Great Clips Reviews

Updated August 24, 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. Bad work/life balance

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, fast paced, no need to build clientele

    Cons

    Later nights, open all weekend, not high end, accepts all competitors coupons, accepts expired coupons,bad work/life balance hair cut sale is ridiculously busy

    Advice to Management

    Do not accept expired coupons


  2. Not so great

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I liked doing men's hair. Learning different techniques with fading etc. Tips were not the worst. I did get promoted as a manager.

    Cons

    I had managed several stores for this particular owner. Never felt appreciated. I went above and beyond to promote. And the owner chose to barely advertise. Esp when I sent many, many things of people trying to work with him. General managers are on way too much of a powertrip and need to get over themselves. Had to work by myself alot.

    Advice to Management

    Have to raise hrly for stylists or you Def won't get anybody wanting to work for you. And more advertising especially for the newer salons.


  3. Not always the best option

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    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Buffalo Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Buffalo Grove, IL
    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.


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  5. The Worst Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  6. Depends on the area

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    Former Employee - Manager/Stylist in Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Former Employee - Manager/Stylist in Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    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


  7. be aware

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    Current Employee - Salon Manager in Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Salon Manager in Hayward, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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


  8. Helpful (1)

    Cult of quick cuts

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    Former Employee - Hair Stylist
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Low wage, long hours

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    Former Employee - Hair Stylist
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist
    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.


  10. Helpful (2)

    I like great clips but....

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.


  11. stylist

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    Current Employee - Stylist
    Current Employee - Stylist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    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.



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