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Lack of direction and decision making. Poor and rude management

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Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

I worked at Getty Images full-time (less than a year)

Pros

There are very few.
1. The casual dress code
2. 25 cent soda in the New York office

Cons

The expectations weren't properly explained from the beginning of my employment there, despite asking all the relevant questions during all of my interviews (i.e. work-life balance, travel, any requirements about hours, etc). There is a lot of back stabbing and rumor mills. They pride themselves on being "cool" but then the overly social atmosphere makes it very difficult to get work done during business hours. There is very little documentation for projects (if any) and therefore, no change management when the entire direction is modified. There's way too much play and not enough work, unless you're willing to work from 8am-6pm without lunch. For a larger, global organization, there are WAY too many hourly employees. More than I've seen anywhere. So, as a result, they treat salaried employers as hourly ones and it's demeaning. It's a bit of a Mickey Mouse operation. Wasn't a good fit for me. There were also very different rules for everyone. Some people can work from home, others can't or are accused of "not being in the office enough" when there was a family situation. There's also not much weight put on performance reviews. Seems to be more of a formality than an exercise that will show your accomplishments and provide opportunity.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Make sure you clearly set expectations during interviews with potential employees. It also would be beneficial to treat all employees with a greater degree of respect. Focus more on working hard and less on playing hard. No one NEEDS a cocktail hour in the office on Fridays.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    I love the people I work with/for. If you are adverse to change, this is not the place for you.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at Getty Images full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Everyone is passionate about the work they do. It is rewarding to be surrounded by people who care so much. Having been here for as long as I have I expect things to change regulary and would think something was wrong if things got stagnant.

    Cons

    We are the global leader in digital media creation and licensing. Our office could use a makeover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. If there is a place to improve, it is with random acts of recognition.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Tries very hard to be good to employees

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    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Account Manager in New York, NY

    I have been working at Getty Images full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people at this company truly care about what they do, and are always thinking about how to positively change things as a whole. Being at the industry leader means that what we do here reflects on photography and licensing overall, and that is invigorating. Pay is fair (although varies widely by department), and there are many perks like tuition reimbursement, biannual parties, quartley/monthly contests, and they are very open to job relocation. Many employees have worked at several Getty offices, and people tend to stick around; quite a few of my coworkers have been with the company for over 10 years.

    Cons

    Being such a large company means that there is often way too much of an administrative burden on just about everything. What would take 5 minutes at a smaller company sometimes takes days here, and requires approval by several parties. Experiences vary depending on your local office. People seem happy in NY and LA, but colleagues in Seattle and Chicago have expressed differing opinions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Simplification is always a good idea.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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