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Estée Lauder Companies Reviews

Updated January 15, 2019
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Estée Lauder Companies President, CEO, and Director Fabrizio Freda
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Pros
  • "Decent work/life balance; good organizational values" (in 73 reviews)

  • "The company provides great benefits and worked with a lot of talented colleagues" (in 86 reviews)

Cons
  • "but as someone who's been in the industry many years Estee tries their best to give a work life balance in an industry that doesn't have one" (in 53 reviews)

  • "Long hours, tough corporate managers" (in 43 reviews)

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  1. "Great company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time

    Pros

    great company to work for.

    Cons

    the location is not so appealing


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Brutal"

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    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    International exposure, versatile opportunities, na

    Cons

    Brutal outsourcing, poor communication, mediocre benefits

    Advice to Management

    What happened to the family company values

  3. "freelancer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies part-time

    Pros

    fun atmosphere great people everywhere

    Cons

    none that i can think of

    Advice to Management

    keep up the great work


  4. "Awful Employee Experience - underpaid + oversold!"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Name brand
    -Large corporation so potential for internal moves
    -There are pockets of the organization that are functioning
    -Exposure to some top technology like SAP
    -Plenty of genuinely lovely, smart + hard working co workers!

    Cons

    -Internal politics > Execs will up level employees who have been there a long time with them, not because of performance or potential, but because they are loyal + familiar to them.
    -Leading Beauty Forward initiative has internal dinosaurs playing Game of Thrones! They will do anything to protect their corner spot as things destabilize.
    -HR TA + Generalist teams are wildly incompetent + pose many risks to the organization!
    -VPs claim to want to allow for upward mobility but in practice the tenured folks keep Managers and below down as they don't want this population getting too much traction as the VPs begin to age out of their roles. The VPs know they cannot easily move outside ELC without being recruited and in turn, they keep the Dir+ population close/promote but mistreat them + keep Managers and below too busy with the operational/manual mess to ever move ahead in a strategic capacity.
    -HR does not adequately assess talent via education, experience, responsibilities so in turn, regardless of grade level, some employees are over max while others are under min. After asking for an increase, I was only then offered $3k in salary above a co-worker who was a grade level below me with less experience than me and who did not have a Master's degree like me. How is that possible? They literally offered me $3k less than her!
    -Not a progressive organization so do not expect them to be helpful re maternity leave, work/life balance, etc regardless of what they push out through corp comms.

    Advice to Management

    -Assess your Exec Dir + above populations
    -Terminate toxic VP+ population
    -Reassess Leading Beauty Forward operational activities as they will fail under current technological limitations
    -Allow visionary brands within the portfolio to be thought leaders instead of forcing them into a narrow minded mass production operating model like a mature brand such as Clinique. Allow them to cycle through developmental stages as appropriate and serve as aspirational to feed your pipeline indirectly.


  5. "makeup artist"

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    Current Employee - Freelance Makeup Artist in Savannah, GA
    Current Employee - Freelance Makeup Artist in Savannah, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    flexible schedule, competitive pay and great people

    Cons

    cant work for other brands


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Brand Ambassador"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Work well with schedule, great hours

    Cons

    Not enough hours sometimes and drive


  7. "A place that cares about the employees"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was nice to work for a company that cares about the employees. They do a lot to show appreciation.

    Cons

    Some things they are behind the times on.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "site Review"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time

    Pros

    Experience, Good Customer, Beauty Advisor, Experience,Color

    Cons

    Favortism,Mannerism,Unorganized,too many executives, not fair

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Life-work balance; easy to move internally

    Cons

    compensations are below industry average


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Director, Indirect Procurement"

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice people, great benefits (company paid mammograms, employee discount.etc.

    Cons

    Very low salaries for middle management, little to nothing increases regardless of your high performance, HR is a joke, racial and age discrimination.

    Advice to Management

    You need to spend more time investing in your good employees regardless of their age and ethnicity.