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Beauty without a Soul

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  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Director in Bolingbrook, IL
Former Employee - Director in Bolingbrook, IL

I worked at Ulta Beauty full-time (More than 5 years)

Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
Positive Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

- Aggressive company growth provides job security and investment into company. - Talented collection of professionals recruited from many top retail companies. - Younger, energetic environment. "Beauty" industry much more attractive in many ways (punn intended).

Cons

- High pressure from top down to maintain aggressive sales growth and stock price. - Top execs use 'fear' as their primary leadership style ('perform or else'), which leads to rampant "CYA" and finger-pointing culture. - All employees burnt out on unrealistic workloads (by design). The ones tolerating it are the newer employees still drinking the Kool-Aid. Very high turnover with ZERO work-life eventually cracks everyone. - Top Execs promote Churn-n-Burn mentality with workforce, rather than grow and support.

Advice to Management

No advice, honestly. Venture Capitalists are cracking the slave whip on CEO. CEO cracks whip down on Sr. Mgmt. Etc. Etc. If the company sales ever stumble which forces an internal review of their practices and culture, there will be no change. But since the business model ('beauty superstore') is doing well in the market, I don't foresee that anytime soon.

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    Prestiege cosmetic manager

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    Former Employee - Prestiege Cosmetic Department Manager in Springfield, VA
    Former Employee - Prestiege Cosmetic Department Manager in Springfield, VA

    I worked at Ulta Beauty part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    great perks, discount, and not bad hours

    Cons

    ethics of Upper management, store policies, everyone besides top management was "part time" and benefits were too expensive. Had to work 5 days a week even as part time and spread hours out, rather than working normal 8 hour shifts over less days.


  2. Short but sweet

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    Former Employee - Prestige Consultant in Smyrna, GA
    Former Employee - Prestige Consultant in Smyrna, GA

    I worked at Ulta Beauty part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    decent base pay, good people, great for those with social skills, simple opening and closing strategies, easy to follow dress code, company keeps up with raises well

    Cons

    bad and expensive health insurance coverage, working with a lot of women means petty arguments, somewhat unorganized

    Advice to Management

    Anything personal should be handled OFF the sales floor


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