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CPI (Missouri) Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • interact with great people such as kids and adult (in 6 reviews)

  • Actually helping customers with a great product, capturing lasting memories that can last a lifetime (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Terrible upper management bad decision making (in 8 reviews)

  • Work was supposed to come before home life, especially as a studio manager (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Photographer"

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    Former Employee - Photographer/Sales Associate in Lancaster, OH
    Former Employee - Photographer/Sales Associate in Lancaster, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Making memories for families year after year

    Cons

    They closed without any warning

    Advice to Management

    Walmart sucked! Period..equipment was outdated staff poorly trained horrible bkgrds
    No props!!


  2. "Photo Lab"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities for growth. Excellent recognition and appreciation of good employees.

    Cons

    No work/life balance. Long hours.

  3. "Downhill very fast"

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    Former Employee - Studio Manager
    Former Employee - Studio Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    When I first started I absolutely loved my job. We had a great staff who worked well together. I loved seeing the smile on my customers faces when they saw their pictures. I made some great friends and had several return customers who followed me even after CPI closed their doors.

    Cons

    Pay was a huge one. I started as a seasonal employee and ended as manager. It was hard to find good associates because the ones that were willing to work for min wage and very little hours were kids right out of HS who didn't want to work. We were severely understaffed and underpaid. The equipment was outdated was constantly breaking. Work was supposed to come before home life, especially as a studio manager. We started hearing rumors of the company closing months before it actually did and they continually said no. A week before Easter, the company shut down with absolutely no notice. Most associates found out by walking in to the studio to find a note on the computer saying that the company was done and to get their stuff and leave.

    Advice to Management

    None- company is closed


  4. "low pay lots of work."

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    Former Employee - Photographer in Sears, MI
    Former Employee - Photographer in Sears, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) part-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    interact with great people such as kids and adult.

    Cons

    low pay rate messy props.

    Advice to Management

    pay more get more work done.


  5. "Sears Portrait Studio/CPI Corp"

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    Former Employee - Studio Manager and District Training Manager in Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Studio Manager and District Training Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    *Goal-oriented, sales driven company
    *Opportunities for advancement
    *Comprehensive training and development programs
    *It is a personal business, producing lasting memories for clients and their families.

    Cons

    *High (sometimes unreasonable) expectations on studio management and staff
    *Frequent restructuring of districts and positions
    *Payroll was usually consistent, but when a problem arose it took diligence and time to fix.

    Advice to Management

    Since US locations of the division I worked in are no longer operating, I have no advice for management.


  6. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Store Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people fun work environment

    Cons

    Terrible upper management bad decision making

    Advice to Management

    Make the right investments


  7. "Territory Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midwest, WY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midwest, WY

    Pros

    Leading innovator with portrait industry for over 60 years. I had the opportunity to grow with this Company, learn to network and recruit and put my coaching skills to the test.

    Cons

    They closed unexpectedly, leaving several without positions and no answers. The environment be a me chaotic during certain seasons. Needed to be more competitive within pay rates offers.

    Advice to Management

    This Company has closed. The studios were located inside of Sears Host Manager stores. In most malls/ Sears- they are vacant and still there.

  8. "Had some great times until later years when upper management changed"

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    Former Employee - District Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - District Manager in Jersey City, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The people were amazing didn't matter if it was customers or employees memories were constantly being created and I miss it!

    Cons

    They didn't pay you fairly or treat employees with respect they gave outrageous goals that were most of the time impossible to meet

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees


  9. "District Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) full-time

    Pros

    loved the people I worked with

    Cons

    no longer open. so sad


  10. "Poorly managed"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good coworkers and enjoyable work

    Cons

    Management was poor. Sales expectations where unrealistic.


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