Blacks Photography Reviews

Updated May 28, 2015
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  • Getting an all-inclusive cell phone plan through Telus for only (in 7 reviews)

  • Some of the perks include cheap photo printing and a great Ambassador's cell phone plan with Telus (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • people at head office are a joke (in 10 reviews)

  • There is a lot of information that staff are required to learn, but are paid the same as any minimum wage job (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Not bad as far as retail goes, but company seems to struggle

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

    I worked at Blacks Photography part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great co-workers and one of the best bosses I've ever had.

    Cons

    Company pushing cell phones and losing regular customers.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on cameras and photography equipment, lose the phones.


  2. sales

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Blacks Photography (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great work environment, has a great training program and product programs. also great benefits for full time staff

    Cons

    management needed better training ( I have worked in retail for over 10 years and some of the managers I have worked with should have never been given the position they were given There was catering to favorites which can happen in any job but in Black's it was especially bad. When telus bought them out, and started having us sell telus products when there was a telus store next door was a real problem (especially since we did not handle warenty or repair issues and had to send them next door. plus changin the focus from cameras to phones really killed the business as customers were confused to what we had become.


  3. Great company for photographers

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Blacks Photography

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Telus phone plan, Friendly staff and managers, Excellent customers to deal with

    Cons

    Low pay, Almost non-existent commission, No direction from upper management

    Advice to Management

    Since the Telus merger, Blacks has completely changed direction. There is less focus on photography which is a shame because it was definitely Canada's premier destination for printing services in the 90s into early 2000s.


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  5. Interesting...

    • Work/Life Balance
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Blacks Photography

    Pros

    Its apart of Telus. So if you're willing to invest sometime there's opportunities

    Cons

    Its all over the place. Budgets are insanely unrealistic. Little support from head office as its stretched resources way too thin

    Advice to Management

    Either invest in retaining good people.. Or close the doors.


  6. Very much a corporate retail, sales environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician, Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Lab Technician, Sales Associate

    I worked at Blacks Photography full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Cool staff members, getting to know the regular customers was fun, good discount on prints

    Cons

    VERY corporate minded Almost too sales oriented, staff are seen as NUMBERS on paper Measly discount on hardware

    Advice to Management

    Give more credit, appreciation, and incentives to your staff, the people who keep this company alive.


  7. Not for the money

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in London, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in London, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Blacks Photography part-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers who were nice to work with. Got me in the door to telus and it is very easy to move internally within the company.

    Cons

    No recognition. Old staff that is around for years holds the rest down. Large knowledge base you are expected to learn and know. No recognition for strong sales

    Advice to Management

    Pay adequately for sales and recognize employees. offer opportunities for employees it seemed like a dead end job that had to left to get advancement.


  8. Enjoyed my time there

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Retail Sales Associate

    I have been working at Blacks Photography part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great coworkers, overall fairly easy working environment aside from December.

    Cons

    Sometimes meeting sales targets was hard especially in summer months. Depends where the store is, I worked at a store in a mall with an older demographic so it we were fine, but I would understand other stores we're so lucky. Customers yelling over issues out of our control i.e. package damaged. It's unfortunate and I felt bad for the customers but really I couldn't do anything.


  9. Lots of opportunity for growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Blacks Photography full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Chance to shine Be part of a growing concept Amazing mentors and store level coaching They listen

    Cons

    Lots of mediocre sales people that complain about everything instead of pushing for more and creating excitement

    Advice to Management

    Open new positions for growth


  10. good people, great staff

    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Brampton, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Brampton, ON (Canada)

    I worked at Blacks Photography

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Management encourage play with camera equipment. Good benefits, good discount on cameras and other accessories.

    Cons

    Getting discounts can be a hassle sometimes. They have very little margin to play with when it comes to high-end consumer products. I mean, you could just buy a Canon Camera from Canon yourself. But…y'know


  11. Good place but can be better..

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate

    I have been working at Blacks Photography

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    people are very friendly, good environment, good employee recognition system

    Cons

    you really have to make your sales as they keep track of margins. If the store manager is all about making money, then he will push you to either make him money or leave.

    Advice to Management

    The quality of customer service is going down hill..fix it asap.



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