Avon Products
3.1 of 5 411 reviews
www.avoncompany.com New York, NY 5000+ Employees

Avon Products Reviews

Updated Apr 20, 2014
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Avon Products CEO Sheri S. McCoy

Sheri S. McCoy

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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Good work/life balance if you are in the Rye office"
    in 20 reviews
  • "Flexible schedule, work from home, work directly with people or online"
    in 17 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work/life balance is poor to non-existent, depending on who you work for"
    in 13 reviews
  • "Upper Management doesn't believe in a proactive method to turn North America around"
    in 23 reviews
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Excellent company

Supply Category (Former Employee)
Northampton, England

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

Prosworking cross functionally and internationally

Conschallenges around market growth contraction

Advice to Senior ManagementStop cutting benefits and focus on employee productivity at more senior levels

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Supply Chain (Former Employee)
London, England

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

ProsFriendly culture and long time history

ConsOutdated service model and lost of the best 2 level vps under Andrea's mandate

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep the old times spirit with new servive proposition and technology

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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You reap what you sew.

Independent Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Exeter, England

I worked at Avon Products part-time for less than a year

ProsCan work your way up.
Lots of cheap/free goodies.

ConsTakes a while to earn any real money.
Takes a lot of time and organisation.

Advice to Senior ManagementThere needs to be more profit for independent salers if you want them to stay.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Delightful

Independent Sales Consultant (Former Employee)
Aust, England

I worked at Avon Products as a contractor for less than a year

ProsVery vibrant environment where your work schedule is flexible to cater to your needs/lifestyle

ConsHad to make many sales calls to annoynymous people are bad training practice

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great corporate culture

Engineer (Former Employee)
New York, NY (US)

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

ProsGreat work life balance, atmosphere and coworkers. Promotion within the company is a constant norm.

ConsLots of changes within the NA region of the company. Can get a little confusing.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great experience with lot of learnings

Project Director (Former Employee)
São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

ProsAtmosphere of the work. Global company to work with people from all part of the world.

ConsCareer Opportunity should be more broadly communicated.

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on priority and simplify processes.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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I had a lot of fun and the products sold themselves

Independent Sales Representative (Former Employee)
Hampton, VA (US)

I worked at Avon Products part-time for more than 3 years

ProsLots of support, work at your own speed and pace, great discounts, ongoing training available

ConsLow profit margins. When I signed up for Avon, it was "under" any representative; I just came in off the street and signed up. I wasn't really interested in doing the whole "level" thing of recruiting people and bringing people in, I just wanted to get a discount on the products and sell to my friends. This worked great for a few years but then they assigned me to someone and that's when the pressure started. All of sudden I was being encouraged to trick people into coming to recruiting "parties" and because my sales were kinda high I was being called constantly trying to get me more into recruiting. It took all the fun out of it for me.

Advice to Senior ManagementI think Avon is a great company and it is what you make of it....I think management has been consistently on the right track. The cons that I listed above were personal to me; overall I think its a great company to work for and you can have tremendous potential.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Work is challenging, but FUN!

Sales Trainer (Current Employee)
Cagayan de Oro (Philippines)

I have been working at Avon Products full-time for more than a year

ProsBenefits both for employee and immediate family members are competitive enough...

ConsPromotion opportunities do not happen in waves...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not moving in the right direction.

District Sales Manager (Former Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

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

ProsThe company has many wonderful benefits for their District Sales Managers; great salary, company car with insurance and maintenance, cell phone, computer, internet access, fabulous insurance, 401K and profit sharing. Their core product selection of beauty and personal care items is top quality. (The same cannot be said about their non-core products.) The Avon Foundation does wonderful work for causes that affect women.

ConsThe pressure to achieve sales numbers with zero input on the programs or methods to accomplish the task is extremely frustrating. The company has pre-fabricated sales programs that don't make much sense in today's economy, yet when the programs fail, the District Sales Managers are held accountable. This makes it difficult to be a stand-out manager, as what makes you better than the rest isn't part of the "program". Work/life balance is poor to non-existent, depending on who you work for. The company rewards Regional and Area Managers who achieve numbers, regardless of the methods they use to achieve numbers. On the surface Avon appears to be constantly "updating" their sales model, which, in truth, is normally a cleaver disguise to pay Representatives less money to sell their products.

Advice to Senior ManagementAfter nearly 11 years of success as a District Sales Manager with this company I left of my own free will. The company is moving in the wrong direction. Eliminate all of the fluff and get back to basics. Representatives come to Avon to make money, not to win awards. You will continue to lose Representatives and money until your sales opportunity becomes a money-making business for Representatives again.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Has great potential, but does not have vision to make it happen. Competitors are eating their lunch.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Avon Products full-time for more than 5 years

ProsCompany based on relationships with balance of work and family.

ConsCompany based on relationships so very less accountability, and works on fire fighting mentality, hence takes too long time to make a change, if at all it happens.

Advice to Senior ManagementLook around from within and there are many hidden talents that can make it happen for you.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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