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Revlon Reviews

Updated November 5, 2017
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Pros
  • work life balance and friendly colleagues (in 8 reviews)

  • Good Benefits, good work - life balance (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • No work life balance - you are expected to show up at 7/8am work until 6/7pm and then work more once you get home (in 5 reviews)

  • Awful Senior Management throughout UK (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Collaboration, more like Isolation"

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    Current Employee - FPA Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - FPA Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Revlon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - The pay is competitive compared to other similar firms.
    - They try to work to provide employees with a work-life balance.
    - International company with a strong brand.

    Cons

    - Most of the work provided is mundane and repetitive. There is no real innovation at the company. Known to be a status quo company.
    - Employee advancement is ridiculously limited. I met employees who have worked for the company for 35 years are still Senior Analyst and have not been provided the opportunity to move up within the firm.
    - The company has a strategy of working separately and then throwing the separate parts together to create the product. There is not much collaboration between the departments in the company to create more innovative ideas to help grow the company.
    - Honestly, I hear employees spend more time complaining about working for the company than actually doing work for the company. It's the saddest form of productivity ineffectiveness I have ever seen.
    - Management is good at selling the company and its positions, but the pitch is a lot stronger than what they have to actually offer. A company with a brand this strong cant crack the Fortune 1000, there is a reason for that. Not where you want to be.

    Advice to Management

    Groom and grow. Stop picking people from other companies that have no idea about your product and strategies. Also pay closer attention to your current employees and reevaluate their effectiveness and cut the fat. Get younger, and innovate. Stop being status quo. Don't believe me look at their financials for the last 5 years, always between 1.0-1.3B


  2. Helpful (6)

    "I wonder if it could be worse..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Revlon full-time

    Pros

    There are some good people who work for Revlon.

    Cons

    Everything else. It is a mess. Understaffed. Overworked. Everything is rushed. Politics and sacrificing your own morals to just stay afloat let alone get ahead. For such a small company higher ups couldn't care less to know anyone's name.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize the talent you have before they leave.

  3. Helpful (24)

    ""The Ship Be Sinking""

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Revlon full-time

    Pros

    Hey, at least the view from the office building is nice, but that's like saying Guantanamo Bay has gorgeous beaches.

    Also, most recruiters know that Revlon is a terrible place to work so answering the 'why are you leaving' question during interviews can more or less be summed up with 'because it's Revlon'. And no, that is not hyperbole.

    Cons

    Beyond anything else, the morale there is so unbelievably low; I've been to cancer wards in hospitals that are more upbeat. On more than one occasion I've seen someone start all bright eyed and ready to go and within weeks they turn into sad shells that make the periodic daily shuffle from desk to the bathroom / breakroom and back. The only escape is finding another place to work. Just to give an example, when people resign, it's not met with any sadness whatsoever, but instead with vicarious pride and joy with a hint of jealousy. Think of Bruce Wayne's prison escape from The Dark Knight Rises. The place is that toxic.

    It's not the people though; most are down to earth folks who just want to take pride in what they do and get treated with dignity and respect. It's senior management -- VPs allergic to collaborating who generally sit in their walled off glass offices thinking of ways not to move their people, their department, or the business itself forward in a positive way, but to make the year's targets in order to get that bonus money. It's this myopic business strategy that keeps turnover high and the financial wheels spinning in place.

    Oh, and for some reason although this is an American company senior management is comprised entirely of native spanish speakers, including the new CEO and CFO. This may explain why they are loathe to interact with the rank and file outside of email and text and it may explain, partly, the low morale -- the aloofness towards the employees with the 'our strategy is great if only those drones could execute properly' has this old world european tinge to it that is the antithesis of the bottoms up success stories of companies that value their employees.

    Advice to Management

    Millennials are not only the customers of the future, they are already the majority of the new workforce. How do you expect to attract new talent when you put zero emphasis on the things they are looking for in a career: challenging work, opportunities to influence, power to make decisions, etc? Maybe pick up a copy of the Harvard Business Review once in a while and read the articles on how to be a better manager. I assume they have translations in spanish. Until you realize this, your competitors will continue to eat your lunch.


  4. Helpful (13)

    "STAY AWAY"

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Revlon full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Nothing. The ny location has a nice view but it's at the bottom of Manhattan. Long commute from anywhere and they don't pay enough for you to live nearby

    Cons

    Keep employees in the dark. Pay is not comparable to other NYC companies and benefits are minimal. Forget it if your a woman in a certain department. Only men get promoted to vp even with less experience/ talent. Majority of vp and above are men and it's who you know. And they talk down to the women. Very disrespectful. People are MISERABLE and turnover high.

    Advice to Management

    Go away. The place needs an entire overhaul and attitude change. Get with the 21st century.


  5. Helpful (15)

    "Manager in New York"

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    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Revlon full-time

    Pros

    Enjoy the people at the bottom

    Cons

    Total mess of a company. No communication, empowerment, or trust. Top-down decision-making with leadership completely out of touch with the day to day. Integration with Elizabeth Arden has been poorly executed, with most employees not knowing what their new job responsibilities are. No culture of developing or investing in employees; not even allowed to expense dinner or take a cab home when working until midnight. Unrealistic expectations for the salary. No confidence that management even knows how to make the brands relevant to consumers. No strategy or planning results in constant scrambling without investment in the resources needed to make smart decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Get your act together! Treat employees like people. Set realistic expectations or properly resource teams to carry out the work. Care about the culture and morale.


  6. Helpful (23)

    "Revlon is TOXIC"

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    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Revlon full-time

    Pros

    • the company has an established name
    • if you are not qualified, tons of places to hide out
    • if you like circular discussion and running a hamster wheel - this is the place for you!

    Cons

    There is an hiring freeze for all positions.

    HIRING: Despite freeze, EVPs are hired seemingly weekly and CEO's direct reports is at ridiculous record high. One of these positions could fund 10-20 support positions. This is definitely a top morale killer and 'it is above my pay grade' is something until working here, i had only heard in mel gibson/lethal weapon — films but can be heard daily across functions.

    SPACE:
    with the integration of EA, it appears that Revlon could not procure more space. However, this does not halt the location integration — in an already tight space — by September 1 — over 100 people will be added or should i say crammed into the current floor planogram. Ivory tower glass offices remain as is.

    OPERATIONS: getting anything produced or executed is difficult and review process is painful ... too many cooks in the kitchen, most of whom can't cook — it becomes, death by a thousand paper cuts

    EXECUTION: from actual production to sell-in — the current revised processess' will fail this brand.

    Advice to Management

    a video saying we can do this, without addressing the growing concerns, is not effective. Especially NYC based employees not supported will backfire


  7. Helpful (12)

    "DO NOT WORK HERE!!!"

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    Current Employee - Procurement Analyst in Edison, NJ
    Current Employee - Procurement Analyst in Edison, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Revlon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Summer hours and decent pay

    Cons

    This place is incredibly toxic. It's run by a bunch of old women who have been there for 40 years. Upper management has no idea how to motivate a team, but are rather focused on what attire is being worn and how long you are going out for lunch. They do not care about the work that gets put in, but rather the appearance of work that gets put in. They do not like it if you get up from your desk and talk about anything non work related. It's as if you are always being watched. HR lady thinks she runs Revlon and is extremely rude and biased. She is only nice to upper management. No wonder the turnover is high. They might pay a decent salary but it's not worth it because there is no environment for growth and you are treated like crap!!

    Advice to Management

    Change your HR, MAKE YOUR EMPLOYEES HAPPY SO THEY STAY. Revlon is getting terrible press and prices are going up. ACCEPT CHANGE... ACCEPT NEW PEOPLE. THE CULTURE NEEDE A DRASTIC IMPROVEMENT.

  8. Helpful (6)

    "RUN!!"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Op Tech in Oxford, NC
    Current Employee - Op Tech in Oxford, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Revlon full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits and paid time off

    Cons

    Oh where to begin. Management spends all their time in planning meetings but has no clue how to actually even run a line or what it truly entails. They have stopped hiring supervisors from within and only want people from the outside. They have alienated staff that has been there for 10,15, 20+ years and actually know how to run the place; they are leaving like rats off a sinking ship. Which is what Revlon is!! A sinking ship! If that facility is there in 2 years from now I will be shocked! I have been there for a little over a year and the ignorance I have encountered from management is unbelievable!! They don't care about employees at all. They are trying to go to 12 hour work days to eliminate overtime. If management could get their heads out of their hind parts overtime would not be needed in the first place. If you work here may God have mercy on your soul!

    Advice to Management

    Get the full SAP module for the production floor, without it, SAP is going to fail miserably and you will have a bunch of employees standing around waiting on components and it will cost you so much more. Promote from within, there are people already there that can do the job with minimal training and it will save you money.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "would look elsewhere if you want a company that will appreciate your hard work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toronto, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Revlon full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great product and great marketing

    Cons

    senior management detached and unfocused. Very political organization. Don't expect to get ahead based on ability, talent or hard work.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. You are getting rid of the people that were dedicated and have some talent and keeping those that tell you what you want to hear. Revlon used to be well regarded, but that is no longer the case.


  10. "analyst"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    not bad management.

    Pretty okay with being number 3

    Cons

    no room for movement or promotion


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