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Does Estée Lauder Hire Felons in 2021?

By Last update June 28, 2019
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Founded in 1946, Estée Lauder is a global leader in beauty products. If you like glamor merchandise, this could be the job you’ve been looking for, but does Estée Lauder hire felons?

If you’re interested in beauty products and makeovers, let us help you get a job at Estée Lauder with a felony. We’ll look at and answer the following questions, and more:

  • Does Estée Lauder hire people with misdemeanors?
  • How do I apply?
  • Does Estée Lauder do background checks?
  • Will my felony disqualify me?

If you’re wondering why we care, it’s because we know how tough it can be finding a job with a conviction on your record. Our team is comprised of former felons and professionals who’ve worked with them. For this reason, we contact companies directly and ask them if they’ll hire former felons. We also do tons of background research so we can give you tips to use for the application, resume and interview process.

Relaunch Pad is committed to helping you lead a normal life once again.

So, without further delay, let’s take a look at how to get hired at Estée Lauder with a felony.

Does Estée Lauder hire felons?

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Official company policy for hiring felons

We contacted Estée Lauder to ask if they hire former felons, as promised. However, they didn’t give us an answer. In the meantime, continue reading. We have other information to help you get your foot in the door at Estée Lauder.

Has Estée Lauder hired felons in the past?

We think they do! This Colorado Springs Independent article shows the company hired a former offender through a local program dedicated to help those with felony convictions find jobs.

Does Estée Lauder hire people with misdemeanors?

Hard to say. At the moment, we don’t know anything concrete about this.

Is Estée Lauder on the Ban the Box list?

Ban the Box is a campaign started in 2004 by All of Us or None to rid applications of the box that asks if you have had any criminal convictions. The Fair Chance Business Pledge is a part of this initiative. It’s a pledge made by companies to look at potential employees based on skills and qualifications rather than past convictions.

Estée Lauder isn’t on the Ban the Box list and they haven’t signed the Fair Chance Business Pledge. We did, however, fill out their online application and there was no box asking about prior offenses.

Does Estée Lauder have special programs for hiring felons?

Estée Lauder doesn’t offer any special hiring programs for felons at this time. That’s okay because most companies don’t. Contact your local employment office or workforce development agency for these types of programs.

What are the odds someone with a felony will get hired?

Uncertain likelihood of being hired with a felony

We give your odds of being hired at Estée Lauder at uncertain. The company isn’t on the Ban the Box list and sources aren’t conclusive.

What are some entry-level jobs?

There are two main entry-level positions at Estée Lauder.

Cashier. Handles all cash and credit card transactions, as well as providing product availability to employees and customers.

Retail Artist (makeup artist). Provide expertise to customers with an inspirational and personalized in-store experience.

Starting off in one of these two positions will allow you to establish a customer base and a reputation within the company, potentially leading to promotions and other advancement opportunities.

How to get hired at Estée Lauder with a felony

Because we’re unsure if Estée Lauder will hire people with a conviction, it’s best to have a resume that’ll stand out from the others. We have a resume guide specifically for felons, if you need a bit of extra help.

Here are a few additional tips for your resume and filling out their online application:

  • State your skills and talents accurately.
  • Highlight skills relevant to the position you’re applying for.
  • Include information that’s unique and job-specific. For example, if the job requires someone with foreign language skills and you have them, be sure to say so!
  • Talk about where you learned your skills, whether in school or on-the-job — even if while in prison.
  • Check your resume for grammatical, spelling and punctuation errors.

Now that you’ve submitted your resume and received a call back, we’ve got some tips for your interview with Estée Lauder:

  • While it’s important to dress to impress, it’s also important to hide any visible tattoos or augmentations and take out piercings. You can discuss the company policy on this at the end of the interview.
  • Have a positive attitude and smile. Keep in mind that you’ll be working closely with the general public, so the company needs to be confident that you’ll be friendly at all times.
  • Be honest . . . especially about your past. Don’t try to hide or lie about it. They’ll find out and it could cost you your job.
  • Ask questions at the end of the interview. This will show you were paying attention and that you’re interested in a position with the company.

Does Estée Lauder do background checks?

According to our sources, Estée Lauder will do a background check after the interview process and before an offer of employment is made. It typically takes about a week.

According to this article, Estée Lauder had some trouble with their background check process in New York but their Inclusion and Diversity page shows they are now fully EEOC compliant.

Here’s what you need to know about background checks:

Each state’s guidelines on background checks are different. For example, these states won’t look at anything seven years old or more:

  • California
  • Colorado*
  • Kansas*
  • Maryland*
  • Massachusetts
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire*
  • New York*
  • Texas*
  • Washington*

(* sometimes certain pay or salary bracket positions require one.)

And these eight states aren’t interested in any cases where you’re found not guilty:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Hawaii
  • Indiana (limited check)
  • Kentucky
  • Massachusetts
  • Michigan
  • New York

But be aware if you live in these states. They’ll look at your whole record, including the not guilty cases:

  • Alabama
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Connecticut
  • DC
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Idaho
  • Indiana (extensive check)
  • Iowa
  • Louisiana
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • New Jersey
  • North Carolina
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • Tennessee
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • West Virginia
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

Company ratings

We researched Estée Lauder’s ratings and found gives the company 3.6 out of 5 stars with over 1,200 reviews. Here’s what a few past and present employees had to say:


“Amazing group of people to work with great benefits awesome compensation and great employee management relationship.”

“It was great. Working with the public.”

“Unheard of benefits in today’s workplace. Incredibly affordable insurance, plenty of vacation, sick and personal time, paid volunteer time, tuition reimbursement, etc. Amazing pay as well. Truly treat their employees like humans that they value.”


“Some rough hierarchy Hash environment if you don’t fit in.”

“Sometimes people can be very rude.”

“Weekends and nights can be a con for many people.”

What felony convictions might have a hard time getting hired here?

Does Estée Lauder hire felons? We aren’t certain at this time. However, there are a few felonies that’ll hurt your chances and make it tougher.

  • Fraud and counterfeiting charges, if you’re applying for cashier and will be working with money customer information.
  • Theft and robbery, if you’re offered a position as a retail artist and working with merchandise.
  • Drug or violent crimes, because all retail jobs require working directly with the general public.

Does Estée Lauder drug test?

We aren’t sure if Estée Lauder will drug test, so it’s our advice to proceed as if they do.

Have you applied for a job or worked here? Share your experiences!

Were you able to use this article to get a job at Estée Lauder with a felony? We’d love to hear about it! It’s also a great opportunity to help others who are in your shoes.

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Leah Smith
Reentry Educator

Leah is a Reentry Educator with The Relaunch Pad. A recovering addict and mother of three, her two oldest adult children are dealing with their own addictions and problems, one being recently released from prison and the other is currently incarcerated. Her goal is to give hope to not only her own children, but to others in similar situations.