Need a Job? Don’t Choose Mary Kay

Here is one Pink Truth reader’s experience with Mary Kay when she needed a job:

I joined Mary Kay because I had been one of the millions of people who had been looking for a job for two years and after many job applications and only a few interviews, I decided to join Mary Kay because I was at the end of my rope.

Well, no one actually talked me into it and I did not hear the “opportunity” story. I just went to the Mary Kay internet site and put my zip code in.  Within a few hours a girl called me and invited me to a “Success Meeting” the next evening.  Considering I was very vulnerable at this point (and they knew it) I probably would have signed up for the Foreign Legion.

I sat there and watched this unbelievable meeting with alot of kissing and hugging and dancing.  I sat though a facial and makeover and alot of fussing.  After all this was over I was shown pink shiny rings and told that if I signed the agreement that night a ring would be mine. So….I signed the agreement.
The SD made an immediate appointment with me to meet for an orientation at her house the next day.  Little did I know that I would be told that I “could order inventory only if I wanted to” but it would be wise if I did considering I would be having lots of parties and taking lots of orders.  I told her that I did not have the money and did not want to use my credit card.  No problem…I can get you a MK credit card.

So begins my MK career.

I was given a challenge of having 5 skin care classes in my first few weeks. What is a skin class?  I stayed up two nights in a row reading every piece of literature I could find and watching dvds that my SD gave me.

Every single success meeting consisted of learning how to encourage women to book classes and recruit. I never learned about the products and had no idea what some of the products actually do. I finally decided that I was tired of driving the 55 miles round trip to these stupid meetings. Oh, did I forget to tell you about the new meetings that are every other Sunday for anyone interested in the DIQ program.

Well, here I am five months later and some of my friends are avoiding me because all I ever talk about is MK.  No one wants to have another party or do they want to sell MK. I am going to send everything back within the next few weeks and chalk this up to a scarey experience.

I know that everyone in the MK sisterhood talk about the new friends you make and the wonderful women you meet. I met alot of women in the same boat as myself: scared, intimated and thinking that they can be millions just by selling MK. I also met some very snobby and annoying SDs and NSDs. I am going to get my life back and forget this experience. Maybe it will make me a smarter person.


  1. Jamming Berry

    I’m so glad you are able to “get out” and chalk it up to a scary experience. My SD has meetings where you have to pay (I never go). I’m not trying anymore to live the dream, just make enough of my $$ back so I can feel justified and be done with the whole thing.

  2. BestDecision

    I was so upset after I resigned because all the so-called “sisters” and “friends” I had gained over the years simply disappeared. However, I wasn’t totally surprised because it was ingrained in us to not hang out with those labeled as quitters or negative. That’s the mentality of the whole sales force and company. “You are like the 5 people you hang around.”

    Unit meetings, for me, were meant to be encouraging by showcasing those that were selling product. I tried so hard to educate my unit on new products as they launched. Sadly, I know many Directors who got it wrong as it says your Director has.

    Don’t feel bad about getting out. I resigned and have never regretted it, nor sending my Cadillac back.

  3. morningstar

    This week I was behind a woman returning cosmetics to Walgreens. We started talking about the eyeliner colors she had on her wrist to decide about. I gave some general advice and then I decide to pretend I was a MK consultant for fun. Gave her my phone number on a portion of a bank slip with my name and told her to ” Call me and I have every sample from MK after you check the website and I am low key”. She left. I got my turn with the cashier and told him there is about a 1% chance that woman will call me. We laughed and he shook his head. Crickets… Ladies- people do not want to be one on one with MK. Especially cold sell techniques. Trouble is if she did cal me I would have had to say something about my untruth. I took that chance, I resolved with myself. Again, crickets……. my info is in the trash or littering the streets. It was a field test.

  4. Rarity

    I know this didn’t happen to the OP, but I find it really sad when I read about people who are desperately looking for work and an MLM’er called them up for a “job interview.” I recently uploaded my resume to several job sites (I have an office job, but was looking to move into Human Resources) and got several calls from MLMs.

    This was how one of those calls went when someone called me about an “exciting opportunity” in line with my resume (which clearly states that I am looking for HR work):

    Me: Is it in Human Resources?

    Him: It has to do with recruiting.

    Me: Can you send me the job specification?

    Him: There’s no job specification, per se.

    Me: *click*

    I wound up getting promoted to HR at work anyways, so it all worked out, but damn.

  5. Joelyn

    @Rarity, unfortunately, your experience is too common. I think most of the jobs listed are MLM scams especially on Craiglist. I like emailing them just to see the latest scam. How sad. Whenever I go to a party, there is a former MK sales person trying to unload their MK products. I’m glad there is Pink Truth to help show the way out.

        1. BestDecision

          It’s actually the way MK Ash taught the sales force and was in my new Consultant training. The only person I’ve hear mention it was/is Linda Toupin. The rest just push getting to a goal without regard to cost.

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