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I have been working at Lifetouch full-time for less than a year
Pros – Great benefits for full time only. Ok salary
Cons – Most employees are part time with lots of layoff. Salaried employees do not get paid over time and photo manager is on call 24/7 like doctor. Lots of responsibility for one person and lots of pressure. The culture is negative and very old employees with old mentalities. Lots if gossip. Very competitive to move up. No values. Pushy sales. Territory manager is very cunning.
Advice to Senior Management – Support your staff, be fair and accept mistakes instead of blaming the staff and letting go anyone that learns how manipulative and untrustworthy the TM is.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2013-11-05 18:31 PST
I have been working at Lifetouch full-time for more than 10 years
Pros – ESOP, paid sick and vacation days. You will receive training as a photographer. Plenty of overtime during the busy season.
Cons – Long hours, very early mornings, not getting breaks or lunches, no recognition, no college assistance.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend
2013-09-22 18:20 PDT
I worked at Lifetouch for more than 8 years
Pros – Fun fast paced and got to work with kids helps to keep you young.
ESOP is good retirement plan but needs some modifications.
Summers off in school divisions
Cons – Too much travel with to little compensation for the travel.
Very long hours.
Only 8-9 months of work
Advice to Senior Management – Make changes to ESOP that allows for emergency distributions. The fact that I have over a certain amount in my paln makes it impossible for me to get certain benefits suck as hospital charity care medicaid or food stamps even tho I can't touch the money til I turn 60. Seems pretty sad that I have over $74,000 in my plan but I may become homeless and on the street because the company wants to keep the money.
2013-08-31 08:06 PDT
I have been working at Lifetouch part-time for less than a year
Pros – I guess if you don't want to pay for a real photographer.
Cons – Really bad quality. Not worth your time or money. Your better off capturing a great shot of your child with your phone.
Advice to Senior Management – Complain to corporate
2013-10-08 17:09 PDT
I worked at Lifetouch full-time for less than a year
Pros – Learning the basics of photography and lighting. That's the only pro.
Cons – My car was taken up completely by photography equipment (only room left was driver's seat). The photographer is expected to set up, prop children (even screaming babies with demanding parents behind them), photograph children on 2 separate backgrounds each, and tear down completely solo...all while each preschool is trying to maintain its daily routine. On the days when another photographer came to assist, it was a breeze. But this is not a job for one person. I don't know which was worse - driving almost an hour to and from jobs or going into unsafe neighborhoods with a carload of expensive equipment. I don't know how or why the average person would want this job. I'm extremely healthy (run marathons even!)and yet I threw my back out three times lugging this equipment around and ended up with an intense flu from one very unsanitary preschool they sent me to. This job is like an marathon in itself everyday. A good business on paper, terrible in practice.
Advice to Senior Management – Pair up photographers. Don't send photographers into neighborhoods that are unsafe or schools that are unsanitary. Pay better.
2013-09-17 07:39 PDT
I worked at Lifetouch full-time for more than a year
Pros – working with kids
great hours, weekends off
Cons – disorganized
wear and tear on vehicle (transporting equipment)
monotonous & boring
Advice to Senior Management – Get it together
2013-09-14 15:32 PDT
I have been working at Lifetouch full-time for more than a year
Pros – Lifetouch tries to stay on the cutting edge. They are not the most up to date company but they are trying to move into that direction and that is going to make them an even better company.
Cons – Work environment can be good or bad depending on what type of supervisor you have. Opportunities to move up in the company are limited unless you are willing to move. Benefits are offered for full timers but are expensive to have.
Advice to Senior Management – Provide a better benefit package for full time staff.
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-07-30 13:18 PDT
I worked at Lifetouch full-time for more than 5 years
Pros – Working with kids, watching them grow
Cons – Not photography so much as retail
Be prepared to work off the clock, the phone never stops ringing
Poor upper management
Lack of HR support for studio employees
Impossible labor models
Too-tight appointment scheduling
Advice to Senior Management – Revisit what made this company great once upon a time, customer service and employee appreciation. Take a good, hard look at your DM's and RM's, stop retaining ineffective people in favor of longevity, and look for new blood with education and ethics. You have to grow with the times and implement software programs like photoshop, having to pull muslin backgrounds is ridiculous. The customer base you had is leaving in droves, once the Sears customer figure out what you can't do, they'll go too.
2013-09-06 11:56 PDT
I have been working at Lifetouch full-time for more than 3 years
Pros – ESOP is a great retirement
Cons – Sales dropping and ESOP could drop especially since they don't have a 401K
Advice to Senior Management – Focus on diversifying into another field
Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
2013-07-23 18:34 PDT
I worked at Lifetouch full-time for more than 8 years
Pros – Wonderful market, fun environment and clean work
Cons – Long hours, lots of responsibility and accountability but no ability to effect changes.
Advice to Senior Management – Look at the TM's before blaming Sales. Lots of excellent folks left or laid off due to poor management.
2013-07-24 21:54 PDT
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