Great Clips Reviews

Updated July 23, 2015
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Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen
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Pros
  • Good tips, guaranteed clientele, busy salon (in 9 reviews)

  • Flexible hours for part time work (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Stylists must cut hair at a fast pase and productivity is very difficult to reach (in 12 reviews)

  • Expected to work long, hard hours for minimum wage (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Not always the best option

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Buffalo Grove, IL

    I worked at Great Clips

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Fast paced keeps you on your toes, helps you develope faster techniques for hair cutting.

    Cons

    No appreciation, no benefits, crazy changing work schedules, not always the nicests clientele.

    Advice to Management

    Show your stylists that you appreciate them, FAMILY comes FIRST ..... NOT some strangers haircut. Just keep that in mind the next time someone has a family emergency and can't come in to work.


  2. The Worst Management

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Clips

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It was previously a great working environment, hopefully the owner will take necessary steps to return it to a great place

    Cons

    The owner really needs to look at how the place is managed. A new manager was brought onboard early in 2015, and could not be more inept. The fact that she is outgoing, does not hide the fact that she is in over her head. Everyone has to help straighten things up, she should have never been placed in a management position. I left to find a position that has good management. I do not necessarily need the manager to be my best friend, I need the manager to know what she is doing

    Advice to Management

    Really screen who you hire as a manager, and then take the time to monitor them. Are they really doing the work, and charming their way through.


  3. Depends on the area

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager/Stylist in Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Former Employee - Manager/Stylist in Lake Havasu City, AZ

    I worked at Great Clips full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall, I liked being able to make customers feel great about themselves. I developed great relationships with the customers, which was nice. The training that was offered was nice, when it was offered.

    Cons

    Each is franchised owned, but must live up to corporate standards. Living in a smaller community created unique dynamics that often weren't up to corporate standards. Pay was low. No benefits. Expectations for haircuts times were hard to meet and didn't always take into consideration differences in hair types. Owners micro-managed managers from a different state. Turnover seemed high because of low wages.

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees what they are worth. Spending thousands on schooling and only making minimum wage is not a way to keep employees


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  5. be aware

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    Current Employee - Salon Manager in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Salon Manager in Hayward, CA

    I have been working at Great Clips full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    don't have to have clientele

    Cons

    ask for too much of your time and pay is not good

    Advice to Management

    don't expect good pay


  6. Helpful (1)

    Cult of quick cuts

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist

    I worked at Great Clips full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very busy, time flew by. Met great clients daily. Co workers were great.

    Cons

    Franchise owner never cut hair ( of course). 12-17 minute cut times are not reasonable. Location had three assistant managers to micromanage staff entire time. No breaks. Half of the customers smelled awful and would not pay shampoo up charge. Pressure to sell products for low commission.

    Advice to Management

    Employees are not machines. Quality should always come before quantity.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Low wage, long hours

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist

    I worked at Great Clips

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, paid vacation, always guaranteed to have custimers

    Cons

    Long work hours, low wage, cheap customers leave little or no tips, irrational management, too little time for haircuts.

    Advice to Management

    Be rational.


  8. Helpful (2)

    I like great clips but....

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Clips

    Pros

    The pros are you are kept up to date on trends, products, and new techniques. Pay is okay tips are great.

    Cons

    Research the franchise that you are going to join. All of the franchises are different in the way they are ran and what they offer

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be an anonymous way to report things that need addressed in a salon.


  9. stylist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stylist
    Current Employee - Stylist

    I have been working at Great Clips part-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Learn a lot many walk in clients

    Cons

    Not many hours terrible owners company doesnt value you as a person. coworkers are unpleasant. no health insurance no raise after the guaranteed 90 days

    Advice to Management

    Make employees get the respect they deserve.


  10. hairstyles

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Clips part-time

    Pros

    great company to work for and good benefits

    Cons

    Management was not yrr we treating stylist fair. No flexibility


  11. Stylist

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Stylist
    Current Employee - Stylist

    I have been working at Great Clips full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Most stylist are booth rent or commission, great clips offers you an hourly wage, which is really nice and a relief to know you will always have a paycheck whether or not you had customers in your chair. The teamwork is really amazing. i like being so busy and not having to go out looking for customers.they also offer paid advanced training commission which is an awesome advantage, you get paid to go learn new cutting/perming/styling techniques.

    Cons

    Managers are abused by the general managers, told to not "break things" that are old and break. my manager will refuse to inform our GM about things that need to be fixed. For example, one of our station doors is broken because our shop is almost 10 years old and things get old. but the franchisee got mad so now we are not allowed to put things inside our stations, because that makes sense. I've been written up for being late even though i wasn't. Great clips expects you to cut under 17 mins, my store requires us to cut under 15 mins. They recommend we do one thing to save time, then when customers get upset they write us up and say they will fire us. Its a corporation, they don't care about their employees unless their following the expectations to a T, and their expectations are unreasonable. the isn't isn't that good for beginning stylist, barely above minimum wage, and i don't think experienced stylists get too much better. when i was offered the assistant manager position, they offered me a $0.50 raise. total BS.

    Advice to Management

    Care about you employees. They are people. they work hard, they get tired, its an exhausting job. you expect so much, and give so little encouragement, you only corporation criticism, and expect people to want to do better.



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