Picture Me Portrait Studios

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Picture Me Portrait Studios Reviews

Updated June 27, 2014
Updated June 27, 2014
80 Reviews

2.0
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Working with kids, the (few) pleasant people, gaining experience, flexible schedule (in 10 reviews)

  • photography, working with children, building a client base, starter job (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Being pressured by management to achieve unrealistic sales goals (in 6 reviews)

  • I had 3 different district managers in the year I was there (in 8 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Prior Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    I had the BEST of the company as trainers. Loved my job! My DM was awesome!

    Cons

    Closed and left me unemployed...

    No opinion of CEO
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate  in  Neptune, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Neptune, NJ

    Pros

    working with kids and making memories for people is definitely the best part of the job. you also get independent without upper management.

    Cons

    the goals seem unreachable at times tends to be very slow during the week

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Loved working here

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    Former Employee - Studio Manager  in  Kansas City, MO
    Former Employee - Studio Manager in Kansas City, MO

    Pros

    Got to spend the day making people smile!

    Cons

    They went out of business :(

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Awful Training, No Creativity

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    Former Employee - Photographer/Sales Associate  in  Fort Walton Beach, FL
    Former Employee - Photographer/Sales Associate in Fort Walton Beach, FL

    Pros

    Work with kids, learn more about photography, and better your product selling skills. If you like photography, this is a great place to learn more about it.

    Cons

    Awful management, complete lack of creative freedom, low pay, and high expectation. I worked here for 2 days before being left alone to run the store.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire better managers, and allow for more creative freedom. Also, upgrade your old tech.

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

    amazing miss it so much

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Richmond, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Richmond, TX

    Pros

    lots of hours great employees

    Cons

    company closed wish was still open

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    very quickly as about three months in got bumped up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Worst Company I've Ever Had The Displeasure Of Working For

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    Former Employee - Studio Associate  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Studio Associate in Dallas, TX

    Pros

    --You are given a lot of responsibility.
    --Once you complete training (and unless it's a busy time of year), you work alone in the studio all day and don't have to deal with other employees.
    --You can complete your given tasks on your own terms. You are given a sales goal for the day, a certain number of leads you need to get, and you have your set appointments. How ever you accomplish these goals is up to you, so you have to prioritize.

    Cons

    --Very poor training of associates. After 40 hours spread over 1-2 weeks, you are expected to be a professional photographer. Often times, first time customers come in expecting a professional and do not understand why the person shooting their session is so inexperienced with children or why the pictures turn out terrible--not realizing that the person may have been flipping burgers a week before.
    --Low pay and high expectations. The company only wants inexperienced associates because they know there's no way in hell a professional would work for eight bucks an hour.
    --Terrible, terrible marketing. The company basically gives everything away for free, yet expects customers to buy into a ridiculous "top down" selling pitch. When I first began working for the company, they offered free 8x10 FRAMED portraits to customers. We would draw in customers from Wal-Mart, offer to take their child's picture with the promise of receiving a free portrait, shoot the session, and then take the customer over to the computer to begin adding enhancements,etc. After that, we would start the sales pitch in hopes of getting them to spend at least some money, starting with our MOST EXPENSIVE package at $379. After hearing that figure, especially working a low-income area, the customers were pretty much done and just wanted to know when they could pick up their freebie. It just felt like a major waste of time and company resources to spend a good part of the day begging strangers to let you take their kid's picture, offering them something for free, spending 45 minutes on a rigorous session, and then getting $0 in the end.
    --Unrealistic sales goals that are never met. Between spending most of the day shooting sessions that only culminated in the freebie 8x10s and calling people who had an outstanding balance to come get their photos, the studio profited very little for the day.
    --Extremely unpleasant district mangers who are completely unsympathetic and expect too much out of the employees.

    About 6 months after I quit the company and declined the position of studio manager, the studio I was previously working at closed down. I'm sure many will follow suit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving away stuff for free in hopes that it will lure in long term customers. That may work with high end establishments, but your everyday Wal-Mart shopper doesn't have $100-$379 to spend on having their children's portraits made. Learning to recognize your clientele will help your studio associates/managers become more successful. Expecting high sales from studios located in low-income neighborhoods just sets everyone up for failure. Start being more reasonable and gain some compassion and understanding of your employees as well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    picture me portrait studios

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    Former Employee - Studio Manager  in  Sturgis, MI
    Former Employee - Studio Manager in Sturgis, MI

    Pros

    close to home and affordable

    Cons

    not here anymore and no cheap places to go

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to reopen

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Loved the work but the company not so much

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    Current Employee - Studio Manager  in  Port Huron, MI
    Current Employee - Studio Manager in Port Huron, MI

    Pros

    Photography was fun, rewarding and challenging

    Cons

    commissions fell drasticly and the companie had no compassion for family emergencies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees with more compassion and they will be wiling to produce their best all the time.

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

    I enjoyed taking pictures and helping families capture the memories

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    Former Employee - Studio Associate  in  Wilson, NC
    Former Employee - Studio Associate in Wilson, NC

    Pros

    I enjoyed meeting all the interesting people. There was always a story behind every person who took pictures. The training was fun and exciting!

    Cons

    I wish we had more hours to work every day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Believe in your employees more and they'll believe in you. We worked hard to take those pictures and deal with the families, so a nice pictureMe party or giveaway or something would have been nice. Maybe we all could have met other PictureMe employees at a convention. We were all so disconnected from one another. Unity is what we needed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Best job for mothers with adult children.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    You can work alone. You can tailor packages to sell easier. And most families are fun and help your day go faster.

    Cons

    You may have to travel far and its more sales than photography

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More staff!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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