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Helen of Troy Reviews

Updated May 30, 2017
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  1. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Helen of Troy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Some very nice people there.

    Cons

    Middle and senior management are still living like it's Kaz, small company thinking, not strategic. Benefits are poor. They took away vacation time from existing employees to be able to "adjust" offers to new employees from 2 wks to 3 wks. Most quality companies would have grandfathered existing employees vacation.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to retain quality employees, you have to provide them with advancement opportunities. Budget and pay for training to develop skills.


  2. "P&G style being used now that Gerald Rubin was turned ways as CEO"

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    Current Employee - Director of Sales in El Paso, TX
    Current Employee - Director of Sales in El Paso, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Helen of Troy full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Promotions from within and room to grow with the company. Knowledge of more than just your job, you will learn- warehouse , customer service , marketing, along with forecasting and accounting and and product design you'll get a great education and also the billing department. It well rounded for a regional or territory or of course the director.

     Learn the systems and take it upon yourself to take classes which I'm sure they'll pay for which include intermediate and advanced Excel, and PowerPoint , become an asset, become the person people need to go to because you know how to do it . you'll find that people will be coming to you for question promotion happen quickly

    Fair to good cafeteria for the employees with reasonable prices

    Heat work now separate, don't use your work phone for personal calls putting hair. They have full actor who your laptop all of your Internet activity and use Geo location

    Cons

    Absolutely ridiculous budgets, where not showing a percentage increase based off of your account, it's done sku level. For example you have a spreadsheet that probably 120 lines he is include all of the new items coming out. The budget the requires gustimates of planogram changing the web for any sort of confirmation. Not only is this a waste of time but The poor people in forecasting use this number with your make-believe, Best guess and actually order the products from China and your held to it!

    Budgets are completely ignored as an example you could say that bed bath and beyond Will show a 3 percent increase based off of additional sku or higher pricing of pain. A planogram is a living and breathing potential constantly changing The matter of what is on the wall

     Vice President and executive vice president have Donald Trump ego's. The show who lives in the Boston area after Mr. Ruben with work though never made himself or his family move to El Paso Texas.

    Advice to Management

    Micromanagement is horrific, sales rep group are in most cases a complete waste of money, selling beauty product never a reason to have 70-year-old man with you selling a Revlon straightener and hairdryer or shampoo

  3. "NA"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Helen of Troy full-time

    Pros

    Good team management.but have some limitations.

    Cons

    bad benefits.401k less and insurance is bad

    Advice to Management

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  4. "A Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Helen of Troy full-time

    Pros

    Cafeteria, Basketball Court, Intelligent CEO

    Cons

    No Leadership Support, Communication Lacking

    Advice to Management

    Leadership support is lacking in the Beauty sector. Several teams have put into place managers and leaders that are either under-qualified for their position or not qualified at all. This hinders the employees from getting their job done quickly and efficiently. Often times a project goes back and fourth for so long it holds production. Jobs are met with an "I don't know, ask this person". There is a "Too many cooks in the kitchen" scenario that plays out on all fronts, creating so much chaos at the top the actual work that needs to get done often falls by the wayside to debating how something should look. This leaves a lack of communication to the employee actually trying to produce. The leaders for these employees also take no action to help better the situation leaving the employee to take it upon themselves. No trust is given to the workers at hand and all trust falls to the managers that often don't in fact know anything about their position. So it creates a snowball effect passing jobs from one manager to another. The debate often leaves an unappealing look to projects, when leadership sees the final results they are often unhappy, however the blame never falls on the debating management, it falls to the employee who submitted the work as directed. No responsibility is taken for any decision made; to save face. This happens all the way up to the top. A serious look at the way things are run by leaders in this sector is needed.


  5. "Unprofessional"

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Southaven, MS
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Southaven, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Helen of Troy as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience. Nice money for the time

    Cons

    Bad employee and management relationship and communication. Not good dealing with permanent employees against temps.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to both sides and watch your permanent employees they ate not always right


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Unorganized"

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    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk in Como, MS
    Former Employee - Data Entry Clerk in Como, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Helen of Troy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most co-workers were good people

    Cons

    Hot, unorganized, lot of drama, management didn't care about you, over worked for little pay

    Advice to Management

    Give more money to workers, multi- million dollar company and nickel and diming the employess


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Was wonderful until they fired our CEO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Paso, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Paso, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Helen of Troy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Health benefits, PTO and vacation

    Cons

    New board in charge that knows nothing about our city and culture, has no respect for our skillsets, education and experience and penchant for non-constructive criticism. Not to mention scare tactics and threats of job loss without any guidance on what direction they want products to go in.

    Advice to Management

    Respect talent that remains. We all once LOVED this place. Now everyone is stressed, afraid and miserable. Take a cue from companies like Google and Microsoft and value, cultivate the talent you have--even at the "bottom of the food chain" rather than unjustifiably treating them like dirt. Also put people in charge with EXPERIENCE and knowledge in the field, not just those who get a power kick from firing & threatening haphazardly with the mistaken notion it justifies their ill-deserved position. It feels like we're all just biding our time till the next dropping of the axe. Sad. Sadder still is it's only taking a mediocre situation and making it far worse.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Company could have potential with new leadership"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in El Paso, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Helen of Troy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    (Mostly) nice people, nice building/facility

    Cons

    Poor leadership, no strategy, not a lot going on in El Paso

    Advice to Management

    Hire new senior level management to set the vision and strategy and then hire some mid level managers with great experience (and MBA's) to activate the strategy.


  9. "If no choice, good place to pay the bills."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Paso, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Paso, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Helen of Troy full-time

    Pros

    Good co-workers, very nice building.

    Cons

    Outrageously disproportionate upper management's salaries (publicly disclosed as per SEC).
    IT department (although there are a few good elements) is sadly retrogressive, dragging the company back to the 70's and overloading employees due to inefficiencies that could be easily avoided with willingness. Some influential mid-manager seem to have a very serious case of Inferiority Complex and great skills to tease good employees. Sad.

    Advice to Management

    No worthy.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "its not as great as it looks from the outside"

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    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in El Paso, TX
    Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager in El Paso, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Helen of Troy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    great benefits
    big name brands
    employee discount
    international offices

    Cons

    no culture
    no value of their employees
    micromanagement
    old outdated software, systems, and offices.
    not ergonomic environment


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