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Careers / Atelier Prote’ge’ Academy

Join Atelier’s family of talent and team spirit. We’re a fast-growing company, offering a wonderful working environment with competitive pay and benefits.

Our Careers and our Culture

At Atelier, we feel passionate about our industry and our craft. We believe that education keeps us on top, and that teamwork is more fun than working alone. Our motto, “Be Inspired”, guides us daily, whether it’s creating new ideas for services, to working alongside creative artists—it’s our mantra every day. We offer our guests a team environment, where they have the ultimate freedom of choice. Our talented artists leave their egos at the door and each one auditions for a position at Atelier. We accomodate the guests’ schedule, for the ultimate in customer service. This is the new standard, it’s what brings clients back to Atelier again and again.

Located at Santana Row, the South Bay’s most unique urban neighborhood, where shopping on the street mixes with luxury lofts, villas, and townhomes, Atelier is in good company. Everything from Gucci to Urban Outfitters, Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant to Blowfish Sushi makes this community desirable. From the busy walk-in traffic, to Atelier’s exposure through local media and our involvement in major fashion shows and charitable work, there’s a reason we’re the most popular salon in the South Bay.

Atelier’s Awards include:
Salon Today magazine’s Top 200 list, 8 years
2008 Global Salon Business Award for Client Philosophy, Marketing, and Promotion awarded by the UCLA Anderson School of Business
2011 North American Hairstyling Association’s Salon Master of Business Award

Atelier offers an amazing package of outstanding benefits, such as:

Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance Co-op
401(k) with 3% company match
Generous employee discount on products & services
Co-op Education
Flexible schedules
Merchant discounts at Santana Row merchants
Ample and secure employee parking
Free parking for our guests
High-traffic and high visibility location at Santana Row
Award-winning Marketing, including web-based support
Social networking consumer outreach
Consistent coaching and support to success
Direct deposit and auto-debit for AFLAC
Paid time off
Access to Aveda certification programs
Participation opportunities in special events like fashion shows, photo shoots and charity events
Atelier Protégé Academy for qualified cosmetologists
Experienced Leadership
Partnership with the globally recognized AVEDA brand

At Atelier, our hair artists and estheticians get the “rock star” treatment, and have opportunities for unlimited growth and career paths such as in-salon coach and management. Being a part of a 5-star team of professionals has its perks–fashion shows and photo shoots are how we flex our creative muscles so we can be strong artists for our amazing salon and spa guests. Atelier is exclusively Aveda, meaning we use their professional products for our services, and we even offer our team a co-op on their advanced education, which keeps our skills top-notch.

Become a part of the Bay Area’s fastest growing salon brand. Applications for all positions are always welcome, fill out our online application and submit to be considered.


  • Experienced hairstylist
  • Guest Service Coordinator
  • Aveda Advisor/Retail Specialist

Atelier Employment Application


The Acclaimed Atelier Prote’ge’ Program

The Atelier Protégé is an essential facet of Atelier.

The word, Prote’ge’, means, “one under the care and protection of another.” We take that to heart, by caring for the development of the education of our new generation, and protecting the culture that keeps us strong and deeply passionate about our craft.

Atelier’s commitment to improving the beauty industry, one hair artist at a time, is best demonstrated through the Atelier® Prote’ge’ program.

This comprehensive, 24-month program develops incredible technical skills, strong customer service vision, and excellent product recommendation abilities. This program is unique in its comprehensive, organized curriculum created by Atelier Master Artist and founder, Karie Bennett, who draws on over 30 years of experience and education. Atelier Protégés are fully licensed cosmetologists who assist the Atelier artists during the week and receive a mix of hands-on and theory time taught by Atelier coaches, the salon owner, and Aveda certification classes. Appointments are taken for live models and include a thorough consultation, a finished style and complimentary makeup touchup, all for a very reasonable cost to the model.

Protégés ‘test out’ their technical skills on class models throughout the program. In the end, the Prote’ge’ has an opportunity to audition for a position as an Atelier Artist. At that time, a new Atelier star is born!

As a model, we ask that you keep an open mind and remember that this is a learning environment.  This is an amazing opportunity for you to watch the architecture of a haircut, the creation of a custom-blended color formula, or find out how face shapes and haircuts come together to balance perfectly. Your participation is essential for these passionate artists to hone their craft. Your appointment may last from 2-4 hours depending on the class module. The students are licensed cosmetologists and many of them have already worked in salons. They have made a commitment to take their skills to the next level.

Model color appointments have a fee associated with each service. Each appointment has a limited time component, so starting on time is important. If we need to reschedule your appointment for any reason, we will happily accommodate you at the next available class, please just give us 24 hours notice so we may find a substitute model.

Extra long and/or extra thick hair may incur a supplementary color charge. We will give you a quote prior to starting the service.

Classes are held on Mondays from 9 am to 2 pm.

Call to inquire about our upcoming classes: 408-244-4222
or become a fan of our Facebook page to stay in the loop on our class calendar.


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