Great Clips Reviews

Updated March 26, 2015
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Good for newly licensed cosmetologist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay. Stayed busy.

    Cons

    They decreased your pay even if you only have one day a week you can't work. Manager said I wasn't being completely flexible

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Revolving door

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    Current Employee - Hair Stylist in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Hair Stylist in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    I make good tips

    Between hourly wages and tips I average 20 to 25 dollars an hour on a good week

    Cons

    Great Clips is a revolving door of stylist seems like we are always short handed people come and go nature of this company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not get involved in salon drama you are a leader remember

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful

    No personal time

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Great Clips

    Pros

    Busy atmosphere, opportunity to earn above base salary

    Cons

    You will be expected to work like a dog

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  5. Mundane

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    Former Employee - Receptionist in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Receptionist in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    They offer decent pay in a nice environment for a minimal amount of work. Not excited to go to work, but not dreading it either.

    Cons

    When business is slow it can be extremely boring. Especially if you're not really close to any of the stylists.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For your own benefit, consider reducing the amount of stylists at some of you're slower salons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. I made a lot of money in tips due to the high traffic of the salons and the fact they make stylist cut hair in 15 min.

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    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Antioch, CA
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Antioch, CA

    I worked at Great Clips

    Pros

    Tips, commission, some benifits, co workers, good start point for new stylists.

    Cons

    On going trainning, pay wages, floating schedules, late hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better and you will have happy and healthy employees. Retention numbers mean nothing why not base things on performance and productivity. Don´t rush stylist hair is not ment to be cut in 12 to 17 min.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful

    Depends on Franchise Owner

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    Former Employee - Hair Stylist
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist

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

    Pros

    The franchise owner I worked for offered 50 cents extra per hour if I worked until close in the evening and on weekends and all day for working on Sunday, all the other franchisers don't offer that. This particular franchise over also paid 10% commission on product sales. Franchise owner I am talking about is Cuatro Clippers.

    Cons

    When I left the organization the owners and managers were forcing the stylists to push product sales on every customer. It was to the point where a customer would sit down in the cutting chair and as I would begin to say how are you, the customer would say, "I have no intentions of buying any product today". It was embarrassing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management should watch the store managers closer to make sure they are following the rules as the other employees are expected to.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. It is a very rewarding career.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lewisville, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lewisville, TX

    I have been working at Great Clips

    Pros

    You meet people from all walks of life.

    Cons

    Satisfying old and new clients.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always make sure that the business is fully staffed.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Good opportunity for new stylists

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    Current Employee - Stylist in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Stylist in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Great Clips

    Pros

    Clients there for you very busy

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth opportunity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    Good stepping stone but do not give your life to being a stylist at Great Clips.

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    Current Employee - Salon Manager in Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Salon Manager in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Great experience cutting men's hair and learning how to be efficient and confident. They will train you in all aspects of cutting hair, educate you on a variety of national brand professional products (Sexy Hair, Redken, Paul Mitchell, TIGI Bedhead, Sebastian, American Crew, Joico) as well as their own line of Solutions products. There are ample opportunities for advancement, including management. Depending on the owner/franchisee, you are supported and encouraged to be more successful and make more money through productivity bonuses and commission on products. Pay is good, although you work very, very hard physically.

    Cons

    You will never work harder and longer hours. Not for the weak! You will be on your feet for hours with few breaks, and while the tips are good and most clients are great, you will leave each day with aching feet, hair splinters, and sore muscles only to return the next day and do it all over. You do not get much time off and you are expected to work all shifts, weekdays and weekends, and especially holiday peak seasons. They are open 7 days a week, 12 hours a day on weekdays and 7-10 hours a day on weekends. Kiss your family goodbye, you will not be there for them. Emphasis is put on doing fast haircuts (15 minutes or less), and selling products. This is hard because haircut clients are not washed or styled and customers are at Great Clips for a value priced haircut; they typically will not spend money on more expensive quality professional products. Great Clips gets you caught up in the competition of being fast and doing cookie cutter haircuts, making you forget about the skill and unique artistry of being a hairdresser, which is what most of us were attracted to and went to beauty school for in the first place. This in-and-out salon is for people who don't care about their haircut, their style, or the experience of having their hair done; they are just crossing off an errand on their to-do list.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To the salon owners who are not hairdressers, and have never worked a day on the floor or cut a single head of hair: Remember that we are not machines, but creative, fun loving people who need inspiration and motivation. Send us to a professional hair show (not Great Clips sponsored)! Stop looking at we the stylists as your cash cow. We are willing to work hard but need to spend time with our families as well. To devote one's life to delivering convenient haircuts to the public while neglecting our own health and personal lives is ridiculous, yet this is what we feel you ask of us. Work/life balance is crucial.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11. Mixed Emotions

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Great Clips

    Pros

    Guaranteed hourly rate, possibility of bonuses (depending on franchisee). No need to find clientele. I've had days where I made $60.00 in tips.

    Cons

    Most stylist are paid minimum wage. Raises are minimal if at all. I've had days where I made $10 in tips. Have had to perform 30 haircuts in one day.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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