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Lifetouch Reviews

Updated April 9, 2017
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  • Pay is low for the responsibilities and wear and tear on your car (in 29 reviews)

  • Low pay; not ideal for the creative photog type as it is a corporate environment (in 52 reviews)

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  1. "Commision job"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Photogrpher for Church Directory in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Photogrpher for Church Directory in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lifetouch full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I gained a lot of experience photographing and working with all types of groups and people.
    I got travel all over Oregon and Washington state.

    Cons

    I worked for the Church directories division, which is a straight commission job. If we got sent to poorer churches the sales where low, which means we worked very long days for less than minimum wage.
    They are more interested in people who can sell than people who can tke great photographs.

    Advice to Management

    Assign a sales person to each photographer let them do the sales, which is what they are good at.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Shame on Lifetouch!!!"

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    Former Employee - Lifetouch Photographer in Indian Trail, NC
    Former Employee - Lifetouch Photographer in Indian Trail, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lifetouch part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Different location everyday, not much work on nights or weekends. The people were pretty nice and photography is the best part of the job.

    Cons

    As a photographer, they expect you to lug around 200 pounds of their ragged-out, nasty equipment in your personal vehicle. It will fill your trunk as well as back seat. Anyone can easily see the Lifetouch logo on the cases and then break into your car to steal it. The real problem, however, with this company is that not only are you expected to drag all the equipment with you each day, you are expected to arrive no later than 6 am and what you get for all this manual labor is a mere $9.50 per hour!!! Wait, it's only $7.50 per hour for your 2 hour drive to the school and then $9.50 per hour while you're photographing the children. The pay is horrible and totally not worth it. Lifetouch preaches this family values ESOP mentality and then pays the photographers less than you'd make working for Chik-fil-a. Shame on the management. The turnover obviously is very high and the quality of photographers is very low since anyone good will not put up with the low wages. Also, you are expected to drive up to 2 hours each way on any given day. Assignments are not prioritized by your home location. You will put thousands of miles on your own vehicle, wear and tear and you will get paid a mere $7.50 (minimum wage) for your travel time. It's a no-brainer: stay away from this company! Lifetouch will use and abuse you and your car.

    Advice to Management

    Pay the photographers at least $15 per hour. Get new equipment when it's worn out or abused. Treat your employees like you care. Nobody should have to work so hard for so little. Value your people and pay better so they will stay.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Trash company. All four branches."

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    Current Employee - Lead Photographer in Fort Myers, FL
    Current Employee - Lead Photographer in Fort Myers, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lifetouch full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you like training on photography that won't help you in the future. You can transfer to different branches if you want to work all year. But, church directory is commission base. Preschool is hard and no pay. JcPenny gives no hours. School photography is the only place you can maybe learn something.

    Cons

    Pays less than McDonald's
    They lie to you
    Say bye to your car because of the miles put on and .04 a mile to replace it.
    In season you have no life working many hours at no pay
    Out of season you'll have to find a new job unless someone pays your bills for you.

    Advice to Management

    I hope you're happy that you'll run it into the ground. All that stock you have is going to be worthless soon.


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  5. "Start in as full time only to be told it's part time"

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    Former Employee - PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER in North Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER in North Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lifetouch full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Fun at work and getting to meet new people

    Cons

    LOW pay, longer than stated hours, wear on your car, out of state and hotel stays is alright but pay back was very poor, and slow. Want you to carry loads of equipment and antiquated cameras. Equipment break downs was high. Commission only at the fab rate of 16% of sales.. too many bookings and not enough time between each.. very few bathroom breaks even..

    Advice to Management

    Get new equipment and pay professional photographers more not on commission only.
    You need to stop being a skin flint company...


  6. "Painful Place to Work"

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    Former Employee - Production in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Production in Eden Prairie, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lifetouch full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Seeing kids pictures with their smiling faces everyday
    Some very nice and fun people to work with
    Corporate Headquarters is very nice, new and modern
    ESOP (but is getting to be less and less)

    Cons

    Horrible work systems (webpage, MRP, ordering, etc.)
    Employee makeup - either they have been there forever (mostly management) and are stuck in their ways, which kills new insights, opportunity, imagination, enthusiasm or they are people in the beginning stages of their professional career. Basically the people there are either there to finish up their careers and don't want to see any change or they have just started at the company AND once these employees figure out how crummy it is working their and get some experience on their resume they bolt.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in info-structure and systems... A LOT!!
    Bring in young creative people and do what it takes to keep them.
    Get rid of most of the mid-level managers that have been there for 15+ years.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "You will work hard and live in abject poverty"

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    Former Employee - PPS in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - PPS in Albuquerque, NM
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lifetouch full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoy meeting new people
    Enjoyed doing photography
    Paycheck automatically deposited
    They'll hire anyone (actually a con if you,are,a real photographer like myself?

    Cons

    Low, straight commissions
    Layed off more often that worked
    Travel mostly out of state with inadequate reimbursement
    Eqipment old, outdated and frequently does not work properly
    Schedules humanly impossible to maintain
    Looong hours without breaks - even for bathroom
    Pay+work+long hours = well under minimum wage...even for 20 years ago

    Advice to Management

    Lay down Church division


  8. Helpful (1)

    "This job will bankrupt you!"

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    Former Employee - Photographer in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Photographer in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lifetouch part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Learn a little bit about photography.

    Cons

    Very low pay, that does not cover the cost to fix your car from all of the were and tear. Management does not care if you travel 200 miles in a day and the school canceled, and you don't earn any money.

    Advice to Management

    don't be greedy!


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Candid Photographer"

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    Former Employee - Candid Photographer in Bensalem, PA
    Former Employee - Candid Photographer in Bensalem, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to practice your craft at high school and college events and expand your portfolio.

    Cons

    No raises. Ridiculous travel. Unscrupulous management practices. Excessive mileage placed on your own vehicle at the lowest reimbursement (10% of the price of gas... .23 cents a mile ish versus government rate of .56). The modern equivalent of working for the mine owners and being paid in script. Join for a season or two and learn and leave. No ability to feed a family on their salary.

    Advice to Management

    Retire. You are so disconnected from reality it is insulting you have a job.


  10. "Bad Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cypress, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cypress, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lifetouch part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I liked the side light system they had. To bad it was broken most of the time.

    Cons

    I work in a location where all the props were broken and falling apart.

    Advice to Management

    They need a better training program and equipment that works and doesn't break all of the time.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Trianer, equipment manager, photographer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Virginia Beach, VA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Lifetouch full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work with some great people

    Cons

    Under paid, to much equipment to transport and lift. Not compensated for wear and tear on cars with the additional wieght being in your cars. Damages your body and the inside of your car. G et sent on jobs that need more people then needed and you have to do the job of two people with no appreciation or bonuses. Management is non active, and makes promises they have no intention of honoring.



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