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20 English questions out of 20

July 2, 2020

Does Beautycon offer unlimited time off?

Pros

The people I met there have become some of my closest friends. We all know we endured an insane amount of adversity together so there is this unspoken mutual understanding and camaraderie between past and present Beautycon employees - we have each other’s backs.

Cons

It’s difficult to describe the magnitude of toxicity that I and countless others felt on a daily basis while working at Beautycon. I’ve decided to list a series of occurrences I witnessed in order to better paint the picture and attempt to explain what it was really like. No one can really understand unless you’ve worked there so I hope that anyone who endured time at Beautycon is in a much better, happier place now. * Employees regularly stayed at the office to work until 9 or 10pm everyday and continued to work at home afterward until late into the night * We were expected to come into the office to work on the weekends with no notice and no meals were provided * We were expected to answer emails and be on-call and available on any given day at any given hour, even on vacation and weekends * We’d sit in company meetings where Moj would put people on the spot to embarrass them and then yell at them until they started crying * Every team would mentally prepare to be berated for hours during their weekly meetings. I witnessed my bosses and colleagues reduced to tears routinely * Screaming, slamming doors, storming out, and crying were all normalized behaviors in the office * Many fellow colleagues suffered from panic attacks, one had a stroke, and several went on medical leave for health conditions related to stress. I guarantee anyone who worked there is still traumatized today * When employees tried to leave, we were coerced into staying at the company with the promise of salary raises or promotions that never came * Additonally, there was retaliation against multiple employees who attempted to leave the company which resulted in a code of secrecy where no one felt safe enough to reveal where their new job was * 1. After putting in their 2-week notice at BC, Moj called this employee's new boss and bullied them into rescinding the BC employee's new job offer * 2. Moj called the new bosses of former BC employees and told them how horrible the employee was in order to jeopardize their new jobs * The turnover was atrocious - we got emails and slacks weekly about people who were suddenly laid off or who had quit * After a while, they stopped notifying us of layoffs and left us to figure it out on our own when we noticed a person stopped coming in * After each festival we all knew there would be mass layoffs resulting in at least 1/3 of the team being let go of. Though the end of a festival should be a time for celebrating our accomplishment, the waves of layoffs always happened the following week and were effective immediately. Our team would all cry together and walk our friends to their cars on those days * We used our personal laptops for work unless you were a department head or had a boss who pushed to get you one * Beautycon continuously promised stock options to employees at company meetings for years and never followed through * Even after people get their PTO approved by the company, Beautycon asked them to cancel or shorten their vacations. The company threatened they would revoke the unlimited PTO policy in order to make the pre-approved vacation time null and void * Senior employees played favorites and allowed themselves and people they liked to work from home. This was a double standard because those same bosses would not approve work from home requests from others because there was "no company-wide WFH policy" * Beautycon often paid entry-level male employees low hourly wages instead of salaries. Perhaps because they thought men would be less likely to stay at the company for long * Moj held a company meeting to present a narcissistic deck talking about her values, hobbies, likes and dislikes so that employees could understand how to work with her better * We had an organizational psychologist come in to improve company culture. After work one night she held a mandatory team-building workshop. Moj took the personality activity and used it to verbally abuse employees who identified themselves as more introverted and quiet * Several months after the psychologist was no longer employed by BC, Moj hired her friend (Usher’s ex-wife) to help with company culture. This person didn’t do one thing to improve the company and was paid god knows how much to help Moj berate employees and fly back and forth from LA to her home in NY * HR people were disposable if they didn’t adhere to Moj’s desires and demands, making it impossible for any employee to voice complaints without retaliation * There were many months where we didn’t have an HR person because they were laid off * Beautycon forced employees to write positive Glassdoor reviews for the company and Moj would guilt-trip us by saying “I wonder how much great talent passed on opportunities here because of Glassdoor" * Beautycon paid Glassdoor $3-4K every month to feature a positive review at the top of the page instead of more recent negative ones * We sent celebrities and influencers extravagant gifts. Kim Kardashian received a flower arrangement after a festival that cost upwards of $10K. On the other hand, Beautycon did not help subsidize healthcare for employees so many were recipients of Obamacare or Medi-cal * My coworker received retro-pay because Beautycon realized her salary was less than the minimum salary companies were required by law to pay in LA. She was making ~$40K per year and because of the new law taking effect, they changed her salary to the new minimum of $43K * Beautycon often withheld paychecks from employees in retaliation for non-compliance If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. I’m sure there are countless more disheartening stories and experiences people have had while working at Beautycon, but these are the ones I saw first-hand. I think that many employees stayed because not only did they hope things would get better eventually, but because they also loved what Beautycon stands for: inclusivity, diversity, challenging the impossible standards of beauty, and bringing people together. This inspiring mission is no excuse for the pain and suffering inflicted at the hands of Moj Mahdara, Beautycon executives, and the toxic environment they created. I hope they are held accountable so they can no longer abuse young employees who join the company with optimistic dreams of making a difference.

Advice to Management

I DEMAND that Moj Mahdara steps down as CEO of Beautycon indefinitely. Thank for you inspiring me to speak up @beautyconnedbymoj

approved vacation time null and void

July 2, 2020

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July 2, 2020

What is paid time off like at Beautycon?

Pros

The people I met there have become some of my closest friends. We all know we endured an insane amount of adversity together so there is this unspoken mutual understanding and camaraderie between past and present Beautycon employees - we have each other’s backs.

Cons

It’s difficult to describe the magnitude of toxicity that I and countless others felt on a daily basis while working at Beautycon. I’ve decided to list a series of occurrences I witnessed in order to better paint the picture and attempt to explain what it was really like. No one can really understand unless you’ve worked there so I hope that anyone who endured time at Beautycon is in a much better, happier place now. * Employees regularly stayed at the office to work until 9 or 10pm everyday and continued to work at home afterward until late into the night * We were expected to come into the office to work on the weekends with no notice and no meals were provided * We were expected to answer emails and be on-call and available on any given day at any given hour, even on vacation and weekends * We’d sit in company meetings where Moj would put people on the spot to embarrass them and then yell at them until they started crying * Every team would mentally prepare to be berated for hours during their weekly meetings. I witnessed my bosses and colleagues reduced to tears routinely * Screaming, slamming doors, storming out, and crying were all normalized behaviors in the office * Many fellow colleagues suffered from panic attacks, one had a stroke, and several went on medical leave for health conditions related to stress. I guarantee anyone who worked there is still traumatized today * When employees tried to leave, we were coerced into staying at the company with the promise of salary raises or promotions that never came * Additonally, there was retaliation against multiple employees who attempted to leave the company which resulted in a code of secrecy where no one felt safe enough to reveal where their new job was * 1. After putting in their 2-week notice at BC, Moj called this employee's new boss and bullied them into rescinding the BC employee's new job offer * 2. Moj called the new bosses of former BC employees and told them how horrible the employee was in order to jeopardize their new jobs * The turnover was atrocious - we got emails and slacks weekly about people who were suddenly laid off or who had quit * After a while, they stopped notifying us of layoffs and left us to figure it out on our own when we noticed a person stopped coming in * After each festival we all knew there would be mass layoffs resulting in at least 1/3 of the team being let go of. Though the end of a festival should be a time for celebrating our accomplishment, the waves of layoffs always happened the following week and were effective immediately. Our team would all cry together and walk our friends to their cars on those days * We used our personal laptops for work unless you were a department head or had a boss who pushed to get you one * Beautycon continuously promised stock options to employees at company meetings for years and never followed through * Even after people get their PTO approved by the company, Beautycon asked them to cancel or shorten their vacations. The company threatened they would revoke the unlimited PTO policy in order to make the pre-approved vacation time null and void * Senior employees played favorites and allowed themselves and people they liked to work from home. This was a double standard because those same bosses would not approve work from home requests from others because there was "no company-wide WFH policy" * Beautycon often paid entry-level male employees low hourly wages instead of salaries. Perhaps because they thought men would be less likely to stay at the company for long * Moj held a company meeting to present a narcissistic deck talking about her values, hobbies, likes and dislikes so that employees could understand how to work with her better * We had an organizational psychologist come in to improve company culture. After work one night she held a mandatory team-building workshop. Moj took the personality activity and used it to verbally abuse employees who identified themselves as more introverted and quiet * Several months after the psychologist was no longer employed by BC, Moj hired her friend (Usher’s ex-wife) to help with company culture. This person didn’t do one thing to improve the company and was paid god knows how much to help Moj berate employees and fly back and forth from LA to her home in NY * HR people were disposable if they didn’t adhere to Moj’s desires and demands, making it impossible for any employee to voice complaints without retaliation * There were many months where we didn’t have an HR person because they were laid off * Beautycon forced employees to write positive Glassdoor reviews for the company and Moj would guilt-trip us by saying “I wonder how much great talent passed on opportunities here because of Glassdoor" * Beautycon paid Glassdoor $3-4K every month to feature a positive review at the top of the page instead of more recent negative ones * We sent celebrities and influencers extravagant gifts. Kim Kardashian received a flower arrangement after a festival that cost upwards of $10K. On the other hand, Beautycon did not help subsidize healthcare for employees so many were recipients of Obamacare or Medi-cal * My coworker received retro-pay because Beautycon realized her salary was less than the minimum salary companies were required by law to pay in LA. She was making ~$40K per year and because of the new law taking effect, they changed her salary to the new minimum of $43K * Beautycon often withheld paychecks from employees in retaliation for non-compliance If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. I’m sure there are countless more disheartening stories and experiences people have had while working at Beautycon, but these are the ones I saw first-hand. I think that many employees stayed because not only did they hope things would get better eventually, but because they also loved what Beautycon stands for: inclusivity, diversity, challenging the impossible standards of beauty, and bringing people together. This inspiring mission is no excuse for the pain and suffering inflicted at the hands of Moj Mahdara, Beautycon executives, and the toxic environment they created. I hope they are held accountable so they can no longer abuse young employees who join the company with optimistic dreams of making a difference.

Advice to Management

I DEMAND that Moj Mahdara steps down as CEO of Beautycon indefinitely. Thank for you inspiring me to speak up @beautyconnedbymoj

The company threatened they would revoke the unlimited PTO policy in order to make the pre

July 2, 2020

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July 2, 2020

Does Beautycon offer family leave?

Pros

The people I met there have become some of my closest friends. We all know we endured an insane amount of adversity together so there is this unspoken mutual understanding and camaraderie between past and present Beautycon employees - we have each other’s backs.

Cons

It’s difficult to describe the magnitude of toxicity that I and countless others felt on a daily basis while working at Beautycon. I’ve decided to list a series of occurrences I witnessed in order to better paint the picture and attempt to explain what it was really like. No one can really understand unless you’ve worked there so I hope that anyone who endured time at Beautycon is in a much better, happier place now. * Employees regularly stayed at the office to work until 9 or 10pm everyday and continued to work at home afterward until late into the night * We were expected to come into the office to work on the weekends with no notice and no meals were provided * We were expected to answer emails and be on-call and available on any given day at any given hour, even on vacation and weekends * We’d sit in company meetings where Moj would put people on the spot to embarrass them and then yell at them until they started crying * Every team would mentally prepare to be berated for hours during their weekly meetings. I witnessed my bosses and colleagues reduced to tears routinely * Screaming, slamming doors, storming out, and crying were all normalized behaviors in the office * Many fellow colleagues suffered from panic attacks, one had a stroke, and several went on medical leave for health conditions related to stress. I guarantee anyone who worked there is still traumatized today * When employees tried to leave, we were coerced into staying at the company with the promise of salary raises or promotions that never came * Additonally, there was retaliation against multiple employees who attempted to leave the company which resulted in a code of secrecy where no one felt safe enough to reveal where their new job was * 1. After putting in their 2-week notice at BC, Moj called this employee's new boss and bullied them into rescinding the BC employee's new job offer * 2. Moj called the new bosses of former BC employees and told them how horrible the employee was in order to jeopardize their new jobs * The turnover was atrocious - we got emails and slacks weekly about people who were suddenly laid off or who had quit * After a while, they stopped notifying us of layoffs and left us to figure it out on our own when we noticed a person stopped coming in * After each festival we all knew there would be mass layoffs resulting in at least 1/3 of the team being let go of. Though the end of a festival should be a time for celebrating our accomplishment, the waves of layoffs always happened the following week and were effective immediately. Our team would all cry together and walk our friends to their cars on those days * We used our personal laptops for work unless you were a department head or had a boss who pushed to get you one * Beautycon continuously promised stock options to employees at company meetings for years and never followed through * Even after people get their PTO approved by the company, Beautycon asked them to cancel or shorten their vacations. The company threatened they would revoke the unlimited PTO policy in order to make the pre-approved vacation time null and void * Senior employees played favorites and allowed themselves and people they liked to work from home. This was a double standard because those same bosses would not approve work from home requests from others because there was "no company-wide WFH policy" * Beautycon often paid entry-level male employees low hourly wages instead of salaries. Perhaps because they thought men would be less likely to stay at the company for long * Moj held a company meeting to present a narcissistic deck talking about her values, hobbies, likes and dislikes so that employees could understand how to work with her better * We had an organizational psychologist come in to improve company culture. After work one night she held a mandatory team-building workshop. Moj took the personality activity and used it to verbally abuse employees who identified themselves as more introverted and quiet * Several months after the psychologist was no longer employed by BC, Moj hired her friend (Usher’s ex-wife) to help with company culture. This person didn’t do one thing to improve the company and was paid god knows how much to help Moj berate employees and fly back and forth from LA to her home in NY * HR people were disposable if they didn’t adhere to Moj’s desires and demands, making it impossible for any employee to voice complaints without retaliation * There were many months where we didn’t have an HR person because they were laid off * Beautycon forced employees to write positive Glassdoor reviews for the company and Moj would guilt-trip us by saying “I wonder how much great talent passed on opportunities here because of Glassdoor" * Beautycon paid Glassdoor $3-4K every month to feature a positive review at the top of the page instead of more recent negative ones * We sent celebrities and influencers extravagant gifts. Kim Kardashian received a flower arrangement after a festival that cost upwards of $10K. On the other hand, Beautycon did not help subsidize healthcare for employees so many were recipients of Obamacare or Medi-cal * My coworker received retro-pay because Beautycon realized her salary was less than the minimum salary companies were required by law to pay in LA. She was making ~$40K per year and because of the new law taking effect, they changed her salary to the new minimum of $43K * Beautycon often withheld paychecks from employees in retaliation for non-compliance If you’ve made it this far, thank you for reading. I’m sure there are countless more disheartening stories and experiences people have had while working at Beautycon, but these are the ones I saw first-hand. I think that many employees stayed because not only did they hope things would get better eventually, but because they also loved what Beautycon stands for: inclusivity, diversity, challenging the impossible standards of beauty, and bringing people together. This inspiring mission is no excuse for the pain and suffering inflicted at the hands of Moj Mahdara, Beautycon executives, and the toxic environment they created. I hope they are held accountable so they can no longer abuse young employees who join the company with optimistic dreams of making a difference.

Advice to Management

I DEMAND that Moj Mahdara steps down as CEO of Beautycon indefinitely. Thank for you inspiring me to speak up @beautyconnedbymoj

Many fellow colleagues suffered from panic attacks, one had a stroke, and several went on medical leave for health conditions related to stress.

July 2, 2020

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May 5, 2020

How are senior leaders perceived at Beautycon?

Pros

You can get away with doing very little because the company is so poorly managed and the CEO has no idea how to run a company, but be prepared to be constantly berated

Cons

Moj Mahdara is the most toxic person you will ever work for. She is a master manipulator and will do anything she can to try and become well known in the industry. Everything she says she stands for is just a farce. She is condescending, narcissistic and thinks that everyone should cater to her every need. She prays on younger, easy to manipulate employees guilt tripping them into doing jobs that are far outside of their job description with no additional compensation. She has no idea how to run a company or manage anyone and has completely ran Beautycon into the ground. As an employee you will pick up nothing but bad habits, have no support or training, you will constantly be told that what you're doing is wrong and made to feel like an idiot. You get no help or guidance to become better at your job, there is no career advancement, raises are promised by Moj to make you do what she wants but never given. She thinks that she is the only person who knows what she's doing when in reality she is the reason for all of the company's failures, and there is a long list of them, ask any previous employee. The festival sounds fun but it is so disorganized and mismanaged because Moj always has a new idea and refuses to listen to her team. You will be required to work 7 days a week and spend your weekends in meetings that are nothing more than her time to talk about herself and how cool she thinks she is. Save yourself the despair, stress, and disappointment. Don't work here!

Advice to Management

The only way Beautycon will survive is if Moj is no longer running the company.

You can get away with doing very little because the company is so poorly managed and the CEO has no idea how to run a company, but be prepared to be constantly berated

May 5, 2020

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August 27, 2019

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Beautycon?

Pros

Having worked previous start ups and big corps, this company has been the most progressive workplace that understands and practices inclusivity and not just say they do. Working with a small team everyone is aware of each others strengths and I always felt that my thoughts and opinions were respected. I have had moments at previous companies where I felt my expertise was extremely under valued. I was very happy that I was able to feel positive support, engagement and feedback at Beautycon. From across all departments, my working relationships were extremely important and I got to collaborate with some incredible team members who work tirelessly to produce these festivals. Watching the fan and consumer experience I personally saw the happiness felt across the festival as it is a very special place to be heard, feel safe and make new friends. This is the most forwarding thinking work space that many organizations strive to truly be at. The consumer is a top priority for this team and seeing the CEO personally answer consumer correspondence directly really showed me her dedication to the company. I know there is a struggle there with non supportive investors, but yet, she has never lost focus on the mission.

Cons

Production detail is insane as any festival would be. There is a lack of commitment from some members that are not supportive or happy about being part of this organization. I experienced the lack of respect came from older and bitter team members that have hard a hard time finding other work and decide to stay at the company, and under deliver. There has been a huge change in operations with a good new team in place, however, the clean up comes from previous production heads. The exposing of under qualified ex-producers and lazy staff really unveils a dark rooted problem. They were in it for themselves and not for the mission of what the festival was created upon. Across all departments, I saw staff take personal days off the week of the festivals and never willing to go the extra mile to make sure their teammates were supported. I personally saw an ex-producer single out a new temp because the temp was hired by the CEO and the the producer did not approve of her style or what she was working on….that was more of a racial stance and it was disgusting to see this.

Advice to Management

A note to the CEO, please consider when someone needs to move on and let go. The negative energy coming from staff who doesn't care about the companies mission is a major red flag. Let go and move on!

They were in it for themselves and not for the mission of what the festival was created upon.

August 27, 2019

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