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iStockphoto Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Perfect place for skilled photographer, but now it's ruined - hope to the better tomes ;-)

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    Current Employee - Photographer in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Photographer in New York, NY

    I have been working at iStockphoto part-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good income and alot of the freedom and creativity - but just for great photographer.

    Cons

    For now it's many destructive changed there. Will see ;-(

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Only Good for Hobbyist Photographers

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    Current Employee - Contributing Artist
    Current Employee - Contributing Artist

    I have been working at iStockphoto as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There were pros ten years ago, but with all of the changes in the last few years, I honestly can't think of a single one.

    Cons

    You will completely lose control of your intellectual property.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great in the past but now it is totally destroyed

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Exclusive Contributor
    Current Employee - Exclusive Contributor

    I have been working at iStockphoto as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    exclusivity at the iStockPhopto provide higher commission rates, and possibility to sell photos at GettyImages

    Cons

    all new marketing at iStockPhoto is the war against contributors, especially against exclusive artists. Many benefits like self-nomination to the + collection and partner program closed. Higher rates almost unreachable. downloads and earning decreases constantly. Inspection is unpredictable, at the one side all high inspection standards was destroyed, at the other side, now it is almost impossible to put photos into higher (+ and Vetta) collections and as a result to sell them at Getty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Maybe Getty/iStock increased earning, but contributors not. Many exclusived dropped their crowns and many will do it soon. iStock without really great and fresh exclusive content and exclusive contributors will ost his own exclusivity too and will be just one in the row.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Sales are great, but they could use some work on contributor relations

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Exclusive Contributor
    Current Employee - Exclusive Contributor

    I have been working at iStockphoto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There is a great contributor base, consistent sales as an exclusive contributor, and passive income is always a welcome income stream

    Cons

    Management rarely show interest or compassion towards the contributor. Independent contributors are treated very poorly, with the industry's lowest royalty rates. Royalty rates continue to be cut, even as prices for buyers are increased. Maintaing your current royalty level has become particularly hard with the introduction of the RC system. Many have reported a downward trend in sales for the last 12-18 months.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Just don't.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at iStockphoto full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Nice "seeming" people which is about all. Benefits kick in immediately. Yoga Thursday. Free bagels and fruit. Trying to get 20 word minimum.

    Cons

    Undervalued staff, politics, no chance for advancement, you can't become an all-rounder as everyone jealously guards their little niche and heaven forbid if you go searching for answers. It's ridiculous. Snobbery, pomposity and if you're female you must be smiling all the time lest you offend delicate sensibilities. Terrible management practises, unethical.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't advertise for staff if you're going to fire them the day before the probationary period ends after they work their tail off cleaning up the mess left by idiotic business decisions - which funnily enough corresponded with the three.month period. Be ethical, advertise the position as contract. Stop jealously guarding your little niches, a business cannot function without staff having working knowledge of each area and being allowed to learn. Try actually running a business properly and stop throwing money away on ridiculous "compensation" claims. Be firm with your customers to gain their respect instead of being pushovers. Back up your staff.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people and fun but culture declining

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at iStockphoto full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Initially lots of fun, had amazing coworkers and great family like atmosphere. Beers on Friday's and pizza lunches often. They are very good at maintaining that work-life balance portion.

    Cons

    Watching Getty slowly take over and take away what made iStock's culture and then pretend it wasn't happening. People will embrace change if you are more transparent. They implemented a performance management tool that was of little value but was there to appear that you had influence on your raise. HR is useless but only because they operate with their hands tied to Getty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Decent job for the right person

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at iStockphoto

    Pros

    It's great to be able to work from home and this job is something that I really enjoyed.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, the time that I put into my projects was excessive for the pay that I was receiving. I think you have to be very skilled and be on top of what people are looking to buy in order to be successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Managers need to read their mission statement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Relations Representative in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Client Relations Representative in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at iStockphoto full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Physical workplace, nice. Casual working environment. peers were great, friendly and supportive. Lots of fun activities

    Cons

    Senior management did not walk their own talk , mission statement "no silos". No training in PS or AI. No formal agent improvement process. Support or help came from peers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide basic PS & AI training. Have a formal (more supportive) process improvement plan for your agents

    Doesn't Recommend
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great people; not a technology company; slow at making changes

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    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Former Employee - Applications Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I worked at iStockphoto full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great people: lots of fun people to work with (although most of them have left by now)
    Excellent work/life balance, they do strive on making sure people do not work overtime.

    Cons

    Don't be fooled: iStock is a content company, not a technology company. This means the priorities of the business are much different than other true tech companies. They've also done their fair share to distances themselves from the iStock community and contributors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more respect to the employees that have demonstrated their skills; take a more balanced approach technology and content; focus on the things that made iStock unique back in the old days.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible work environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)
    Current Employee - Applications Developer in Calgary, AB (Canada)

    I have been working at iStockphoto full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    I've met some really amazing people while working at Istockphoto. The hours can be flexible and there's definitely a good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Terrible management. I've met a couple of pretty amazing managers at Istockphoto, however, the amazing managers are the exception rather than the rule. As a developer you will waste a lot of time on processes that don't matter. You will spend far less time actually writing code. Management is extremely passive aggressive and manipulative. You only get ahead if you're willing to play the political game. Don't waste your time working for istockphoto.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I realize that you have to justify your relevancy, you need to realize that it is your employees that have made you look good and relevant. Get rid of the incompetent managers, get rid of the politics, and focus on delivering real results and not a bunch of irrelevant metrics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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