Great Clips Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
198 Reviews
3.1
198 Reviews
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48 Ratings

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

  • Fast paced and with tips you're coming home with money everyday (in 7 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.  

    Poor Pay

    Current Employee - Hair Stylist in Sunbury, OH
    Current Employee - Hair Stylist in Sunbury, OH

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

    Pros

    Fun to work with clients

    Cons

    poor hours and payno benefit no time off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    realize we went to school for this

  2.  

    A very fast paced atmosphere!

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    Former Employee - Hair Dresser/Stylist/Barber in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Hair Dresser/Stylist/Barber in Phoenix, AZ

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

    Pros

    Flexible hours for part time work.

    Cons

    The work load was easy, but the longevity of employees and commitment stunk.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember who helps you with your monthly/quarterly bonus check!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fast paced

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stylist/Floor Manager
    Current Employee - Stylist/Floor Manager

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

    Pros

    I love my team. If it wasn't for them I would have left within a few months. Fast paced and with tips you're coming home with money everyday. Training provided so you are able to get the tools you need.

    Cons

    Depends on the franchise you work for. You work for long periods of time consistently. Works like a sweatshop. I can work 9 hours and only get one break. On call shifts where you're waiting around all day to see if they need you. Constantly getting written up for not selling product and not cutting fast enough. Don't plan on having a life when you work here. The people you work with will become your best friends because you'll be seeing them the most. They complain about $$ when they are constantlyDepends on the franchise you work for. You work for long periods of time consistently. Works like a sweatshop. I can work 9 hours and only get one break. On call shifts where you're waiting around all day to see if they need you. Constantly getting written up for not selling product and not cutting fast enough. Sometimes I'm scheduled so many days In a row that I cannot perform haircuts as well and the customer suffers from it. They complain about $$ when they are constantly giving out free and discounted haircuts. Makes me feel cheap. giving out free and discounted haircuts. Makes me feel cheap.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat the stylists better, offer benefits and the breaks they need.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good place to start!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at Great Clips full-time

    Pros

    Good place to gain experience and get your foot in the door. Working here teaches you time management skills and how to communicate with customers. This is a great opportunity to practice.

    Cons

    The biggest problem with Great Clips is the brand is all about quantity not quality. If you do a poor job your customer will not return therefore you are not building your clientele. Also the prices are so cheap you will never make what you deserve even if you work like crazy.

  6.  

    Hairstylist

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    Current Employee - Hair Stylist in San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Hair Stylist in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    Very warm and friendly atmosphere and the General manager as well as co-workers were kind and always helpful. They also worked my college schedule wonderfully. And Its great for a Hairstylist out of school, you will grow craft wise at least.

    Cons

    never saw a pay raise the time I worked there. Were very strict and tight with sick days. They also did not offer health care which was a downer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Had no complaints with management, the only thing is to spruce up the location a bit and perhaps allow pay raises and health benefits

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    It's a good job because you get paid by the hour, but you have to be on pointe with your timing and retailing product.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hair Stylist in Joliet, IL
    Current Employee - Hair Stylist in Joliet, IL

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

    Pros

    You get paid by the hour, you get tips as long as the client knows to tip. You can get a portion of the profit from product sales, as well as productivity, if you are fast enough when it is busy. Flexible schedule if your manager is good. Paid vacation and paid holidays when you meet the hour requirements.

    Cons

    No benefits. You are required to cut hair within a set time period, even though not all haircuts can be properly delivered in such a small time frame. No continuing education is offered. The pay per hour is not high enough to compensate for the high demand placed on stylists. Receptionists are not trained long enough. They are the first people our clients see, and sometimes, that is a nightmare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay a better wage per hour. Offer some sort of benefit package. Offer continuing education.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Would be nice for a first time job

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    Current Employee - Hair Stylist
    Current Employee - Hair Stylist

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

    Pros

    You will learn to cut fast and well. its a numbers game and that is what matters. Things are run by the book but followed through on some people but not others.

    Cons

    No regular schedule, You are just your numbers, Pay is low and bonuses are set up so that you cant reach the goal,

    Doesn't Recommend
  9.  

    Great part time work!

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    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Cedar Rapids, IA

    I worked at Great Clips part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, always busy, steady income

    Cons

    They work you like a horse for little pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people, offer rotating weekends off

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    It's a great way to get comfortable with cutting and styling hair straight out of cosmetology school

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Clips

    Pros

    You get paid by the hour regardless of the clients coming in. Plus tips.

    Cons

    The pay could be much much better. I started out at 7.00 with a license. Go figure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase the pay and consider being closed on Sundays for the Lord.

  11.  

    It was ok

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    Former Employee - Stylist/Assistant Manager in Grand Blanc, MI
    Former Employee - Stylist/Assistant Manager in Grand Blanc, MI

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

    Pros

    had fun and coworkers were great. I also like being a hair stylist. Being an assistant manager started off great also, but did not remain that way

    Cons

    worked long hours and the pay was not very high. Management did not follow through with promises and I soon lost interest. Going to work was a drudgery.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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