Mary Kay

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Mary Kay Reviews

Updated August 13, 2014
Updated August 13, 2014
295 Reviews

4.1
295 Reviews
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Mary Kay President and CEO David B. Holl
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
  • If you don't have self discipline and an entrepreneural spirit, this is not the career for you (in 8 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 7 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    The "Mary Kay Way" isn't their way

    Current Employee - Print Shop Customer Service Representative  in  Addison, TX
    Current Employee - Print Shop Customer Service Representative in Addison, TX

    Pros

    The building is nice, as well as majority of the people who work there. The atmosphere in general is upbeat and professional.

    Cons

    Everyone is last minute, lazy, and wanting you to bend over backwards to make what they didn't have enough time to do happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Evaluations need to be given to all employees. Management needs to re-evaluate some people that they have hired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company, has been around a long time, never gone bankrupt

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant  in  Spokane, WA
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Spokane, WA

    Pros

    go at your own pace. make own hours, unlimited income potential, time off whenever take a vacation can take your work wherever you go.

    Cons

    can be overwhelming at times. Great benefits only if you are sales director. Very hard work, but worth it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sales directors are great

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Fun, financial freedom, team work, recruiting, strength, family oriented, motivational, lots and lots of rewards.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Director With Mary Kay  in  Lancaster, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Director With Mary Kay in Lancaster, CA

    Pros

    opportunity to grow big as fast as you want. self employed, you make your own schedule. sales directors are very driven to take you high. if you became a director you will be provided with a vehicle as long as you keep working. they are very discipline and devoted, they teach you that if you want something you have to work for it otherwise you don't get to enjoy all the benefits that you can give yourself.

    Cons

    time consuming and recruiting is sometimes difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    when a director begins their career, Mary Kay should offer them the vehicle with the option to go 50-50 and once they became a senior in sales Mary Kay will provide the vehicle 100%.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Mary Kay Be all you can be!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Boston, MA

    Pros

    Work for yourself, on your time, full time or part time.

    Cons

    You get back what you get in. Don't think getting that Pink Cadillac is easy. They all make you want to think that way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    There is truly a special Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Director  in  Omaha, NE
    Current Employee - Senior Sales Director in Omaha, NE

    Pros

    An outstanding Corporate Company that puts is sales force and customers as top priority. I have been with Mary Kay for over 20 years and have worked the business very part time to eventually full time. You will grow personally and you will gain great life and business experience. The products are highly researched and fair priced. The Mary Kay Ash Foundation continues to make a difference in many areas in addition to Breast Cancer Research and Prevention of Domestic Violence. And 50% profit for a starter??? Why not! A great opportunity you can run with at your pace.

    Cons

    You actually have to book appointments and put some effort in :) The payoffs are many, but for those who have no discipline or zero interest in developing any, or who enjoy living in the negative moment, this company is probably not for you. But luckily at 40 years strong in 35 plus countries and debt free...it will thrive just fine with or without you :)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We love you generosity and your continued efforts to WOW us and make this Company get stronger each year. It is a privilege to be a part of this Company and my family feels the same way.

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

    Requires a lot of time and effort to be successful as a consultant!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant

    Pros

    Great product
    Second income opportunity
    You define your role
    Great tax benefits
    Focus on Family, God, and Self
    Company handles the sales tax
    Will purchase

    Cons

    Quotas to keep discount privileges
    High shipping costs
    All the supplies needed to sell the product cost extra
    Directors are great at talking you into buying more and dangling the carrot
    Strong use of gifts or prizes to manipulate you into reaching targets
    You can't be shy to do this job, it requires a lot of personal selling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Tier your shipping rates so that when I need to order just a few items I'm not paying more for shipping than I am for the samples or catalogs. Make rewards more attainable in the beginning, not all new consultants can afford to place an order that is $1,800. I also don't think it is smart to push consultants into opening a Mary Kay credit card to start their inventory. To be successful a consultant shouldn't have to start off their business in debt and with loads of product they may not sell.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    9 out of 10 of these reviews are from independent sales force members, not from employees

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management  in  Addison, TX
    Current Employee - Management in Addison, TX

    Pros

    Beautiful building, good pay and benefits. Nice people. Sales force is amazing.

    Cons

    Slow, decision by committee. U.S. division is stagnant and territorial (from the top). Old fashioned management styles and lots of puffed up egos. Prime positions tend to go to those won't rock the boat or think outside the box.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't keep waiting for dead weight to retire. Package them out. its no secret who they are. And maybe you should promote a few more brave people who aren't afraid to take risks and the responsibility that goes along with those risks. And leaders, be visionary, and reward others who are. It's ok to disagree as Vice Presidents. Don't all meld into minions. And, stop getting business advice from the people who retired already! Let them go!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Mary Kay works if you work it

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant  in  Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Cleveland, OH

    Pros

    Lots of training and positive enforcement

    Cons

    Completely over saturated sales areas

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    At the corporate HQ, people are friendly, culture is focused on enriching women, company is doing well, especially outside the US, and customers are loyal to the high quality products. Great employee benefits, health insurance, etc.

    Cons

    Company is changing from a US centric mindset to a multinational or global perspective, which causes some stress as best ideas are now coming from all over the world, not just from the headquarters in Dallas. Plus, different countries have differing needs, so that also adds other levels of complexity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue focus on accountability and trust. Doing a good job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Pushy and Expensive

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant  in  Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Miami, FL

    Pros

    Great Networking Opportunity, Meet a lot of different people

    Cons

    Need to put a lot more work into it then what you're told.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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