Working for Ulta - Page 3
- 1 Post. Joined 1/2011
- Location: Seattle, WA
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I worked with junefontaine at Ulta, and it's not the absolute worst, but not exactly the best either.
I was there about a year as a cashier and never made more than $9/hr. The hours were also really bad so I had a second job, which they were flexible at working around.
I originally applied to be in the prestige area, but they only needed cashiers at the time, but said I could cross train. I did a bit, but never got into prestige. I ended up leaving to go to cosmetology school and stayed at my other job which had more consistent hours. Our store was located in a mall complex so it did get quite busy during the holidays, but in general it was quiet most of the time.
I go in there now, a year later, and barely recognize a face, except a few managers. I think Ulta tends to have pretty high turnaround unless you've managed to wiggle your way into a comfy secure spot and can put up with everything else.
It's true about the clear bags though. We were provided with a small makeup bag sized clutch upon starting. annoying and tacky, but whatever. Our lockers also had clear doors on them.
Theft was common in our store because of 1. being horribly understaffed and 2. corporate either not being smart enough or not wanting to put in the money to display fragrance more securely. It's hard to care when there's nothing you can do and no motivation to change it.
Like it was mentioned before, it a great place to get exposure and learn about different lines and what they offer. Not a bad college job, the discounts are nice! But there just doesn't seem to be much motivation to stay there long term, nor do they really offer you any.
I have been prestige consultant in ulta for little over two years now... i dont recommend it to anybody. Hours are bad, even if you work really hard you will still get 15-20 (maybe not even that much) a week. They dont hire full timers (except mngrs), everybody is part time. Hourly wage is just little above minimum. they want you to look perfect even at 7am on saturday, dress code is strict too. Nobody ever appreciates hard work or recognizes potential. As prestige consultant you have to sell skincare, makeup, fragrance, be cashier, clean floors, clean bathroom,do load, sell haircare, flat irons... and other stupid stuff in the store. I love the girls that i work with in prestige team - that's only good thing about this job.
We have enough trainings, gratis is not bad (could be better).
Hey ladies, i just got hired yesterday at ULTA for cashier and i was wondering about the dress code.. when you say all black bottoms does that mean only pants? or can we wear skirts or shorts? maybe with some nylons underneath? i have orientation tommorrow but i just thought it would be great to know now. And accessories, do they care if you wear any? For instance, a statement necklace?
so i applied at ulta today and four hours later i got a call asking me to come in on sunday morning for a group interview!!
do you girls (or guys) have any tips on how i should dress, or give me any advice..
also, what will some questions be like? and does anyone know how much the starting salary is?
anything will help! thanks :)
Does anyone have any insight on the Merchandise Manager position? I have a phone interview tomorrow with a recruiter and i'm curious on some insight for the position. I don't know how I feel bout just "stocking" i'd want to be on the floor. I've worked for about 4 years as an assistant manager in a clothing store, so a change of the "selling culture" would be kind of nice, I just don't wanna be bored. Do you know if it's full time? I can't afford to take a part time job. Also, I asked for $10, do you think they'll pay more? I know other stores pay their merchandisers a little more, then say a sales consultant.
So my phone interview was at 3:30, it's now 4 and I never heard from the lady I was supposed to interview with. I called and left her a message and everything, and nothing in return. Kind of makes me wonder. If she got caught up with something else I completely understand, but atleast call and let me know.
- 1 Post. Joined 12/2011
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I was hired by ULta Beauty in the fall where the Manager said I should get around 32 hours a wk at $10.00 an hr..as a makeup consultant. I was one of the many people
(maybe 50 or more) who helped set up the store and put out all new merchandise before the grand opening. I never worked so hard in my life, but at the same time I was
very excited about working for Ulta. We attended about 7 meetings with the vendors from companies, such as : Benefit, Bare Minerals, Exuviance, Philosophy and so on.
It made me even more excited to be working for this company once I learned about the many products they carry.My first check had about 50 hrs...Mutiply that by 10.00 an hr and you thing You've found a great way to make a living..!!! WRONG!!..Unfortunately, I didnt know
what I was in for. During the first 2 wks, 2 managers quit. I knew there was alot of drama going on and believe it's very unprofessional for the Managers getting into a heated discussion on
the clock. If I had done that, I would've been fired immediately. Ulta Beauty is famous for not giving hours and this particular company hired about 29 employees which is
way too many for that store in this particular town. I've gone several wks without getting any hours, along with several other employees..During the past month I've worked
a total of 5 hrs in one wk and that's IT!! I've also learned that our m anager seems to show favoritism to t he younger college kids. They get the hours..and I dont along
with 8-10 other employees.... First of all, we can'[t help it that we're not doing the unreachable goals set by Ulta Corporate which is somewhere near Chicago. Ulta does NOT advertise and
we're in much smaller town during a tough economy. Needless to say, my "dream Job" isn't happening and I'm very disappointed in the management and the whole company.
I've been in retail for many yrs ..when I work, I do quite well in sales enjoying every minute of helping a customer learn to apply Bare Minerals and the many other products
we carry.I know I give excellent c ustomer service and have sold quite well during the whopping 5 hr I get a month....This whole experience has left me frustrated, angry and very disappointed..So much for my dream job...THIS is a joke! Someone needs to let Corporate know th ere's favoritism and so on!!! Please t hink twice about working for Ulta Beauty...I've never seen a company operate this way. BTW, there are now 3 managers who have quit Ulta since opening...Gee, I wonder why???
- 1 Post. Joined 2/2012
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I would expect that opening a new store would be hard but if there is a strong leader they should control all of the chaos.
I have been looking at several positions in Ulta and had a phone interview and all went well. Just waiting for the date to have the face to face. I am sure that all stores have downfalls its retail right?
Are you still working there?
it depends, but i think it is. before they used to do shippments early in the morning from 6am but now they switched it to be done overnight once a week. during holidays it will be twice a week.
be ready there is a lot of physical work. carrying boxes, tons of boxes... not just that day but pretty much every day. also merch.manager is responsible for back room how it looks is it organized and clean etc. when you are not doing merch. you will be manager on the floor, responsible for customer service. also you will be stuck a lot on the register
I am a short-time lurker, and this is my first post. A new Ulta is opening up in my area (Southern California). Before applying I started researching Ulta on the internet and came across this forum. I want to say thank you to everyone that contributed about their experiences with this company.
I have been hired as a part time Prestige Consultant and they are starting me at $11/hour. The general manager has told me that I can expect 15-20 hours a week. :) Tomorrow is orientation. The store is not even open yet. They are holding orientation on Wednesday and Thursday. From Friday to Tuesday, we will be setting up the store. The following Wednesday will be our grand opening.
Thank you everyone again. I'll keep you posted about my experience with Ulta.
Ok! So to anyone who is interested in working for Ulta, here is some up to date info for you.
I had a group 8-hour (paid) orientation on Wednesday. The general manager, assistant manager, and Prestige manager all took turns hosting the orientation. They were friendly, upbeat, encouraged interaction and gave out candy every time we got orientation questions right. We took a half hour lunch break half way through. This allowed everyone to scatter and bond with their new coworkers. Of all the jobs I've had in the past, this has by far been the funnest and most engaging orientation ever. During the orientation, each of us were entered in the computer system one-by-one in order to set up payroll, tax and login/logout information.
I was scheduled to work the next day to help set up the store. I ended up working 6 1/2 hours. The day before I received 7 1/2 paid orientation hours. So all together I "worked" 14 hours plus one total hour for lunch this week. Our location is not open yet, so considering that they were already able to fulfill their guarantee of scheduling me for 15-20 hours each week is pretty impressive.
I am off until Tuesday of this coming week. I was scheduled for 4 days (a total of 27.5 hours!), but I had to cancel one day, because it conflicts with my school schedule. However, I will still be working 20.5 hours. They have also told us honestly that our productivity depends on how often we will be scheduled. I like knowing that we actually have a little bit of "control" in deciding how much we get to work. If we show up on time, offer awesome customer service and make our sales goals, we'll get lots of hours. If not, then not. I think that is fair.
Their payroll operates on a bi-weekly payout schedule. Pay day is every other Friday. Our very first pay will be in the form of a check. After that we have to decide between direct deposit or a prepaid debit card. I'm more of a direct deposit girl, personally. ;)
Our store is supposed to do a "soft opening" on Wednesday. Our grand opening will be the next week on Friday - our first pay day! Also the week after next is when cosmetic vendors are supposed to come in to train us on their products. The only one I can remember who will be coming is Philosophy. I'll keep you posted on those and how much gratis we receive.
Can't wait to actually get started on on product training and working when the store is open.
- 4 Posts. Joined 3/2012
- Location: Denver, CO
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Ulta pays just about the same as victorias secret around 9 for prestige and 8 for the cashiers. If you wanna work there I suggest applying for a prestige position because they are paid higher and are trained in all the professional skin care and cosmetics. If you are a cashier you dont do anything but stay at the cash register and help people in mass market products with mac or a high end counter wont really look at as "experience" As far as benefits prestige gets gratis on some new products that come out which is good if you are just starting to build your kit. Hopes that helps!