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    Church Directory Portrait Consultant

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    Former Employee - Portrait Consultant - Church Directory Division in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Portrait Consultant - Church Directory Division in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Olan Mills full-time (more than 3 years)


    Good earnings opportunity, good quality products, work with a small team at each location, supervision is not overwhelming -- do a good job, get paid well. Selling to families, overall, most people are very nice and appreciative of the service offered. Pleasant atmosphere, no prospecting.


    Lots of travel (which could be pro or con), sometimes work 6 days a week, often on the road, working in churches can be lovely, or sometimes a bit tough, depending on the church members.

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    No advice -- I worked for this company twice and would consider working for them again when I am willing to travel more.

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Olan Mills Interviews

Updated Dec 22, 2014
Updated Dec 22, 2014

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    Church Portrait Sales Interview Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through other source. The process took a dayinterviewed at Olan Mills.

    Interview Details

    I responded to a job posting. Having worked for the company about ten years earlier, I had a track record. I had kept documentation of my sales from then. An interview was arranged, and I took my stats with me to demonstrate my previous success in that position.

    Your schedule is usually for five or six days. I've heard of 7 day schedules, but I never had to work a Sunday. They send your schedule about two weeks in advance. Living in a metro area, I sometimes worked in town, or within 50 miles of home. Every month I had some days at home -- sometimes more in town than out.

    Of course, as in any job with a sales manager, your manager is compensated partly on the success of his team. I was never pounded to make a quota because it wasn't difficult to make the average sales expected. If you learn the product, the process and basic good manners and sales technique, and REMAIN CONSISTENT (don't work hard one day and then be sloppy or lazy the next), you should be able to make a good living in this position.

    The product is good quality, they provide a service to churches and to their members. Many people would never have portraits done otherwise. And their customer service was excellent also. If I could travel frequently, I would be willing to work for them again.

    This company treated me fairly. When I had a serious family health emergency and had to take a leave of absence, they were very nice to me and after an absence of several months, I was offered my job back.

    Interview Questions
    • Nothing tricky -- are you free to travel, here's the pay structure, here are the hours, does that work for you.   Answer Question
    Negotiation Details
    No negotiations. They pay a set amount per day, plus commission or bonus on sales. They pay your auto mileage, and reimburse your lodging up to a certain amount. If you're in an area with higher hotel rates, you can let them know and they will reimburse the higher rate, but that never happened to me, because the lodging amount was very reasonable.

    I guess the per day rate may have been a draw against commissions, but it was never an issue for me because it's about averages. Yes, you could have a bad day or two, but if you do your job consistently, you should be able to have a few good days and exceed the expectation. I was on track to make over $50K in my last year. And that's not pressuring, just explaining the options, and giving people an opportunity to buy if they want.

    This is a great job for night owls because you work afternoons and evenings. You work with nice people in a good environment. If you do your job well and have good ethics, you shouldn't have intense supervision or scrutiny.
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

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Website www.olanmills.com
Headquarters Chattanooga, TN
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1932
Type Company - Private
Industry Arts, Entertainment & Recreation
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year

The picture is clear for Olan Mills, America's leading producer of family portraits, with hundreds of photo studios across the US. The company operates through two divisions: Church Directories (its top revenue generator, with about 60% of the national market) and Studio Portrait (featuring several hundred studios in Kmart, Belk, Macy's, and other major retailers in the US and Puerto Rico). The company serves 11,000 churches and publishes more than 3 million church directories each year. Founded in 1932 by Olan and Mary Mills, the company was owned by their son, Olan Mills... More

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