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4.9Rating Details
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Pay5
Respect4
Benefits5
Job Security5
Work/Life Balance5
Career Growth5
Location5
Co-Workers5
Work Environment5

From Illinois — 02/08/2010

Pay: It's up to you. I was excited about earning more money when I first started with Avon...then started to get discouraged, thinking I wouldn't make that much because I am not the super-aggressive sales type...but then I realized that I can stay with Avon and see how it goes and learn over time what works best in terms of selling, and build more customers, starting with the people I know and branching outward.

Respect: When I did speak with/meet with ladies from Avon, they were respectful and helpful. The district manager who came to meet with me and get my Avon business set up was very friendly and easy to talk to. That being sad, when I first sent Avon my info before getting started, it took them over a week to get back to me because my name had been sent to the wrong district manager. When I did get a call from a DM informing me of this, she said she would call around to get the name of the correct one, and get right back to me. It was 2-3 more days before I got the call from my correct DM. We got everything worked out and she came to meet with me and got things up and running. She scheduled a time to give me a follow-up call a few days after that, and in a couple more days, a follow-up meeting. Neither ever happened. I suppose I could have called her, but I didn't really have a big need to. Just thought it was odd that she set up times for both events, and neither happened.
So, I wouldn't say I was blatantly disrespected in these instances, but it wasn't very convenient. I doubt this is how it would be for all new reps, though. Just my personal experience.

Job Security: I am pretty sure that you cannot be fired from Avon, unless perhaps you violate any of their big terms and conditions in which case your business might be terminated or something. After all, you're working for yourself and it is really your own business, so job security is very good.

Work/Life Balance: Wonderful, because you set up your own schedule entirely. You sell as much or as little as you want to. If you want to put out catalogs at local places when you're running errands, you can do that. If you want to make tons of business cards and personally hand them out wherever you go, talk to potential customers wherever you go, have Avon parties every month, host fundraisers, and try to recruit several other people to sell Avon with you as a team (which you would make comission from), you can do all of that too. There's also a happy medium, where you do some of that, but maybe not aggressively/every day (that's kind of how it is for me, for the time being...although that can change in the future). You can make it a side/supplmental income thing, or you can make it a full time job (which I suspect is easiest if you are not working anywhere else).

Career Potential/Growth: You can really rise up through "ranks" in Avon. They don't call them ranks, but that's the best word I can think of. And I don't mean that in a negative way. You aren't looked down on no matter what position you are in with Avon. By recruiting so many new salespeople, you are promoted to a new title, and the more you sell yearly, you get higher-up titles as well. More money and lots of benefits come with each one.

Location: Perfect, because you can sell Avon anywhere, anytime.

Co-worker Competence: You're in business for yourself (but as the Avon slogan goes, "not by yourself") so it's not like you work with the same people all the time.

Work Environment: There's no one single workplace with this company. You sell wherever, so you choose your own environments.
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5.0Rating Details
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Pay5
Respect5
Benefits5
Job Security5
Work/Life Balance5
Career Growth5
Location5
Co-Workers5
Work Environment5

From Toronto, ON — 06/04/2009

Huge Kudo's for Avon,
I have worked for Avon for 3 years.
LOVE IT.

Let's go to the break down because I know what you are dying to see:

First of all let me point this out:
Avon has their own Manager who is paid BY AVON. unlike our competitor Mary Kay (who only profits of what you bring in and your friends too)

1. Start up costs: $20.00 CDN which gives you 10 books and all the tools you need. (With Marykay: $300.00 for a start up kit of makeup only)
2. Sales Meetings: You have a choice you can go or not go: I have not been to one yet, but I plan on going: Cost? FREE and its HUGE.
(MaryKay: Usually about 10 people in a room talking about the Top Sales Queen of the week).

3. Who can do the business: Avon: Anyone Young and Old/Male and Female
Marykay: Females only as far as I have seen.
4.Here we go.
Pay: It starts off as 10% but goes up to 50% (Nice)
Respect: You get that from your customers and believe me they love Avon.
Benefits: Discounts/Cyber Promotions/Freebies from certain products all on your Avon Rep Site, including downloadable items.
- You are your own boss and yes you can claim it on your income tax

Job Security: You can start anytime, and quit any time it is up to you.
Work/Life Balance: It works both ways (for example: I have a full-time job and this does not interfere with it)

Career/Potential: You can sign up to be a Manager on the Avon Website and get paid by the Avon Company to help others reach their goals.
Those Managers are not employed by you the Representative.

Location: Could be your home or a rental area it is up to you.
You can even get your own Avon website for $18 a year. That is awesome.

Co-worker Competence: Excellent

Work Environment: Same as Location: Excellent.

I wouldn't change this up for the world, plus you make your payments through your bank account
and
Your orders are now Bi-weekly which works if you get paid Bi-weekly.

Plus Brochure costs are not too high.
Tid bit of advice: You can use your rep cafe to get Brochures in E-mail format link to your customers for free if you don't feel like buying the brochures to send in the mail.
*its a new Feature*
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4.4Rating Details
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Pay4
Respect5
Benefits5
Job Security5
Work/Life Balance2
Career Growth4
Location5
Co-Workers5
Work Environment5

From Pasadena, CA — 11/09/2008

Overall, This is a wonderful company to work for. You receive a company car, company laptop, you can chose to travel if you like or stay local. The pay isn't the best, but the flexibility makes up for it. The job has it's ups and downs, but is a blast when things are on the up and up.
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4.4Rating Details
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Pay3
Respect5
Benefits3
Job Security5
Work/Life Balance5
Career Growth5
Location5
Co-Workers4
Work Environment5

From All states — 08/05/2008

You get to work from home, but you better have a real paying job for back up. Avon is a no money making plan. If you sell to someone and they decide they don't want to order, or the order is wrong then you have to pay for the shipping.
After it's all said and done even if you sell a $400 order you might make $50 if your lucky. You still have to order books and supplies out of your profit. All of that work for peanuts!
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