A learning curve in cosmetics
I enjoyed the part of the job where I could work with customers closely, recommend products etc, however the pressure from higher management didn't make the job enjoyable.
The daily sale requirements felt unrealistic at times with zero recognition of any achievements, instead they felt the need to always focus on the negatives.
The initial training for products and how to apply makeup seemed very unprofessional compared to that of other companies, spending a week in a training room in a department store in Doncaster compared to a week in London at head office like most other large companies do.
This job caused anxiety, which I've never experienced before, and stress on a different level than I had dealt with before, even with my 4 years in university studying a very intense course. I was constantly contacted on my days and weeks off, even though my area manager had the counter rotas, and was often asked to go into store to retrieve information for her, resulting in my down time being very restricted.
I fully understand why this company has one of the highest turn over in staff and beauty advisers, this is something that they mention regular in regional meetings in a way that seems like boasting and not something that concerns them.
This is just my opinion however, and some girls thrive in that company, but that amount is few and far between.