Great Clips Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Manager in Aurora, CO

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

    Pros

    Great place to build speed confidence and earn garenteed wage

    Cons

    Low income and secret glass ceiling for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should disclose opportunity and requirements for positions

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. Little to no compensation or recognition for the work required.

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    Current Employee - Hairstylist in Salem, OR
    Current Employee - Hairstylist in Salem, OR

    I have been working at Great Clips

    Pros

    The product commission is good

    Cons

    They want you to be flexible with hours but they are not flexable at all. They are all franchised so they can run them however they want.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3. Hello Goodbye, No Time for a Nice Cut

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    Former Employee - Haircutter in Rockford, IL
    Former Employee - Haircutter in Rockford, IL

    I worked at Great Clips part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    They have good training for customer service that you read on your own. Good interactive cds and info. I like the videos of situations that you might come across, they were professional and I even chuckled at some.

    Cons

    15 Mins is not really SAFE or enough time to even start a good cut. I don't believe sectioning a dirty head like a watermelon in 4 monster sections... clip clip clip and you are out... before I can even say, how was your day? If you are not within the time allotted it is noted and noted until you are OUT the door. You can not TALK about them on your PERSONAL Social Media Pages, first company that ever had me sign my rights of free speech away with a contract... NO Bad talking our biz! Even on your personal pages... eiiish! Learning their POS system on the fly when another stylist is trying to cut someone's hair... STINKS! Oh, you just hit this and that and there ya go, now I need to get back to my customer! Ugh. I quit right away.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People are not ROBOTs... Maybe you should have robots who won't cut themselves while trying to zip through a haircut on a dirty, sweaty, smelling head... gross, unhygienic, and too many bloody fingers and not enough bandaids stocked for the stylists under the GUN to make their time allotments. Too much room for error and unsatisfied customers, hence the reputation everyone knows... CHOP SHOP. It has potential if you knock off the RACE and get more Happy, Satisfied customers and less stitches for your employees and germs from dirty heads. At least DRY SHAMPOO should be the minimum. Gross.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. Steady, but no room to move up

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    Former Employee - Stylist in Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Stylist in Augusta, GA

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

    Pros

    Steady paycheck, down to earth clients

    Cons

    No set schedule, not appreciated by franchisee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hourly rate should be corporate regulated

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Good except for upper management.

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    Former Employee - Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at Great Clips full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    You made an hourly wage and the customers were provided for you. Tips were all yours too.

    Cons

    Haircuts had to be at least 13 to 15 min even though the guideline was 14 to 17 min. You were damned if you did and damned if you don't. Had to always watch payroll but if you sent someone home early and then got a rush you would get in trouble. Main problem was a GM who didn't know what they were doing . They did not set the example that they themselfs expected of you. Unrealistic expectations. Favored certain employees over others. They rewarded you for product sales but not great customer returns. Very mixed up in what was important for the buisness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your stylist and if you are a GM listen to your managers because they are the ones who are at the salon every day. They have valuable advice and opinions. Don't always assume you are right just because you have a bigger title.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. I don't think anyone just out of beauty school should not work here

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Clips

    Pros

    Most days you stay pretty busy, you mainly do hair cuts not much blow drying and styling.

    Cons

    there is always a feeling of being rushed, because there is an expect average time you are expected to haircuts done in, and for some one new that can cause a bad haircut

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. not good customer service

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Clarksville, TN
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Clarksville, TN

    I worked at Great Clips

    Pros

    meeting new people, working with some good stylist

    Cons

    they do not care about their stylist

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    an insult to my skills

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Great Clips

    Pros

    clientele already provided other than that there wasnt much about working there that i enjoyed.

    Cons

    horrible pay, haircut sales for $5.99, clients are just waiting for the next deal, bad tips poor management.

  10. Factory assembly line haircutting

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    Current Employee - Hair Stylist
    Current Employee - Hair Stylist

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

    Pros

    tips, regular hourly pay and lots of locations

    Cons

    Hard to get time off, expectations unrealistic, no positive recognition..

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    major on the majors, micromanaging creative people never works..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Every owner is different.

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    Current Employee - Stylist/Assistant Manager in Westminster, CO
    Current Employee - Stylist/Assistant Manager in Westminster, CO

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

    Pros

    Walking home with tips in your pockets. Lots of growth potential in each salon.

    Cons

    Work every weekend, not having time off for holidays if going out of town. Constant pressure to do one more and sell one more. Not being able to call in to a shift unless your dead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Property train managers, believe stylists when there is an issue with management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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