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Very unique, very dynamic, but not for everyone

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Former Employee - Product Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
Former Employee - Product Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

I worked at L'Oréal full-time (more than an year)

Pros

Very dynamic, lots of opportunities for young people.
Great industry to work for.
French speakers have an unparalleled advantage over others

Cons

Very special type of corporate culture.
No French speakers will have a hard time working at the headquarter, non French speakers will NEVER reach the top management positions.

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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  1. 8 people found this helpful  

    if you are passionate about consumer products and want to work 15 hour days......

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    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President Marketing in New York, NY (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Vice President Marketing in New York, NY (US)

    I worked at L'Oréal full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    it is a generous employer and they give you every benefit under the sun.
    the work is interesting as are the products and the people are brilliant.
    the brands are amazing and the development pipeline impressive. you get to work with many people cross functionally and there is a lot of room to move around l'oreal if you are good and you start there young.

    Cons

    it is a very demanding work load. the systems are overwhelming. it's very political. it's not always a meritocracy but a lot how well connected you are. being french is a big help. there are endless meetings and updates for french management that arrives almost monthly and that adds more work to an already demanding load. simple things are made difficult and sometimes you are made to strategize 50 programs for a brand and only 4 or 5 get done due to timing and costs. there are a lot of long and very arduous meetings and too many emails with entire departments cc'ed that may not be relevant to your daily work and this is even more time consuming.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    turnover should be looked at. sometimes entire departments turn over and no one looks at the head of the brand or at the leadership. promotions are not always given to the hardest worker or the most talented person but to favorites. management should be aware that after working a 9 to 8pm day, people are home are still at work late into the night and when you wake up --- you are inundated with another 100 emails.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is good place for young manager

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Area Manager
    Current Employee - Area Manager

    I have been working at L'Oréal (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Many opportinuties,very dynamic culture, admit mistakes to improve the next, transparent management, many brands with different background and very interntional and open minded compnay

    Cons

    less caring for people and too much focus on short term result, too much opperational work process, long decision makeing process, centrailized culture to headquater and so on...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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