Mary Kay Reviews

Updated March 13, 2015
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Mary Kay President and CEO David B. Holl
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Pros
  • Place God first, family second and career third in my life (in 15 reviews)

  • 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)

Cons
  • Unlike having accountability to an employer, it's necessary to develop the skill of self-discipline to succeed (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. 1 person found this helpful

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    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Nashville, TN

    I have been working at Mary Kay

    Pros

    Everyone you work with is helpful, happy, and genuine.

    Cons

    Carrying inventory helps, but I still don't like doing it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Great,but the competition is getting overwhelming.

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    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer
    Current Freelancer - Anonymous Freelancer

    I have been working at Mary Kay

    Pros

    -own hours
    -own boss
    -convienent
    -great product
    -you get 50% profit

    Cons

    -many people sell it
    -can be expensive to many people
    -change products too much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop discontinuing popular products and packages.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Lovely products, hard to sell

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    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant

    I have been working at Mary Kay part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice products and nice women. I enjoyed trying all of the products and explaining them to women.

    Cons

    It was difficult to sell them due to their price. You need to know a lot of people in order to make real money or approach strangers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower prices

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great Company but......

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    Former Employee - Special Events Coordinator in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Special Events Coordinator in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Mary Kay full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, busy job responsibilities

    Cons

    All the good people have left/retired, worked approximately 70-80 hours per week, 8-9 months out of the year for very little pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the wealth!

    No opinion of CEO
  6. Making others feel good is a good job!

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    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    I was able to work whenever I wanted, which is a huge pro since I was busy raising two children on my own. Making other people feel good was very rewarding.

    Cons

    It was hard to find new clients. Also, you have to be very talkative to new people in hopes they will purchase merchandise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They did a pretty good job. It would have been nice if the startup came with more merchandise.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Good place to work for

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Mary Kay

    Pros

    -awesome Jewlery!!!!!! Elegant and Exquisite

    Cons

    none It was quite good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great way to own your own business!!

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    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    Very encouraging company! Also, a great way to learn a career in sales.

    Cons

    Difficult to run at top level without buying inventory.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. acquired taste

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mary Kay

    Pros

    flexible schedule, weekly meeting for growth and support, mentor, fun to give parties

    Cons

    a bit like a pyramid scheme and not so good when you don't have that many contacts and aren't comfortable going up to people randomly to sell make up - it's what you make of it

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. it is a great place to work, full of talents.

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    Current Employee - Compounder in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Compounder in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Mary Kay

    Pros

    it is a wonderful place to work knowing that someone is looking out for your interest.

    Cons

    working to be on top if not the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue with the goodies and best will always come.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Life as a Government Relations Intern

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    Former Intern - Government Relations Intern in Addison, TX
    Former Intern - Government Relations Intern in Addison, TX

    I worked at Mary Kay as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    A company environment and culture that seeks both the company's and the employees' overall good.

    Cons

    Always outnumbered by women, but who says that's a bad thing?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find more ways to integrate departments' interns for collaboration.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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