Mary Kay Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Mary Kay President and CEO David B. Holl
David B. Holl
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Pros
  • Mary Kay is a debt-free, privately held company that operates by the Golden Rule, and teaches God first, Family second, Career third (in 14 reviews)

  • Culture is "go-give" and they work by the Golden Rule (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • If you don't have self discipline and an entrepreneural spirit, this is not the career for you (in 10 reviews)

  • It's is so haard after coming home from your regular full-time job and then having to drive to visit 4 people in one night to meet sales goals (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mary Kay full-time

    Pros

    Great work/life balance. Management supports advanced education and the company has a tuition reimbursement program. Above average medical and retirement benefits. Generally, friendly work environment.

    Cons

    Slow career advancement due to management not being required to move around the company. Leadership is tight with budgets and rarely invest in new software/technology. Not a lot of structured on-boarding training for new employees.

    Advice to Management

    Find better ways to keep top talent and advance high performers.


  2. good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    nice people to be around all the time

    Cons

    nothing It was good to work there


  3. Amazing Opportunities

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Novato, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Novato, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mary Kay full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Mary Kay offers the most incredible incentives, such as jewelry, purses, and cars. Mary Kay products sell them selves. The company provides an amazing support network that can be tapped into as often or as little as desired. You are your own boss.

    Cons

    For the most part selling Mary Kay is about networking and being able to connect with people, so if you are not an out going people person this is not for you.

    Advice to Management

    I cant wait to get more familiar with the area in which I have moved and get to know more people here. As soon as I am more firmly rooted I absolutely plan on reinstating my consultant ship.


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  5. Good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Positive people, very friendly, no complaints

    Cons

    No cons at this time


  6. It is to hard in this cosmetics market

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    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Fullerton, CA
    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Fullerton, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mary Kay part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, energetic, great cosmetics line.

    Cons

    You have to put a lot of your own money into it. you'll spend thousands to make it work. As for me it did not in the market.

    Advice to Management

    Needs to have a easier plan to keep consultants. Instead of having to buy product every three months, change it to five.


  7. Independant Beauty Consultant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Spokane, WA

    Pros

    You make your own schedule and work at your own pace. You can be as successful as you choose to be, when you choose to be. Allowing you to spend as much time with God & Family as you choose.

    Cons

    In order to be the most successful you should keep an inventory and some times that is a bit more expensive than one cares to afford, you have to order 250.00 to get your 50% price. If a customer wants just a moisturizer and you don't have it in Inventory you'll have to place a 250.00 order.

    Advice to Management

    After the Initial 250.00 order it would be helpful to the "just start-up Beauty consultant to have a drop ship option at the consultants price.


  8. beauty consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mary Kay part-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You make your own schedule, and you can make great money.

    Cons

    I don't have any down side's I really enjoyed it.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. Sr. Independent Sales Director

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Medford, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mary Kay (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Unlimited opportunity for growth, Flexible work hours, Help people build self confidence and improve appearance, gratification from helping others, strong company values.

    Cons

    Limited leadership when not in a National Area.


  10. Manager of Distribution Systems

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suwanee, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Suwanee, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very generous company with regard to employee wellness benefits and retirement plans including company matching of 401K contributions.

    Cons

    Business model of the Sales Organization is questionable


  11. Customer Service Bilingual

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative Bilingual in Addison, TX
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative Bilingual in Addison, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mary Kay (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice place to work great people I highly recommend it!!

    Cons

    as a contractor could not enjoy all the benefits of a regular employee!!



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