CPI (Missouri)

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CPI (Missouri) Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
53 Reviews
2.2
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great People to work with at the Studio level (in 4 reviews)

  • Flexible schedule, building good relationship with regular customers (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • HR discounts any problems employees have with upper management sweeps everything under the rug (in 7 reviews)

  • as district manager over 9 studios area i did the hiring and training of all employees (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Assistant Manager

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very busy all the time, great training program. Quality product for the price.

    Cons

    To many blind eyes. Had proof of Manager stealing and giving portraits away. District manager did nothing so 5 people quit that day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not surprising they went out of business, and the sudden no notice just confirms how they ran the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    terrible

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    Former Employee - District Manager in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - District Manager in Miami, FL

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    none, company did nothing for its employees

    Cons

    everything, every time we turned around there was another terrible idea generated by the idiots in the big office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none obviously cause the company closed. hmm wonder why.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Studio Manager

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    Former Employee - Studio Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Studio Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very busy job, exciting, sales opportunities, great team

    Cons

    The upper management was so out of touch with what was happening in the studios. They we not in touch with their customers and scared them away with the package prices and sales pitch

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    It was decent

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CPI (Missouri)

    Pros

    If you like taking pictures it would have been the place for you.

    Cons

    They expect perfection from Kids, and Parents want personality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't close

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    It was a bittersweet experience.

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    Former Employee - District Manager in Port Arthur, TX
    Former Employee - District Manager in Port Arthur, TX

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    working with people to catch and preserve that special moment in their lives.

    Cons

    getting upper level management to listen to those in the field as to what 's going on and not micromanage so much

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    practice the concepts of the management training program it had all it's District managers and up take and not disregard them in favor of their own personal views.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent company

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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Account Executive in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Product was good and the marketing tools were decent. The idea was good and creative and worked well in the marketplace.

    Cons

    The product could not be produced fast enough to keep up with demand. The labs should have been staffed to produce the product for the clients.It was a very fast start up without much thought put into the division prior to it being launched. More planning would have made a a more successful company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needed more training to train their employees on sales

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    Bankruptcy

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CPI (Missouri)

    Pros

    It was a great company but needed to make changes quickly.

    Cons

    Didn't set up a realignment quick enough to save the company

  9.  

    I loved giving people a great product that would create a life time of memories.

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    Former Employee - Didital Imaging Specialist, Soft Proofer in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Didital Imaging Specialist, Soft Proofer in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The upper management cared about there employees.

    Cons

    Sticking with the company we all loved so much, when we learned that CPI wasn't doing so well, and to watch it go into bankruptcy was very sad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have no advice to management. I hope to think they did the best job they could.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Aggressive sales ,uncaring company ,does not support field photographers or DM's

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    Current Employee - DSM
    Current Employee - DSM

    I have been working at CPI (Missouri) full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Taking pictures of babies first moments

    Cons

    HR discounts any problems employees have with upper management sweeps everything under the rug.Boys club mentality Bro's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your eyes to regional manager's who bully DMs

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    CPI was a great company to work for while it lasted.

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great coworkers
    Good company to work for
    Salary was average

    Cons

    CEO was into wasteful spending
    Caused company to go bankrupt
    Several thousand employees lost their jobs

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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