Mary Kay Reviews

Updated March 29, 2015
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  1. 2 people 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
  2. The "Mary Kay Way" isn't their way

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

    I have been working at Mary Kay as a contractor (less than a year)

    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Project Leader

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    Former Contractor - Project Leader in Addison, TX
    Former Contractor - Project Leader in Addison, TX

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

    Pros

    Thought the team was mature and fun - wrong.

    Cons

    The interview feedback was fabulous - they LOVED ME, per my recruiter. It all changed. The PM I worked with was intimidated and it showed. I was there to take her job. NOT. The lack of personality and social skills is ridiculous for someone in that position. Never heard anyone in management (or anywhere for that matter) start a sentence in a meeting with "Riddle me this...." till here. I was bored and they really needed an admin - not a PL. Challenges - stuck in the 80's - everyone has been there around 20+ years and it shows. Lots of stagnant individuals with narrow minds and Alexis Carrington power suits and hair to match.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with the new millennium! Fresh blood, go getters with critical thinking skills are NOT bad!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. They said that it was easy to "sprinkle-in", but they were wrong.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Working with people, getting free gifts and makeup, traveling with group,

    Cons

    If you have another job, don't even think about it. 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. Plus, doing it as a younger member was extremely tough because people my age couldn't afford to spend $200 a month on makeup.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no management, but I would tell them to give better coaches. Mine hardly ever worked with me and I had to do a lot of my first parties all by myself with no guidance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful

    Not so great under the glossy surface - Employee review not consultant

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    Current Employee - IT Professional in Addison, TX
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Addison, TX

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and generally good bonus. Generous (though not guaranteed) retirement account contribution by the company. Nice office building with ample garage parking. Benefits are OK though not the best. The company is generally stable thus turnover is low. Company values employee tenure. Corporate senior management makes efforts to show that company cares about employees. On the surface, the corporate culture appears positive and caring.

    Cons

    Looking beyond the shiny building, inspirational quotes from the founder and the formal attire, the day to day work environment is a lot less professional. Tenured and entrenched employees are very resistant to change. Limited internal opportunities and organizational silos lead to a highly political and low-trust culture. Turf-buidling, cronyism, backstabbing and bullying are rampant and often encouraged by upper management. Promotions are handed out based more on personal relationships than on merit. The appearance of working hard counts more than the actual work result. Org structure is siloed and top-heavy. Most mid-level managers are self-serving and only manage up to get the next promotion. They create unnecessary layers under them just to build a case for promotion or start pet projects to justify additional headcount. Truly good internal career opportunities are all earmarked for the hiring manager's buddies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop ignoring all the bad behavior of middle management. Reorganize to reduce the silos. Pay more attention to the true business value of the work than just the pure amount of work. Don't equate bullying to leadership. Tenure is not everything. Changes are good for business. Insisting doing things the same old way and refusing to streamline the processes will allow all the inefficiencies and wasted work to continue.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Independent Beauty Consultant

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    Current Employee - IBC in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - IBC in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Good network of other IBCs

    Cons

    So many Mary Kay IBCs per area, makes it difficult to get new clients.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    Commissions Based Only!

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    Former Employee - Cosmetics Consultant in Brooklyn, NY
    Former Employee - Cosmetics Consultant in Brooklyn, NY

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

    Pros

    - some products are great for self use.
    -if you know how to annoy people with your products, then the job is for you.
    -it's not a 9-5 job.

    Cons

    - you need to be able to put in your own money first before you can get a paycheck.
    -buy in-order to sell.
    -you have to be able to sell these cosmetic products like they are gold.
    -have to be a great speaker.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    If you're a money hungry aggressive in-your-face sales-focused person, you'll do fine.

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    Current Contractor - Marykay Senior Consultant in Youngstown, OH
    Current Contractor - Marykay Senior Consultant in Youngstown, OH

    I have been working at Mary Kay as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great products, great support system, easy money, fun at times. You'll get to know a whole group of new people and be supporting a product that's easy to sell and great to use. 50% discount.

    Cons

    If you don't make your inventory sales figures you lose your discount. You'll then pay full price for everything. You have to be a complete go-getter without any shyness or reservations. You need to be overly aggressive and almost annoying. It's not something you can do part-time, contrary to what they say, if you want to progress in this as a career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should give advice to people whom are shy on how to make this work for them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. I worked with a lot of great people but not everyone should be recruited to do Mary Kay

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    Former Contractor - Executive Sales Director in Dallas, TX
    Former Contractor - Executive Sales Director in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Mary Kay as a contractor (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    In control of your own destiny & schedule
    You are your own boss
    Some good training available

    Cons

    Your job as a leader is to recruit everyone and then sell them on buying a ton of inventory. Not everyone is cut out to be in sales and thus there is high rate of failure. My conscious couldn't handle convincing women, who had no right to be in sales, to buy $4k in inventory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teach how to recruit a real sales force. Make it more exclusive and don't cut the director's income when she has an offspring director branch off. This creates competition and not a supportive environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    No self-respecting business school teaches your methods.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Dayton, OH
    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Dayton, OH

    I worked at Mary Kay

    Pros

    Corporate produced Consultant training and resources are excellent. Reliving the cattiness and pettiness of high school, as a pro it is entertaining to see grown women act like spoiled teenagers.

    Cons

    You can't swing a MK consultant without hitting a MK consultant. The market is super duper saturated making selling and recruiting way harder than it should be. Reliving the cattiness and pettiness of high school. Period. Your sister consultants will be your bestest besties as long as you are drinking the kool-aid for lack of a better term, but their interest in you is strictly business. Anything that you encounter in your business that isn't working how they say is should work is your fault. There is always something that you could have done or said. 50% commission is also misleading because the business models passed down from SD to SD involves free products and generous hostess rewards which all come out of the consultants pocket.

    If you are reading these trying to decide whether or not to join MK, my best advice is never lose sight of who you actually are and what you think is acceptable behavior. Also, question the how successful that Cadillac Senior Sales Director really is if she still has to work a day job. No one loves working in an office that much!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.
    Business is about making money.
    Mary Kay sells a dream.
    There are plenty of women wiling to (literally) buy that dream.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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