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Avon Products Reviews

Updated November 13, 2017
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Pros
  • Good work life balance; professional work environment; (in 89 reviews)

  • Flexibility in work hours, being your own boss as an independent sales representative , work from home and travel (in 46 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. Helpful (3)

    "Very sad"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Rye, NY
    Former Employee - Director in Rye, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nothing to write home about! Have to actually say a minimum of 20 words so there you have it.oops still need few more words. I think I now have more than 20 words!

    Cons

    Outdated business model, everything is being outsourced, management is clueless and they keep hiring very senior management from the outside with the most lucrative pay packages who keep running it to the ground. Ex CIO created a mess and cost the company hundreds of million of dollars with failing initiatives like SAP ( documented in the Wall Street journal and other news outlets), and new CIO that took over in 2014 is not much better. She had no business in running any business let alone one of this size.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the rest of it as the current mgmt. is clueless and no indication that is about to change anytime soon


  2. Helpful (14)

    "Not Optimistic "New" Avon"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They pay well. The hours are normal.

    Cons

    The company lacks strategy, direction, and the technology to keep up with the modern woman. The morale is awful, almost everyone is looking for a new job. Senior management flip flops on decisions constantly which causes a lot of rework, churn, and waste of money. People are constantly having to backpedal and it has a ripple effect onto all departments. Groups are unwilling to support each other. It's so difficult to get anything done - there are so many layers of approvals and people involved. however, they're losing a lot of knowledge with employees leaving and have no documentation of this knowledge. It's a treasure hunt every time you need a question answered. There is no support system - most people throw each other under the bus.

    Advice to Management

    Set the strategy - and stick with it. Stop pointing the fingers at associates - the culture does not start from the bottom up. It is defined and emulated at the top. Most of the pitfalls of the culture are a direct result of upper management changing their minds and creating a culture of pressure, tight deadlines, and rework.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Completely inept senior management."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Watching a CEO run an American company out of the US and into the ground so quickly would be unbelievable had I not witnessed it first hand.

    Cons

    Impossible because it is a constant cycle of shifting power- regional - global - regional. Endless waste of time. Sheri has done nothing but cut - she has no idea how to generate revenue. Sheri should resign. Not sure how she shows up at the office having fired so many and taken an earnings opportunity from various parts of the world.

    Sheri and the Board sold US to Cerberus for a song and three Board Seats and yet, she still has a job? Quid Pro Quo?
    Fernando Acosta was incapable of making a LatAm number and yet he has a huge job but no idea what he does.

    Advice to Management

    Fire them. Including HR. And replace the Board.
    Board: check Uber Board's response. Where are you?


  4. Helpful (4)

    "District Sales Manager New Avon"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Distict Sales Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Distict Sales Manager in Tulsa, OK
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work/Life balance has improved. Strong product portfolio.
    Simplified plans for representatives. Car allowance.

    Cons

    Corporate and Field Communication is very poor. There is no clear direction for the future. Compensation has declined. You may earn a quarterly bonus but for the number of added hours it takes to get that bonus, you will quickly find that you are making minimum wage. Cost cutting, stress and lay offs is the new normal.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is key. Communicate what changes you are considering with respect to our roles and the company's vision for the future. Communicate vital changes to policy, incentives and operations.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "District Sales Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager
    Current Employee - District Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexibility to work around people's schedules

    Cons

    no direction. No communication. Division Management are bullies in order to protect themselves. Poor Commission structures still even with new structure for representatives. Spiraling downward sales and worst of all, the entire company appears to not have a clue what anyone is doing. Division Managers are useless and only serve to harass and not assist in growth. They are out of touch of the activities in the field.

    Advice to Management

    Plan your work and work your plan. Communicate with your team, not tell them " I know but I cannot tell you." or "Let me tell ya' sister, we have some things going on" or other some such. Division Managers are completely out of touch with the realities of the people with boots on the ground. They have not tried to recruit or train in the field in so long that they have no idea what to do with the staff.


  6. "Manager"

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

    Pros

    Company store at location thus immediate access to some product lines. A few products were very good and could be bought at a discount.

    Cons

    No communication and direction from management. Company was holding on to a model that no longer was profitable. Employee knowledge and skills were not valued. Often mgt chose to go outside and hire consultants at a time when they did not have the budgets to do so.

    Advice to Management

    Need to move away from the old pyramid model


  7. Helpful (14)

    "Sourcing Department Nightmares"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sourcing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Sourcing Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Offers employment. The building is heated during the winter. There is running water in the building.

    Cons

    This is not a company that you should apply to. If you currently work here, you are either riding it out or actively looking for new job. Many of the department's are unhappy working with current management. Speaking from experience, the Sourcing department is managed by individuals who lack the basic sourcing skills to affect positive change. They also lack basic people skills which will cause many more to quit, whether they have a job lined up or not.

    Advice to Management

    Is someone planning on speaking with the sourcing team to ask why they are all unhappy? If you did you would be shocked at what what they tell you about the management capabilities of Tricia and Jonathan. The CEO send emails that say we are not meeting our financial objectives or showing any signs of improvement, but he is still very optimistic. Really? About what, specifically? How about providing some facts behind your optimism.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "District Sales Manager"

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

    Pros

    Personal Discount, Relationships developed with representatives

    Cons

    Very disappointed with the way they handle employees when they are trying to cut cost. They tried denying my unemployment and my bonus pay! Thank God I was awarded everything as I had not done anything wrong.

    Advice to Management

    Find another job because you will be treated the same way you are treating so many!


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Employer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    No regular hours which means a person can go to doctor visits in 8-5 office visits.

    Cons

    Very little pay which makes the job not worth while. Managers get money & sales help very little in commissions.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce your salary.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible Company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    base salary
    benefits
    interesting work and projects

    Cons

    Terrible management - worst I have ever seen
    Favoritism
    Employee turnover
    Financial turmoil

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better


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