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"Great company of the wrong path"

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Former Employee - District Manager
Former Employee - District Manager
Recommends
Negative Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at CPI (Missouri) full-time

Pros

Good people in the field. Fun business to work in. Many opportunities for career and salary growth for everyone from PT Assoc. to DM.

Cons

Company does not have a clear path or vision. Communication is terrible and customers and front line employees are bearing the brunt of the poor decisions from marketing and other leaders. So focused on saving a buck are forgetting how to make one.

Advice to Management

Change course before it is too late.

Other Employee Reviews for CPI (Missouri)

  1. "This picture is worth a thousand words....just not many good ones."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Studio Manager
    Former Employee - Studio Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at CPI (Missouri) full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A small amount of photography and sales training.
    The opportunity to meet a lot of really great people and their families and develop relationships.

    Cons

    Equipment, props and backdrops were all old and in terrible condition.
    Not much management training and corporate is very disconnected with the studios.
    Corporate managed by the idea that fear motivates and cared more about the numbers than the happiness of their employees. If they would only realize that happy employees increase numbers.
    I would never recommend this company as a place for long term employment. Fine for someone in school and looking for something part-time.
    As a manager, I was told to schedule the top sellers with the majority of hours each week and cut the hours each week of those employees that weren't top sellers. This made it difficult for employees to get larger sells when they only had a small amount of hours. It also bred more of a competitive environment among my employees than one of a team.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to understand that making your employees all the way down the line happy is important in achieving the numbers. Happy employees will be loyal employees and happy and loyal employees make happy customers and happy customers become loyal customers that are happy to spend their money with you.


  2. "Better off unemployed"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Studio Manager
    Current Employee - Studio Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The line of work is lots of fun and it is easy to create repeat business

    Cons

    The upper level management is extremely unethical and treats their employees very poorly. Managers are paid a very low hourly wage and expected to do more work than anyone else in the company. Employees are treated like work horses who should have no personal life. Don't bother getting sick or trying to use your sick days..you'll be treated like a traitor and given a negative attitude for being sick. District and regional managers are allowed to treat lower management like slaves and talk to them like they are pieces of garbage. The workload keeps increasing but they pay doesn't. Everyone in the Corp office seems to be in a bad mood all the time.district and regional managers need sensitivity training and attitude adjustments. Too much gossip and attitude all around. Company hires dms and rms with zero experience in this field.

    Advice to Management

    Retrain district and regional managers. Most of them have never worked in a studio for longer than a week during training. Update everyone on discrimination laws and hold dms and rms to a higher standard. Make dms and rms work in a studio for at least a two months to gain on the job training and real experience.

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