Getty Images Reviews

Updated August 29, 2015
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Getty Images Co-Founder & CEO Jonathan D. Klein
Jonathan D. Klein
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Pros
  • Really, really great 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)

  • Upper management is not tech-savvy (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Dysfunctional Company with no future

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance was very reasonable here (with the exception of on-call weeks). You'll also get to work with a nice group of people.

    Cons

    The engineers and lower level managers doing the work are discouraged from sharing ideas or giving feedback to how problems will be solved early on. The decision making process is top down. There is no communication between technology and product departments, which has led to stagnation and lack of innovation. I left because we never seemed to be working on anything new, impactful or interesting. They also promise a 15% bonus, but since the company doesn't make any money you will never see a penny of that promise. Health and other benefits are well below average.

    Advice to Management

    Get a competent CEO and CTO. Treat the company as a technology company and adopt agile processes (I know you think you do that, but you have it all wrong). Flatten the management structure and get Technology managers that can code. Tech directors should respect the Project and Product organization, they have some good ideas...they are good friends to have.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Getty Images full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Some really amazing dedicated people - Great product - Good benefits

    Cons

    - 'Stuck in a rut' feeling - absolutely NO career progression - Very confusing direction from senior management, who do not stick to their decisions for more than a few days - Employees feel devalued constantly, absolute no power to make decisions or think outside the box - Feeling that you are not doing enough, with ridiculous letters being sent to staff saying you are expected to work harder, when you are already working really hard, and frustrating approval processes

    Advice to Management

    Invest in people who have been there for some time as they know your product. Respect their experience and what they have to say. Work together with them and whoever you bring new to the company to devise a strategy, don't just leave it in the hands of people who have not got a clue


  3. Great

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work AND GOOD PEOPLE

    Cons

    Can be very demanding and busy.


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  5. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Getty Images (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Love the poeple in my office and team around the world. Great product to sell, great brand, and great minds.

    Cons

    It's hard to grow inside the company if you're not in the US or UK. Hard to get a raise. :(


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great company, great people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Getty Images full-time

    Pros

    A huge brand with global recognition. Opportunity to work across a number of different products. Good people.

    Cons

    Hard to progress as many of the senior people staying still, could be more dynamic. In need of real leadership if is going to weather current storm.

    Advice to Management

    Find someone quickly to fill the top role so that direction can be given, currently a lot of confusion as to what the business is and how it will go forward.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Constant changes, often with no purpose

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Getty Images full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great work life balance People really care about knowing you personally Cool product

    Cons

    Constant changes: new firedrills every month - often coming from ceo and his directs. senior management is extremely disconnected from the business and takes decisions in a vacuum. Incompetent leadership: most leaders at the director or higher level are managing areas that they don't understand. Tons of politics: it's all about who you know, no meritocracy

    Advice to Management

    Incoming CEO should fire all senior leaders and build it from scratch


  8. Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in London, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Getty Images full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Widely considered to be the biggest and the best photo agency in the world Positive working environment, most employees stay a long time Good employee benefits: BUPA healthcare, staff discounts, pensions, insurance etc. Well resourced in terms of technology, staff support and learning Stability. While the photo industry is in a state of upheaval, Getty continues to go from strength to strength and there are few redundancies when compared to our clients and competitors

    Cons

    Gaining promotions can be tricky, with lots of talented, hard working and long serving staff in all directions Wages are not great, considered solid if unspectacular. Quite afew media professionals have been discouraged from joining Getty as pay is better elsewhere in the industry

    Advice to Management

    Less admin work would be a helpful, freeing up staff to do their jobs


  9. Getty is all about changes. It's not for everyone.

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Getty Images full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work life balance Good branding, good products Colleagues are generally nice

    Cons

    If you do NOT mind changes throughout the year, join Getty. If you can work in a company whereby there is restructuring & retrenchment every year, join Getty. If you can accept instability in job because no one is indispensable, join Getty. Getty is all about changes. You have a choice.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Manager

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    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - Manager in Seattle, WA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Getty Images full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Culture, Teamwork, Leadership, Compensation, Agility

    Cons

    Rate of change, retention, communication


  11. Great environment - narrow mobility

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Getty Images full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Leader in the industry. Decent base pay, especially for the industry. Great people and opportunities to work excellent events around the world. If working in the field, great perks, benefits, and travel policies. Office culture is relaxed and welcoming.

    Cons

    Limited vertical mobility. Many employees are relatively young and will hold their jobs for a while. Very divided among offices (by location) and the different groups (sport, news, entertainment) and there is a big gap between sales and editorial. If working in the field, work-life balance is bad.



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