Great Clips Reviews

Updated September 10, 2014
Updated September 10, 2014
186 Reviews
3.1
186 Reviews
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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)

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  1.  

    It's a great place to start. Enjoy the clients and the coworkers

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    Former Employee - Licensed Cosmetologist  in  Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Licensed Cosmetologist in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Pros

    Great Clips has a great builtin clientele, and benefits, good hours and they are flexible.

    Cons

    It's challenging working there because its fast paced and there is always someone waiting to be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your manager choices could be better.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Clips

    Pros

    Over 3500 salon locations so you can work in a salon that is close to home. Busy salons provide great opportunities and a good salary plus tips.

    Cons

    Salons are operated by different so it can be difficult to know salon culture until you go to work. That can also be a benefit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take good care of your employees. Behind every customer is a stylist.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Wonderful company

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    Current Employee - Real Estate  in  Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Real Estate in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    The support of training, personal growth and the amazing culture make this company a true stand-out in a world of companies driven by bad executive decisions. Good pay, treat you well, overall compensation and benefits are great.

    Cons

    No cons, honestly. Working for corporate is a great place to be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    very energetic, highly motivated, caring for their employees and customers

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    Current Employee - Recruiting  in  Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Recruiting in Atlanta, GA

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

    Pros

    Great salon services, great, family environment, great training and benefits

    Cons

    Thorough training over a time period

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    help to set all employees up for success, regardless of position.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    I have been able to be successful and have a life that I want!

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    Current Employee - Stylist/Assistant Manager
    Current Employee - Stylist/Assistant Manager

    I have been working at Great Clips full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I get to cut hair, which is what I went to school for. There are opportunities to advance within the company. There are so many other positions within Great Clips besides stylist and Management that you can do. I was great to go to work, do something that I love, make customers happy and make great money!

    Cons

    Working the weekends all the time isn't the greatest but I knew that going into beauty school. I knew this career was not a 9-5 mon-fri kind of job. But it does help with starting a family and being able to reduce daycare costs when you and spouse can work opposite schedules!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care for the staff and appreciate the hard work that each stylist is doing in the salon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Horrible management.

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    Current Employee - SYLIST
    Current Employee - SYLIST

    I have been working at Great Clips full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The money is good compared to most other salons in the area.
    Some of the other stylists really do make an effort to help you and build a bond.
    You do slowly build up paid vacations.

    Cons

    There are more negative things I have to say about this place than positive.
    The manager is absolutely crazy, she's stolen (from employees and salon product and from the drawer), and lies to the district manager and the franchisee to save her butt on a regular and to make her own stylists look bad.
    Upper management knows exactly what goes on but does nothing to stop it.
    They've made the requirements to get a raise so difficult that almost no one is able to get one.
    Obviously you have to work weekends and holidays.
    If you get sick you don't get paid.
    There are very lazy people you get stuck working with.
    I dread going to work most days which isn't what it should be like.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a good manager! One that motivates, does their personal best, and doesn't feed into any drama, including their own at the work place. Preferably one that doesn't steal from their own employees that can barely afford their rents! Listen to your stylists, if your turn over rate is so high and all of them that have left blamed it on the manager, then maybe you should start paying more attention to whats going on!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Not to return

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    Former Employee - Hair Stylist  in  Kenosha, WI
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Kenosha, WI

    I worked at Great Clips full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fast paced. Steady clientele. "Training program" I really can't think of any more pros to working here

    Cons

    No room for growth. Poor management. Terrible employer. Not everyone is held to the same standard. No raises. Hostile working. Environment is not stopped

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave room for growth. And apply rules to everyone. Because you do not this is why you lose good stylists

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    McDonald's of the beauty professioon

    Current Employee - Hairstylist  in  Robinson, PA
    Current Employee - Hairstylist in Robinson, PA

    I have been working at Great Clips part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Anyone is hired regardless if they are experienced or not.

    Cons

    It is a high production environment and breaks are frowned upon. Black and white dress code. Lack of communication. No growth potential. Low morale.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps treating stylists with a little more respect will help. In one ear and out the other.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    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 for more than a 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
  11.  

    Great salons and GREAT company

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    Current Employee - General Manager  in  Salt Lake City, UT
    Current Employee - General Manager in Salt Lake City, UT

    I have been working at Great Clips full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    I would highly recommend stylists work here

    Cons

    There are no cons that I can think of.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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