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Sephora Overview

San Francisco, CA
10000+ employees
Company - Private
Beauty & Personal Accessories Stores
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
At Sephora, we’re obsessed with teaching and inspiring our clients to play in our world of beauty. We’ve earned our reputation as a leader in a global industry with our expertise, innovation, and entrepreneurial spirit. But our true secret to success since ... Read more

Mission: At Sephora, we believe beauty is for each person to define and ours to celebrate. Together, we support and encourage bold choices in beauty—and in life. Our purpose is to inspire fearlessness.

Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2012 (#39)

Top CEOs: 2017 (#45), 2016 (#50), 2015 (#17)

Company Updates

  • Interested in working at Sephora? No better time than the present! �� We’re hiring for seasonal positions across the US and Canada to support the most wonderful (and busiest!) time of the year. ❤️�� Apply today or refer a friend :

  • Congrats to our fearless marketing leader Deborah Yeh for ranking #19 on Business Insider's list of Most Innovative CMO's in the world!

    The 50 most innovative CMOs in the world in 2017

    The job of the chief marketing officer is changing. Marketing executives play a far more active role in the C suite and the boardroom today than ever before. They wear business hats, chart out ways to use data and technology at scale, and drive measurable business results.

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Sephora – Why Work For Us?

There’s a reason people refer to our stores as their “happy place.” At Sephora, every stroke, swipe, and dab reveals possibility. As part of our retail team, you will be the one to bring our client’s personal definition of beauty to life with confidence.

Interacting with our clients on the sales floor takes energy, confidence, and a winning personality. It takes authentic passion—not just about product, but about people. It takes skill, which we build in you through unparalleled training. You don’t have to join us as a pro—we’ve turned beauty enthusiasts into superstar makeup artists, skin care advisors, and fragrance experts.  

Our retail teams are a great opportunity to combine your passion in beauty with the business experiences. Store leaders and associates work across merchandising and planning, strategy, education, and operations to drive our in-store success. Each of our locations have its own unique needs, providing you with a chance to shine and show your talents. With over 700 stores across the United States, Sephora can help build your career wherever you prefer.  

Located at the heart of San Francisco, our corporate headquarters acts as a field support center, serving as the backbone of all our stores nationwide. We are constantly working with our stores and brand partners to develop innovative strategies for long-term growth and success.

While our stores are at the core of Sephora’s business, our corporate teams far exceed the scope of typical retail. From merchandising, marketing, finance, to digital, IT, human resources— Sephora has a place for you no matter where your talents lie!

Behind the scenes of Sephora’s stage, our distribution centers ensures optimal productivity in our business process. With over 14,000 products from more than 200 world-class brands including makeup, skin care, perfume, hair care, body, professional tools, and more, Sephora’s distribution teams are the key to keeping our operations smooth and efficient.

Thousands of products pass through our distribution center each day to arrive at our stores and the hands of our clients. As part of our distribution team, you will be a key driver in helping us inspire clients to make their bold choices in beauty. Join our fast-paced teams at one of our centers in Utah, Maryland, and Perryman and start your career makeover today!

Competitive and innovative, we provide employees and their families the coverage and resources to help them lead healthy lives today, and plan for the future! Let's Beauty Together!

Benefit eligibility is based on an employee’s position and employment status.

We’ve got you covered:

  • Comprehensive Medical, Prescription Drugs, Vision and Dental plan options for both full and part-time employees
  • Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA): Health care & Dependent Care
  • Health Savings Account (HSA)
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
  • Supplemental Life Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • 401(K) Savings Plan with Employer Matching

That extra sparkle:

  • Employee Discount Program including special discounts through LVMH and affiliate brands
  • Competitive paid time-off that includes vacation, sick, and holiday time
  • Sephora Loves Perks Program for All Cast Members – Discounts on over +850 brands, including: Entertainment, Cell Phones, Gym Memberships, Shopping, Pet Insurance, Restaurants, Travel, etc.
  • Commuter Benefits
  • Summer Fridays (June through September, Fridays are half days)
  • Career development and continued education classes through Sephora University and LVMH


Our purpose is to inspire fearlessness. Through our new Sephora Stands social impact programs, we will use our strengths to promote even greater good by supporting female entrepreneurs in beauty, our communities, and our people.

  • Sephora Accelerate: We stand with beauty businesses committed to social impact—and the women who create them. Our goal with this program is to support more than 50 of these female entrepreneurs though boot camps, mentorship, and small loans by 2020.

  • Classes for Confidence: We stand with those facing major life transitions. By providing specialized beauty classes for women re-entering the workforce, our hope is to inspire confidence in 100,000 women through this program by 2020.

  • Sephora Stands Together: We are a Sephora family, and we stand together in times of need. Through this focused effort, we will support our employees affected by natural disasters or unexpected life-changing events with financial aid.

Learn more about Sephora Stands here: 

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Sephora CEO Chris de Lapuente
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    "Skin Care Specialist"

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    I worked at Sephora full-time


    Working for the Company that is the Beauty Authority. Excellent training and Management that treats you like family, respects you and is always looking for ways to reward you and give you recognition. Great pay and awesome benefits that makes you feel valued. Lots of opportunities for advancement if you work really hard and prove yourself.


    Retail hours can be hectic at times.

    Advice to Management

    Great Job at recognizing, training and motivating employees! Thank you for making us feel valued!

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Sephora Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 5 days. I interviewed at Sephora (New York, NY).


    It was very formal, they asked the usual questions but also some great integrity questions. It was a fun process with lots of insight to my future with Sephora.

    Interview Questions

    • How does your current experience translate to what we’re looking for?   1 Answer
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Sephora Awards & Accolades

  • Retailer of the Year, World Retail Congress, 2018
  • 2018 World's Most Innovative Companies (#36), Fast Company, 2018
  • 100 Best Workplaces for Women, Great Place to Work® and Fortune, 2017
  • America's Best Large Employers, Forbes Magazine, 2017
  • Great Place to Work 2016-2017, Great Place to Work Institute, 2016
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Pledges & Certifications

Tech Hiring Commitment

Helping to train, hire and promote more technology workers

Career Advancement Program

Helping employees "upskill" into higher-paying positions

Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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