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Working At Great Clips

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Great Clips overview

Great Clips is a hair salon franchise with over 4,100 locations across the United States and Canada. It is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 2013, it had system-wide sales of $1.03 billion.
The staff at Great Clips come from unusually diverse demographic backgrounds. The company is 76.9% female and 32.0% ethnic minorities. Great Clips employees are more likely to be members of the Republican Party than the Democratic Party, with 58.8% of employees identifying as members of the Republican Party. But those numbers could change quickly because the turnover rate at Great Clips is relatively high. Employees at Great Clips stay with the company for an average of 2.5 years before leaving.
Great Clips is an industry leader with 40,000 employees and an annual revenue of $1.0B that is headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Perks of Working at Great Clips

Great Clips offers competitive medical, dental, flexible spending and disability benefits, flexible work options like compressed work weeks, telecommuting and "casual absence" days, and more.







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The team at Great Clips

Key People
  • Michelle Sack (Vice President Of Franchise Services And Human Resources)
  • Lisa Hake (Vice President Of Marketing And Communications)
  • David Rubenzer (founders)
  • Steve Lemmon (founders)
  • Marie Bates (Owner)
  • Rob Goggins (president)
  • Heather Leiferman (Director Of Communications)
  • Steve Hockett (ceo)
The Inside Scoop
Great Clips is a 100% franchised company with more than 4,200 salons across North America. Established in Minneapolis in 1982, this company has grown to be the world's largest and fastest growing salon brand. Great Clips' franchisees employ nearly 40,000 stylists who receive ongoing training to learn the Great Clips customer care system and advanced technical skills.
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The Culture At Great Clips
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These independent salon owners encourage their teams to work hard and have fun, support and celebrate each other's successes, build friendships as well as careers, innovate to be the industry leader and give back by doing good things in their communities.
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What do people say about Great Clips


Zippia Official LogoZippia UserOctober 2019

What Do You Like About Working There?

Not much, decent money I guess. My clients are about the only thing. Show More


Zippia Official LogoZippia UserJuly 2019

What Do You Like About Working There?

I enjoy my career very much People and products such as American Crew Show More
Zippia Official LogoReddit UserFebruary 2016

back in the day the slogan used to be "relax, you're at great clips!" my wife and I would always joke that it should be "uh oh, you're at great clips!" Question: do you find this funny? would this go over well with the senior management?

No one at the salon cares lol. They would use it as a conversation starter to talk about product somehow if they were good and they would laugh it off if they were casuals :P. EDIT: Fun fact someone getting their haircut by our manager said "I would rather guzzle gasoline than be here." Man left buying a gift set of Tea Tree. You never know where it can go.
Zippia Official LogoReddit UserFebruary 2016

Does it cause problems when clients don't register their name/info? How can the chain afford to give coupons for $5.99 haircuts?

At all the branches I worked at, the phone number was just to look up your account without using your name, and it was preferable because there are never duplicate numbers, however there can be 20 John Brown's. So the worst that could happen is some checkout problems or slowness if you only provide your name. Around 40-60% of stylist's money is from tips. We still make a profit when doing our 7.99 haircut sales, and any coupons or free cuts people have are so rare that they hardly make a difference. Remember, prices are meant to be set so that we can have cheap sales, not to already be cheap.
Zippia Official LogoReddit UserFebruary 2016

I know there's some quality stylists, but how many bad terrible stylists were there? What was the ratio? Worst haircut you saw? What are you doing for a living now? What is your morning routine? What time do you normally go to bed? I wake up and scramble to brush my teeth and put clothes on. I am a night shower taker, so no shower in the morning. I then grab my iced coffee, that I made the night before and let chill in the fridge over night, and I'm out the door! On weekdays when I work, I sleep at 1am, and wake at 8:30am. Weekends it's usually around 2-3am to bed and wake at 10am What time do you sleep on a work night? Off days? What time do you consider as sleeping in? Got any cool, funny, sad, weird, or crazy stories? If so, please tell. Don't overthink it man, just something off the top of your head anything will do its just a casual question. What's your purpose in life? What keeps you going every day?

1. In our record breaking salon I can honestly say if you were bad you were moved, replaced or fired. They were all capable people who did old people, first haircuts on babies and inverted bobs. In our other salons usually it was about 1-2 mediocre stylists that would mess up 1-2 haircuts a day. So it is not insanely unlikely you would just get a bad haircut on a random day. 2. Worst haircut was this, our older lady was a little sick but still came in, accidentally cut herself (happens often no big deal) and went back to fix it. Then when she came back just did a haircut that was completely different, like 3 inches shorter, used clippers on a scissor only cut, and the dude with luscious locks now had a buzz. Was too absorbed in his phone to notice. He was next level pissed and she got a write-up. 3. Wake, eat, brush, contacts, warm up motorcycle, gear up, head to work around 8 or 9 depending on the day. 4. Sleep at midnight wake around 7:30 on workdays, sleep in on non-workdays. 5. Someone in like Texas at a Great Clips threw away 4 out of about 50 donations to wigs for kids in sealed box. Some customer took a picture of the donations that they accidentally threw away. Long story short it was a social massacre online and now you have to donate your own hair after it getting cut off making the whole process much worse and now we get less donations. Some people need to let mistakes lie. 5. I am a NetTech now, Just got the new job, really helps me a lot. Also a supportive woman.
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Great Clips Rankings

Great Clips is ranked #12 on the Biggest Companies in Minnesota list. Zippia's Best Places to Work lists provide unbiased, data-based evaluations of companies. Rankings are based on government and proprietary data on salaries, company financial health, and employee diversity.

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Great Clips careers

On average, employees at Great Clips stay with the company for 2.5 years. Employees most commonly join Great Clips after leaving J. C. Penney. When they leave Great Clips, they most frequently get their next job at Regis.

Average Length of Employment

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2.5 years
MasterCuts2.4 years
Beauty Bar1.9 years
Top Employers Before Great Clips
Regis12.4 %
Walmart10.1 %
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Top Employers After Great Clips
Regis11.6 %
Walmart11.6 %
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Frequently Asked Questions about Great Clips

When was Great Clips founded?

Great Clips was founded in 1982.

How many Employees does Great Clips have?

Great Clips has 40,000 employees.

How much money does Great Clips make?

Great Clips generates $1.0B in revenue.

What industry is Great Clips in?

Great Clips is in the hospitality industry.

What type of company is Great Clips?

Great Clips is a private company.

Who are Great Clips's competitors?

Great Clips competitors include Creative Hairdressers, MasterCuts, Beauty Bar, Beauty Brands, Mario Tricoci Hair Salons & Day Spas, The Headliner Nightclub, Dolce Salon & Spa, Glamour Shots Licensing, B & H Education, Receptions, The Independent, Gene Juarez Salons, LA Bella Pizza Garden, Salon Salon, Life Time Fitness,, Garbo's Salon & Spa - Regency, Papa Murphy's Holdings, Domino's Pizza, Little Caesar Enterprises.

Who works at Great Clips?

Michelle Sack (Vice President Of Franchise Services And Human Resources)

Lisa Hake (Vice President Of Marketing And Communications)

David Rubenzer (founders)

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Where is Great Clips's headquarters?

Great Clips's headquarters is in Minneapolis, MN.

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