Sephora – Why Work For Us?

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Sephora was founded in 1993 in France by Dominique Mandonnaud, who fashioned the store's unique name by blending the Biblical name of Zipporah (Moses' exceptionally beautiful wife) with the ancient Greek term for "pretty," sephos.

Today, Sephora is not only the leading chain of perfume and cosmetics stores in France, it's also a powerful beauty presence in 13 other countries. In the United States alone, there are over 250 Sephora stores and over 200 Sephora inside JCPenney stores.

Owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH), the world's leading luxury goods group, Sephora is highly regarded as a beauty trailblazer, thanks to its unparalleled assortment of prestige products, unbiased service from experts, interactive shopping environment, and innovation.

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OUR STORY

SEPHORA has been changing the face of prestige cosmetics since its debut in 1970s Paris. Sephora was acquired by luxury group Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) in 1997 then launched stateside in 1998, and is currently home to 200 world-class brands - including its own private label,SEPHORA COLLECTION. Sephora's curated assortment features more than 14,000 products including makeup, skin care, perfume, hair care, body, professional tools and more. Sephora is the beauty education hub, offering consultations at the Beauty Studio, a variety of complimentary classes, one-on-one service from Personal Beauty Advisors, and exclusive retail technology SKINCARE IQ, COLOR IQ, andFRAGRANCE IQ. Sephora is an international force in beauty, and its award-winning website and ever-growing presence on social-media make it the world's premier digital beauty destination.

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COMPETITIVE BENEFITS

Depending on your role and location, our benefits include:

  • Employee Discount Program
  • Comprehensive Medical, Prescription Drugs, Vision and Dental plan options for both full and part-time employees
  • 401(K) Savings Plan with Employer Matching
  • Discounts through LVMH and affiliate brands
  • Charitable Giving/Employer Matching and company-sponsored volunteer opportunities
  • Competitive paid time-off that includes vacation, sick, and holiday time
  • Summer Fridays (June through September, Fridays are half days)
  • Career development and continued education classes through Sephora University and LVMH
  • Additional discounts at various gyms and partners including AT&T and Verizon

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Sephora Reviews

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    Solid job for gaining experience. Tough to move up and grow

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    Current Employee - Color Consultant in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Color Consultant in San Diego, CA

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

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    Pros

    Experience. Education. Gratis. Management hires like minded, positive people. Bonus potential.

    Cons

    8 hour days standing. Tough communication during store hours. Cast members need to stay in their "zone" at all times.

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    I was referred by a friend who was a store manager at another location. I was contacted and went in to do my interview at the location in which i would be hired. I was asked questions about my back ground etc. and told that i would be contacted within a certain amount of time as i was initially interviewed as a seasonal.

Sephora Awards & Accolades

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America's Best Employers, Forbes Magazine, 2015
Employees’ Choice - 50 Best Places to Work, Glassdoor, 2012

Additional Info

Website www.sephora.com
Headquarters San Francisco, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Operated By LVMH
Founded 1998
Type Company - Private
Industry Retail

Sephora is a visionary beauty-retail concept founded in France by Dominique Mandonnaud in 1970. Sephora's unique, open-sell environment features an ever-increasing amount of classic and emerging brands across a broad range of product categories including skincare, color, fragrance, and haircare, in addition to Sephora's own private label.

Owned by LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton, the world's leading luxury goods group, Sephora is highly regarded as a beauty trailblazer, thanks to its unparalleled assortment of prestige products, unbiased service from experts... More

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