10 Reasons to Make a Smart Salon Career Move
10 Reasons to Make a Smart Salon Career Move

Why Ulta, why now? Joining the passionate professionals at the largest beauty retailer and fastest growing salon brand in the country could be your smartest career move.

1. Generous Benefits
Enjoy paid time off that provides vacation time, personal time, sick time and paid holidays. Get the security of health, dental and vision insurance and flex-spending accounts, plus life and disability insurance, supplemental insurance, tuition reimbursement and parental leave. Benefits are available to eligible associates, and begin on the first day of active employment.

2. Beauty Playground
Come play! Enjoy a 25% discount on all Ulta Beauty retail products and tools throughout the store (cosmetics, too!) and 50% off salon services.

3. Healthy Business
Ulta is the largest beauty retailer in the United States. In a shifting retail landscape, Wall Street and financial reporters have celebrated Ulta as uniquely successful, with strong stores and growth (averaging 100 new locations per year since 2012), a mix of prestige, salon and mass brands, online and e-commerce innovation, and its focus and investment in salon services and experiences. Ulta made the Fortune 500 list in 2018 and CEO Mary Dillon was named on Fortune’s Most Powerful Women list. As of July 2019, Ulta stock is reported to have grown 42% so far in 2019 (source: S&P Global Market intelligence).

4. Education Excellence
118 full-time technical educators deliver customized in-salon education every month to support all 8,000+ stylists and 1,000+ skin therapists on every beauty service—styling, cutting, color, texture, grooming and more—with monthly classes inside every salon. Ulta Beauty’s award-winning Pro Team and Design Team are hands-on partners in collaborating, enhancing and teaching the curriculum, too.

5. More Money, More Money!
Ulta Beauty offers a competitive, lucrative compensation structure. Take total control of your earning potential, regardless of title or experience. Every tier—Stylist, Master and Elite—can earn up to 70% commission, based on weekly sales.

6. Personal Support
Beauty skills and personal success are priority! Another 118 full-time Ulta business leaders come into the salon constantly to support professional development and business growth.

7. Culture Matters
In a 2018 survey commissioned by Ulta and executed by MODERN SALON Research, Ulta associates were asked to identify the advantages they experienced in working for Ulta Beauty. Salon professionals noted “the culture” along with benefits, career growth, education and environment. The October edition of insideLOOK will delve more into the power of culture at Ulta Beauty.

8. Extra Cash
Bonuses, incentives and benefits are the norm. New Ulta Beauty Stylists and Skin Therapists are eligible for a New Hire Performance Bonus of up to $5,000 after meeting certain performance criteria; all associates can earn quarterly team bonuses. Plus, Ulta offers a matching 401k program to help save for the future.

9. World’s Largest Waiting Room
Ulta’s assortment of 25,000 beauty products from 500 brands draws 33 million guests inside its 1,196 doors. All are primed to become your guests. Online and social media marketing and the Ultamate Rewards loyalty program also drive guests to your chair. Rewards members can even redeem points for services, and the professional receives full commission!

10. Award-Winning Artists and Influencers
With Nick Stenson, Ammon Carver, the ground-breaking Pro Team and a talented, ambitious Design Team crafting collections, competing and winning industry competitions, educating at top international trade shows, burning up social media and collaborating with salon industry and consumer press, the Salon at Ulta Beauty is an established beauty and trend leader. Aspiring associates are encouraged to share work, contribute and audition for education and team opportunities.


Check out the Salon at Ulta Beauty near you. Ask the salon manager for more info on local—and free!—Ulta Academy education and events. Apply at careers.ulta.com


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