Picture People

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Picture People Reviews

Updated September 9, 2014
Updated September 9, 2014
79 Reviews
2.4
79 Reviews
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John Johnson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Get to capture a variety of poses of children and families (in 7 reviews)

  • Working with kids, good employee environment (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • They have high expectations for low pay (in 6 reviews)

  • absolutely no customer service support (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Hard, fun work. Employee's deserve more pay.

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    Current Employee - Core Staff Associate  in  Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Core Staff Associate in Charlotte, NC

    I have been working at Picture People part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Learn to work with kids.
    Learn valuable photography skills (albeit simplistic).
    Rewarding work for a retail position.

    Cons

    The work is too difficult for the unexperienced to be paid minimum wage when they first start.
    The location of the studio affects your sales which, in turn, affects your success at the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your brand should help inform customers as to the value of the process of photography. Simply saying you don't charge a sitting fee devalues the professional service you offer.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    They don't value us employees.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager  in  Centennial, CO
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Centennial, CO

    I worked at Picture People part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I love taking portraits and building relationship with families.

    Cons

    No communication Uppemanagement talks down, belittle and has a God Complex.has no clue. Horrible horrible place to work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get off your high horse follow through don't take people for grant and lead by example.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Awful.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Picture People part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Maybe it was just the location that I worked at but... There are no pros here.

    Cons

    This company is embarrassing. They're anything BUT professional. This is a customer service job and none of the employees are trained right at all and they expect you to make customers spend $700 and you get yelled at when you don't sale enough. They call you out almost everyday 30 mins before you're scheduled and if your'e actually luckily enough to go in you sit for sometimes an hr waiting to clock in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't know. There isn't much advice I could give. This whole company is sneaky and rude and there could be no further growth. Please just close down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Former Employee - Associate/Photographer  in  Simi Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Associate/Photographer in Simi Valley, CA

    I worked at Picture People part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You get to be creative.
    Atypical entry level job experience. Good for someone looking for something different.

    Cons

    Screaming children.
    Annoying babies.
    A vast majority of people you will be photographing are going to be under the age of 5.
    Getting kids, and babies, and screaming kids, and screaming babies to look at, respond to, and smile in front of cameras.

    If you're seriously into photography, all you do here is click a shutter button. You don't set up lighting or anything. EVERYTHING is preset. All you do is click a button.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't prank call other employees on my first day at the job. This leaves a terrible impression.
    Get your employees into gear. I don't mind laid back, but slacking off and doing nothing while customers are waiting is just bad.

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

    Nice experience with families and kids, but unorganized company.

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    Former Employee - Studio Manager  in  Springfield, PA
    Former Employee - Studio Manager in Springfield, PA

    I worked at Picture People full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Working with families and children is great, and being creative.

    Cons

    Appointment book is the absolute worst! They allow you to triple booked, employees rarely get any breaks. Upper management is very sneaky, they gossip and they are notorious for firing and hiring. There is always a huge turn around there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer proper training to management, not just a week of someone just "telling you what to do." Create a better work environment for employees, show them you care. FIX YOUR APPOINTMENT BOOK ASAP!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Good for a first job.

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    Current Employee - Portrait Advisor  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Current Employee - Portrait Advisor in Pleasanton, CA

    I have been working at Picture People part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    They eventually get to teach you how to work a camera...to their standards. So if your looking to have a job in photography, it doesn't get better than this.

    Cons

    This is a customer service job. You are always talking to customers and trying to sell them a photo package. The thing is, the majority of these people are rude and or broke. I don't know why they think its ok to try and "haggle" their way into getting free photographs and then getting upset at you for not giving them what they want. Idiots.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer better photography training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    ok.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Picture People part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    nice environment. happy people. ok

    Cons

    time constraints. sales quotas. rushed

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Very Good

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate  in  Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Picture People part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The best part of the job was how easy it was. The job basically required you to talk to potential customers and help set up props for a photo shoot.

    Cons

    The only difficulty of the job was restless children and pets.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give better training to the staff.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Great opportunity to get photography experience but the managment politics is to much.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Picture People

    Pros

    I absolutely loved taking pictures and my staff was super awesome for the most part. The goals are realistic to reach and you really do make a difference in the families you help. It is also great for photographers just starting out to get a lot of experience and with the right managment you learn a lot.

    Cons

    So much corporate/managment politics and favoritism it's unreal. Not all studios are the same and everyone is inconsistent with the rules and the customers notice it. Senior managment also had the tendency to hang out in the back and not help with anything no matter how far behind the studio got.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop being lazy hiding in the back and get more involved with the studio! If the DMs visit the studios more often I think it would help because managment hide a lot.

  11.  

    Overworked, hours were horrible, managers used power to push their work onto the lower level employees.

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    Former Employee - Associate/Photographer  in  Dulles, VA
    Former Employee - Associate/Photographer in Dulles, VA

    I worked at Picture People part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    9.00 an hour was better than minimum wage.

    Cons

    Rushed environment, lack of role model at management position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who care. The managers here didn't go to college heading on to 30, have no direction in life. Hire people that know what they're doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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