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Mary Kay Reviews

Updated May 20, 2018
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  • Almost impossible to move into a full-time position due to employee tenure (in 13 reviews)

  • Must be self motivated and smart with your money (in 7 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. "Independent Beauty 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

    Pros

    Great business with excellent opportunities.

    Cons

    None. Terrific business opportunities with excellent Sales Directors and Independent Beauty Consultants.

  3. "Great flexible company"

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    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexable, supportive, great product, growth potential, positive environment, great support system, training.

    Cons

    Work alone, constantly out at events trying to network. Fronting the cost for inventory to build up your personal store. It’s not required but it is a lot more convenient to be able to have it on hand for your customers.

    Advice to Management

    Fronting the cost for inventory to build up your personal store. It’s not required but it is a lot more convenient to be able to have it on hand for your customers.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Director"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great career path and opportunities

    Cons

    It is a high stress environment


  5. "Best Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Sales Director in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Director in Chicago, IL
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, company perks, commission increases, product testing, collaboration with others in leadership roles.

    Cons

    If you would like to increase your income there is always more to do.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. "Culture"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mary Kay full-time

    Pros

    There are still some good people there.

    Cons

    Even worse than resting on it's laurels, Mary Kay Inc. has begun to embrace the practices of the dog-eat-dog corporate world and take pride in that.


  7. "INDEPENDENT BEAUTY CONSULTANT"

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    Current Employee - Independent Consultant in Greer, SC
    Current Employee - Independent Consultant in Greer, SC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Mary Kay part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Having To order every months even if you have no customer 250.00 to not to become inactive

    Cons

    Good Income if you love working with Make up, Family time,

    Advice to Management

    Sales Director

  8. "Site Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mary Kay full-time

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, training opportunities, salary

    Cons

    Ever changing culture. Not data driven. Not clear/defined job responsibilities. Don't hire the correct talent. Getting job done takes time


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Business Analyst"

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very proud people, but they may need to get over themselves.
    Set in their ways and not entrepreneurial in spirit, which will be to their own detriment.

    Cons

    Set in their ways and not entrepreneurial in spirit, which will be to their own detriment.

    Advice to Management

    Come from a place of yes, not no. Stop judging employees and candidates so harshly. Be more open-minded to ideas/products/re-branding.


  10. Helpful (6)

    "pink truth"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    It is a legal pyramid scheme like all MLM companies. The pro is if you are the 1% at the top of the pyramid making money off all the others who make less than minimum wage from selling overpriced makeup that nobody wants because even wet N' wild makeup is better quality.

    Cons

    Legalized pyramid scheme that you will lose money on.


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