Great Clips

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Great Clips Reviews

Updated December 2, 2014
Updated December 2, 2014
216 Reviews
3.0
216 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • a great start for stylists, you can make really good tips, build a clientele (in 9 reviews)

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


Cons
  • Even the managers cut hair to fast to do it right (in 12 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    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.

  2.  

    Factory assembly line haircutting

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

    I have been working at Great Clips full-time (more than an 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
  3.  

    Every owner is different.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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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  5.  

    Same Cut 20+ times a day

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

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

    Pros

    Great tips if you're in a great location

    Cons

    No work/life balance
    You are just a number

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees
    We are more then just a number on a page

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not to return

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

    I worked at Great Clips full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Fast paced. Steady clientele. "Training program" I really can't think of any more pros to working here

    Cons

    No room for growth. Poor management. Terrible employer. Not everyone is held to the same standard. No raises. Hostile working. Environment is not stopped

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave room for growth. And apply rules to everyone. Because you do not this is why you lose good stylists

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Horrible management.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - SYLIST
    Current Employee - SYLIST

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

    Pros

    The money is good compared to most other salons in the area.
    Some of the other stylists really do make an effort to help you and build a bond.
    You do slowly build up paid vacations.

    Cons

    There are more negative things I have to say about this place than positive.
    The manager is absolutely crazy, she's stolen (from employees and salon product and from the drawer), and lies to the district manager and the franchisee to save her butt on a regular and to make her own stylists look bad.
    Upper management knows exactly what goes on but does nothing to stop it.
    They've made the requirements to get a raise so difficult that almost no one is able to get one.
    Obviously you have to work weekends and holidays.
    If you get sick you don't get paid.
    There are very lazy people you get stuck working with.
    I dread going to work most days which isn't what it should be like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a good manager! One that motivates, does their personal best, and doesn't feed into any drama, including their own at the work place. Preferably one that doesn't steal from their own employees that can barely afford their rents! Listen to your stylists, if your turn over rate is so high and all of them that have left blamed it on the manager, then maybe you should start paying more attention to whats going on!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    McDonald's of the beauty professioon

    Current Employee - Hairstylist in Robinson, PA
    Current Employee - Hairstylist in Robinson, PA

    I have been working at Great Clips part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Anyone is hired regardless if they are experienced or not.

    Cons

    It is a high production environment and breaks are frowned upon. Black and white dress code. Lack of communication. No growth potential. Low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps treating stylists with a little more respect will help. In one ear and out the other.

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Great Place for new stylists- Very high turnover

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

    I have been working at Great Clips part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This is a great place to work if you are new to the industry and need a steady (small) paycheck and lots of people coming in the door.

    Cons

    This company has a high turnover because long term it is not a pleasant place to be employed. Metrics are pushed heavily, many of them very difficult to achieve even for top stylists and the rewards are minimal. If you have the experience to achieve their standards you can be making significantly more money with less stress elsewhere. Communication between franchisees, corporate, district managers and frontline management is very poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would recommend corporate follow up with franchisees more regularly to hold them accountable for management practices. Franchisees please remember that while customer focused policies are good for business disregarding employee scheduling requests and paying minimum wage for virtually on-call stylists is a recipe for turnover which clients hate.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stylists forced to treat clients like herded cattle.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hairstylist
    Current Employee - Hairstylist

    I have been working at Great Clips part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The only good thing about working at Great Clips is a lot of the clients are very nice. Tips are good but only because of the sheer volume of clients we service. Also, luckily all the stylists in our shop are pretty good at what they do despite being hounded about the speed of their work. I do like interacting with the clients. We have an Air Force base and a university in our town so our clientele is pretty diverse.

    Cons

    There are so many negative things about Great Clips. Clients are herded in and out like cattle. They bully you about your numbers constantly. All our stylists numbers are posted every week for every one of us to see. Sort of like a shame board. If you're having a slow or bad week, everyone knows it! A few times the dollar amount of what we made was posted on the wall which was humiliating and I think illegal. There is zero education in our shop. We just got an intern who our manager is treating as a shop slave. Our manager also hired her sons girlfriend which is a huge conflict of interest. There's so much drama it's demoralizing sometimes. I'm only working here because of the convenience of being so close to home. We actually have a list of clients who haven't been in the shop in a long time listed in order of the amount of money they've spent in the shop! We have to call them and offer them a discounted haircut to get them back in. You can also never get a raise the way because of their point system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to stop bullying your stylists about their speed. Care more about the quality of the work. That's why we have a reputation as a chop shop. Being forced to cut so fast is ridiculous. Offer salon education to your employees. Great Clips has such a big turn over of stylists for a reason. The point system is also the worst. Even with a doctor's note if you're late or miss a day you get a point. Disgusting way to treat your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    I was not appreciated in my professional position

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

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

    Pros

    You have a guaranteed income or salary

    Cons

    Your haircuts are timed and you must sell product

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to be tolerant of the general manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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