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Getty Images Reviews

Updated November 14, 2014
Updated November 14, 2014
137 Reviews
3.3
137 Reviews
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Getty Images CEO and Director Jonathan D. Klein
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They encourage professional growth and a work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • You get to work with some great people (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • Lower-level decisions are frequently overridden by senior management, who may not be very competent in these matters (in 10 reviews)

  • snarky, two faced middle management and a mickey mouse club mentality (in 8 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great people, culture and leadership principles

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Good culture, benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Comp structure in sales is always changing.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A Bizarre Place to Work

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    • Career Opportunities
    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

    Located in a less-crowded area of New York City.

    Cons

    The CEO, an elderly Englishman (his ineptitude is bordering on comical; imagine John Cleese in the role) has been giving the same "stump speech" for years. It's along the lines of "imagery is a vital part of modern communication." This concept has been around for decades, and yet he presents it as though he
    just had lunch with Marshall McLuhan. This will give you an idea of where the company is, and where it's
    going.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Smarten up! And remember that saying you're truthful and transparent is not the same as being truthful and transparent.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Good culture, passionate employees, need to stop adding layers of upper management though

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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 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid benefits package and salary is adequate (but not great). Culture is relaxed, not too corporate feeling. Great office location, the office itself could use a serious facelift but its not terrible. Overall good place to work.

    Cons

    Not exactly leading edge when it comes to technology platforms or innovation. Budgets and resources are routinely taken away half way through the year to make the numbers for its holding company which makes accomplishing team goals near to impossible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More doers, less upper management! Trust your people, don't look outward to agencies to solve all your problems. Be more consistent and transparent in the bonus structure. Don't let antiquated employee title structures limit career growth for employees. Come out of your offices more than once a quarter and interact with your employees more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Getty Images full-time

    Pros

    Great group of creative individuals. Fun environment with many great functions to keep the environment rewarding and gratifying. Good time off policies and health benefits. Lots of free food and candy.

    Cons

    Separation of departments, sometimes it's hard to understand what other people in other departments are up to or actually do. It's an office situation so sometimes it can seem a bit monotonous. Lots of free food and candy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be nice to get a better idea of what each department does.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great vision, unrealistic expectations

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Challenging work, hip atmosphere, flexible work hours, nice people

    Cons

    Constant pressure to reduce staff levels, diva mentality is prevalent, passive agressive culture in Finance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Finance leadership is too willing to please

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    My experience at Getty was extremely positive and I went away a stronger engineer.

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Getty Images full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Employees are fairly compensated and the management team seems engaged. The benefits were fantastic and the work environment was a huge plus.

    Cons

    Not much opportunity to work from home which made it difficult for those with a long commute.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be more accommodating to employees who have a need to work from home on a regular basis.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Best years are far behind them

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

    I worked at Getty Images as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Editorial business appears to be strong.

    Cons

    Can no longer buy its competitors and can therefore no longer compete.
    Upper management is not tech-savvy.
    Condescends and panders to rank and file as a ploy to build company morale.
    Promotes a list of "leadership principles" that is completely disconnected to the day-to-day reality of working at the company.
    Expectations of contract employees defies the guidelines provided by the New York State Department of Labor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Many changes need to be implemented, starting at the very top. Executives that know how to run a modern media company need to be brought in. A CEO that is less awkward and disingenuous around the rank and file would go a long way in creating the culture that Getty wants, but currently only exists on posters and in press releases.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Spotty management, smart people, interesting work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Getty Images full-time

    Pros

    Lots of smart people running around. Interesting work. Good location. Work is prioritized at the right level in the organization.

    Cons

    Passive aggressiveness. A real have-and-have-not culture. Have-nots < Director level. Completely dysfunctional Technology Services organization. HR is a Sorority House. Basic information required to do one's job are guarded like nuclear missile launch codes. All the quarterbacks punch in on Monday morning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your people. Spend time developing careers. Share information on purpose. Weed out the drama one way or another.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I enjoyed my management but the IT department needs organizational work.

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    Current Employee - Senior Applications Support Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Senior Applications Support Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I have been working at Getty Images full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed my management by the far the best - very down to earth and listened to what I had to say.

    Cons

    The IT department was not properly organized and is in need of yet another reorg- they have had 4 in the past 21 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would strongly recommend more staff to properly handle the work loads.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Potentially great company, poor management results in a toxic atmosphere

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Getty Images as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get to work with some great people. Interesting field. Casual environment. You get to look at beautiful photographs a lot!

    Cons

    Poor management. As a result, many employees feel discouraged. Lots of change of course and jerking people around. People often feel like they and their opinions don't matter. Lower-level decisions are frequently overridden by senior management, who may not be very competent in these matters. A recent "reorganization", during which some bad managers were fired, unfortunately didn't seem to help much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire half of the managers, and hire new, good ones and fix the toxic atmosphere at the company. I know it's easier said than done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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