Professional Photographers of America

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Professional Photographers of America Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great place to call work!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Professional Photographers of America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company culture is supportive, understanding and kind. It's been my experience that PPA allows you to grow as a professional in the ways you want to build your career (with in reason - see the 'con' section for a caveat). What they may fall short on huge salaries, they make up for in employee appreciation, having a strong belief in the work they are doing and keeping company culture happy, upbeat and positive. Their 'no gossip policy' is the best work place policy I've personally seen in terms of cutting down office politics and general nonsense that can detract from your work place happiness. Other fun facts: breakfast every other Wednesday and summer hours where Fridays are half days from Memorial to Labor Day.

    Cons

    The only thing I would describe as a con is there isn't as much internal advancement as I would like to see. With that being said, if there is an opportunity they allow internal candidates a fair shot, but higher level positions do not come available often.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Take a pass

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Creative, dynamic industry. Casual dress code.

    Cons

    The tone set from the top of this organization is horrible. The senior leaders are distrustful of employees and do not create a culture of success. A governing board of paid volunteers rotate, who rotate thru the organization every two years, are not able or concerned with overseeing the poor management style and dysfunctional culture. Unfortunately many very talented employees have spent short stints at this place. The ability of the organization to adapt to changes in the photography industry and shifts in the way people employ photographers also makes it difficult for leading industry vendors to really support the organization.

    Advice to Management

    The board should really look at how the organization is managed, and have current leaders step down if they are interested in the long term survival of this association.

    Professional Photographers of America Response

    Jun 23, 2015 – Director of Administration

    REALLY!!! This organization has been in operation for 146 years. This year we are at our highest number of members EVER, 28,000 and the numbers continue to grow. We continue to add new member ... More


  3. Helpful (1)

    Average environment, good benefits

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Professional Photographers of America full-time

    Pros

    Half-day Fridays during the summer, gym reimbursement, staff outings, most staff are friendly and enjoyable to work with, great membership base full of photographers who make the job worthwhile

    Cons

    No room for advancement, no way to "exceed expectations" during reviews which is discouraging for hard workers who then end up at the same level as average performers, staff rules don't seem to apply to all staff, some departments are very understaffed


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Simply the best place I've ever worked.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Professional Photographers of America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great supportive environment. Fun atmosphere with a lot of recognition and reward for the hard work the staff does. The company recognizes that we are a small non-profit with a small staff that has a lot of important work to do so they go to great lengths to show their appreciation to everyone.

    Cons

    Because we are small there is a very flat organizational structure which does limit the potential for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    You have found the right recipe for keeping morale up. Keep it up!


  6. Average person heaven

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone is nice. They give you free food and field trips. It's a positive place and people like what they do more or less. What the company does is a useful service.

    Cons

    Health insurance sucks and nobody with other options uses it. Promotions are non existent so don't even try. No reason to excel at all--the best you will get is "meets expectations". Pay is below average in many jobs. Every department is understaffed so nothing ever gets done.

    Advice to Management

    Your HR strategy is hire people just out of college and keep them until they quit. Think about compensating your employees in proportion to their skill. Stop being so worried about taxes and hire the people you need for success.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good if you're desperate for 40 hours, pleasant office, and benefits. Don't bother if you have opinions and vision.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Professional Photographers of America full-time

    Pros

    Comfortable offices in downtown Atlanta. Frequent perks of fruit, outings to entertainment, extra day off. High level of customer service for members. Many dedicated/good employees in the ranks.

    Cons

    30+% turnover in one year. Leadership has very limited project and people management knowledge and it shows throughout. Due to sense of paranoia at the top, presenting differing views or asking too many questions undermines trust. Performance reviews are stuck at "meets expectations" with no desire to have employees excel. Bonus and salary increase are equally distributed.

    Advice to Management

    Take an honest assessment of excessive turnover and why morale is so low. Take better care of your high potentials and top performers or they will continue to go to your competitors. Take a hard look at core business competencies and drop those that are a drain. Stop the mixed messages of supposedly respecting your employees, yet maintaining such a level of distrust that you actively monitor communications.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Starts off bad

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    Pros

    Competently run office. Nice, friendly staff. They care about members.

    Cons

    This is a company that puts, "Resumes without salary history will not be considered," in its job ads. I should have known something was up when I saw that. That means they are not looking for the best people to serve the members, but workers they can cheat before they even come on board by leveraging personal information.

    Advice to Management

    The board needs to put a leash on the CEO and stop sending such a negative message to the public about the organization. If you don't know what your jobs are worth, you shouldn't be running an association. If you do and are still demanding personal salary info, you're trying to screw potential employees.


  9. Helpful (2)

    This company has a lot of potential but is chronically understaffed

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The work is challenging and fast paced. They try hard to keep employees happy with things like company outings, unannounced bonuses, and extra time off.

    Cons

    Chronic understaffing. Work load is such that employees constantly have to cut corners. No time is allowed for professional development. At times employees cannot take advantage of perks like extra time off due to workload.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate the staffing level and the workload. Pick important projects and let unprofitable ones go. Don't try to complete so many projects at once. Define your core business and stick to it.


  10. Better equipped with fine arts

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Assistant Photographers in Attingal (India)
    Current Contractor - Assistant Photographers in Attingal (India)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Professional Photographers of America as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Access to the world and grab the snaps

    Cons

    costly rather than the output

    Advice to Management

    explore the unexplored



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