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School "Photographer"

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Current Employee - Photographer - School
Current Employee - Photographer - School

I have been working at Lifetouch part-time

Pros

If you aren't a professional photographer (minimum skills needed to start) and don't mind flashing lights in the eyes of cranky staff/students at 7am then this is the job for you.
Paid .30/mi and minimum wage/hr for all the obscene amounts of traveling required.

Cons

Position is mostly a Customer Service job with lots of driving, lifting, standing and talking.
Required to wake up 3am-5am and travel 100miles 3-4 days of the week to get there early and set-up daily. (Talk about car wear and tear!)
Lifted heavy equipment out of car and up school steps (about 150lbs in separate cases) Start AND End of the day. at least there was a cart...sometimes.
Dealt with CRANKY people all day trying to convince them to smile! and bear flashing lights in their eyes. Definitely helped me with building patience.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Better benefits/ higher hourly pay for all the physical strain of the position.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Lifetouch

  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Should be a great company, but....

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    Current Employee - Human Resources  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Eden Prairie, MN

    I have been working at Lifetouch full-time

    Pros

    The pro that sells many on the opportunity is the employee-ownership, and potential retirement funds contributed fully by the ESOP. There are a lot of really great and talented people who care a lot in the organization, and do their best to contribute. Fantastic all-company meetings that make you feel a part of the big picture. Selling photography is a fun thing to sell and something that you can feel proud of. Internal growth opportunity. Decent work life balance - better than I had at my last company, but its old school culture here. Working harder, not smarter gets rewarded and promoted.

    Cons

    The antiquated and overly conservative company culture and resources. All white male board of directors should tell you enough. Leadership is not visionary and the company innovation and resources are severely lagging where the industry has gone. Long term viability of the portrait division looks bleak in offerings. Many of the employees do not even want to buy the product. The company does not invest money to make money, and continually asks the field photographers and leaders to do more with less, and expects growth in results. When our offerings and quality to the customer are less and less, why would they spend more? Compensation and benefits in the portrait studio company is lower than market. Benefits are average to poor. Executive leadership makes decisions in a vacuum and does nothing to break down communication silos and the "us" and "them" mentality. The culture is poor, morale is poor. People do not have a good understanding of other roles and departments within the organization - leadership does a poor job of helping everyone understand their piece in the puzzle, and where their accountabilities lie.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest some money into efficiency consulting - if you embraced forward and big picture thinking, you just might be able to save your jobs and the company. Do what you've always done, and the company will not survive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Steak or Hot Dogs

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    Current Employee - PSS  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - PSS in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Lifetouch full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Not many pros about this job.

    Cons

    Never know if you'll make enough to eat, let alone pay bills

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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