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Estée Lauder Companies Reviews

Updated June 20, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great company to learn"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Digital Marketing Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Lots of responsibility
    - Lots of work perks
    - Learning opportunities, working with big brands

    Cons

    - micro management
    - hard to get a raise
    - mean girl attitude at times


  2. "SAP FICO Anlayst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - SAP Financial Analyst- Functional Consultant in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - SAP Financial Analyst- Functional Consultant in Melville, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Its a very good company with flexibility in working hours and lot of opportunity to work on different modules,and gather knowledge

    Cons

    No Cons as of i think


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Director Creative Operations"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time

    Pros

    Great brands and talented creative teams.

    Cons

    Roles and responsibilities not well defined.


  4. "Executive Assistant"

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

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

    Pros

    Good philanthropy, diverse management, Great perks

    Cons

    No career path for admins, no promoting within

    Advice to Management

    Take a strong look at admins and their potential


  5. "Love this company"

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

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

    Pros

    Great learning experience. The company has amazing values and appreciates their employees. Work life balance is wonderful. Fair compensation. I'm working with such nice people. The days don't drag on.

    Cons

    Some people are nasty which can be expected with any company of this size. HR could be more involved with onboarding/more training

    Advice to Management

    Utilize HR more


  6. Helpful (16)

    "Upper Management... Enough Said."

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

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time

    Pros

    Work/Life Balance
    -The work demands are about as much as you are willing to give it. As long as you don't take on more responsibilities than you want to, you can enjoy a comfortable career doing as little or as much as you want.

    Culture & Values
    -The employees are overwhelmingly great to work with. Some employees even give 150%, meaning that they work unpaid overtime to get things done.

    Cons

    Career Opportunities
    -You must either play the political game or get brought in from the outside to get ahead. And by the political game, I mean that the company plays this absurd game of hot potato where when projects fail, someone high up in management will be blamed for it. Those actually responsible will pass the hot potato to whomever is most willing to take initiative, and then blame them when the project collapses. The best people increasingly get fired, the most insidious (and often most inept) employees get promoted, and the cycle repeats with increasing frequency. Usually this happens via a sponsor from senior management, meaning that employees that don't know what they are doing are promoted to high positions and are kept there as long as they do what they are told from their sponsor.

    Compensation & Benefits
    -Unless you get ahead, your compensation will stagnate. Moreover, compensation is often 10K-20K less than the competition. Benefits are good and reasonable, but I'd advise against the vision plan.

    Culture & Values
    -Take the values they post publicly and flip them around completely. It is nothing on the inside as it is on the outside. They talk of uncompromising respect for the individual, ethics and integrity, but they don't do any of that. Human Resources is a gestapo. Those surveys they ask you to fill out? Don't even think about being honest with them. They will track you down and fire you or worse. Same with the Employee Assistance Program. HR is the reason why you will find enough problems for a book but absolutely zero employees known for raising concerns, as well as stories of employees that disappear. As far as ethics and integrity go, it is as if those two ideas are a nuisance to be stomped out, rather than celebrated.

    Work/Life Balance
    -For those that are actively engaged at their jobs, this place is a nightmare. For example, one of my main projects relied upon one person doing a few simple things for me, but he wouldn't answer any of my emails for weeks. Sometimes, he simply failed to do what I asked because he was completely unqualified for his job and wouldn't move over to let me handle things. If you let yourself take on too much, the company will expect that plus 20% of you next time.

    Senior Management
    -Upper management will never figure out the cause of the problems at this company, because upper management is the problem. This group of individuals is eerily reminiscent of feudal medieval city states rather than heads of departments. When problems come up, they cannibalize each other and put their own interests ahead of the company's in a climate of intense political intrigue.

    No job security
    -When things go bad, usually meaning that things aren't as good as predicted, there are massive, public layoffs. HR will even tell you outright that if you don't like it, you can leave.

    Tech Infrastructure
    -GIS. Avoid them. The technical infrastructure they 'maintain' either doesn't exist or is two decades old and crumbling.

    Advice to Management

    Short-term thinking sacrifices long-term goals. If you don't stabilize your company, operations & maintenance costs will creep up on you, the company's situation will become increasingly precarious, and then the next unexpected calamity will devastate the company. Need I remind anyone that this just happened to Avon?


  7. "Production Supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Bristol, PA
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Bristol, PA

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

    Pros

    Great initial Management experience
    Great job to get introduction to Supply Chain Atmosphere

    Cons

    Dealing with some of the various personalities


  8. "Artist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Experience, travel, trainings, diversity

    Cons

    No social life, work holidays, long hours standing


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great company, fast paced multi-brand environment. Very silo-ed organization, need better integrated supply chain."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Director Global Supplier Relations in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Director Global Supplier Relations in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive wages, bonus and benefits. Fast paced beauty environment with strong brands. Industry leader for prestige segment. Company has strong financials and good history of profitability.

    Cons

    Fair amount of nepotism still in place. Lack of true diversity recruitment and even worse for retention support. Lack of support for middle management levels, little room to fail.Brand irrational behavior and increased market competition drives inefficient business decisions

    Advice to Management

    Take time to understand the details your team is managing, support your teams.


  10. "Warehouse worker"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Estée Lauder Companies full-time

    Pros

    There was none. Needed extra cash to pay rent, but will not go back because of low pay scale, and false promises to advance even though you passed their mechanical test.

    Cons

    Did not pay enough for the labor provided for packing and lifting their products.


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