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George Street Photo & Video Reviews

Updated August 13, 2018
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Pros
  • "Assignment managers in the Chicago office are really easy to work with" (in 5 reviews)

  • "Friendly co-workers, laid back environment and dress code" (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • "Low pay and constant demand for productivity" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Brides don’t meet photographer until right before wedding" (in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Great company. Great work environment."

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    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Director of Marketing in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at George Street Photo & Video full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I’ve been working for George Street for almost 5 years and love it! We help make a difference for one of the most important days in someone’s life - their wedding day. It’s a great company and the work environment is both fast-paced and easy-going.

    -Collaborative team
    -Strong focus on making clients happy
    -The team is empowered to serve the clients
    -Opportunities for growth
    -Recognition for doing a great job
    -Stocked cereal bar and fresh fruit
    -Easy-going atmosphere - casual attire, great music, open loft space

    Cons

    Because it’s a fast-paced environment, flexibility is key. This type of culture provides an environment where you can learn and grow professionally. But if you’re someone who doesn’t like change, this might not be the right place for you.


  2. "Enjoyable workplace"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at George Street Photo & Video full-time

    Pros

    George Street has a very relaxed working atmosphere. Yes, the work is fast paced and the clients can be demanding. Management is happy to let you work out solutions on your own, stepping in only when asked to or if it's absolutely necessary.

    Cons

    It's a small company, so there's not a lot of opportunities for advancement.

  3. "Director of IT"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at George Street Photo & Video full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Working at George Street Photo & Video for the past 8 years has been a thrilling and exciting adventure. Each employee is seen as equals and their ideas are heard. Every employee truly cares about the customer and their experience. The prep leading up to a couples wedding day, their Wedding Day, and thereafter is everyone’s top priority. Being in IT it’s our job that we keep the customer's data secure while moving it quickly through the delivery process. The technology used to manage this process is constantly changing to meet the new demands of the digital age. We have to keep up with technology and are given the freedom to explore new innovative ideas.

    The culture is awesome and fun. The space is located in a really cool loft in the up and coming River North neighborhood with really nice cafes/restaurants/bars and art galleries. With new ones opening all the time.

    Cons

    Not necessarily a con, but there's immense pressure to make sure customers are happy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you're doing. The formula is just right!!


  4. "Cutting edge company!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at George Street Photo & Video full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are many intelligent people working together to better the products and services offered. With constant change in our industry, our company strives to stay on the cutting edge and set an example as the industry leader in wedding photography and videography. Laid back, collaborative environment.

    Cons

    Simplify some of the unnecessarily complicated processes.


  5. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at George Street Photo & Video full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I have been working at George Street for about 6 months now. My favorite thing about working here is the relaxed and laid back environment, while still being professional. The employees are all down to earth people who love what they do and are willing to help with anything that is needed. The management team really cares about their employees and respects their hard work. They keep the workplace fun and upbeat! We also get great benefits and awesome work perks! I love the flexible work schedule and that OT is offered. Overall, George Street is an awesome place to work!

    Cons

    I do not have any cons of working here.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!!


  6. "Unrealistic Expectations and Phony Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at George Street Photo & Video full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Close to the CTA Brown Line. Some cool people that work there.

    Cons

    George Street offers a terrible product - plain and simple. There are almost no in-house creatives. So much of their work is outsourced overseas. Everyone working on the front line has to take all of the blame and upset from the clients. It's extremely hard to stand behind a company when you don't think the product you're selling is good or fair. There is such a disconnect between employees and management and employees in different departments. I had to lie to cover up sales consultant’s mistakes on occasion. This is what put me over the edge personally. I could never morally support a company that lies to their customers. Management seems nice and friendly when you first start out there, but they micro-manage your every move and act very phony with you. I think a lot of why they do that is because they have unrealistic pressure from higher up - which isn't necessarily their fault. The office is big and empty. You can immediately sense when you walk in that perhaps this used to be a booming business with lots of employees, but that has since changed. The pay is WAY too low for the amount of work and responsibility they throw on you so quickly. The work environment is extremely unstable as well. People are fired when they don’t sell enough products and people quit when they realize they’re being overworked and underpaid.

    Advice to Management

    George Street needs to start making a better product. They're spreading themselves too thin and creating unrealistic expectations for their employees.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Low pay! Terrible product and process. Never work here!"

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    Former Employee - Inside Sales
    Former Employee - Inside Sales
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at George Street Photo & Video full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Have the option to work from home

    Cons

    Way underpaid. Always told to do more. Just filling the pockets of the owners. Read the reviews on their work. Brides don’t meet photographer until right before wedding. Any photographer can get hired if they can show 200 shots. Have to lie that it’s a wonderful product when we all know it’s so low quality. Steer clear, you are paid minimum wage when you add up all the time you work.

    Advice to Management

    Revamp yourself. Quality over quantity. My guess you will be out of business by next year if you don’t change how you operate.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "GS works harder to keep up appearances than put effort into a good system and workplace integrity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at George Street Photo & Video full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    office convenient to CTA transit

    Cons

    management, no job security, inconsistent product / service, jobs and processes are outsourced to save money


  9. "Glorified hourly data entry job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at George Street Photo & Video full-time

    Pros

    Mostly young people working there so I made friends. It was decent experience with using Salesforce and I got to dip my toes in social media management.

    Cons

    Low pay and constant demand for productivity. Even if we hit or exceeded our goals, it wasn't good enough. They just have high turnover because they hire cheap, run people ragged and then they quit. There's no chance for promotion or a raise. If you're in the marketing team, you're glorified data entry. They took advantage of my skills and had me doing work outside my job title for a fraction of what they should have paid. I asked to be paid fairly, or even closer to it, and they said no. I quit, they realized how much I was doing, and then hired someone new to do it and paid them double what I had asked for.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees fairly.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "DO NOT WORK HERE!!! Only people more unhappy than employees are the clients."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at George Street Photo & Video full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The two Keurigs in the kitchen, and leaving an hour early on Fridays. That's about it.

    Cons

    Company clearly needs a superhero to step up and turn things around. In comparison to other companies, this company is LIGHT YEARS behind. Constant complaints from clients about product quality (just look at their Yelp page and see for yourself.) It's really sad actually. Actual editors take smoke breaks every hour but other employees don't get small breaks. Micromanaging management that push escalated situations off to you, but then name drops manager titles to clients when it conveniences them. No room for growth unless someone gets fired and they are too lazy to search for someone new. HIGH turnaround. 95% of staff that was there when I was hired is no longer there. All of the pleasant people who worked there are no longer there, and with good reason. People quit when they find out the way that shady things are handled, and when people are fired, management waits on you to gather your belongings and escorts you out in less than 3 minutes like a criminal. If you take too long to pack up, they will ask you to leave and that they will pack up your items and ship them. Glad I left when I did, this company is a sinking ship that is holding on by the skin of its teeth. I would not recommend working here if you actually want to love what you do and believe in the company you work for.

    Advice to Management

    STOP MICROMANAGING. Half of the time the management team is incapable of solving problems but want to talk down to you like an idiot. Stop being condescending and fake. Work towards actually improving things in the company that need to be improved (basically everything) so your clients are happy. Stop making excuses for yourselves and actually make a change, but if you don't its not like the world will miss out on any real talent.


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