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Mary Kay Reviews

Updated September 15, 2017
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Pros
  • Home/work life balance, great products (in 23 reviews)

  • great products, empowering women, fun hobby (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • There is always a push to be full time, even if you started out as part time (in 12 reviews)

  • The dress code is ridiculous and outdated (in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful!!!!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mary Kay (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great family atmosphere!! Fun people

    Cons

    Business isn't doing very well


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Beauty Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Crystal Lake, IL
    Current Employee - Independent Beauty Consultant in Crystal Lake, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great products! I love the freedom that this company provides its consultants. I love the training opportunities, the products, and the freedom to run my business as I see fit.

    Cons

    None. I love this company. I love the products. I love the training. I love the flexibility. I have no complaints.

    Advice to Management

    Wonderful company!

  3. "Dont do it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mary Kay part-time

    Pros

    good work life balance
    buy for $1 sell for $2

    Cons

    sales directors are very pushy and want you to buy things you actually wont sell in order to make their own personal goals


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Project Manager at the Corporate Office in Addison, TX."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Mary Kay full-time

    Pros

    Some of the people working there have good hearts and are hard-working employees.

    Cons

    Most of the corporate directors (and above) are NOT open to new ideas, ways of improving processes, or developing relevant new products. Most of the new MK products are copies of products their competitors had on the market three or more years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Teach the employees the difference between a MLM company and a pyramid scheme. Then, have everyone take a business ethics class.


  5. Helpful (11)

    "Mid- to upper level management (Director)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Director in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Has a wonderful history. Pretty building and a sales force that sparkles. Nice pay. Pretty good benefits and there are smart minds trying to make a difference.

    Cons

    Has lost the true understanding and foundation of the culture. It's just words now. No one knows what's going on. Direction is almost non existent. There is little to no communication or unity from the executive level. There are some good VPs and Directors, but also far too many weak VPs and Directors. It's like the leadership of the company doesn't care anymore. The C-suite members don't seem to like each other and have become ineffective. And the product offering needs work. The whole company needs a makeover. So sad. Where this company used to be one to study and learn from, it's now just become another ok company.

    Advice to Management

    Roll up your sleeves and go to work. Really go to work. Set direction, communicate with each other and downward, and figure out real goals and strategy. Don't just tell the ranks to figure it out and report solutions to you. And if you've lost your mojo and just don't care anymore, please step down.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Didn't see ROI"

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    • Culture & Values
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Mary Kay part-time

    Pros

    - great products
    - learned a lot about skin care and makeup
    - learned some good marketing and sales strategies

    Cons

    - encountered some really nasty ladies, including several Directors who seemed to think they were God's gifts to the universe and that they didn't need to do the same kinds of courtesies they'd expect from consultants.
    - be prepared to work extremely hard, spend a LOT, and not necessarily break even on your investment. AND be told it's just that you didn't work hard enough.

    Advice to Management

    Abide by the golden rule, and support new consultants consistently. Don't show up to events drunk and expect them to cover you.


  7. "Sales representative"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    Pros

    good for earn money extra

    Cons

    you have to do it everyday

  8. "Mary Kay Senior Independent Beauty Consultant"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Mary Kay part-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, great product, fantastic sales force

    Cons

    Parties where no one buys

    Advice to Management

    Make sure your consultants are working with a demographic tgey feel comfortable with


  9. Helpful (4)

    "It has lost it's roots of God first, family second and career third."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Addison, TX
    Current Employee - Sales in Addison, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Mary Kay full-time

    Pros

    Seeing our Sales Force succeed. Great benefits. Beautiful building. Good history. Working the building with our Protective Services team makes me feel in a safe environment.

    Cons

    Leaders are scared of new blood. They don't train, teach, lead or guide.
    Men seem to get the promotions more than women.

    Advice to Management

    Review your leaders, like, your Directors, why have they been in the same position for so long? Scared of letting someone else thrive because they themselves lack the education or experience to do anything else? You want to move forward but your leaders can't share the wealth. Sad.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "new product development"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Discount on product, great co-workers in other departments

    Cons

    Extremely bad management within the department


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