConsVery French-centric, expatriates have a high proportion of senior leadership positions in U.S., with very few senior leadership opportunities for Americans in Europe, which is really illogical considering the relative populations you can draw talent from. American slaves work for French masters. Highly negative work environment, more focus on competing internally vs. externally; lack of teamwork and cooperation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBecome a mutinational company vs. a French company. Modernize work atmosphere.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible

    Assistant Vice President (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsIn New York City, pay is decent, people are ok, very gay friendly

    ConsTop down company, disorganized, micro managing, arrogant. View of beauty is very euro centric.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStop being so top down

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Tough place to work but you will learn a lot

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsSmart people, lots of opportunity, good brands, challenged to work above your level

    ConsVery long hours, overly competitive culture, way too many formal meetings that take up time from doing the project work

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive people more flexibility in their path upwards. Don't assume that someone staying until 11pm is doing better or more work than the person leaving at 6pm. It's about efficiency-judge people on the work not how long they are sitting at their desk.

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    Great, then terrible

    Sr. Developer (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat benefits, nice people, I made lots of friends. Operations culture stresses good work life balance. WAAAAAY to many meetings, to review and discuss same topics. Advancement is not by intelligence, rather your ability to get others to like you.

    ConsTerrible middle management, place is a circus. No upward movement, culture is operations versus marketing. Best advice is to get out after a few years.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A place to develop your career

    Manager - Digital (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGreat benefits (health insurance, free and discounted products) and high levels of responsibility for projects no matter what level of employment. True business goals and objectives are set and employees are always challenged to harnass their creativity to deliver more. Plus top management has really declared that sustainability and responsible growth are key priorities.

    Very nice opportunities for mobility among the portfolio of brands as well as internationally.

    ConsA culture of organized chaos is sometimes frustrating. Few people in the company are true decision makers and some things take a while to be approved despite deadlines and urgency. Prepping for meetings is a job in and of itself.

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

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    Marketing Manager

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsGlobal company with good benefits, many opportunities to advance and work on different major brands. The environment can be very hectic and fast-paced, so if you can survive here, you can do well anywhere.

    ConsWork/life balance is terrible, and there is a very high stress level. The attitude is redo it until it's perfect, even if you have to stay all night to finish it. I saw some pretty terrible behavior and managers that seem to be accepted because it's "French".

    Advice to Senior ManagementImprove work life balance and focus on manager development.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good for Creative & Marketing

    Art Director (Former Employee) New York, NY

    ProsL'Oreal generally provides good salaries and benefits. There are options for growth and advancement if you are a corporate go-getter. Quick time-to-market on most projects let's you see you hard work on the shelf quite often.

    ConsMany areas of work are rather siloed. The high turnover at L'Oreal means working with new, untrained people all the time. The hours can be very long, and brands vary widely on how much top-down support and consideration is given. Overall it tends to be a poor work/life balance.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement thinks they do a better job at listening from above than they do, and it is eroding the culture.

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

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    Not very challenging

    Assistant Marketing Manager (Current Employee) New York, NY

    ProsYou are working at the best cosmetic company in the world

    Conshours along and not for good reason they expect everyone to be creative and come up with the next breakthrough cosmetic in less than a day.
    Upper management is not very intelligent for the positions that they entail and everyone becomes the typical loreal cookie-cutter which turning into a robot and work as slaves so higher management can get all the credit for your work which is typical at any job but this is probably the worst i've ever seen. There is a reason people quit within two years.

    Advice to Senior Managementtake a look at the unhappy employers, its not the brand managers or directors that aren't doing their jobs but the general managers and vice presidents.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Terrible place for interns

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) New York, NY

    Pros- Nice line in your resume
    - Nice Open-space
    - Good work/life balance

    Cons- Unpaid internship
    - Tasks are daunting, not interesting
    - Not learning anything except some skills on Excel
    - Manual tasks even in corporate internships

    Advice to Senior ManagementYour interns are over skilled for what you use them for

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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