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Mary Kay Reviews

Updated September 11, 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. "Brilliance"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "Consultant"

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    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Consultant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mary Kay (More than a year)

    Pros

    Freedom to make your own schedule
    Parties are fun
    50% commission

    Cons

    Discounts are up to you, everything is so highly priced I almost never felt comfortable selling things full price.


  5. "Team leader"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader
    Former Employee - Team Leader
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Mary Kay part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You meet some people who are genuinely nice.

    Cons

    Its a scam they get you to invest in a ton of inventory at first. You cant get rid of it and they don't care about you as a person. Your just a number the director uses to keep there status and free car. I lost money and I'm so glad I was smart enough not to get a credit card like they wanted me too


  6. "sales director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Addison, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mary Kay part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    fabulous training and unlimited potential

    Cons

    none that are company related

    Advice to Management

    "keep on keeping on"


  7. "Consultant"

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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 part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I Love the Product, the people and my Clients

    Cons

    If you are looking to be your own boss there are no cons

    Advice to Management

    None

  8. "Good Company"

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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

    Great company to work for with awesome culture! They really care about you as a person.

    Cons

    Professional growth is slow since so many people have been here for 20+ years.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Not a very good place for anyone who has any drive or ambition, it's a graveyard for a career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Mary Kay full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are about the only thing.

    Cons

    The lifers that work here are terrified off losing their jobs so much so that billing and racism is quit active.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your new intake the have more experience and are willing to share. The bullying and harassment needs to stop.


  10. "retail sales, makeup artist"

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    Former Employee - MK Consultant/Representative in North Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - MK Consultant/Representative in North Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great supportive community of women to help you succeed. Get to make clients feel beautiful about themselves.

    Cons

    Money isn’t steady. Sometimes you have to go through a full makeup presentation and makeover for nothing and if ends up being a huge waste of time

    Advice to Management

    Teach your workers how to apply makeup on half of their clients’ faces while they watch in a mirror; that way, the clients can learn and teach themselves at yhe same time how to apply their makeup.


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