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The 15 Best Cosmetics Companies to Work For As Rated by the Women Who Work There (September 2020)

Looking for a new job in cosmetics? Check our list of the most female-friendly employers in the industry, as rated by the women who work there.

InHerSight's list of the best cosmetics companies for women is based on millions of anonymous employer ratings and reviews from working women. Cosmetics companies on this list have been rated by 10 or more participants as of September 1, 2020. Rate your company ›

The 15 best cosmetics companies to work for

1. Mary Kay Inc.

4.1 stars

Mary Kay Inc. is a cosmetics company that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.5 stars) and management opportunities (4.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Mary Kay Inc.:

"I am a self employed private contractor. so I don't work in the corporate office but I do know a few things about their practices. I chose indifferent on several questions eithe…"

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2. Estée Lauder

3.5 stars

Estée Lauder is a cosmetics company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.4 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (4.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Estée Lauder:

"Incredible benefits, including parental leave of 6.5 months. Very supportive and respectful of women, many in leadership positions. Takes care of employees and seems to truly try …"

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3. Avon

3.5 stars

Avon is a cosmetics company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.2 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Avon:

"Company for Women!"

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4. Lush Cosmetics

3.5 stars

Lush Cosmetics is a cosmetics company headquartered in the Poole, United Kingdom area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.7 stars) and management opportunities (4.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Lush Cosmetics:

"I loved working here. They celebrate diversity and the company really does its best to support good causes."

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5. L'Oréal

3.5 stars

L'Oréal is a cosmetics company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for sense of belonging (5.0 stars) and maternity and adoptive leave (3.9 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for L'Oréal:

"Making the right strides to become equal opportunity but there are a lot of mediocre men in leadership roles and it will take a long time to turn over. Women not really represent…"

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6. Shiseido

3.5 stars

Shiseido is a cosmetics company headquartered in the Minato-ku, Tokyo area, that employs 10000+ people. The company has its best ratings for equal opportunities for women and men (4.7 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.5 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Shiseido:

"I will be celebrating 4 years with this amazing company in August and I just had to take a few minutes to share how incredibly happy I am and how proud I am to work for Shiseido. …"

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7. L'Occitane en Provence

3.3 stars

L'Occitane en Provence is a cosmetics company headquartered in the 17503 area, that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.5 stars) and management opportunities (4.3 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for L'Occitane en Provence:

"L'Occitane is an amazing company to work for, and I love working for a company that values me. "

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8. Aveda

3.3 stars

Aveda is a cosmetics company that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.5 stars) and management opportunities (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Aveda:

"Great company that recognizes women in leadership and growth opportunities!"

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9. Too Faced Cosmetics

3.2 stars

Too Faced Cosmetics is a cosmetics company headquartered in the Irvine, CA area, that employs 201 to 500 people. The company has its best ratings for maternity and adoptive leave (4.2 stars) and female representation in leadership (4.2 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Too Faced Cosmetics:

"Great Company with a good heart!"

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10. MAC Cosmetics

3.2 stars

MAC Cosmetics is a cosmetics company that employs 5001 to 10000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.5 stars) and management opportunities (4.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for MAC Cosmetics:

"MAC is a fantastic. The company goes above and beyond to make sure its employees (men and women) are taken care of."

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11. Benefit Cosmetics

3.1 stars

Benefit Cosmetics is a cosmetics company headquartered in the San Francisco, CA area, that employs 501 to 1000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.7 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Benefit Cosmetics:

"Great people, nice perks, low pay though considering cost of living in the bay area."

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12. Bare Escentuals

3.0 stars

Bare Escentuals is a cosmetics company that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.5 stars) and management opportunities (4.0 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Bare Escentuals:

"Well the company is diverse and start it off as what known as the girlfriend brand, they don’t stick to that mission. There is an enough communication to allow for paid time off. …"

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13. Revlon

2.9 stars

Revlon is a cosmetics company headquartered in the New York City, NY area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for paid time off (3.8 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.4 stars).

Here’s what one woman writes about working for Revlon:

"As part of the retail execution team, it is an on the road kind of job. So in terms of healthy food, it's kind of on you. In terms of management, it is a pretty great company. As …"

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14. Ideal Image

2.6 stars

Ideal Image is a cosmetics company headquartered in the Tampa, FL area, that employs 1001 to 5000 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (3.6 stars) and equal opportunities for women and men (3.3 stars).

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15. Lady Jane's Haircuts for Men

2.1 stars

Lady Jane's Haircuts for Men is a cosmetics company headquartered in the Troy, MI area, that employs 11 to 50 people. The company has its best ratings for female representation in leadership (4.3 stars) and management opportunities (4.2 stars).

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Companies with ratings and reviews from at least 10 current or former US-based employees are eligible for this list. Company ratings accurate as of September 1, 2020.

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