Good place to work starting out.Not so good if you like to make money.
Hairstylist (Former Employee) – Salmon Arm, BC – 4 June 2018
Understaffed and underpaid. No advancement opportunities. Education is limited to basic skills and common sense courses online. Staff not supported for any extra courses outside of (Regis Corp) education. The pay structure is terrible and you don't make any money no matter how hard you work. Not much positive to say about this place other than you are garanteed to at least make minimum wage.
We have everything you need to succeed as a stylist!
Salon Leader (Current Employee) – Calgary, AB – 7 October 2017
Working inside Walmart with thousands of customers walking by the SmartStyle salon everyday can become your guests! And once they're your guest, they are going to tell their family and friends, who could become referral guests, There are thousands of potential guests waiting for you!
Good experience if you are starting out as a nee stylist
Employee (Former Employee) – Timmins, ON – 1 June 2017
Working at Smartstyle has it's up's and down's. It is VERY good if you are starting off and you want to grow faster in your cuts and service. Not so good if you stick with them and no other salon...you could be working with some very unproffesional employees and even an acting manager. Oh yeah. And since it's in walmart the floor was stained beyond repair, one broken chair, hair all over the backroom, colour stains on chairs...in short: it's a dirty salon if they are cheap to fix it.
Oh YES...I almost forgot. Trying to ask for time off, especially for religious holiday reasons is almost impossible there. Better to work at a Sunday-Monday salon, even self-employment so you can choose your hours.
Good cutting experience, good pay.
Long hours, high turnover, walk-in basis, very unproffesional salon
Hairstylist (Current Employee) – Chatham-Kent, ON – 18 August 2016
No training. Everyone at the walmart checkouts stare at you while you do hair. No one with any skills works here. Manager knows nothing about hair, or business. She picks favorites and singles you out if you aren't on her good side. NOT PROFESSIONAL AT ALL. DO NOT WORK HERE!!!!
Shift Manager (Current Employee) – Rymal, ON – 23 May 2016
I have worked in this establishment for 2 1/2 years. There are many benefits to this job, you receive benefits and get paid either hourly or by commission. You start of by hourly and when you become frequently busy you receive commission. This company provides many educational opportunities which is great because not many salons offer that. Every Location is differently run and you will not know what the environment is like until you start. As long as you have a flexible schedule and are a reliable punctual employee there should not be any problems in this work place. It can be a fast paced workplace and usually I find the smart style locations get a large variety of service (colour, style,and cut) which is wonderful because there are many just cut and go salons. You get paid minimum wage, unless you become a manger or district leader. You do get to keep all of your tips which helps. If you plan to stay in the company for a long time and would like to become a manger/district leader when the positions are available it could end up being a wonderful place to work in the long run. Every employee environment is different but I found most employees and their managers are very friendly and understanding.Overall a great workplace and a friendly environment.
Free education, benefits, commission/or hourly, variety of services, keep all tips
Hairstylist (Former Employee) – Keswick, ON – 2 May 2016
This job was a great work experience, where I learnt to properly greet and service customers. Cleanliness of my station and work area. Obtain a professional performance all day and every day. We had to work with chemicals and create a safe environment when applying color on a client along with keeping our guest happy. This was a great opportunity to offer sales of product to our guest.
Hairstylist (Former Employee) – London, ON – 19 August 2015
Treated me so bad, manager expected way too much from me. Coworkers were catty and drama. Boring and slow salon, no traffic. No permeant schedule, always had to call in or they let me know when i work which was stressful.
Manager (Former Employee) – Milton, ON – 27 October 2014
I was Manager/Hairstylist They are a terrible company!! All they care about is pushing product And hire unexperienced stylist.!! Head office is horrible.. No appreciation for hard work.. Do yourself a favour.. Do not work in any location!!!