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Avon Products Independent Sales Representative Reviews

Updated October 8, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance; professional work environment; (in 88 reviews)

  • Flexibility in work hours, being your own boss as an independent sales representative , work from home and travel (in 45 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is non existent and not being able to be with the reps is ludacris (in 54 reviews)

  • The message from upper management gets blurred when it comes to the downlines (in 56 reviews)

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  1. "Great Supplemental Income/Work"

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    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Avon Products part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility in work hours, being your own boss as an independent sales representative , work from home and travel.

    Cons

    Can sometimes be a challenge building clientele.

    Advice to Management

    No comment at this time.


  2. "Direct Sales Avon ISR"

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    Current Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Tacoma, WA
    Current Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Tacoma, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Avon Products part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You get to write your own schedule

    Cons

    The customers don't usually come knocking on our door, we got to get out there.

    Advice to Management

    Sad to see all our our local support DSM be let go.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Not for those who really want to make extra money"

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    Current Employee - Independent Sales Representative in La Grange, NC
    Current Employee - Independent Sales Representative in La Grange, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avon Products part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They have great tools and give you a starter kit

    Cons

    You have to pay out of pocket for the start kit, management is not very helpful and they don't really check to see if you have an questions or concerns

    Advice to Management

    Help your representatives more


  4. "Not the company it once was"

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    Current Freelancer - Independent Sales Representative
    Current Freelancer - Independent Sales Representative
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Avon Products (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Makeup and perfume are great, and Avon has a hard-earned reputation for excellence. The discounts as a representative are also nice.

    Cons

    The jewelry design and quality has gone downhill, a redesign of some of the perfume bottles took away their aesthetic appeal and made them look generic, and some of the lower-price products have been eliminated in favor of pricier lines. Customer service has become virtually nonexistent, and it's only buy making things right out of my own pocket that I've been able to retain customers in spite of the shoddy service they've received from corporate.

    The worst thing of all is this, though: there is a HUGE emphasis on recruiting new independent representatives rather than selling the products themselves. When I joined Avon after some encouragement from relatives who did well with it 20 or 30 years ago, I was absolutely horrified at the change from what I had seen when I was younger. The market is flooded with reps in my area, so it's incredibly difficult to get new customers (and I fight like a tiger to protect the ones I have), and my district manager is constantly pushing us to recruit new reps. Avon has gone from being a genuine business opportunity for work-at-home professionals to just another MLM pyramid scheme, and it breaks my heart, because I grew up living, breathing, and loving Avon.

    Advice to Management

    First of all, return to putting the customer first. Drop the MLM/Pyramid/Recruit Everybody You Know schtick and get back to the basics of building relationships with customers and giving them the best experience possible. Next, make sure the products you sell are the best possible. Finally, please make sure that your managers are sending out emails that are an asset to the company. My district manager's emails are riddled with errors, and they don't look very polished or professional at all. This does nothing to foster my faith in Avon as a place where I can grow and succeed as a business professional.


  5. "Avon, beautiful things"

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    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Salt Lake City, UT
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Salt Lake City, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Avon Products part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working on your own, providing a service for your friends, meeting new people. Monthly meetings that encourage and uplift, great discounts on the things you buy plus access to preview products.

    Cons

    It's difficult to get enough customers to make a profit. I spent more on magazines and bags then I made. But it was a lot fun. Watches were junk.

    Advice to Management

    Keep profits at 40*/* so the small reps can make a little.


  6. "Independant Sales Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Lowellville, OH
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Lowellville, OH

    I worked at Avon Products part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You can make your own schedule, sell as much or as little as you want.

    Cons

    It is your own business so the less you sell the less you make.


  7. "Independent Sales Represntative"

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    Current Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Queen Creek, AZ
    Current Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Queen Creek, AZ

    I have been working at Avon Products (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home
    Independent
    Own Schedule
    Sneak Peak on products
    Discount

    Cons

    Wish it was easier for customers to connect
    Training was closer
    More support from higher management
    A lot of manager turnover

  8. "Awful"

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    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Lebanon, VA
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Lebanon, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Avon Products full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Self paced and scheduled. Your own boss. Cool products usually. Ability to take time off whenever.

    Cons

    Always out of stock for rep orders, customer service isn't American, pyramid scheme basically. Pay is not consistent.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on helping people sell instead of always trying to put more people on management and sign people up like a giant pyramid scheme.


  9. "It is What You Make Of It"

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    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Avon Products (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great line of products. Great training.Decent pay incentives. Your own free website which people anywhere can order from. Make your own hours, work independently. If you hustle hard, you will get something out of it.

    Cons

    The incentives sort of fluctuated. New catalogs with different sales every 2 weeks was kind of a lot to keep track of. You have to pay for catalogs, samples, etc. Plus you need to recruit and train others. Otherwise you will have to sell a lot in order to make a decent income (this is an MLM). Be aware that there may be other successful and established reps in your area, so you might need to go elsewhere to find your customers.

    Advice to Management

    Be organized and consistent.


  10. "Former sales and leadership rep"

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    Former Freelancer - Independent Sales Representative and Leadership
    Former Freelancer - Independent Sales Representative and Leadership
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Avon Products (More than a year)

    Pros

    Set your own schedule. Be your own boss. Work on your terms but you must have iron boundaries with management to accomplish this.

    Cons

    So many. Spent more than I earned. Regional style management that basically bullied representatives and made it very hard to enjoy working for and with them. Local stores and online sales directly from company undercut independent reps. I see that as an unsustainable practice.

    Advice to Management

    Choose between having "door to door" reps or online and in store product sales. Independent representatives cannot compete in that environment.