Nationwide Studios

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Updated June 22, 2015
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  1. Very good so far, the company is in a growing stage right now.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Gallatin, TN
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist in Gallatin, TN

    I have been working at Nationwide Studios full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good Environmental and not much micro management.

    Cons

    Growing pains and need of better senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Take notice in your valuable employees before you loose them.


  2. Supplemental Income

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Composite Generator in Goodlettsville, TN
    Former Employee - Composite Generator in Goodlettsville, TN

    I worked at Nationwide Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    If you like working behind the scenes with little customer interaction and with images and digital production then you would like this job.

    Cons

    32 hours is considered full time. Seasonal lay-offs and low pay. This would be a great job if only for supplemental income.


  3. Money hungry company that cares less and less about employees every day.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Book/Shoot/Pass
    Former Employee - Book/Shoot/Pass

    I worked at Nationwide Studios full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Used to be an ok company. Hours are flexible. Great if you like working with kids, preschools and parents. Great if you like selling things and working on commission.

    Cons

    Management lies. Weekly phone calls that are painfully redundant. CEO tells everyone to utilize the home office, but the h/o never answers and field employees look like jerks that can't answer questions to customers. High turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to cut out profit from the field employees, with out them busting their butts all over town, you wouldn't make all that bank.
    Start caring about keeping long term employees.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Poverty wages for FT work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Photographer in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Photographer in San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Nationwide Studios full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    High quality camera gear and setup is provided. Training for photographers on how to work with kids.

    Cons

    Employee pay is 100% commission. High expectations for the rate of compensation. Earn 8% commission on sales, no base pay. All of the risk is put on employees. Misc. chargebacks take big bite out of pay. Commission pay translates to 10-15 hour days doing administration, customer care, photography, editing and travel to/from jobsite. Mileage, gas, tolls to/from schools is unpaid. Paystubs are not issued with checks. Commissions are withheld without explanation. "Mandatory" training and conferences are unpaid.

    Advice to Management

    Comply with local employment laws.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Just don't do it.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Photographer in Nash, TN
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Photographer in Nash, TN

    I worked at Nationwide Studios (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    If you love kids then that is the only pro available.

    Cons

    You will need another source of income. Long hours and no benefits. Not a lot of room to be creative .

    Advice to Management

    Pay your people. It is way too much work for the amount of pay that's given. AND FIX YOUR EMPLOYEE SERVER! It is forever down.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Photographer/Consultant position

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Photographer/Consultant
    Former Employee - Photographer/Consultant

    I worked at Nationwide Studios full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    kids you photograph are cute. you're very independent.

    Cons

    There is a lot of work involved. You'll average 10 hour days. There is a lot of driving, mileage is compensated differently. There is a TON of paper work and process involved. You need to be VERY organized and stay on top of your work, it's easy to fall behind.
    High energy and playfulness needed to be successful photographing infants - preschoolers. This is not necessarily a CON but if it's not who you are it can be very draining.
    Commission pay. You never know what you pay will be like.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more training when it comes to PASSING. There is so much information that PASSER needs to know besides just selling. Manuals and videos are great, but it needs to be updated and a knowledge base needs to be created where the information easier to find.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Can't earn a living - Would be a great job if they paid their employees

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    Current Employee - Photographer/Consultant in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Photographer/Consultant in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Nationwide Studios full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The company provides you with professional gear (camera, lights, backdrops, etc.) of the highest quality. Flexible schedules, but extremely busy during fall and spring seasons.

    Cons

    Straight commission. Requires 13 hour per day and weekend commitment. Typical day: 6:30 am set up at school - lug entire studio set up, three trips back and forth from car. Shoot anywhere from 15 to 100 kids with NO assistance. It would be good if this were a "part time gig" but it's not possible to do this job part-time. After shoot there's editing, data entry, and uploading but there's never time after shoot to accomplish this because there's another school to get to sell the photos you'd shot two weeks earlier. The "selling" process is so cumbersome - horrible. Most photographers/sales consultants work 13 to 16 hour days in season.

    Advice to Management

    Too many "old-timers" in management who like to do things the "old way" while they could be investing in new technology to enhance productivity and workflows so that photographers/consultants can earn a living. The turnover at this company is unbelievable - very poor retention. I've seen 100% turnover in photographer role.


  9. Don't value their employees

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    Current Employee - Auditing Clerk in Gallatin, TN
    Current Employee - Auditing Clerk in Gallatin, TN

    I have been working at Nationwide Studios full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Looking at the photos of the children.

    Cons

    Co-workers are not nice, the supervisors have their favorites and clicks, they try to take away your full time status and give it to someone else you lose all benefits and go back to seasonal no matter how hard you work.

    Advice to Management

    Management should spend quality time in all departments and see how the supervisors are treating the employees.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Not worth it

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Photographer/Consultant in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Photographer/Consultant in New York, NY

    I have been working at Nationwide Studios full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Paid Training
    The people that trained me were very nice.

    Cons

    - After cold calling and getting clients, showing up to shoot the job, and then returning to sell the portraits which amounts to about 85-90% of the work, you only receive 25% commission. Don't even think about it in an area where you have to pay for parking. Seriously underpaid.
    - Endless hours of paperwork.
    -Prices compared to local competitors made it difficult to get jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic. Pay people.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Don't Do It

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Photographer and Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Photographer and Sales Associate

    I worked at Nationwide Studios full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    You get to do what you love.

    Cons

    Pay sucks for what you needed to do. Drive all over sometimes in there were more then one photographer in your area you would pass each other on the highway to get to a school. Poorly managed. Not enough money for mileage it was more of a joke. More work was always demanded and the pay never change The company's solution was sell more you will make more. A lot of our areas people didn't make much. I would chose any other company to work for then this one. Medical insurance they supply is a joke I didn't realize it till I found my own I pay less and my co pays are les and my coverage is 100 percent better.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to the employees that care before you lose more of them



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