Calumet Photographic

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Calumet Photographic Reviews

Updated December 29, 2014
Updated December 29, 2014
28 Reviews
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  1.  

    Downward Spiral.

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    Former Employee - General Manager
    Former Employee - General Manager

    I worked at Calumet Photographic

    Pros

    They were an established company with the attitude of a huge corporation. We- our bankrupted company- was immediately taken in, trained, and entrusted with product. It felt like someone believed in us again. Was introduced to and worked with some of the best people ever.

    Cons

    They had too many supervisors. There was also a separation of new management and older management. Salaries were realigned 2 weeks before Christmas; leftover vacation days were dropped at year-end, as opposed to being cashed in, as originally promised. Inventory wasn't being shipped to stores, and then employees with seniority were being fired.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't fire your most knowledgable staff to save some money. Listen to what they have to say. Consider the whole picture before it gets to the point of bankruptcy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Sales

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    Former Employee - Sales
    Former Employee - Sales

    I worked at Calumet Photographic

    Pros

    Good discount and good customers

    Cons

    Bad management leading to bankruptcy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Store being retail and go for the pros. Too much politics and not enough reality about the current market. People just worked there so long they don't understand the new retail environment and really lack creativity to market to the new customers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Painfully sucked the life out of me, one day at a time!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Calumet Photographic full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A long, proud, 75 year history of providing value & service to the photographic community. Had the opportunity to work with some of the greatest staff and customers in the industry.

    Cons

    What happens when you combine the pizza business with a president that knew nothing about retail over the last few years???

    Chapter 7 Bankruptcy! Try selling from an empty cart for a few years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just pay the money you owe your employees & ride off into the sunset never to be seen or heard again.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    BAD MANAGEMENT DOOMS GREAT CAMERA COMPANY

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Calumet Photographic full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Discounts, talking to people who enjoy Photography, Great coworkers who understand and helps with daily stress.

    Cons

    People who shouldn't do any photography pretending to know being able to do photography taking up our time which could have been spent real professionals who came to seriously ask for help and advise and who actually support the company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit being Ritz Camera. This was a pro Store and not a cheap Ritz. Former Ritz managers never understood that you can't be everything to all people. Choose the side that supported you throughout the years who come back again and again instead of the Walmart customers who waste time and never buy anything.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would not work for the same management team again.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at Calumet Photographic full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great staff and customers. Good networking possibilities. When the product was available, times were great for everyone. Was excited when I was taken on by Calumet after Penn Camera folded, great product selection.

    Cons

    Where does one start after the company folded? Commissions were a moving target on how they were paid. Add to that in the end of days (year) for the company product that was needed was not in stock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a tough one to answer. Key is for any future for CalPhotoUS is run things how you would like to be treated. Don't push warranties or 1-ON-1 training. Your staff's reputation is on the line.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Calumet closed all stores - Files Bankruptcy 3/12/14

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Escondido, CA
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Escondido, CA

    I worked at Calumet Photographic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good employees. Good customers. Had a good reputation.

    Cons

    Bad management followed by more bad management. No wonder the company failed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It doesn't really matter now, but it use to be a great place to work. It's unforante that the mgmt never listened to the ee on the front lines on what customers wanted. They always purchased things that were not going to sell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    They treat thier employees rotton

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calumet Photographic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with all the great employees

    Cons

    You have to work the company way

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get out

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Long suffering

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oakbrook Ter, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Oakbrook Ter, IL

    I worked at Calumet Photographic full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Electronics is a hard business to stay profitable in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Skip the big name brands and get more profitable items to sell.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Doing business as in the stone ages, not being cognizant of current business climate to allow for a directional change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Management
    Current Employee - Management

    I have been working at Calumet Photographic (more than a year)

    Pros

    Excellent, knowledgeable staff, dedicated on levels to make the company succeed, able to balance customer service whether in retail, educational, corporate or government.

    Cons

    Never had merchandise to supply for orders, always had excuses, never paid bills, purchased far to many brick & mortar, the beginning of the end! One needs inventory to make sales, was consistently in short supply. High turn of store managers everywhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what is trending, seek the markets where the money..Online purchasing, government backed entities, if company will fold very soon!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Challenging industry in challenging times

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Calumet Photographic full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Many good people and interesting if you are a photo enthusiast.

    Cons

    Since 2008 retail photo industry has not been much fun. Not only challenging economy but 3 natural disasters in 2 years affected supply.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ownership and management need to hit the reset button to see if it can help fill the void from the businesses that have left over the years.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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