Pros: insurance benefits, stay busy during on-season, good "breaking you in" experience, bonuses for new members, bonuses for upgrades
Cons: feel like you need to sell sometimes, overworked, underpaid, too many massage during the day (sometimes up to 6 or 7), so easy to get fired
I worked at Massage Envy for 10 months and it was good experience as a new therapist but I began to not enjoy it, and I am surprised that some people have worked there over 5 years!
When I started working there I was very excited, as I should be; it was my first job as a therapist! The money wasn't that good when I first started, but during the season – more... when travelers and tourists started to come it picked up, and I mean it picked UP. It got so busy and every day I would do more than 5 massages.
You don't get paid any more for more work. It is a flat rate for any type of modality, light, medium or deep tissue. It got to a point where I became knows for a good deep tissue, and other therapists would then refer their clients to me. Thus, my schedule would be filled with all deep tissues throughout the day, and it didn't matter! They work you too hard and if you can find a better place to work that will pay you better and work you less, go for it.
They try to make themselves sound like a good company for therapists by providing insurance benefits and lots of massage hours, but they don't pay you good and you can get fired at any time for any reason. Which is what happened to me. I wasn't that upset about getting fired either. When they told me I would be terminated I thought to myself, "You mean I don't have to work here anymore?"
I love massage and I am passionate and talented in what I do. Massage Envy wore me out and no one in management cared. They overwork you and don't pay you enough. Screw the benefits. Pay us better and don't overwork us! – less