Mary Kay Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
305 Reviews
4.1
305 Reviews
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Mary Kay President and CEO David B. Holl
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Working for Mary Kay Cosmetics is awesome! So many phenominal people with fantastic ideas!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Plano, TX
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Plano, TX

    I have been working at Mary Kay (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company values are fantastic, along with amazing leadership and proof of success.

    Cons

    It is challenging to add team members that stay motivated and actually work the business.

    Recommends
  2.  

    Best Direct Sales Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mary Kay part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    love being able to run my own business and share the opportunity with other women. fantastic and free training always! :)

    Cons

    no cons..... you work hard and you reap the benefits!

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Mary Kay Beauty Consultant

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mary Kay part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I like that I can buy my makeup at a discount.

    Cons

    I don't like to be pushy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It is what you make of it.

    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant
    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant

    I worked at Mary Kay (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Mary Kay is about more than putting color on a woman's face. It's about putting color in her soul.

    Cons

    Success is up to you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify less confident women who may benefit from shadowing and assisting in your office. Fostering confidence will benefit you both in the long run.

  6.  

    Sales director

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    Current Employee - Sales Director With Mary Kay in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Director With Mary Kay in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Mary Kay full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Can work independently and make a good income

    Cons

    Takes a lot of diligence

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Na

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Manager IT

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Addison, TX
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Addison, TX

    I have been working at Mary Kay full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice building, good pay, and bonuses.

    Cons

    The CIO is out to lunch. The VP's only care about their political standing. They don't have clues on how to get things done. Most projects take years to get implemented. They treat the staff like it should be a privilege to work there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of all Sr. Leadership at find people who are good at their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great Opportunity for income potential

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in New Haven, CT
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in New Haven, CT

    I have been working at Mary Kay part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a "get out of it what you put into it" opportunity. If you choose to be a good student and take the time to learn the business, the rewards are exceptional.

    Cons

    Unlike having accountability to an employer, it's necessary to develop the skill of self-discipline to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training is amazing and available to those who take advantage of it!! Meetings, conference calls, or online!

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

    I love working for a company that gives so much back to the community and women's organizations!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Beauty Consultant in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Beauty Consultant in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Mary Kay part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The best things about working for Mary Kay are that I get to meet and work with so many amazing women every day, I get discounts on excellent skin care products and makeup, and I get to earn extra money just by talking to people!

    Cons

    At first it's difficult to find a comfortable way to get consultations. I'm not a natural salesperson, even though I love people, so I'm always a little nervous when I start talking to someone new.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sponsors are really great at helping consultants find their style and comfort zone. It would be nice if there were other positions, though, for those of us that hate marketing and sales. I'm great at data analysis, reporting, and process improvement, and I'd love an opportunity to put those skills to work for this company!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful Company to be a part of!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Park Forest, IL
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Park Forest, IL

    I have been working at Mary Kay part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are your own boss and can advance up the career path at your own pace. Everyone who has moved further up the path than where you are has been where you are before - this gives you an amazing wealth of knowledge to draw on to improve your skill set. The opportunities are endless! There is opportunity for leadership, personal growth, teamwork and amazing earning potential.

    Cons

    You are your own boss. I list this as a pro and a con because it can be both. Self-discipline is key if you want to succeed in your goals. The only thing you can control is how much work you are willing to do - that can be frustrating at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing! The corporate staff truly cares about the sales force and make us a priority.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Facilities Mechanic in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Facilities Mechanic in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Mary Kay full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits great , nice facility , treated fairly. Company has a great reputation in the community . Sets the standard for employers of their caliber .

    Cons

    Could promote with in the company more . Talk to employes on a one on one basis , get involved with employes training . Set training goals for employes , their is always more to learn

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote with in

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Mary Kay Photos

Just outside of town there is the Mary Kay corporate building. (Photo thanks to Flickr user .sanden, available under by-nc-nd v2.0)
The Mary Kay building backs onto a quiet little park that was featured in the low-budget movie Primer. (Photo thanks to Flickr user pwinn, available under by-nc v2.0)
Mary Kay Escalade, Austin (Photo thanks to Flickr user jon_gilbert, available under by-nc-sa v2.0)
One of the most beautiful building I've ever seen is the Mary Kay building in North Dallas. (Photo thanks to Flickr user pwinn, available under by-nc v2.0)

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