Avon Products

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Avon Products Reviews

Updated 16 December 2014
Updated 16 December 2014
634 Reviews
3.1
634 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The people are great to work with and the company is very good with work life balance (in 42 reviews)

  • 9 - 5 is awesome hours and on the day before a holiday weekend you have the option to work from home (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Work/life balance is poor to non-existent, depending on who you work for (in 25 reviews)

  • Upper Management doesn't believe in a proactive method to turn North America around (in 31 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Positive working experience

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

    I have been working at Avon Products

    Pros

    Competative salary structure especially for new entrants, Benefits and flexible menu opportunity excellent. People and culture very positive and make working experience enjoyable

    Cons

    Not a negative as such but generally you reep what you sow but certainly a hard working ethic is expected

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be bold and innovative - historically been reluctant to lead and then play catch up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Nice place to work but with room for improvement

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northampton, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northampton, England (UK)

    I have been working at Avon Products full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good culture that respects the individual and encourages interaction and relationships
    Nice people
    Nice new office
    International environment

    Cons

    Recent bad results globally are bringing morale down
    Poor executive leadership and bad global decisions are to blame for the results
    Some directives from global are wrong for smaller countries

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the local businesses be accountable and help them grow as opposed to get in the way.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Extra income

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Naples, FL (US)
    Former Employee - Independent Sales Representative in Naples, FL (US)

    I worked at Avon Products part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Be your own boss. Set your own schedule.

    Cons

    Hard to grow business, needs time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate with your associates who need information.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    In the People Business

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avon Products full-time

    Pros

    Great People to work with.Good pay and benefits. Good support system in most departments.

    Cons

    Outsourcing to other countries causes communication problems with payroll, and customer care. Listen to the hourly employees and honor them as much as you do Management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring customer care back to the USA and stop trying to be like other direct selling companies. Being a unique company took you to the top.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Company going through lots of change and downsizing. High stress work environment from fear of being cut.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Avon Products

    Pros

    Very well known Fortune 500 company. Works with high profile celebrities and ambassadors. Beautiful office.

    Cons

    The company is going through a lot of management changes and over the past few years, lots of employees have been let go due to budget cuts. As a result, the remaining employees are often overcompensating and creates a very stressful work environment.

    Additionally, the downsizing of the company leaves several gaps to fill and no clear sense of direction.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    District Manager for 3 years

    Former Employee - District Sales Manager
    Former Employee - District Sales Manager

    I worked at Avon Products full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work from home office setting.

    Cons

    More than 40 hours a week. Poor pay.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Busy and Stressful

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Avon Representative in Boise, ID (US)
    Former Employee - Avon Representative in Boise, ID (US)

    I worked at Avon Products full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It all depends on your sales-skill and communication. The more people you meet in a day, the more likely you are to excel in this field. There is exponential opportunity for growth, depending on your level of commitment. Your work schedule is within your own hands, with meetings occurring weekly or monthly.

    Cons

    If you are self-conscious or socially awkward, you may have a difficult time with this job. This job can be very stressful on you, if this is your sole means of income. You only get paid on commission.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Training your future employees and informing them clearly is a must.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great opportunity to learn many angles of direct selling

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Avon Products full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fostered working with matrix teams and cross category plans.

    Cons

    A direct selling specialty can be difficult to translate when seeking future opportunities outside of direct selling. With a very challenging financial profile, resources are minimal leaving little room for growth and development in terms of staff as well as product promotion and programs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Avon is a very inspiring company but is stumbling on difficult times.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at Avon Products full-time

    Pros

    The company's people are very supportive of one another and there's great intra-function mobility. Additionally, the company's mission is very inspiring: it is the largest micro lender in the world, giving women the opportunity to start their own businesses and completely change their lives. Avon offers the opportunity of adapting its antiquated Direct Selling model to compete in current times.

    Cons

    Sometimes the organization could feel too siloed. There have been many recent reorgs and limited upward mobility options as a result of the the U.S. revenue declines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    I loved the work and the indepence of having a chance to star my own company.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Detroit, MI (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Detroit, MI (US)

    I worked at Avon Products full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    To gain experience. Very exciting and profitable opportunities.

    Cons

    It is commission based. Not much to complain about really,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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