Management could be better. Learned how to deal with unhappy people in a mature manner. The hardest part of the job was unhappy clients. The most enjoyable part of the job was making people feel good about themselves. There really wasn't a typical work day. It was always very different. Mostly just busy. No time for sitting.
COSMETOLOGIST (Former Employee) – Myrtle Beach, SC – February 14, 2017
Whenever you are coming out of cosmetology school it is a good place to gain experience. However the clientele also expect someone to cut hair like john freida when their straight out of school for $10
A great atmosphere to work and grow, both socially and in skill development. I was not satisfied with the wages at SmartStyle. There is much work and
Hairstylist/Cosmetologist (Former Employee) – Blairsville, GA. – February 12, 2017
I love working and helping people to feel good about themselves. Walmart is an excellent place to work but SmartStyle requires alot for little pay. Minimum wage is ridiculous for a master cosmetologist.
Cosmetologist (Former Employee) – New York, NY – January 23, 2017
Great job for hairdressers who do not care about customer service and want to make a quick buck. 30 minute break, you better be prepared to do the quickest haircuts of your life. Great if you need to pick up your speed on things, terrible for developing a relationship with any client. Was told in order to make money, I would need to do the 5 minute hair cuts.
Manager (Former Employee) – San Tan Valley, AZ – January 15, 2017
I worked with this company for many years. I worked my way up from stylist to manager. The parent company of SmartStyle is Regis Corp. and during the last few months of my employment there, many changes were happening rapidly. In my opinion most of them were not in the best interests of the employees. It once was a great place to work. We had great educational experiences and our ability to work well with each other made it more like working with family. Our clients were a lot of fun and they enjoyed coming into the salon to see us. As a salon manager I truly enjoyed being able to hire some excellent staff members and provide a fun and welcoming atmosphere for them to work in. It was often difficult in the beginning as I was the person who first opened this location and it was tricky finding enough people to staff the salon at first. I had to learn to work 10 - 12 hours a day for several weeks, with very few breaks. I learned that proper advertisement for employees is so important when you're starting up a new business location.
Stylist (Former Employee) – Pryor, OK – January 15, 2017
The pay was decent. I wish they had mats to stand on by the stylist chairs because my feet hurt at the end of the day after standing on tile. Sometimes the management was bad about reordering color and supplies for weeks on end and that made it very difficult to do my job at times.
Good insurance, decent pay
No mats by stylist chairs, limited hair color and other supplies at times
I enjoy those who I work with besides the occasional drama.
Cosmetologist/Receptionist (Current Employee) – Cocoa, FL – January 13, 2017
I enjoy my clients at least the not so rude pushy ones. I make the most of my job or what I can at times their is unnecessary drama either between coworkers or their outside life that they tend to bring in the work place.
Discount products and free services for ourselves and prizes every once and a blue moon
No manager and the benefits and pay aren't the best
Cosmetologist (Current Employee) – Benton, IL – January 6, 2017
Smart Style was a great place for me to build up clients and also help build my speed and knowledge of hair. I learned how to handle clients appropriately. I enjoy my coworkers and loved being in an upbeat environment.