Not My Favorite Job....
Pros: some gratis (but mostly just mascara), good work/life balance
Cons: management, no makeup training, low pay
Let me first say that my experience at Sephora wasn't exactly the best because A) I was inside a JCPenney, and B) the management in my particular store didn't really seem to have it together. Obviously, the dress code at Sephora kind of sucks, especially that weird tunic they give their employees that I "accidentally" lost my first week into employment. As for the job itself, it honestly isn't bad and you have exposure to a lot of cool brands. The most embarrassing part of working at Sephora is the lack of actual training they give their employees in Makeup Application. A lot of "artists" at Sephora just aren't up to par with current trends and technical ability, so the fact that you don't actually get schooled on how to do makeup is a huge downer, especially since they have customers paying $50 to have their makeup done by someone who has no formal training other that what they've learned on YouTube. Next, JCPenney employees didn't seem to understand why Sephora employees didn't have to help clean the rest of the store when closing and would sometimes pitch a fit over that. Lastly, management showed a lot of favoritism and promoted people based on the buddy system rather than qualification. I was passed up for a promotion by someone who was obnoxiously loud and frequently complained about by customers because management loved her even though she had never held a supervisor position in her life and I had several times before. Oh, and most of the "gratis" we got was mascara. I have enough mascara to last the next five years.