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Getty Images Reviews in Seattle, WA

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
143 Reviews
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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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    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.  

    Leadership shakeup, slow engineering

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Marketing Director in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Moderate size
    Generally friendly people
    Inspiring product

    Cons

    Slow engineering
    Agile practices only in theory
    Questionable top leadership vision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit obsessing with the competition and innovate.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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
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  5. 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 a 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
  6.  

    Good people to work with in a fairly supportive environment

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    Former Employee - Support in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Support in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    In general the atmosphere is supportive. They encourage professional growth and a work-life balance. Good benefits, most employees seem happy.

    Cons

    More flexibility for remote working would be good. Office politics got a bit tricky at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When I had some health problems, I had a lot of pressure to not take the time I needed for appointments and such.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Amazing people, non-communicative leadership

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    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 3 years)

    Pros

    Smart, funny, kind playful people, all drawn to the company at least in part because they love art and photography. best Work-life balance of any company I've ever been at - 40 hours/week really is the norm; huge support from co-workers and HR and management for any family issues/needs. Execs hearts are definitely in the right place - instead of having their huge expensive dinner to celebrate the company's purchase, the new owners and execs donated the entire cost of the dinner to recovery efforts from Hurricane Sandy.

    Cons

    New leadership in the product division is more invested in short-term rather than long term gains. Huge pressure to do things too quickly. I understand the need to pivot and make substantial changes but there's no communication about what they want to achieve and it feels like we're driving fast through a blinding snow storm. If the execs don't know how to get us where they want to go, I'd really like them to tell us that rather than holding our collective foot to the gas pedal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More direction, more transparency. Trust us more and we'll return it.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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 a 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
  9.  

    Potentially great company, poor management results in a toxic atmosphere

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

    I worked at Getty Images as a contractor (less than a 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
  10.  

    Leadership Issues

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    Former Employee - Leadership in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Leadership in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Exciting industry. Some compelling elements in the industry (some much less so). Interesting technical challenges and opportunities. With some executive changes, this could be an incredible business to be part of.

    Cons

    Executive Leadership team was inbred and very self-serving, even to the detriment of the business and employees. With this, there was a lack of general good business sense and skills, masked by arrogance. Some organizations were great for employees, while others were horrible and executive leadership played organizations against each other, again, to the detriment of the business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO is part of the problem. Carlyle appears to have done some housecleaning but some of the worst problems remain. Need to bring in leadership with both business sense, people leadership and integrity, as well a industry expertise, and remove those that are not acting with integrity or broader interests at heart. Consider bringing in prior employees (as consultants of FT) who had expertise but left due to leadership & values disillusionment - they may have unique history to assist in turn-around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Operations in Seattle, WA
    Current Employee - IT Operations in Seattle, WA

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, office culture, talented people.

    Cons

    constant re-orgs, management are not technical.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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