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Mary Kay Reviews

Updated November 13, 2018
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  • "Must be self motivated and smart with your money" (in 8 reviews)

  • "Almost impossible to move into a full-time position due to employee tenure" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Beauty adviser"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Mary Kay full-time

    Pros

    The best job ever I can ask for

    Cons

    No time for self

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer


  2. "Best Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mary Kay (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great culture with great employees

    Cons

    Not much movement due to tenured employees

  3. "Supervisor"

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

    I worked at Mary Kay full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Company Culture, Benefit Package, Company Events for Employees, Hours.

    Cons

    Management, very political and in need of mgmt. training
    Talent is not a benefit unless you know the right people
    Work with a majority of women

    Advice to Management

    Review what's going on in the world outside of Mary Kay. Truly look at the talent on your team and help enhance their abilities, and promote them to your colleagues.
    Transparency is not just a word, employees will give a lot more if your practice this philosophy.


  4. "Being an Independent Beauty Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Frankfort, IN
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Frankfort, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Mary Kay (Less than a year)

    Pros

    When I started my Mary Kay business, I didn't realize how far I had to go outside of my comfort zone. However, in doing that, I have become a much more positive and social person. Every woman is beautiful, but sometimes they just need a little help to feel it. I love making women feel beautiful. When you feel beautiful, you feel better about yourself and gain confidence. I'm so glad I get to be an essential part of that! You are your own boss and make your own hours and the environment is the most positive I've ever been in! The other ladies are great and your Sales Director (at least mine) will help you with any questions you have and help grow your business with you!

    Cons

    Not always having consistent sales and reorders.


  5. "Typical corporate environment"

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

    I worked at Mary Kay full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, bonus and profit sharing.

    Cons

    Poor vacation time. Typical lack of cooperation between departments and people. Upper management is very unresponsive to very poor lower managers and doesn't work to help them (i've seen this across several departments). They talk big about work life balance and God first, family second, work third.. And they talk big about how great everything always is... But its not true. It's just like every other corporation except good benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Dont keep ignoring the fact that there are really bad managers...


  6. "Nice working environment / good values"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mary Kay full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A very family-like working environment. It is not the most creative place in the world but certainly the people make up for it. There is a respect for work/life balance and they are particularly understanding if you are a mother. I worked at HQ and am not a consultant. There is a real passion to do what's right by our consultants. People work hard at work but when the day is done - there aren't after working emails and ridiculous pressure. The value system of the founder is very much apparent - the mind frame of most is a bit old school and traditional but in comparison to other places I have worked - I highly recommend. People stay with the company a long time which is testament to the nice environment.

    Cons

    In the end, the place wasn't creative or innovative enough for me. I think better for someone more established in their career that just wants to collect a salary and go home. At times this inability to want to think outside the box made me feel the environment was too lazy. There wasn't bitchiness or anything like that - but people weren't willing to be challenged or push themselves too far. It was just a job.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open minded. Try new things. Continue to foster a supportive environment for staff.


  7. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mary Kay full-time

    Pros

    Great place to sell make up

    Cons

    It’s sales so yeah sales.

  8. "Good place to work, generally"

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

    I have been working at Mary Kay full-time

    Pros

    I work at the corporate headquarters. Strong corporate culture, good benefits.

    Cons

    Company tries to do too much with too little.

    Advice to Management

    Management is taking the right steps to improve, but many are burning out quickly. Take a realistic look at who is doing the work and support them properly.


  9. "Brilliance"

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

    I have been working at Mary Kay full-time

    Pros

    I love Being your own BOSS

    Cons

    When the people are broke

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  10. "Beauty Consultant"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Brenham, TX
    Current Employee - Consultant in Brenham, TX

    I have been working at Mary Kay part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Selling on your own schedule, family friendly, commission is high(50%), great if you are a complete go getter

    Cons

    They have changed/discontinued/launched 2 new lines and 1 area within 8 months. There isn't enough notice to consultants to get rid of old lines before they discontinue and or launch the new one. Most customers like their shade/skin care and are hard to change over or will quit Mary Kay all together. Must be a self starter

    Advice to Management

    Send email out to all Consultants/Directors notifying of discontinuation of products(NOT IN SMALL PRINT). I know new things are good. But it is hard on small timers inventory.


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