Ted's Camera Stores
2.4 of 5 5 reviews
www.teds.com.au Melbourne, Australia

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    Career Advancement?...not at TED's.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsFriendly store and upper management, product knowledge expansion is great. There is productive encouragement when achieving sales.

    ConsIf you're happy to work for minimum wage, combined with pathetic discounts (you get more at JB HI-FI) and get no career advancement with obnoxious staff then this place is for you.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlease provide some incentives to future employees, they may to actually want to stick around. Employees should not have to seek out career progression constantly.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    It's an interesting place to work, but you have to be happy being a grunt and staying that way.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt's not hard to go to work when you get to talk & learn about cameras all the time. If you have an active interest in photography it's a useful resource when it comes to people able to give advice, and staff discount on equipment.

    ConsThere is really no room for promotion unless someone quits, or gets fired. If you get hired a as a casual, expect to stay that way. And don't expect management to take any constructive suggestions on board. And as mentioned by another staff member on here... the discount is usually what you can talk JB HI FI into doing if you smile at them nicely.

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    Fun environment, zero career advancement.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFor the main part staff are fun to work with, product is interesting and evolving.

    ConsUnless your buddies with certain guys in head office you have zero chance of any career progression with this company.

    Not a progressive environment, initiative is not encouraged, rewarded or condoned.

    Staff discount is a joke, so much so that a lot of staff shop at JB.

    Wage is what they legally have to give you, commissions are not worth showing up for.

    Advice to Senior ManagementActually listen to what your staff are saying for a change and stop basing promotions on the wrong criteria.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Ted's a Great Family Business

    Store Manager (Current Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsTeds Camera Store offer a fantastic enviroment to work in ,each store has a group of employees who operate as team and have their own goals to achieve,also they offer a great range of fun products to sell.There are a range of extra $ incentives offered to sales staff over their basic wage.Many staff members have been at Ted's for over 20 Years and now have their siblings working at Ted's,so it truely is a family business.As Ted's open more stores interstate there are more opportunities opening up for management roles.

    ConsBeing a Company owned business with Head Office management there are some constrants on individuality.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to store staff and act of feedback when given

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great for those who love stability, nightmare for those who wish to excel.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Melbourne (Australia)

    ProsTed's offer several real benefits as an employer, most of all that they really allow for your individual approach towards selling, whilst still maintaining a high-level of training and consistency amongst the team, meaning that there is a very strong sense of self within the company. There is also excellent support when it comes to personal issues outside of work, again pertaining to respect for the individual. For example, many employess have quit for personal reasons and were welcomed back with open arms, with no negative implications regarding ones own choices in their life. As such there are many long time employees serving well over 25 years and up in every store.

    ConsThe biggest downside is the lack of encouragement and motivation from superiors. As an employee I have on many occasions asked for more work with greater responsibility, and have been given a very cold response. On those occasions when I have just gone above and beyond my responsibilities there has been scarcely any feedback. There are many promises made about opportunities to excel and improve your career, yet there has been no proof of any such positive direction as of yet. Worst of all though is that management are irresponsible and DO NOT LISTEN to employees needs or recommendations when it comes to improvements to the operations of the company. If you have a suggestion as to how a process or method of operation can be improved, it will be ignored almost every time. This is not the company to work for if you wish to excel at what you do, let alone be recognised for it. Finally, the pay stinks... Almost all employees are at national minimum wage (as far as i'm aware).

    Advice to Senior ManagementReflecting on the downsides of working for Ted's is that many of the problems stem from the fact that senior management have been in the company for a long time and are seemingly afraid of change or growth, because what has always worked should continue to do so... Times are changing and its about time to wake up! Listen to staff, they deal with the customers every single day, face to face... stats dont say everything. Consider that living up to promises means a lot to your employees, and that your regular lies are very clearly seen... You say the fingerprint scanner doesn't keep actual photos of the fingerprint? It does... read the website, read the manual... Just saying this to keep the employees quiet about their privacy concerns is an insult and a probable legal concern.

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