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Photogenic Reviews

Updated February 11, 2018
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Pros
  • Day shift, meet new people, work with younger crowd (in 5 reviews)

  • It's a great environment to work in, definitely can be a fun summer job (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay, high stress, underappreciated, overworked, terrible management, cranky guests, work uniforms are terrible, extremely high turnover rate (in 5 reviews)

  • Low pay, people are cranky because they don't want their picture taken (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Operations Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Photogenic is a unique business. It is a fun environment and it is what you make of it. I thoroughly enjoy all aspects of management and Photogenic has helped me grow into a better leader.

    I enjoy being a mentor to our front line staff, and it is always great to see someone grow from their first shift to becoming a Lead or a Supervisor.

    Cons

    Due to the nature of our industry (customer service & hospitality) it can be challenging to retain employees.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communication open. I have not always felt supported in my role as a manager, but that has changed over the past few years and I am pleased with the direction we are going in.


  2. "awesome company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Norfolk, VA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Norfolk, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Photogenic full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    this company has soooo many amazing opportunities.

    Cons

    low hours in off season

    Advice to Management

    just communicate more openly. Explain the why.

  3. "photographer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Photogenic part-time

    Pros

    great when its nice out

    Cons

    not so great when its cold out


  4. "sales trainer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Photogenic full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I met people from all over, they work with your school schedule, was able to work at a national monument every day and advanced my photography skills. Local managers worked extra hard to bring little surprises to lift your spirits when you are being over worked.

    Cons

    We were forced to work in the extreme elements and were not provided proper provisions until I handed them my doctors bill. We were not provided rain jackets for my first year and were not allowed to wear our own (when we finally were able to get rain jackets we had to share 4 coats with 18 workers) , we were not provided sunscreen or hats until I wrote to HR, not to mention, we were forced to work up to 14 hours a day with a 30 minute break that was supposed to be used to drive to your next shift. Management would gossip with staff and bully them into quitting. Our manager let their personal life and alcohol problem directly effect our schedules and attitude of the day. I broke my thumb on the job and instead of being sent to the doctor immediately, I was expected to work until the end of my shift. When I finally went to the doctor, the company took forever to pay the bill and I was sent into collections. The managers do not stick up for employees. A dedicated coworker was fired for asking the host venues family to wait literally one moment for an 80 year old couple to take their photo before theirs, they were irate and demanded my coworker was fired. I was sexually harassed and stood up for myself, the manager of the venue stood up for me however the manager of the city made me feel if I had done something wrong for standing up for myself and used my story to tell other employees in training as an example of "what not to do."
    They do not respect religious holidays.
    To ask me why I stayed so long would be a great question. I would have to say it's like watching a sinking ship...you just can't stop watching.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Give them a voice. So many mistakes were made that could have been avoided if the right people were in charge.


  5. "great job for being in school"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Photographer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Photographer in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    the manager was pretty flexible with my class schedule and my coworkers were nice

    Cons

    customer service jobs are always annoying....


  6. "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Photogenic part-time

    Pros

    flexible schedule good for students

    Cons

    Low hours not ideal for long term


  7. "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Photo Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Photo Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Photogenic part-time

    Pros

    Free access to the (I worked a sea dog only) ships, and the museum (science and industry). Every once in a while employees received free lunch. Meet new people. Good job if you are home from college and need a summer job

    Cons

    If you work at Navy Pier, you are standing their rain or shine. It was very annoying. The staff was very cliquey, very high school ish. When I worked at the museum, it was cool.

  8. "Photogenic"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Team Leader in San Antonio, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun environment, working as a team, gives you great photography experience, meet new people, one of my favorite jobs I've had

    Cons

    Being outside in any weather, flaky coworkers and high turnover rate

    Advice to Management

    Find employees that understand what is expected of them


  9. "Easy work, poor management"

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    Former Employee - Lead Photographer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Lead Photographer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Photogenic part-time

    Pros

    Fasted paced work, fun environment

    Cons

    Poor management, ineffective systems for covering shifts

    Advice to Management

    Have more respect for your emplyees


  10. "Sales Photographer"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Photogenic part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are no pros here.

    Cons

    Working outside 365 days of the year; no matter rain, sleet, snow or heat wave. Terrible pay with not much room for advancement.


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