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Great people, great place.

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Current Employee - District Manager  in  Nashville, TN
Current Employee - District Manager in Nashville, TN

I have been working at CPI (Missouri) as a contractor for more than 5 years

Pros

Wonderful and loyal employees and supervisors. Being a part of offering a stopped moment in time. Customers are generally very grateful for great photos.

Cons

With the economy and an increase of piracy along with the craze of "Fauxtographers" we've seen a decrease in sales.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Please keep us open! :-)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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    Thou Shall not Bear False Witness

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    Former Employee - Studio Manager  in  Port Charlotte, FL
    Former Employee - Studio Manager in Port Charlotte, FL

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

    Pros

    Depending on your management team you will get quality training and have a lot of fun at work. If you aren't a seasonal employee you will get to know your customers and watch their families grow and grow up. You will come to see your customers as friends. The amount of turnover makes it easy to move up quickly to management. A great first-time job for the 18+ crowd to get your feet wet in sales and retail. I personally had an amazing district manager and worked in a district where every manager worked together to help one another. National events made work a lot more fun. The opportunity to dress up at work on holidays and during special events. Very flexible schedule for sales people (not so much for managers). Vacation benefits were nice, and health and 401(k) available to full timers (see below).

    Cons

    Disparaging corporate management, made clear by the company's downfall. Marketing geared towards ensuring the failure of people "at the bottom." Lack of communication between corporate and studio-level employees. Outright lies being fed to employees with regards to the company's health, to include furloughing district managers, the entirety of the lab directly after Christmas, and the laying off of over 100 regional and district managers in a two-year period - many of which made the company more money than they were being paid. The failure of the company to pay off debt lead to the only profitable brand having their host store refuse a renewal of contract because the host company did not want their customers to experience that of Kiddie Kandids cir. 2010. Employee turnover was a serious issue when the job "didn't meet their expectations" despite being told during the interviewing process that this isn't an easy job and it's not for everybody. Managers could not have a flexible schedule, making them miss out on many holidays with their families (especially those that live out of state.) During my last month with the company I was cut from 70 to 26 hours with one of the two studios I managed being closed down. They did this company wide, most likely to ensure no one has full time so no one can claim benefits. Because the company operates under brand names, it's easy for them to hide their current failings from their loyal customers and the general public. The company is currently seeking buyers and has $97.4 MILLION in unpaid debt that it cannot repay at this time. (This is all public information that can be found on the internet and is not protected information.)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You might at well sell your assets while you still can and get out. At this point, firing everyone in corporate and hiring new people with better ideas won't save you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Awful! company to work for!

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    Former Employee - Studio Photographer  in  Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Studio Photographer in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    During the holiday rush you can get decent hours but expect to be at work all day

    Cons

    - Equipment is old, breaks all the time.
    - Studios are dirty and mismanaged.
    - Everything has to go thou corporate.
    - Sometimes you wont get paid on time.
    - Stuck in the 90s, backgrounds are old, no use of technology.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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