The View From Behind a Mary Kay Sales Director’s Desk

A note from a Mary Kay Sales Director’s office assistant…

I just wanted to let you know that I believe that PinkTruth is a good and noble effort to help people. You will probably not reach those die-hards but you can’t be discouraged by that.

I am an office assistant for a Sr. Director. I consider her and her entire family as friends. They are nice people. I started as an independent contractor in 2006 so I’ve SEEN IT ALL. I work about 35-40 hrs making $8.50 per hour.

My boss is a reasonable and lovely woman. REASONABLE in all areas of her life except, you guessed it, MK. Even her husband is in the Pink Fog. Her whole family is.

Her daughter and niece are recruits. No one is making any money including my boss. She is currently in Car Production (again!). She needs $48,000 I think, to get her car. She has driven a Caddy before but that kind of production is pie in the sky right now. She is currently behind in production and is trying to make up for the production by buying inventory. We have adjusted her inventory shelves to accommodate this extra stuff. It’s making her depressed. She acts upbeat for the sake of her downline and adoptees and others, but is drowning.

She does not know that I read Pink Truth. She would DIE if she knew I read your site. I learn more about the company and what goes on from your site than from her. I know all the little nitty gritty details that I shouldn’t know. She only tells me the good stuff.

Needless to say, I feel sorry for her. But I truly believe that she is too blinded by the Fog and too deeply entrenched to get out or to even want to get out. This is her 20+ year “in business”. Sales have been slow. She has lots of customers that order but they order just their regular skin care and color and never order the limited editions or fragrances or body care. Lots of these items are getting old sitting on the shelves. Very sad. If it weren’t for trading with other consultants who need product, stuff would go bad.

She has one offspring director who is struggling and barely makes production every month. This offspring has just received her THIRD “exception” to remain a director even tho’ she does not make the numbers.

My boss’s dream to be an NSD, I’m afraid, will never be. But she trudges along, hoping for the best. That something will turn this whole thing around. That the next few recruits will push them up.

Well, keep up the good work. Although and I am deeply involved in MK because of my job, I consider it just a job and are not blinded by the whole thing. Luckily, I still see clearly :o).

Sometimes I feel like a two-face. I smile and take care of things at the office like I believe in the whole thing. But, in my heart, I think its all a crazy racket.

8 Comments

  1. MLM Radar

    I smile and take care of things at the office like I believe in the whole thing. But, in my heart, I think its all a crazy racket.

    This is sad. She’s put aside whatever ethics she had, and justifies her participation by calling it “just a job.” I disagree. With her smiles and pretend-belief she’s become an accomplice to the financial destruction brought by her Director onto so many women.

    Yes, this is enlightening, but it’s awful that she only gets honest anonymously. I know jobs can be hard to get, but surely there’s something ethical she can do for a dollar above minimum wage.

    A word of warning to the helpful people who are reading this: If you think you’re helping by participating indirectly, you’re not. Whether you’re office help, or agreed to order a starter kit to help a friend, what you’re really doing is something deeper. You’re just knowingly aiding the people who perpetuate the scam.

    1. PurpleH

      This is a little less relevant now that it’s been established that this is an old article, but if this woman is working as office assistant for a SD, she may have taken the job without knowing the depth of the scam. There are plenty of people who work in the tobacco industry, on the technical side of developing violent video games who keep working at a job they might not be proud of to pay the bills. Let’s hope that since she wrote this, she did find other work and now lets her circle of friends know to keep clear of MLMs.

      1. MLM Radar

        The whole narrative together says she figured out it’s a scam, but she rationalized staying because SHE wasn’t directly abusing anyone. She was just profiting from the abuse.

        There are words for that: aiding and abetting, facilitating, supporting, accomplice…

        Eyes wide shut.

  2. pinkvictim

    Needless to say, I feel sorry for her. But I truly believe that she is too blinded by the Fog and too deeply entrenched to get out or to even want to get out.

    It’s never too late to leave; the only time it’s too late is when they’re six feet under.

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