L'Oréal USA Reviews in New York, NY

Updated August 21, 2014
Updated August 21, 2014
299 Reviews
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299 Reviews
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L'Oréal USA President and CEO Frederic Roze
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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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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company to work with!

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    Former Employee - Staff Accountant  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Staff Accountant in New York, NY

    I worked at L'Oréal USA full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great employees, benefits and overall experience

    Cons

    Overtime, hectic schedule, benefits can be improve

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benefits can be improve as well as promotions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Pay is Great, Office Politics Horrible

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    Former Employee - Assistant Marketing Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at L'Oréal USA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, 401K plan, insurance, great discounts on products

    Cons

    A lot of gossip and backstabbing to stay ahead. Not a lot of job growth just more work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the little guys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible

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    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Vice President in New York, NY

    I have been working at L'Oréal USA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being so top down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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

    I have been working at L'Oréal USA full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    Become a mutinational company vs. a French company. Modernize work atmosphere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Tough place to work but you will learn a lot

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at L'Oréal USA full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give 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.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great, then terrible

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    Former Employee - Sr. Developer  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sr. Developer in New York, NY

    I worked at L'Oréal USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A place to develop your career

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    Current Employee - Manager - Digital  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager - Digital in New York, NY

    I have been working at L'Oréal USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    A 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not very challenging

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    Current Employee - Assistant Marketing Manager  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Assistant Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at L'Oréal USA as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    You are working at the best cosmetic company in the world

    Cons

    hours 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 ManagementAdvice

    take 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Terrible place for interns

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at L'Oréal USA as an intern for less than a year

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Your interns are over skilled for what you use them for

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Marketing Manager

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at L'Oréal USA full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Global 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.

    Cons

    Work/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 ManagementAdvice

    Improve work life balance and focus on manager development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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