Picture Me Portrait Studios

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Picture Me Portrait Studios Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
76 Reviews
2.0
76 Reviews
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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
  • Tough and unrealistic sales goals, very minimal salary, managers were not very professional (in 7 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Picture Me Pissed

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Photographer in Flint, MI
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Photographer in Flint, MI

    I have been working at Picture Me Portrait Studios part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pros of this job are that if you love photography, it's fun. Working with children is great too. Also, its a good opportunity to work independently.

    Cons

    The management is terrible, the district managers are rude and inconsiderate, and often the studio managers are disorganized and lazy, as well as treating their employees unfairly and being dishonest too boot, a universal with this company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management, your hourly employees and customer are what keeps your job secure and gives you a paycheck to begin with, think twice before you walk all over them and lie to their faces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    This place does not appreciate employees

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    Former Employee - Manager in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Manager in Lexington-Fayette, KY

    I worked at Picture Me Portrait Studios full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Creative
    -working with kids
    - Flexible hours
    - It is a good starter job, just don't plan to stick around, move on.

    Cons

    -working with kids (it is a pro and a con)
    - demanding customers
    -shitty pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better, the job could be very cool!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Absolutely horrid. I wouldn't recommend this job to even my worst enemy.

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

    I worked at Picture Me Portrait Studios part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    --Lot's of responsibility is given to you right away, and promotions are easy to come by. I was actually hired on as a studio associate who was being trained to become a studio manager, though I had no prior photography experience whatsoever.
    --This is a solitary position, so if you like working alone, this is the job for you. I worked in the Dallas-Fort Worth area stores, and the majority of the time, there was only one associate who worked alone in the studio all day.

    Cons

    --The company pays very little, yet expects you to be a professional photographer in a non-professional environment. They want non-experienced people because they realize that no professional photographer would do that kind of work for $8.00 an hour.

    --The "top-down" marketing pitch is ridiculous. We would pull in a customer from Wal-Mart, shoot their session, make enhancements to their pictures, and instead of giving them the inexpensive promotional offer on which we brought them in, we would start talking about our packages--starting with the most expensive at $379. Really, this company must be crazy thinking that customers in this economy have $379 on hand to spend on portraits. Are you kidding me?

    --They expect too much of you in very little time. When I was hired, I alerted my manger to the fact that I had NO experience whatsoever with photography--aside from taking pictures with my cell phone. Yet, after 40 hours spread over 5 days of training (24 hours of watching her and the remaining 16 on my own), I was expected to be a professional concerning lighting, posing, being efficient with the huge monster of a camera, and customer service. When I admitted that I was nervous working in the studio by myself after these 40 hours, my manager acted like I was an idiot.

    --Fellow associates can be very unprofessional and unorganized, making your job more difficult. They do not file things properly and misplace shipments, preventing the studio from functioning effectively.. I was shocked by the way in which I was taught to get potential customers. The exact words from one of my trainers: "Don't try to talk to women if they are with their husbands because men don't like to spend a lot of money and they will just talk their women out of it. If you can, talk to Mexican or black people because they usually have a lot of kids and family members and can be a little too proud about it--but you have to be careful with Mexicans because they don't always speak English and will expect their kids to translate for them. Also, a lot of them don't have any money." Um...WHAT?

    --The district manager expects you to control situations that are not in your hands. I worked in a low income area, and many of our customers skipped out on paying for their portraits but were hard to contact because their phones were disconnected or they had changed addresses. I was given ridiculously long phone lists of customers to call everyday to let them know their portraits were in and still had an oustanding balance. Some of the numbers were no longer in service, and those I did contact would give me a date of when they would be in but then skipped out. The DM would get angry because all of these folders of unpaid for portraits would be in our cabinet, but what can you do about it besides call the customers to let them know?

    Really, I could go on all day, but I think I'll stop here. Crappy pay, crappy bosses, crappy conditions. This company is just crap overall. I don't recommend that anyone get a job here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    It was very unorganized and unfair

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    Former Employee - Studio Assistant in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Studio Assistant in Richmond, VA

    I worked at Picture Me Portrait Studios part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    working with the kids
    good products

    Cons

    unorganized
    unfair pay
    everybody trying to be in control

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employees should be treated fairly.

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

    COMPLETE waste of time

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    Former Employee - Photographer in Quakertown, PA
    Former Employee - Photographer in Quakertown, PA

    I worked at Picture Me Portrait Studios full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    playing with kids and making them smile

    Cons

    -dead end calling
    -harassing random strangers to get their kids picture taken
    -Terrible management
    -barely any training
    -managers hire new employees so they can sit to watch them fail
    -promised the world and you get nothing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This company needs to have be better with training, especially on the management level so they can train employees the right way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not What I Had Pictured

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in West Bend, WI
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in West Bend, WI

    I worked at Picture Me Portrait Studios part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - fun to work with babies and kids
    - rewarding when parents love the pictures
    - lots of trust given immediately

    Cons

    - management is very disorganized and unfair
    - not enough quality training time
    - would hire anybody with no photography background
    - unreasonable and unrealistic expectations
    - only concerned with profit - not employees, or customers
    - overwhelming and stressful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus more on your employees. really listen to associates/managers, get to know them personally, and help them become better photographers. hire wisely.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Non-logical

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    Current Employee - Photographer in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Photographer in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Picture Me Portrait Studios part-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The studios give each employee a great amount of responsibility and trust, almost immediately. Promotions come very quickly and easily.

    Cons

    The company is so unorganized on the management level, they drive so many employees crazy that they quit, so the ones they have left get away with terminable actions. On the marketing level, they give EVERYTHING away for free and cheaper than the production cost in promotions and coupons, thinking that if you get them in the door they will buy more, which is true with the higher end clientele of their other divisions (Sears, Buy Buy Baby, Babies R Us, etc.) but in Walmart, it is ridiculous! It is almost impossible to keep an acceptable sales average unless it is the holidays...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your coupons and promotions under control, pay your employees for the work they do, and get more organized in regards to district and regional managers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    When it was Good it was GOOD but when it was Bad it was BAD.

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Griffin, GA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Griffin, GA

    I worked at Picture Me Portrait Studios full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fun atmosphere, busy fast pace environment, diverse interaction & creative outlet.

    Cons

    IN 2012 I WAS RECOGNIZED AS THE 5TH TOP PERFORMER IN THE USA (Selling $87,000 as a individual) but awarded a 15cent raise rather than the 50cents I got everytime prior. I found that insulting & unreal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do your best, stay consistent & fair.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Rude and weird people

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    Former Employee - Store Associate in Brunswick, GA
    Former Employee - Store Associate in Brunswick, GA

    I worked at Picture Me Portrait Studios part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    You get the photos quickly and thats about it because its not really worth much. they charge you hundreds of dollars for pictures that you can do only with a cheap digital camera.

    Cons

    The people you have to deal with are not real photographers they train them 2 weeks and let them mess up people pictures and don't have any sort of return policy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not as fun as it looks.

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    Former Employee - Photographer in Watertown, SD
    Former Employee - Photographer in Watertown, SD

    I worked at Picture Me Portrait Studios full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    My local manager was an amazingly passionate woman! If she'd have never left, neither would have I. She was the only thing that worked properly in that studio.

    Cons

    They give everything away for free! Even if you do well, there is no reward. If you want to be an assistant manager, they will make you one, even if you don't deserve it or work for it. And even if you pawn your work off onto other employees. They will hire people with no qualifications at the same pay rate as a professional photographer. Upper management and regulation compromises photograph quality to get more appointments with less sales, rather than giving a superior product that people would pay hundreds of dollars for.
    Also, their dress code was counter productive! Infants do not see black well and it is 10 times as hard to get a baby to smile in black than in blue. If you're not working in film, there is no logical reason to wear black. Company does not understand child psychology.
    The manager and worked hard to make the studio profitable and within a month of us leaving the place had an awful reputation for being dirty and sending out a bad product. I am always so sad when I walk by and see all the unhappy customers... if there are any.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't compromise product for more appointments. It is better to have 2 customers willing to pay $300 for pictures than 4 customers who only was the $7.99 package and a free 8x10.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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