At Sephora US, 87 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1056 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 2.44. It was published on Oct 13, 2016. 34531 Visitors

What Employees Say

When I look at what we accomplish, I feel a sense of pride.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
People care about each other here.
I can be myself around here.
I believe management would lay people off only as a last resort.

What They Do

We asked Sephora US to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

Sephora is a global prestige beauty retailer committed to putting our client first--always. We are able to teach, inspire, and play with our U.S. clients through 400 stores, nearly 500 Sephora Inside JCPenney boutiques, and an award-winning website and mobile app. 

About this Company

Website: Industry: Retail
US Headquarters: San Francisco, California US Employees: 16,151
Employees Worldwide: 30,000 Corporate Structure: Private
Founded: 1970

Sephora US has been awarded:

Best Workplaces for Women 2017 (ranked 29)

Sephora University

Perks and Programs

We asked Sephora US to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Sephora Stands Together: Sephora Stands Together provides short-term assistance to Sephora employees facing financial hardship caused by natural disaster, family emergency, and other unexpected events. Grant amounts vary based on the nature of the event and related expenses. These grants are not loans and do not have to be repaid. After a disaster, grants may be provided to employees for basic expenses, such as temporary shelter, clothing, food, transportation expenses, and other necessities that are not immediately provided by emergency community services or insurance. We are a Sephora family and we stand together in times of need. Employees can donate to this fund (or any charity of their choice) and Sephora will match the donation dollar for dollar, up to $5,000 per year.
  • Classes for Confidence: We stand with those facing major life transitions. This program provides free, specialized beauty classes, beginning with women re-entering the workforce. We are also piloting a class for women who have undergone cancer treatment. In our first year, we have held more than 200 classes with 2,000 women. We aim to inspire confidence in 100,000 women by the end of 2020 through these special classes.
  • Sephora Accelerate: Even in the beauty industry, where most customers are women, female founders are still underrepresented. We see a unique opportunity to draw from our history of working with entrepreneurs to build a supportive community for early-stage female founders. Through bootcamps, mentorship, and funding we’re aiming to build an ecosystem of support for more than 50 women-led beauty businesses with a social impact by 2020.
  • Innovation Lab: The Innovation Lab team was built to test new technologies that is then implemented in stores, online and within our app. But with a history of disruption, Sephora nurtures innovation at every level. "Idea Central" is a program by the Innovation Lab that allows ALL employees to submit their ideas; peers then vote ideas "up" or "down." Highest ranking votes are submitted to the responsible department to test and innovate -- and many are executed. Those that submit the top ideas win contests, like cocktails with our CEO! At the corporate office in San Francisco, employees can sign up to attend half-day Hackathons and tackle a current business challenge the company is facing or apply to be on our prestigious "Think Tank" team.
  • Sephora University: As a company, Sephora heavily invests in the training and development of our employees—both in job training/product knowledge and in career development. In our stores, every shift begins with a “Daily Dose” of training and every single employee has a tailored development plan with actionable items to help them get to the next step in their career. For corporate employees, we plan development weeks several times a year called “Careerfest” to encourage employees to take a free class provided by Sephora University or to set aside time for their personal development. And every single employee has a people-related objective in their annual review.
  • Shared Rewards: Sephora is unique in our industry because every single employee is bonus eligible—from seasonal hires to our CEO, with a track record of bonuses paying out more often than not over the last 16 years. Moreover, our retail employees are not paid on commission, which allows for greater trust between our employees and our clients (we’ll never push a product that isn’t right just because we want the sale). Our store employees work as a team and receive cash bonuses based on the entire store’s sales.
  • Family Planning: Sephora's robust medical plans include adoption support, fertility benefits, and family leave not only for new moms, but for fathers and domestic partners as well. Each floor at Sephora is equipped with a Mother's Room for new moms, and we provide each new mom a hospital-grade nursing pump.
  • Summer Fridays: Employees in our Field Support Center (corporate office) are encouraged to enjoy summers in the Bay Area and get an early start to the weekend from Memorial Day through Labor Day. By working an hour longer Monday through Thursday, employees can leave at 1 P.M. on Fridays to enjoy the San Francisco sunshine.
  • Surprise and Delight: Sephora hosts monthly ‘Play Days’ where corporate employees are invited to take time out of their day to play with the latest products and experiment with the hottest trends that are currently in store. Whether it’s learning how to achieve the perfect bold lip or playing around with the latest highlighters and illuminators (and then getting to take product home!), it’s a fun way to disconnect from meetings and emails for a bit while becoming more connected to what is happening in store. Additionally, there are several ‘surprise’ celebrations that happen throughout the year. On National Donut Day, for example, we brought in donut carts where employees could DIY their own donut breakfast.
  • That Extra Sparkle: On top of a year-round merchandise discount, Sephora employees receive free product (frequently called “gratis”) from our brand partners as a token of appreciation. Our cast members (store employees) also receive gratis for training purposes throughout the year. Our sister brands under our parent company, LVMH, also offer our employees occasional discounts throughout the year, such as Marc Jacobs sample sale, Benefit Cosmetics brow services, and Domaine Chandon wine tastings.


100% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 4% of an employee's salary75% Company-paid health coverage for employees (Full-time and part-time partial (24+ hours))
75% Company-paid health coverage for dependents (Full time and part time partial (24+ hours)) 75% Company-paid health coverage for part-timers
24 hours Weekly hours required for part-timers to receive health insurance


  • 401(k)
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free beverages during the day
  • Massage therapy
  • Fitness classes
  • Dry cleaning
  • Subsidized public transportation
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Convenience store
  • Banking
Sephora Pride Parade


Set days Paid time off after one year of full-time employment


  • Flexible schedule (5% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (1% use it)
  • Telecommute option (4% use it)


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative
  • Elder care resources


  • Medical care
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments
  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)


  • Flu shots
  • Fitness center (only at headquarters)


  • Formal programs support professional development for: Women
  • Married employees in same-sex or heterosexual relationships receive the same benefits
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave

Executive Diversity

Michigan Avenue Opening


Creative/Marketing Team

How to Get Hired

We asked Sephora US for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

Sephora looks for team members who demonstrate our values of Innovation, Respect, Teamwork, Initiative, Expertise, Passion, and Balance. When we meet candidates, whether for a role in stores, in Finance or in Digital, we want to hear that they’re obsessed with delivering an exceptional experience to our clients. It doesn’t mean they have to be a beauty junky, but it does mean they place a supreme value on going above and beyond for our client. For the leading retailer in the prestige beauty space, we’re surprisingly similar to a start-up in how fast we operate and feel. We’re looking for team members who will embrace this entrepreneurial culture and thrive in it by demonstrating ways they’ve been nimble, quick learners with an eye for how to always keep innovating.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

We're fortunate to receive many applications from interested candidates. For all openings, we also encourage creative, targeted messaging to store leaders or the recruiting team to stand out from the pack – we are always actively engaging on LinkedIn. Recently, we hired a candidate who applied to a corporate role by mailing a recruiter an amazing pictorial resume of her qualified skills and all of the reasons she loved Sephora. She even showed how the décor of her apartment embodied our brand with black and white striped walls, while still focusing on her professional skills and qualifications. We appreciate persistence and encourage candidates to never give up, even if the job they originally applied to didn’t work out.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We're always looking for passionate, talented people. This year, we’re looking to increase the number of skincare experts we hire. Sephora has always been known as a place to build a career in Makeup and Artistry, but we’re doubling down in the skincare category and looking for experienced retail leaders with a passion for skincare or former aestheticians who have an interest in retail. Additionally, we’re always looking for strong merchants and digital/technical talent to join us in our Field Support Center (corporate office).

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Visit to join our Talent Community and receive tailored emails about opportunities you're interested in. Our careers site also has content and videos to show what it's like to work in each department, including executive team bios to learn more about our leadership. We also encourage interested candidates to read reviews from current and former employees as well as from candidates who have recently gone through the interview process on sites like Glassdoor.

hiring Outlook

5,000 Job openings forecast for coming year 15% Job Growth
130 Average applicants per opening 757,224 Applications received
1,500 Positions filled in past year 147 New positions created
704 Jobs filled by current employees Yes Recruits on college campuses
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

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