Merle Norman Reviews

Updated July 3, 2015
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  1. Wonderful Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Beauty Consultant in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Beauty Consultant in Fort Worth, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Depending on who your studio owner is, you can have an awesome time. My studio owner is absolutely amazing, very flexible with schedules, and tries her best to include everyone in decisions. Love working for a company with independently owned studio, more personal and fun! Getting to build personal relationships with clients is amazing too. The clientele here is (for the most part) very nice and fun, unlike most retail atmospheres.

    Cons

    There is a bit of downtime, but you can always clean the studio, work on homework if you're in school, read a book, etc. That's really the only semi-negative thing and it isn't bad at all.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up, great environment, excellent company!


  2. Average

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Beauty Consultant in Beaumont, TX
    Current Employee - Beauty Consultant in Beaumont, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Merle Norman part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I like that you get to interact with customers on a daily basis. It has given me a little experience on what a simple receptionist job would be.

    Cons

    Each location is individually owned, so the rules are a little different at each one. I work at 3 locations owned by the same person. Rules are constantly changing for the owner's benefit without much thought to the employees (or so it seems).


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    Material Handler

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Operator Material Handler in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator Material Handler in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great job good benefits good place to work

    Cons

    No if any advancement but it is a steady job


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  5. Store Manager

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Dickson, TN
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Dickson, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Merle Norman full-time

    Pros

    It was all in all a good place to work. I got to test products, etc. The hours were great.

    Cons

    The pay was horrible. Business was extremely slow. Training was very minimal. For the most part, I had to figure everything out on my own.


  6. Helpful (1)

    You live and you learn

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Beauty Consultant in Maumelle, AR
    Former Employee - Beauty Consultant in Maumelle, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Merle Norman full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Doing makeovers and interacting with great customers

    Cons

    I wish I had never wasted my time working here. I did not ever feel like my hard work was valued, appreciated, or respected.

    Advice to Management

    Respect your employees. Upper management needs to listen when approached with issues and actually work towards resolving them.


  7. A Job not a Career.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Deco
    Current Employee - Deco
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Slow laid back pace, but the salary matches. Benefits are good if your single or have no one else you need to put on your insurance. Great if you're looking for minimal responsibly or a job to hold you over while in school, but nothing more.

    Cons

    Poor management they know little or nothing in the field they work in, not bad or dumb people just unqualified for the position they hold. Non-competitive wages. There are people working there for 40 years and still make only 10 an hour. There are no merit raises or raises of any sort in that matter. In other words no room to grow within the company.


  8. Horrible training. Great Line!

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Beauty Consultant
    Former Employee - Beauty Consultant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Merle Norman full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good Products (surprised me). They were even better than department store brands. Flexible hours. No night shift. Products last a long time. You can wear anything to work. Low pressure.

    Cons

    No one really knows about this brand unless they've used it. NO TRAINING AT ALL! I was just handed a really thick book which was out of date. The owner of this store did n't know anything about the products and she's owned it for about 20 years. Most people under 50 don't know about this line, it's thought of as being for old ladies. You're forced to sell new products to customers who just want to stay with the old ones. And, because they don't discontinue the old ones it makes it really very hard to switch them. Unless you want to own a store, there's no room for advancement. (I hear the owners don't make much money)

    Advice to Management

    Train your people better. You've got great products, it's a shame more people don't know about them. Make sure all of your store look more uniform like other places (Sephora, ulta)


  9. Great Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I feel I am well paid for the position I hold. I do have a lot of responsibilities, but it is a good work environment.

    Cons

    There is not a whole lot of room for growth, once you make it to a Store Management position. There are also many difficult clients to deal with.


  10. Amazing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in The Woodlands, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merle Norman part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was great experience in which i developed great makeup skills

    Cons

    I really did not have any issues at all.


  11. Best Learning Experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Merle Norman full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great compensation Healthy competition Opened many doors Personal growth

    Cons

    Sometimes working alone at night could be frightening.

    Advice to Management

    More opportunities for the younger generation. Sometimes felt biased and only wanted to hire older ladies.



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