Olan Mills

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Olan Mills Reviews

Updated December 16, 2014
Updated December 16, 2014
60 Reviews
2.2
60 Reviews
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Olan Mills Chairman and CEO Olan Mills II
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Nice people and easy to work with (in 3 reviews)

  • Good pay & benefits even for part-time employees (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • As a photographer, you do the job of three people and get paid only slightly over minimum wage (in 4 reviews)

  • Trained for barely two weeks, then was asked to run a studio by myself (in 16 reviews)

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  1.  

    manager

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    Former Employee - Manager/Photographer in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Manager/Photographer in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Olan Mills

    Pros

    good environment for work and career grow

    Cons

    many hours of work for a manager photographer

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more days off

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Church Directory Portrait Consultant

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    Former Employee - Portrait Consultant - Church Directory Division in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Portrait Consultant - Church Directory Division in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

    Good earnings opportunity, good quality products, work with a small team at each location, supervision is not overwhelming -- do a good job, get paid well. Selling to families, overall, most people are very nice and appreciative of the service offered. Pleasant atmosphere, no prospecting.

    Cons

    Lots of travel (which could be pro or con), sometimes work 6 days a week, often on the road, working in churches can be lovely, or sometimes a bit tough, depending on the church members.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice -- I worked for this company twice and would consider working for them again when I am willing to travel more.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Telemarketer

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    Former Employee - Telemarketer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Telemarketer in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Olan Mills part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice people to work with, gave benefits to part-time employees, manager was friendly. The sales goals were reasonable. Pay was minimum wage or compensation, whichever was greater.

    Cons

    Telemarketing is high-pressure in general. Pay was minimum wage or compensation, whichever was greater, so pay was higher during holidays and lower in January, when not many customers are buying portrait packages.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    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 (more than an 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
  6.  

    Distrusting & Dishonest

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    Former Employee - Photographer in Albany, OR
    Former Employee - Photographer in Albany, OR

    I worked at Olan Mills full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Learned a bit more about family portraiture

    Cons

    They have blanket sales goals for all studios, which comes down hard on photographers. Trained for barely two weeks, then was asked to run a studio by myself. This would have been fine with managerial oversight for a time afterward, but they came down on me really hard for not meeting sales. Was also asked top wear only long sleeve shirts due to eczema rashes. I have mixed feelings on that one

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You expect too much from employees and give too little

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    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 (more than an 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (less than an 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
  9.  

    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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    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 (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
  11.  

    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 (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

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