Kaman's Art Shoppes
3.0 of 5 27 reviews
www.kamansart.com 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jul 7, 2014

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    Easy Summer/Seasonal Job

    Line Artist (Current Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsThe best part is honestly just being able to meet so many people and working outside with fresh open air. At the zoo you get to see all the cool critters walk around (wolves, sloths, pangolins, binturongs, fossas) and there are new baby animals to see every spring/summer. You can usually make decent money for what it is.

    ConsWorking outside isn't always so great. They rarely provide you with enough shade and space to maneuver around in. There are no benefits and you're only realistically going to make "good" money during busy times, so say goodbye to holidays and weekends. This job is great if you're just out of school and still living at home, but by no means will it support your monthly income needs as an adult.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEveryone needs to be on the same page at all times. When management is constantly in conflict, line employees end up confused and can mentally check-out

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good Seasonal work

    Body Artist (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsA fun work environment as long as you don't mind working with people and being outdoors. You get to do art every day. Where I was commission wasn't TOO hard to make, though it's definitely not under your control that much. Great schedule flexibility.

    ConsThere are quite a few regulations you have to adhere to, both from Kamans and from whatever theme park/place you are working for. The summer's the best time to make money and regularly take commissions, but it also puts you out in the hottest part of the year. It's minimum wage if you don't make commission which will be most of the year if you stick around.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great Seasonal Job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThey are great about promoting people who show talent. Plus it's a lot of fun working in a theme park and they tend to be very flexible about hours.

    ConsWorking outside is not always fun. Unless you plan on pursuing a career in art, it isn't the most useful job experience. Also they do want a lot of energy and enthusiasm so sometimes you have to fake it until you make it.

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    Corporate Standards.

    Front Gate Photo Supervisor (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat seasonal employment, you will meet lots of people.

    ConsCorporate enforces so many rules and standards that are basically shoved down your throat. Also not a ton of room for growth. No paid overtime or paid vacations. Very little benefits for someone in management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees as people, not numbers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    A Great Seasonal Job

    Cashier (Former Employee)
    San Antonio, TX

    ProsLocal Management is friendly and really tries to get to know the workers. Co-workers were like a group of friends. Daily routine is fun and, if working in a theme park, you get to meet all kinds of interesting people!

    ConsThey really want outgoing people who are comfortable with going out front of the shop and flagging people down and negotiating deals. It's a reasonable thing to want, but if you're not super into this you're likely to really be pushed to do so.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Decent Seasonal Work

    Team Lead (Former Employee)
    Shakopee, MN

    ProsThe flexibility of being part time is great; being full time offers a lot less of this though. Nice way to meet people during the summer. It's a decent summer job.

    ConsThe biggest challenge was often the work itself. Doing photography for Kaman's could be difficult. The days could be long and very hot which also could make guests rude. After working for two seasons I was promoted to a team lead and got a mere $0.05 raise, even though I was taking on many more responsibilities. This job is essentially minimum wage. As a full time employee you basically live at the store! It's good for seasonal work, but it is not something I would continue long term.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A nice place to work..temporarily

    Lead Photographer (Current Employee)
    Royal Oak, MI

    ProsNice people, fun place to work

    ConsNot many career options, only seasonal, not enough hours, low pay

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you expect to retain employees you need a bigger raise with a highly increased workload.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fun summer job, but no compensation for talent.

    Caricature Artist (Former Employee)
    Charlotte, NC

    ProsFun work environment, good training.

    ConsPay is minimum wage, despite the fact that the job requires talent. Commission is offered only if sales of mats and frames go above a certain point, which is very hard to do.

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    Grossly underpaid.

    Letter Brush Artist (Former Employee)
    Williamsburg, VA

    Prosget to interact with great people, learn all sorts of neat art tricks, never bored, sweat the pounds away

    ConsITS HOT, sore feet, lots of free time, grossly underpaid, breaks are hard to come by, you're pretty much alone the whole time, they say you can make more with commission but I NEVER had that happen

    Advice to Senior Managementi never felt like anyone was interested in anything but how many sales i made that day IF anyone even bothered talking to me.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for a small company

    Lead Photographer (Current Employee)
    Columbus, OH

    ProsGreat Environment.
    Lots of opportunity to advance (Due to high turnover sadly)
    If you are an artist the job can be quite rewarding.
    Small company makes senior management both friendly and accessible.
    Free access to your park on days off is a definite plus.
    Commission can be lucrative if you are skilled.
    Very tight knit family style environment.

    ConsPay is min. wage + Commission. Beware if you are an adult at a seasonal park you are not eligible for over-time, don't expect regular breaks, long hours on your feet outside.
    Often times you are working with people whose first job it is.
    Policies are applied inconsistently and vary from park to park.
    Promotions come almost exclusively from seniority meaning that people are often promoted above their abilities or straight up don't deserve them. Be prepared to play politics.
    Not a lot of dedication to excellence, management is often laissze faire when it comes to policy.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time talking to your line level employees at the parks. They spend the most time with your customers and tend to have a better idea of what is happening on the ground than a regional manager who is there only a few times a year. Every park has a different personality and you can't run a zoo the same way you run an amusement park.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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