Pros: Gratis, employee discount
Cons: Low pay and hours, no breaks, ridiculous corporate expectations
I have been working for Ulta Beauty for a little over a year.
I went into the position thinking I was being hired as a makeup artist. Boy, was I wrong. My job was to stand behind a cash register all day long.
During the first few months I worked an average of 15 hours a week, if not less. You can not pay bills off of 15 hours a week, but my managers made it very difficult to accommodate a second job because they want you to have completely open availability- even though they will only schedule you 12 hours.
And during those 12 hours a week, you REALLY work for you small hourly wage. Ulta as a whole sets unrealistic expectations for their employees.
Another thing that really bothered me is even though we were always cutting hours, we were always hiring new employees! It is silly to me to give 20 employees 10 hours each than 10 employees 20 hours each.
Shortly after I transitioned into a management role and got to see how the back end of the business works.
Ulta does not care at all about their employees. We cut hours daily due to being over on payroll, yet our guests were constantly complaining on our online surveys that we are understaffed and no one is ever available to help them. It also very stressful to take time to help a guest when you have 5 projects/tasks that need to be completed before you leave or you will be penalized.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend. There is definitely advancement potential. But I would never want to be a general manager for Ulta.
It's not a pleasant business to work for.