Mary Kay Reviews

Updated April 1, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    No self-respecting business school teaches your methods.

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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
  2. 3 people found this helpful

    Smoke and Mirror

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, TX

    I have been working at Mary Kay

    Pros

    MK offers excellent compensation. The facility is conveniently located and the parking is underground. Most rank and file employees are friendly.

    Cons

    A thick layer of middle management hampers production. Better communication between groups are to be desired. Contractors and employees are treated differently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the thick layer of middle management for streamlining the process.
    Value each employees' feedback.
    Establish corporate culture of trust.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    A disappointed consultant.

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

    I have been working at Mary Kay

    Pros

    Working for Mary Kay gives you the opportunity to buy products at cost. Which is a wonderful benefit.

    Cons

    The high level of inventory one is pushed to have on hand is financially draining. The pressure put on consultants to meet a certain status within the company is frustrating. The lack of understanding from leadership when there are family reasons you cannot work the business as much is discouraging. Leading is one thing - pushing is another. Becoming a Mary Kay Consultant will be a financial disaster if you do exactly what the leadership tells you to.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is frustrating when the products are constantly chancing. It is fine to have new compacts, but then old products should be able to fit in new products. Directors should be more understanding. They teach God first, Family second, Career third, but when push comes to shove they look down on you and treat you bad because you don't put MK first. The directors treat you bad when you don't have 10 recruits every month, and $1,000 in sales. We should be encouraged to stretch ourselves but not be someone we aren't. In trying to build my business I meet so many women who say they "tried" MK and just couldn't get it to work. If I had known all I do now, I would have never joined.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful

    Good benefits - but some of the qualities are cosmetic in nature

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Mary Kay

    Pros

    Mary Kay offers great health benefits (for both the employee and his/her entire family), a good bonus plan, and a substantial product discount. (Even men can benefit from the discount... great gifts for girlfriends, wives, or other female relatives.) The company also offers telecommuting options and a "Flex Friday" program (which isn't consistently supported, but occasionally useful). The working environment is nice, with a full cafeteria serving breakfast and lunch as well as snacks like cookies and ice cream. There is also a fitness center, although the location is a little odd (on an upper floor with windows, without much privacy). Recognition programs are strong, and include both work-related achievements and personal achievements (such as earning a degree, running a marathon, etc.).

    Cons

    At Mary Kay, work-life balance is supported to some degree - but not fully. They claim to put life and family above career, but many employees are required to carry pagers, and after-hours work is frequently expected. The Flexible Friday program is offered to everyone - But often, employees who actually take their earned Friday off are frowned upon.

    The dress code is rigid, but actually a little easier for men (dress pants, a dress shirt and a tie, but no jacket) than for women (suit with matching skirt and jacket). Women aren't even allowed to wear pant-suits on certain days, when there are sales events in the building.

    Advancement opportunities exist, but are like moving targets. Some people in the company do thrive, but for many others, the promises of bigger and better opportunities don't materialize.

    As in most companies, salary ranges are not disclosed to employees. However, based on comments, it seemed as though most people felt that their salaries were low and/or not competitive with the market), but believed that the health benefits and profit sharing plans made up for that.

    Overall, it's a quirky environment - though many folks find the culture endearing, it isn't for everyone...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Meet the standards you claim to keep, and live up to the promises you make.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. It was not a pleasant experience unfortunately

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Products are actually amazing and of high quality

    Cons

    Everything feels very 1980, therefore, company needs to invest in some new branding

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company needs to be given a more contemporary universal feel

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. Not what the company used to be, but still probably better than average.

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    Current Employee - Processing Technician in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Processing Technician in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    PTO and vacation is good.
    Opportunity for advancement is good.
    401K and profit sharing is good.

    Cons

    Benefits aren't what they used to be.
    Compensation hasn't been adjusted form the offset of the benefits.
    Company has been on a steady decline since Mary Kay Ash's death.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to listen to the workers more and adjust compensation for what we had lost in benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Okay Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Addison, TX
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Addison, TX

    I worked at Mary Kay full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I learned a lot.
    Gave me opportunities to learn all the roles and was able to work on a wide range of projects
    Benefits and compensation

    Cons

    Long hours
    People push there work on you
    Caddy employees
    Do not follow the Mary Kay way
    Management is unfair with promotions
    Unfair work environment

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open and fair with employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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