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Estée Lauder Companies Reviews

Updated June 22, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Project Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Project Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits
    Plenty of pportunity for growth

    Cons

    Compensation could be more competitive
    Middle management lacks leadership skills


  2. "GBSC Project Manager"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - GBSC Project Manager in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - GBSC Project Manager in Melville, NY

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

    Pros

    The company has pretty good benefits.

    Cons

    Compensation could definitely use some improvement.

  3. Helpful (6)

    "If you actually have a life outside of work.... don't work here"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Creative Designer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Creative Designer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    My team is amazing to work with.. the people I work with are so friendly and always willing to help out.

    Cons

    For my experience level, compensation is fair... if you don't count my overtime hours... They don't hire enough people so the work load is always insane and upper management expects you to stay late every single day while they leave. There is absolutely zero work/life balance. There is no flexibility in working at home or on a communal work area (like all companies are doing these days) just to get a change of scenery. Office space/work space leaves MUCH to be desired. Apparently, the layout/decor/design of the offices haven't changed in over 20 years. Extremely high stress levels. Everyone plays the blaming game and people can get quite catty. EL is polished on the exterior but on the inside there isn't much substance. The work is sometimes boring (not innovative), but thats what you have to expect in corporate.

    Advice to Management

    Another reviewer wrote something that I felt was perfect so I will reiterate: "Modernize -- change your offices and your practices (flexibility, technology, ease of getting any work done), stop focusing on if someone is wearing designer shoes and start thinking about if the work is any good. There is a HUGE culture issue here. Just own it and fix it and stop sweeping everything under the rug."

    Please redesign your corporate offices. They're ugly AF.


  4. "Production Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Bristol, PA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Bristol, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employees, hours, salary and opportunity

    Cons

    Culture stemming from the top

    Advice to Management

    Try to create more of a teamwork environment


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Could be great, but it isn't..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits are decent and you get a discount.

    Cons

    They pride themselves on being a "family" company, but it's definitely your usual dysfunctional family -- lots of politics, in fighting, passive aggressive behavior. Generally they are concerned with appearances and tenure. There is very little substance among senior managers. It has a glossy, nice facade, but it's a pretty brutal place to work. It's impossible to get things done, you need to play serious politics and you'll compromise on everything so very unlikely you'll be proud of the work when you finally do get anything accomplished. Also, the place looks and functions like it's 1960.

    Advice to Management

    Modernize -- change your offices and your practices (flexibility, technology, ease of getting any work done), stop focusing on if someone is wearing designer shoes and start thinking about if the work is any good. There is a HUGE culture issue here. Just own it and fix it and stop sweeping everything under the rug.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Fun - but tough"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Beauty Consultant in Louisville, KY
    Former Employee - Beauty Consultant in Louisville, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    family atmosphere, character building, gratis

    Cons

    cut throat, always on your feet, long hours,


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Key Holder"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Estée Lauder Companies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits. Bonuses. Discount. The customers at Origins are amazing.

    Cons

    cheap out on pay for employees, inconsistent in promotions.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "Good company, needs to work on basic things"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic brands, great career opportunities in marketing, product development, digital marketing, consumer facing roles. Great discount on amazing products, brand pride.

    Cons

    Below average pay for Director level and below. Leadership team is overpaid..very top heavy company. A lot of young talent leaves because it is very difficult to get promoted, no transparency on promotion process or selection criteria, very political. Difficult to transfer between brands.

    Advice to Management

    Work on building better career growth for employees below the ED level, don't just talk about it as a strategic objective, actually execute it. Build competitive and fair pay principals and build real criteria for promotions. Share this with employees. Demonstrate work life balance ideas and practices, don't rely on managers to use their discretion to allow employees to work from home or create a culture of balance, it needs to be part of the behaviors at the top.


  9. "Estée Lauder Companies"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Employees have opportunities if they work hard and are willing to put forth an effort to learn in their role and from others in various departments. Outstanding benefits and EL treats their employees well.

    Cons

    Long hours and pressure to succeed are expected and is personally rewarding.


  10. "IT"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and great atmosphere. I loved tthe time I was there. They have a wonderful cafe and very bright and airy offices.

    Cons

    layoffs and outsourcing. micromanagement at this company from a sr level. Lots of rumors flying around of more layoffs to come.

    Advice to Management

    Keep jobs internal and no outsourcing


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