Great Clips

  greatclips.com
Work in HR? Unlock Free Profile

Great Clips Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
175 Reviews

3.0
175 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Great Clips CEO Rhoda Olsen
Rhoda Olsen
33 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Flexible schedules make it easy to balance other responsibilities (in 7 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, always busy, steady income (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • The stylists there can hardly cut hair to save their life (in 12 reviews)

  • You get paid a little above minimum wage, and only earn a (very small) commission (in 8 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great salons and GREAT company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - General Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

    Pros

    I would highly recommend stylists work here

    Cons

    There are no cons that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A very fast paced atmosphere!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hair Dresser/Stylist/Barber  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Hair Dresser/Stylist/Barber in Phoenix, AZ

    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.  

    Become a great stylist at Great Clips!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist  in  Lake Havasu City, AZ
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Lake Havasu City, AZ

    Pros

    Lots of hours to work preparing for the arrival of winter visitors and letting the locals know where we are and what Great Clips can offer. Management aids in one-on-one training.

    Cons

    Standing all day long - please wear comfortable shoes. Bring snacks to nibble here and there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sometimes only two stylists working at a time and answering the phone and checking customers in adds time to allotted haircut times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Enthuiasm!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Licensed Cosmetologist  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Licensed Cosmetologist in Albuquerque, NM

    Pros

    I really enjoyed working for Style America, it's a good company and reaps many rewards.

    Cons

    New management needs more training.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Select only excellent cosmetologists, not mediocre.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    horrible.

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

    Pros

    easy money.
    hours are short
    laid back
    not extremely busy

    Cons

    poor management.
    no growth.
    no benefits
    horrible pay
    waste of time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have someone who actually know what they are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Fast paced

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

    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
  8.  

    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

    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
  9.  

    Good place to start!

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

    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.

  10.  

    Overall, pretty great company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Salon Manager  in  Peoria, AZ
    Current Employee - Salon Manager in Peoria, AZ

    Pros

    In the cosmetology field, there is a lot of competition between stylists. At Great Clips, that competition is minimal because you are paid hourly plus bonuses on productivity and products so you're not competing with other stylists....you're only competing with yourself to get that great paycheck. In great shops, there is multiple opportunities for education and growth, including the opportunity to move up the ladder.

    Cons

    During slower times, payroll becomes a concern for management and upper management so the hours you are given are not always the hours you need. Some franchises have expectations that are a little out of reach and don't always understand that sometimes it takes baby steps to get where you want to be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is so important to acknowledge the baby steps, no matter how small, if you want your team to work hard. If they feel that you only care about the bottom line, they won't work hard for you. Why would thry care about YOUR business if YOU don't show them that you care about THEM?Just celebrate the small things and the big celebrations will follow!!

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Hairstylist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Hair Stylist  in  San Antonio, TX
    Current Employee - Hair Stylist in San Antonio, TX

    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

Worked for Great Clips? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.