L'Oréal USA

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L'Oréal USA Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
326 Reviews
3.1
326 Reviews
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L'Oréal USA President and CEO Frederic Roze
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Also great benefits and pay which they have to provide since the expected hours are so long (in 31 reviews)

  • Growth can be very limited, but you can learn a lot about the industry (in 15 reviews)


Cons
  • work-life balance, need to be comfortable in a fast-paced environment (in 63 reviews)

  • Too frenetic, hard to affect change, no work/life balance (in 17 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sales in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Working for the number one beauty company in the world. Amazing experience and exposure to great talent and teams.

    Cons

    It's not a company for the timid or those that want to just skirt by, if you don't possess true initiative and tenacity, this can be one of the worst places to work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    High Pressure, Decent Pay, Fast Paced Environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at L'Oréal USA

    Pros

    Average to good pay. The benefits are very attractive, especially if you are a beauty fanatic. One of the industry leaders. The company is fast paced and exciting. A great place for young professionals that enjoy the New York vibe and fast paced lifestyle.

    Cons

    One needs to be a master in maneuvering the politics that are always in play. The culture is unique. You are often reminded that you are part of a French Company. Then you also feel the intensity of the East Coast mindset. The definition of a cut-throat environment.

    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to learn, but cutthroat environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Intern in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Extremely talented staff, great opportunity to learn from the best. Lots of deadlines and projects, and interns have the opportunity to really feel like they are a part of the staff with real responsibilities.

    Cons

    Staff is very overworked. There is a lack of direction, which is sometimes nice for encouraging self-starters, but you will be blamed if there is a problem about something you couldn't possibly have been aware of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are already too many meetings, but there needs to be times for staff to touch base, talk about weekly goals and deadlines, and let people know what your expectations are.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Procurement Co-op

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Procurement Co-Op in Clark, NJ
    Former Employee - Procurement Co-Op in Clark, NJ

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

    Pros

    Huge company so there's a lot you can learn. Great perks include an awesome company store. Only way to be successful in the company is to be hardworking and smart, so there's a lot you can learn from the people that you work around at this company.

    Cons

    Cons include that since it's global, working with associates that are not in the office can be difficult especially with language barriers that result in miscommunication. There's not a lot of room for error so if you do not deliver results, it will not be taken lightly and you will not last long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think more guidance and mentorship would foster better company culture and more successful employees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Would not recommend this company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Working with some of the best brands/products out there, an opportunity to meet a lot of nice people from all over the world and practice your language skills, travel and go to fun events, discounted and/or free products from time to time, always being in the "know" on what goes on in the industry/marketing

    Cons

    Unnecessary and almost daily meetings/presentations to prepare for that prevent you from completing the necessary operational tasks, leading to extremely long work hours, stressful job and employees complaining all the time, hard to be promoted to top management if not French, absolutely no respect for personal life outside of work (i.e. managers stay on Friday nights past 8pm on a weekly basis and you feel obliged as well), really low pay considering all of the hours and effort put in, very heavily-based email culture (bombardment every day), people doing the workload of 2 or more people (workload not properly distributed).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people to better distribute workload, have respect for work-life balance, eliminate the unnecessary meetings/presentations just for the sake of putting together PPTs, realize that you're losing a ton of great employees who can find better salaries and a more well-balanced life elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Make cosmetics for WORK? FUN and Rewarding Experience~!

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    Former Employee - Formulation Chemist in Clark, NJ
    Former Employee - Formulation Chemist in Clark, NJ

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

    Pros

    Best part is, you get to see the product you've worked on get launched into the market pretty much within 1~1.5 years from the point you start working on it. THAT is an amazing gratification you get when working here, something not many of my friends in other industries can say (i.e. - semiconductor takes many years, pharma takes MANY years).

    Another great part is, I have seem plenty of coworker friends who had a chance to work 1~3 years in other R&D locations around the world. For L'Oreal, I have seem personal friends whom have worked at Clichy (France), Shanghai (China), and Kawasaki (Japan), but I believe there may be other locations as well. How cool is that? ^^

    Cons

    Downside is, the work "can" get very routine. But I think that will depend on your ability and desire to learn "formulation" so you can get creative as you build up your skills in cosmetic chemistry and science.

    And as you go up in ranks, it seems (from my brief observation) that you have to do a lot of good negotiation and discussion with marketing, whom typically will decide what products will be made. This can be tough, because marketing folks are very tough. =)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is probably the same issue anywhere you go, but sometimes the ideas that come from internal members get "passed or ignored" where as ideas from outside seem to get more attention.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    excellent learning opportunity

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L'Oréal USA full-time

    Pros

    great benefits, company is extremely ethical, cares about the employees

    Cons

    demanding environment where accomplishments are rarely recognized

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    No to complaisancy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at L'Oréal USA full-time

    Pros

    Sharp coworkers, driven and alert

    Cons

    A non stop addictive machine

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not settle for less

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Poor leadership

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager

    I have been working at L'Oréal USA

    Pros

    A paycheck for now

    Cons

    Inefficient, complacent, arrogant, threatened by intelligence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to effectively lead people and not just rest on the ability that you can complete a task.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Developed skincare products and global marketing and advertising for prestigious skincare brands

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

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

    Pros

    L'Oreal pays competitively and rewards high potential talent. They also provide diverse opportunities for growth. L'Oreal believes in promoting from within. You will experience all facets of the beauty business and are exposed to all levels of management. L'Oreal also offers rich career and leadership training.

    Cons

    Leadership can be autocratic at times and meeting intense. You will need to hone your political navigation skills to work at L'Oreal, and don't expect work-life balance. This company has no agility when it comes to speed to market.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have an amazing talent pool... you need to listen to them. A more collaborative leadership style is needed with the ability to trust your teams in order to make quick decisions and move forward before the competition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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