Mary Kay Reviews

Updated August 3, 2015
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  1. Great Work Life Balance & benefits, lack of innovation & strategy , slow to change and no opportunity for growth

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, Workllife balance, product discount, global company

    Cons

    conservative, slow to change, lack of creativity or innovation, no growth opportunities, no accountability, lack of strong leadership at Director/VP level, beauracracy, highly political


  2. Helpful (1)

    Great for additional income but not when starting out in life

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mary Kay

    Pros

    Great to earn money for a vacation and have fun. Learn a lot from this culture.

    Cons

    Not meant to be something that will be expected as a quick fix, it takes a lot of work and FaceTime.


  3. Wonderful opportunity for the self motivated!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Director in Boston, MA

    I worked at Mary Kay part-time (More than 10 years)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Work your own hours, flexibility, excellent training

    Cons

    Must be a good time manager -- rejection factor very difficult to build teams

    Advice to Management

    Update 1963 compensation plan


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great company but...

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Denver, CO
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Denver, CO

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great products, lots of tools to help you succeed, support from your director and others if you are able to take advantage of it, nice incentives if you are able to reach goals

    Cons

    Difficult to really make the business work unless you are willing and able to make a substantial investment (are told only have to purchase basic program to get started-can make it work with that but you don't look professional or successful handing out samples on cardboard), are strongly encouraged to have stock at all times & that is expensive and can create storage issues, must have the time & support to devote to working this business, always hustling.

    Advice to Management

    Easier was to start out without handing out makeup on cardboard. Was never able to sell skincare like I can makeup. Not even close. Should offer makeup artist classes to consultants. I have certifications and have seen far too many consultants struggle to put makeup on others and give color suggestions that were totally wrong for the age and skintone.


  6. Great way to make extra money if you have a lot of friends

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marykay Senior Consultant in Gastonia, NC
    Current Employee - Marykay Senior Consultant in Gastonia, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy way to make extra money. Great way to help people see the value/beauty in themselves. Very positive and uplifting environment. Lots of love and support from those around you because the business is built on mindset of 'what would you do if you couldn't fail' and 'you have to help someone else to help yourself'

    Cons

    You really need to know a lot of people with disposable income to do well in the business. Mary Kay sales it's self to those that are willing to try it. Usually people that don't know you are reluctant to have a stranger hand them things to put on their face without a referral from a friend or family member.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good place to start

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mary Kay part-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The products are good, I love the products

    Cons

    Unethical practices, fake it till you make it attitude, if you don't recruit then you are not working hard enough...

    Advice to Management

    Let people make their own choices, don't make us feel we HAVE to get inventory or HAVE to recruit.


  8. Lopsided opportunity.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in El Paso, TX
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in El Paso, TX

    I have been working at Mary Kay part-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great personal growth experiences; enjoyed life lessons.

    Cons

    Company is excited for you while things are going good; not so much when not going so good. Lopsided opportunity for those without a commissioned National Sales Director and/or a motivated and productive Sales Director.

    Advice to Management

    Develop an opportunity for Consultants and Directors in the "Go Give" area (those who do not have a commissioned National Sales Director) to be adopted into a commissioned National Sales Director's area. Lack of support by a commissioned National Sales Director by thousands of Consultants and Directors leads to lopsided and UNEQUAL opportunity for those who lack a commissioned National Sales Director. There are many in the company who would deny this, giving grandiose examples of this person and that person who have achieved great accomplishments in spite of not having a commissioned NSD, however those stories are not the common experiences of most "Go Give Area" Consultants and Directors. Those who share such stories do so to promote their position and to attempt to gently dilute the truth that it does indeed matter who you join the company under and what leadership you may or may not enjoy within that group's support hierarchy. Career Car Staff - please be as genuinely caring and nice to the Director or Consultant who has lost her career car as the one who has just earned it.


  9. It is a JOB...but many don't see it that way

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mary Kay part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There is flexibility because you work for yourself and choose the career path you work towards. The more appointments you hold and recruits you have, the more money you theoretically make.

    Cons

    Unless you build a team of recruits, you really do not net much money if you attend the conferences and participate in everything you are encouraged to do...that all costs money that comes from your profits. Plus, you need to buy supples and samples that also chop away from profits. While you are caught up in the pink bubble, many do not see clearly and think they are making more money than they truly are. Even with recruits, unless they are placing orders on a regular basis, your commissions may not be much.

    Advice to Management

    Cut back on events that cause consultants to travel and pay hundreds of dollars to do so. Also reduce/ deter speakers that sell their "systems" to consultants for hundreds of dollars...they don't change 98% of the population and just make the speakers richer


  10. Helpful (8)

    Love the company, hate my job

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Addison, TX
    Current Employee - IT Professional in Addison, TX

    I have been working at Mary Kay full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    > First of all let me make something clear: most of the reviews on here are from Independent Beauty Consultants. They are NOT Mary Kay employees, so do not judge what it's like to work for the Mary Kay corporation by these reviews. > I work in the headquarters building on Mary Kay Way. It is a beautiful facility. I really love walking into it everyday. The food in the cafeteria is amazing and really affordable. A professional team of kitchen chefs and cooks prepare meals that you would find in restaurants for less than $7. Can't beat it! Also all parking is underground so you never have to worry about your car sitting in the sun all day or running to it in the rain. > The employees are very polite and friendly and respectful of women which is really cool. > The security guards are very professional and take their job seriously. They actually check your badge and make sure you belong there. That makes me feel safe knowing they are not going to let some wacko head up stairs and terrorize people. They also carry sidearms.. I love it! > The mission of the company, enriching women's lives, is a great thing to work for; especially in parts of the world that are emerging from depressing old economies where women have had no opportunity to make a living before. It's not just words, the employees really believe in this stuff and are doing everything in their power to help the beauty consultants be successful in their businesses. > This is by far the most money I've ever made somewhere. Salary, bonuses, profit sharing, random gifts and perks, benefits, etc is all top notch. I think you would be hard-pressed to find a place that compensates their employees better than this one.

    Cons

    > I am an employee of the company in the Information Systems & Technology department at Mary Kay. I can tell you that Balanced Priorities, Make Me Feel Important, and The Golden Rule do not apply to us. We work like f'ing dogs here! Impossible deadlines and competing deadlines are put upon us and we get to kill ourselves to accomplish the goals anyway. It sucks! I have no life. I just work all the freaking time. Everything is a crisis every day. It's absolute chaos and misery. I don't know how else to describe it. The best part of my day is going to the cafeteria and getting some good food. The 2nd best part of the day is when i get the hell out of there and go home to my family. > They use a ton of contractors here and this is why they can work everyone like dogs and get away with it. If you burn out, oh well they can just hire another contractor. If they don't like you, they can end your contract. If you're one of the lucky few, you can become an employee. But most people in this department are only contractors and don't get to become employees. I can't say what it's like for other departments at Mary Kay. I'm sure it's wonderful because most people are so happy around the HQ building.

    Advice to Management

    > Say "No" more often to people who want stuff from us (i.e. Marketing) > Focus on a few major projects at at time and do those well, let them settle down, then start new ones > Look outside Mary Kay to see what successful IT organizations are doing. Why don't we just do Scrum instead of our own half-assed version of "Agile" that isn't really agile at all? > Put more power in the hands of competent technology leaders and less in the hands of delegators who don't really know how to make things work. (i.e. put a Software Developer in charge of the software development team, not a bunch of project managers) > Organize your team so that everyone is on the same page and has a clear picture of the priorities; rather than parsing out multiple projects to PMs and having them compete with each other to get the BAs and Devs to work on their deliverables.


  11. Like many MLM Co. It's all what you put in it.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Mary Kay Consultant
    Former Employee - Mary Kay Consultant

    I worked at Mary Kay (Less than a year)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Self Growth, new friends, new connections, growth potential

    Cons

    Enormous amount of time and money to put in, to bank on others.



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