Bella Pictures Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
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  1. Develop new market, promote and sell line of pretty handmade jewels.

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Alpharetta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Alpharetta, GA

    I worked at Bella Pictures part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible hours and lots of exposure/Very dynamic environment.

    Cons

    A market competitive market with very small profit margin.

  2. Easy place to work because of the great coworkers.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bella Pictures full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers and CTO were a pleasure to work with. Had a great work/life balance and the compensation wasn't too shabby.

    Cons

    Did not manage money (investments) well. Resulted in business going under.

  3. This company had a lot of promised, but failed a lot of its employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bella Pictures full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good company culture in the beginning stages of the business

    Cons

    Horrible executive management at the end stages of this company

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  5. So sad it's over...

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    Former Employee - Busy Worker in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Busy Worker in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bella Pictures full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people- dedicated, smart, customer-focused.
    We were turning it around and making it work!

    Cons

    CPI bought Bella and ran out of $- Bella was the victim of their financial situation.

  6. great place to work at for wedding industry

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bella Pictures full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    talented people & good product.

    Cons

    great company until CPI acquird 2011.

    Advice to Management

    great place to work

  7. Bella Pictures - Great People & misguided management

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    Former Employee - Photographer & Photo Coach in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Photographer & Photo Coach in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Bella Pictures full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the most talented people in the wedding event photography business that one could ever hope to work with

    Cons

    In my opinion, a senior management staff with some key stakeholders who had an archaic business model and attitude and who chose not to acknowledge the importance of adapting to a radically changing industry that would have allowed them to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the soldiers in the trenches, who have a pulse on what's happening in real time. Stick to a plan long enough to actually test its viability before changing or eliminating it. Respect the talent you have access to and communicate openly and honestly like you claim you do.

  8. A fun, learning environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bella Pictures

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The people and the passion: we cover weddings, one of the most important days of our clients lives! We have to be great at what we do and we are passionate about being so!

    Cons

    The benefits package could be better, it is just alright. The work environment is a changeable one, not necessarily a "con" but you do have to be adaptable to work well within our team.

  9. Great environment, great people, constant change and growth keeps work interesting.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Bella Pictures

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    I've been with this company for several years. Some of what has been posted about the constant change by other reviewers is true however I see that as a benefit of working for this company. We are constantly pushing, constantly growing, and always adapting and that keeps my job interesting. I love that I'm not doing the same thing I was doing 3 years ago and that management is not only open to change but embraces it. I really enjoy my job and especially love working with the people on my team.

    Cons

    As some others have mentioned the benefits have not always been the best, especially if you don't work out of CA in the home office but we just switched benefits providers and for the first time I have a lot of options in the Midwest for health care so things are definitely looking up.

  10. Overall a great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bella Pictures

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Bella management is passionate about this company and its employees. The service and product we provide clients is once in a lifetime, and for this, the work is fulfilling. Our community of photographers is the best of the best, and overall the entire team of employees is filled with creativity. Colleagues are respectful and a pleasure to work with.

    Cons

    The pay is not comparable to that of similar positions in San Francisco. Health and benefit package is extremely basic. There seems to be a disconnect at times between the San Francisco office and the parent company, based out of St. Louis. Management does well communicating things, however, it can be challenging to get information from the appropriate departments in St. Louis (i.e. HR / benefits department).

    Advice to Management

    Provide yearly bonus opportunities to employees. Have monthly social gatherings to celebrate birthdays of the month, and recognize employee anniversaries.

  11. Creative Environment with a Focus on Great Client Experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Bella Pictures

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    The Bella Pictures office is situated in an office with a million-dollar view of downtown San Francisco. Most of my coworkers are creative, intelligent, and very hardworking, so it's great to be surrounded by passionate folks. The environment is laid-back overall and I enjoy being able to dress casually for work.

    Cons

    The benefits package (401k, health, commuter, etc.) is acceptable, but not great by San Francisco standards. It's a little hard to get processes and procedures to change sometimes (Bella Pictures is not a start-up anymore).

    Advice to Management

    I would advise keeping things simple and sticking with the basics: hire excellent photographers and promote stellar client experience all throughout the company and the rest will follow.

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