Olan Mills Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
56 Reviews
2.3
56 Reviews
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Olan Mills Chairman and CEO Olan Mills II
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29 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • I love when I am able to create photographs people love and are excited about (in 7 reviews)

  • High earnings potential on busy days at your location, Great to see people enjoy getting pictures taken, The management is nice (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Company doesn't care about employees, can close a studio giving 1 week notice (in 15 reviews)

  • As a photographer, you do the job of three people and get paid only slightly over minimum wage (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company but very old technology when it comes to photography.

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    Former Employee - Photographer  in  South Mills, NC
    Former Employee - Photographer in South Mills, NC

    I worked at Olan Mills full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people and easy to work with. Loved traveling and the places that they take you. Pay is good on average as a photographer. I liked traveling to many places.

    Cons

    Old equipment. Large company so it hard to make any changes for anyone. Pay could be beter for sales people and for the people that have worked for them for many years. If you don't like traveling pick a studio location but it will be boring and you will get to work only with one manger.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It was a very positive experience at the beginning, however it became a nightmare.

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    Former Employee - Photographer  in  Greenwood, SC
    Former Employee - Photographer in Greenwood, SC

    I worked at Olan Mills part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Getting to capture those special moments with different families. Making the customers happy and knowing that you helped capture a memory for the families.

    Cons

    The training was so fast and i was not taught everything that I needed to know. When i asked for help in was always ignored. Then at the end i was penalized for the things that I didn't know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Run awaaaaay!

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    Former Employee - Studio Manager  in  Asheville, NC
    Former Employee - Studio Manager in Asheville, NC

    I worked at Olan Mills full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great training, lots of variety in daily tasks, generally nice people to work with, unless they're higher up the food chain.

    Cons

    Myself and other employees sued the company for firing pregnant women because of their pregnancy, not getting paid overtime (we're talking 80 hour work-weeks), and a variety of other issues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of everyone who is not the Director of Photography (he's the real deal), and a studio manager or photographer. And for Pete's sake, stop working people nearly to death (literally, yes, it happened) to sell a $15 coupon that most customers think is a scam, and completely wastes the time of the photographers!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Some good; some bad

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    Former Employee - Photographer  in  Tallahassee, FL
    Former Employee - Photographer in Tallahassee, FL

    I worked at Olan Mills full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I loved photographing people. The training was extensive but I heard some negative opinions about training as well.

    Cons

    The condition of the studio and equipment were terrible and my manager often tried not to reimburse me by failing to inform me of the process or deadlines. Or she would "forget".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company was purchased by Lifetouch so I can't give any advice to the management team...they don't exist in the same structure and it wouldn't be fair to assume they are still working there or (if they are) that they have the same problems.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    studio manager

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    Former Employee - Photographer and Studio Manager  in  Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Photographer and Studio Manager in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Olan Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    working with the public catching that smile

    Cons

    take your creativity for granted, no home life, minimum pay, wants you to do several jobs yet only pays for one.............

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    realize that we are human not machines

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    I manage the store from top to bottom, photography, work papers, asr and making appointments.

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    Former Employee - Store Manager  in  Taylor, MI
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Taylor, MI

    I worked at Olan Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working with others, making people laugh and enjoying learning new things every day.

    Cons

    When the company was bought by life touch.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    always keep an open mind.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good place to work for a student.

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    Former Employee - ARS Sales  in  Dothan, AL
    Former Employee - ARS Sales in Dothan, AL

    I worked at Olan Mills part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    easy work just standing at a kiosk

    Cons

    not much of an opportunity for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to put people in management that are winners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    it was an OK place to work

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    Former Employee - Telemarketer  in  Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Telemarketer in Greenville, SC

    I worked at Olan Mills part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    flexible hours, good coworkers, incentives to make sales, free pictures for the family, and some other things. that's pretty much all i can think of.

    Cons

    the pay isn't great and the benefits aren't either. i wish there was a better calling system for potential clients. some people are rude.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    figure out how to get into the app business

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Telemarketer

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    Current Employee - Telemarketer  in  Merritt Island, FL
    Current Employee - Telemarketer in Merritt Island, FL

    I have been working at Olan Mills part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Hours were flexible. Co workers were nice.

    Cons

    You worked on commission. And no one likes telemarketers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not a great place to work.

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    Former Employee - Photographer
    Former Employee - Photographer

    I worked at Olan Mills part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Rewarding customers. Not too many hours. Easy work.

    Cons

    Judgemental management. Not a lot of training. Some of the customers are hard to work with. The studios are sales based and do not really focus as much on the quality of their portraits or actually pleasing their customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put the customers needs before your sales goals and maybe more people would return as customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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