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L'Oréal Clark Reviews

Updated June 16, 2017
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L'Oréal Président-Directeur Général Jean-Paul Agon
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Pros
  • You learn a lot ; lots of trainings (in 53 reviews)

  • Good culture good work life balance (in 41 reviews)

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  1. "Good work"

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    Former Employee - Co-Op in Clark, NJ
    Former Employee - Co-Op in Clark, NJ

    I worked at L'Oréal (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You learn a lot and are never bored

    Cons

    Always working. Overwhelming at some times


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Speed over all else - losing credibility in the organization"

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    Current Employee - Lab Director in Clark, NJ
    Current Employee - Lab Director in Clark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at L'Oréal full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great teams/colleagues
    Rewarding volunteer work options
    Competitive benefits
    HR has it together now and is hiring the right people to change the organization

    Cons

    L'Oreal has become driven by short-term management presentations and is now not consumer or even product driven. Speed is valued over quality, strategy, and impactful innovation. This leads to lab work that is mediocre and crudely crafted.

    Advice to Management

    Speed over all else isn't working. Immense talent is unused and wasted; work is poor quality and meaningless. If we continue the course we are on, we'll likely replace our PhDs with political warriors and for practical purposes farm all research out to outside firms. Please review our course and make R&I great again!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Hard to reach full time status"

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    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Clark, NJ
    Former Employee - Systems Administrator in Clark, NJ

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They have a company store which is 50 percent off

    Cons

    They will do everything in their power not to hire people as L'oreal employees

    Advice to Management

    You suck.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Scientist Testing and Evaluation"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Clark, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Clark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good job security.

    Cons

    Marketing has too much influence in the scientific testing process which affects the quality of testing results. So many meetings that it can be hard to get work done. Not much room for growth as an objective scientist. Measuring parameters that are almost completely subjective, like 'beauty', 'radiance' etc is an impossible task, which leaves no way to objectively determine how good the product is. Plenty of brown nosing.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the amount of meetings you hold with your core group.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Retention policy severely lacking"

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    Former Employee - Chemist in Clark, NJ
    Former Employee - Chemist in Clark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at L'Oréal (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits package overall upfront

    Cons

    Severely lacking retention policy. The benefits package is good upfront, but the raises and salary adjustments are far from competitive compared to other companies in the industry. Most chemists used their position at L'Oreal as a slot on their resume, and after 1 or 2 years would leave for something significantly higher in pay. Additionally, while there is some mobility where you can change roles or departments, it's a double edged sword in many cases. A manager can change from one technical department to an entirely different one, without any background knowledge or expertise in that area. As a result, the people under the manager greatly suffer from a technical development standpoint. Additionally, with the research area at the mercy of marketing, many projects are cancelled or funneled into continuously recirculated products from different brands that only have small changes made that have no real effect on perceived performance. Unless you're on one of the transient groups that are in the front of the line in terms of company visibility (in today's case, the global technology incubator group), you're either stuck in complacency at your current position and barely moving, or you're swimming on the wrong side of a work life balance... just to get a skin lotion or shampoo out onto the market that's hardly innovative (even though the company loves using the word innovation to describe adding things like adding protein or honey at tiny percentages of less than 1% to already existing frame formulas and calling it new, or deconstructing competitor formulas and trying to replicate it for their own).

    Advice to Management

    Address the cons above, and actually try to do something about employee dissatisfaction instead of just doing a bunch of surveys and having kumbaya meetings where people just vent their problems without any solutions being proposed or implemented.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Rewarding but Draining"

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Clark, NJ
    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Clark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Innovative company, motivated coworkers, great benefits

    Cons

    Burnout is real, turnover is high, work-life balance is poor to non-existent

    Advice to Management

    Don't focus on recruiting new employees; focus on keeping the ones you already have

    L'Oréal Response

    Apr 8, 2017 – Employer Brand Specialist

    Thank you for your feedback, we agree we have some of the best benefits and most motivated employees around! A work/life balance is extremely important to us and will continue to be a major priority ... More


  7. "Work environment nice; work-life balance pretty well."

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    Current Intern - Internship in Clark, NJ
    Current Intern - Internship in Clark, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at L'Oréal as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I was interning during the summer. The work environment was pretty nice and organized, plus varies community event such as summer bbq or volunteering events. Work-life balance was also pretty well, steady 8:30 am - 5 pm including lunch break. A plus is the on-site store, which employees can use discounts there.

    Cons

    The team was a bit cold... I once even saw two full-time employees arguing with each other in the work area.... Also typical French company culture.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe try to spend more time with employees rather than sitting in or off the office all day.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Chemist in Clark, NJ
    Current Employee - Chemist in Clark, NJ
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very helpful, easy to get a long with.
    Free & discounted products!

    Cons

    Verily heavily reliant on marketing
    Sometimes budget cuts result in ending of contract without early notice

    L'Oréal Response

    Mar 9, 2017 – Employer Brand Specialist

    We always love to hear from our employees, thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts! We’re happy to see you’re enjoying some of the benefits of being at L'Oréal and we want you to know we ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work, not for everyone"

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    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Clark, NJ
    Current Employee - Purchasing Manager in Clark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There are great opportunities for growth within Operations

    Cons

    The culture is unique, not for everyone


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Senior Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clark, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Clark, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at L'Oréal full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    #1 beauty company
    Fast paced, there are opportunities to move and grow
    Great benefits package
    Great employee perks
    Mobility exposure

    Cons

    French management style still lingers in the air (authoritarian and demanding) but slowly starting to change with implementation of SMART. There needs to be more awareness of bad working behaviors and they need to be called out without fear of retribution.


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