Great Clips Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
179 Reviews

3.0
179 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.  

    I was not appreciated in my professional position

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    Former Employee - Hair Stylist  in  Kingsland, GA
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Kingsland, GA

    I worked at Great Clips part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    You have a guaranteed income or salary

    Cons

    Your haircuts are timed and you must sell product

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have to be tolerant of the general manager

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Horrible

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Clips

    Pros

    Nice walk in, has the ability to be great. Not to much other than that.

    Cons

    Horrible managers with no real training, pay wasn't that great at one franchise. No benefits Manager never did her job so expect to do it. Oh and you have to do fixes of the manager's which you can't put in the system. She doesn't want to know all her oops haircuts. Its OK because she can get them done in 5 mins just like a monkey can.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Require your managers to have training yearly or they are let go. Require the managers can pass a test of doing haircuts.

  3.  

    easy as does it made constant flow of cash

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Great Clips

    Pros

    easy as does it made constant flow of cash. job security, work on general public My social and friendly nature means I have a knack of connecting with children and adults from diverse backgrounds

    Cons

    Always worrying about the numbers, making you do more of their work. Constant issues with checks not being correct! Telling management to steal other staffs equipment then firing that staff member for getting upset about it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It could have been worse.

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    Former Employee - Hair Stylist  in  Greencastle, IN
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Greencastle, IN

    I worked at Great Clips part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I liked the diverse schedule. They were very flexible while I attended school. The clients were generally pleasant. I made a lifelong friend out of a co-worker.

    Cons

    Low hourly wage, financial survival is more based on the tips and development of regulars (which are highly opposed)... the area in which I was placed required a discrete retention of specific clients to make my time valuable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest they consider the "day in the life" of their associates. Some demands within my franchise to attend classes (that were always useless to me) seem irrational.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Decent Retail Work

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    Former Employee - Hair Stylist  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Great Clips full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great to work at if in school because they are open almost all the time.

    Cons

    Have to work lots of weekends.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    eh...

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    Former Employee - Stlyist  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Stlyist in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Great Clips full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    no relationship building or appointments necessary. I usually had great teams and awesome management.

    Cons

    not enough pay. customers are usually rude or crazy. felt disgusting covered in hair.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay stylists more, this job was a joke.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Cutting at a Great Clips

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    Former Employee - Hair Stylist  in  Casa Grande, AZ
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Casa Grande, AZ

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

    Pros

    Meeting lots of people , and making tips every day.

    Cons

    Long days on your feet, and having to rush clients through.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire a receptionist & make sure employees get a break.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Franchise, low hourly pay, strict/ever-changing dress code, and high turnover.

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    Former Employee - Hair Stylist  in  Orem, UT
    Former Employee - Hair Stylist in Orem, UT

    I worked at Great Clips part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good walk-in clientele most of the time. I worked for GC because they are open until 9 p.m. and I could only work for a few hours in the evenings. I was part-time and still could accrue some paid, time off. I, for one, enjoyed the occasional, intermittent on-going paid training. Learned new cutting techniques and about new styling products.

    Cons

    I worked for GC for 5 years and never got any raises even though my statistics were the highest and I had a large clientele and I was a wonderful employee (owner's words, not mine).. Lucky for me, my clients tipped well. Out of 4 managers I worked under, only one was suited for the job and had experience. The owner was neurotic about the dress code and didn't seem to care who was managing his salons as long as it was a warm body.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your stylists, management, and they will work harder for you. Please, do not hire Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb as your managers and assistant managers- no matter how cheap they are. They will not lead your salon to success. Starting at Sport Clips, I made a dollar more per hour and recieved a 50 cent raise after 2 months. I worked for GC for five years and was never shown appreciation or given a raise. If you continue to skimp on pay and management, you will never receive more than straight-out-of-school stylists and your clients will not trust your store.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    A pass through job

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Fort Lauderdale, FL

    I worked at Great Clips full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    built in client base

    Cons

    Schedule is never the same, can't plan a life. understaffed. especially when having coupons for $5.99 haircuts and the customers come in like hoards of locusts. i can cut with the best of them but 5 hrs. strait put me on the disabled list. 6 week s later i'm still not well. hourly pay blows.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    when your manager says she needs staff, get it, or lose customers and your staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Great family company!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Great Clips full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Awesome benefits with hourly pay. Paid training and an amazing team atmosphere. Following their laid out plans will ensure success and growth in the company. I love the fast paced environment and guaranteed pay checks.

    Cons

    I hear some of the franchisees are harder to work for than others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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