Kaman's Art Shoppes

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Kaman's Art Shoppes Reviews

Updated October 15, 2014
Updated October 15, 2014
36 Reviews
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  1.  

    An Amazing Job That Had a Rough Start, and a Rough Ending

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Kaman's Art Shoppes full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    - The people you work with become your family
    - Greatly improves sales abilities
    - Teaches you art skills you can use after you stop working there
    - Many opportunities for promotion (easy to get into management)
    - It's the kind of job where the more you're worked, the more you love it

    Cons

    - Working outside in harsh weather
    - Bad hours (summer, nights & weekends, holidays)
    - Can mess with some artists' ways of creating work
    - Corporate only works M-F 9-5 even though the times parks need them most are nights and weekends
    - Underpaid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider changing your hours. As a head of a contracted park it was impossible to get a hold of the people at home office when I needed them. Our most profitable times was when they weren't working.

    Recommends
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  2.  

    Won't make a living, will probably make friends.

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    Current Employee - Body Artist in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Body Artist in Orlando, FL

    I have been working at Kaman's Art Shoppes as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    The jobs you get at this company are obviously more creative and loose than other jobs for young people, that's definitely a plus. I made some of the most amazing friends I've had at this job.

    Cons

    Management and training are very basic and not very informative, sometimes managers will try to chime in and manage, but it's usually for silly superfluous issues that are really their worry, not yours. DO NOT GET PAID ENOUGH. This is a talent position for people with a skill, and getting paid minimum wage when you're in the Body Art department is a joke. They don't measure how they calculate commission the same for all the departments (some calculated daily, some weekly), and body art ALWAYS gets screwed to rarely make commission. If by some miracle you do, they aren't even looking to see if you did, so it doesn't show up on your check until you point that out to them. I have the highest numbers in my department regularly, and I don't make commission. You CANNOT make a living here, unless their huge turnover rate allows you to somehow sneak into a management position, then you end up doing more work than they pay you for.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  3.  

    Good life experience, but that is all

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    Former Employee - Front Gate Photo in Sandusky, OH
    Former Employee - Front Gate Photo in Sandusky, OH

    I worked at Kaman's Art Shoppes (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    You get to work in an amusement park and on days off you can ride the rides for free. The company does like to give incentives to motive people; however, sometimes the incentives are stupid like a hat with the company logo. Also, you can get promoted very fast. The best part of the job is it gave me a lot of life experience that I've used to get other jobs.

    Cons

    The management is always changing the rules and then yell at you when you do something the wrong way, even when they didn't tell you the change. Guests hate the high prices and poor quality of photos and I got cussed out several times a week. Also, a lot of high schoolers work there and they don't care about their jobs so it is hard to work with people who really don't want to be there and contribute to the job.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5.  

    Fun job but unlikely as a career choice

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in American City, CO
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in American City, CO

    I worked at Kaman's Art Shoppes as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of fun art to do! If you're an artist, this is a great job. You can learn new skills you may never have considered doing before...just keep in mind you do sign a non-compete agreement when you accept your job with Kaman's, so you can't use those skills outside of KAS for at least a year.

    Assistant Manager-level positions or higher give a guaranteed commission bonus based on your sales (not the whole team, just you), so it CAN pay fairly well but that's only if you are actually making sales. Managers make commission based on their own sales only, not the whole team. Hourly artists and supervisors can make commission if their sales are high, which doesn't happen often but is a nice reward for when it does.

    A lot of the higher-ups in the company have been with KAS for years, so dedication is rewarded, but if you want to move up don't expect it to happen fast.

    Very strong on enforcing breaks being taken, especially for minors. (From reading other reviews, this may vary by your park manager/location, like a lot of things.)

    Since KAS operates in theme parks and zoos, if it's a nice day, you can really enjoy it!

    Cons

    You do not get benefits unless you are a salaried manager. Most people are unsatisfied with the amount of hours they are given as well. If you really need to make money, this might not be the place to look.

    Hours can be sparse and pay is very low (minimum wage for basic employees, a dollar more per hour for supervisors, team leads are somewhere in between) unless you luck out with great sales numbers in all your shifts.

    Commission for managers is guaranteed but if you have too much management work to do, you won't be making sales, meaning the more work you do, the less money you make. Hourly artists can make commission only if their sales are very high and average out above a certain point for the entire work week. In other words, you have one really strong day and two blah days? Minimum wage for you.

    The company is strict on what art you make, wanting you to stick only to their formulas. Still enjoyable, but somewhat stifling creatively, and you'll face some disappointed customers and lost sales because of it. Uniform requirements can be excessively strict, well beyond the point of necessity.

    A lot of the employees hired are teenagers, and recruitment is often done at an actual high school. It's a fun first job, but it's not a good first job for everyone, and having too many kids on staff who have never worked before is a challenge to be around. This is especially rough since said kids are often not very good at art - how do you expect us to sell our products if they look like the person making it has never done any kind of art in their life and possesses no real creative skill? This isn't something you can easily train someone to learn, and mistakes made in certain art departments can be costly, requiring the (presumably) more skilled supervisors to fix employee errors and possibly lose sales/damage the reputation for your park's KAS branch.

    Since KAS operates in theme parks and zoos, if it's a bad day, you have to deal with it. Sales can be terribly slow, and your shift may get canceled if it's bad enough. Which sucks if you had to travel a ways to get to work, and then be sent home abruptly. This job is seasonal in most parks as well, so it's definitely not a long-term position outside of salaried management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take it easy with some of your rules, and limit your team to no more than 1/4 teenagers still in high school. It takes a lot of time to go cleaning up after them and their inevitable errors. Do not hire anyone who doesn't show you that they have some artistic skill already - make skill testing a REQUIREMENT at your interviews. If your standards for who to hire will be low, give them more training time before tossing them into the job rather than "learn on the job," or else expect to spend an inordinate amount of time fixing their errors for unhappy customers. And finally - relax about some of the company rules. If it's not going to cause a legal issue and it won't cost you money, consider your relationship with your employees (which DOES affect productivity and turnover especially) and be willing to take it easy on certain less-important things. You will not lose customers if one of your employees is wearing a different-colored belt, but you WILL lose customers if your employees are all looking unhappy because their boss has to get on their case about everything under the sun.

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  6.  

    Decent but Underpaiid

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    Current Employee - Caricature Artist
    Current Employee - Caricature Artist

    I have been working at Kaman's Art Shoppes part-time

    Pros

    There's a lot of opportunity to improve from the art perspective, and spending long hours with other artists means you get to know them pretty well. There's a nice tight knit community which makes the cons a little easier to bear.

    Cons

    Very long hours with sparse breaks, very regulated in terms of style. While you can improve your sketch a lot, it has to adhere to the standard "kaman's sketch", which can be very limiting at times. Lots of interaction with rude or angry customers on the whole. Some days, you will barely sell anything, which is extremely boring, tiring, and sometimes stressful. Commission would be hit more often if it offered a bigger incentive than it does now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More pay incentives. If there was a bigger raise for returning employees, more (experienced) people would come back to complete their second / third etc seasons. Right now it's like "Hey, thanks for returning! Buy yourself a soda with these extra few cents we're throwing at you".

    Recommends
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  7.  

    I had the chance to unlock one of my talents and experience a life changing job.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaman's Art Shoppes

    Pros

    You get to work with new people and experience how they look at the world.

    Cons

    Knowing that this is real life and you can't play around like you are in high school just because its a zoo.you have to carry yourself as young men and women.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work.

  8.  

    Easy Summer/Seasonal Job

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    Current Employee - Line Artist in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Line Artist in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Kaman's Art Shoppes part-time

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Working 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 ManagementAdvice

    Everyone 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

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Good Seasonal work

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    Former Employee - Body Artist in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Body Artist in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Kaman's Art Shoppes part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    A 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.

    Cons

    There 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.

    Recommends
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  10.  

    Great Seasonal Job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kaman's Art Shoppes

    Pros

    They 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.

    Cons

    Working 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.

  11.  

    Corporate Standards.

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    Current Employee - Front Gate Photo Supervisor
    Current Employee - Front Gate Photo Supervisor

    I have been working at Kaman's Art Shoppes full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great seasonal employment, you will meet lots of people.

    Cons

    Corporate 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees as people, not numbers.

    Recommends
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