MAC Cosmetics

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MAC Cosmetics Reviews

Updated Jul 16, 2014

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3.6 214 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

MAC Cosmetics CEO John Demsey

John Demsey

(95 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Amazing discount and gratis benefits(in 9 reviews)

  • Great Pay,Great Discount, Supportive Environment; Freelance Artist work at any Mac in your State(in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Leadership is inconsistent and work-life balance is really difficult(in 22 reviews)

  • Very high sales goals and requests for time off or personal days are hardly ever honored(in 18 reviews)

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    It's a resume job.

    Retail Artist (Former Employee) Los Angeles, CA

    ProsThe company celebrates diversity, creativity, and a rich history of going outside of the box. They are a strong force in the makeup community, are looked-up to by most people in the industry and have a flawless reputation of delivering quality products and branding. Working for them you will definitely be remembered and even admired for being part of such a rebellious company. You make people feel good on a regular basis and it's a fun work environment.

    ConsSales goals. They are constantly pushing them to the point where your position is threatened, and you feel it competitively between artists. And heavy micro-managing. Work-life balance is mediocre because you're always working weekends, store events and sometimes outside special events.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry not to micro manage your team.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Full time artist

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsExtensive training on products and artistry, always in trend. Amazing discount and gratis benefits. As part of Estee Lauder companies the health and dental benefits are great and not too pricey. 2 week paid vacation for all employees.

    ConsVERY RARELY (LIKE NEVER) do you get a Saturday or weekend off unless its your vacation. Way too many politics going on with Management. Its all about how much you can sell and how much money you can make them not how well you can do makeup.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue all the artists that work hard and stop hiring pre madonnas that have attitudes and don't want to do their job. Also figure out how to give all the employees a better work life balance

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

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    No work life balance ....

    Retail Manager (Former Employee) Huntington, WV

    ProsAmazing discount
    Great people to work with
    Great training
    Good atmosphere
    Gratis is one of the best in the industry

    ConsWork/life balance does not exist
    You are MAC and cannot take credit for your own work
    Promotions, ha! They do not exist beyond your counter
    Lack of organization in upper management

    Advice to Senior ManagementI do not know where to begin, listen to your employees when they are telling you they need help. Remote locations are just as important as your bigger ones and are always overlooked. Let your employees have some credit and creativity, why is it always about MAC with everything they do

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The In Crowd.

    Freelance Makeup Artist (Former Employee) Monroe, LA

    Prosworking with the customers, doing what you love everyday, contributing to AIDS research, the friendships with coworkers and clients, being able to say your a "MAC Girl/Boy", the makeup events and the great work life balance, MAC black is the only uniform requirement (which is awesome), a very fun work environment, the fact people hate you cause you have they job they dream about lol

    Consshort term jobs, majority of workers are freelance, very rare to be offered full time position, very few part time positions, no discounts for being a freelance artist, hard to advance in the company, ruthless competition among coworkers to advance in company, and it can take months to actually start working.

    Advice to Senior Managementmake room for more pt/ ft positions instead of having thousands of freelancers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Mostly rewarding.

    Retail Manager (Current Employee)

    ProsCreative environment, always something new, fun, great benefits, decent pay,

    ConsRetail hours, lack of advancement opportunities after a certain point. No work life balance, hard if you have a family

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive your managers room to manage. Always explain the why and be respectful.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great way to learn artistry esp for newbies

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsYou can do makeup diversely (esp in Houston). Learn different makeup techniques and tips.

    ConsNot all artist follow the MAC style. Some of the makeup artist wears "scary" makeup....in short drag queen look. So sad. MAC is well-known from it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHigh salary especially for those who have great experienced from the past. Talk to the artists who wear "drag-queen" makeup. They need to stop it!!! Makeup can look creative but still classy NOT trashy!!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Company

    Freelance Makeup Artist (Current Employee) Baton Rouge, LA

    ProsGreat Pay,Great Discount, Supportive Environment; Freelance Artist work at any Mac in your State

    ConsInconsistent hours
    Freelance hours were great during the holiday (October-December) season 4-5 days a week 9hr shifts (part time) but January-June hours were horrible 3-4 days a month. They favor people with seniority and you have to call consistently to "remind them" you are still interested in hour;better you are at sales the more they will call you too.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication is key

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

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    Great on resume

    Retail Manager (Current Employee) East Detroit, MI

    ProsTheir education is great. The basis of the company is positive, fish based. Free make up, huge discounts, you're never bored. The benefits are awesome.

    ConsWork life balance? None. District managers? Not positive unless their bosses are involved. Generally hypocritical. No matter how well you do you're constantly pushed many times at completely unrealistic goals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPractice what you preach to managers. Fun? Never. Always 'feedback' rarely rarely positive if ever.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company to work for!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Miami, FL

    ProsGetting to do what you love, learning every day, cutting edge of fashion and art, diversity, freedom to be yourself, good pay, great management and upper management, great training

    ConsSales goals, many over the top personalities can become tiring

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great environment to work in

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPersonable, passionate people. Relaxed environment. Creative. Great opportunities to learn. Open door policy. Great discounts.

    ConsDifficult to be promoted. Work life balance can be challenging. HR is not helpful.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe more honest with employees regarding promotions and what it takes to move up in the company

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

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