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Photogenic Reviews

Updated November 15, 2017
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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. "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....


  2. "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

  3. "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.


  4. "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


  5. "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


  6. "Sales Photographer"

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    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.


  7. "Interesting Job, Bad Management, Backstabbing Coworkers"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Photographer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Photographer in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You learn how to deal with customers in a face pace environment. You get to work in fun tourist places around the city and get to take photographs to make everyone smile.

    Cons

    The management only care about sales, not about customers. They hire all kinds of people and then fire them later after finding out they been stealing from the company. I witnessed management firing five to seven new employees due to either thief or bad customer service.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people that you know are going to be faithful to the company and won't disrespect what Photogenic is all about. Also start drug testing new potential hires and do background checks.

  8. "What's it like working at The Willis Tower/Skydeck"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Photogenic part-time

    Pros

    -Get to have passes to other venues in Chicago like the Shedd Aquarium, Museum of Science and Industry, and Navy Pier.
    -Get more experience with customer service.
    -Learn a little more about how to adjust a camera or photo to please customers.
    -Get 10%-15 discount at the gift shops.
    -Learn how to multitask more efficiently.
    -Sometimes the manager or supervisor working a night shift on a busy evening will buy pizza or other food for the staff members.

    Cons

    -Be prepared to meet rude people from all over the world.
    -There's not enough space to help every customer.
    -Most of the time we're understaffed.
    -You will never get off on time if you have a shift on a weekend.
    -When we're understaffed you don't get your full 30min break. You are given 15min Instead on busy days.
    -They expect you to work no matter what condition you are in whether you're sick or severely ill.

    Advice to Management

    They should schedule more people to help out throughout the weekend. When I applied for this job I was told everyone is needed to work on weekends and holidays.


  9. "Photographer"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Photographer in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Photographer in Phoenix, AZ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free zoo membership. Maybe some customer service expirience...

    Cons

    WORST MANAGEMENT EVER!! This place doesn't even give you your breaks. Emailed HR and called about the poor working conditions I was told that I wasn't telling the truth. HR acted like it was the biggest hassle to get some cold water to the photographers working in the middle of a Phoenix, AZ Summer. Oh yeah and they still haven't provided water.. I guess they still think I'm lying. The current supervisor for Phoenix spys on you, ignores you and is not good at communicating. She randomly would take shifts away from people using it as a punishment. In fact she fired me and I had to call HR located in Chicago to find out... my supervisor didn't even bother to tell me. The week before "letting me go" she cut my hours as a punishment for throwing my back out and not being able to walk, much less stand for 4 hours in 115 degree weather. The pay is terrible and there is no opportunity for growth. The people in charge aka your bosses are super incompetent they don't care about their employees. They make you call a random person named Brittany who lives thousands of miles away to tell her that you're sick or whatever if Brittany is busy or doesn't have service or just doesn't answer they blame you. Your entire employment future with this company depends on a random girl thousands of miles away who has only answered her phone once for me. I never went to an orientation, never was anything explained to me, they didn't even give me a copy of the handbook. Do yourself a favor and do not work for this company. It's probably the worst management I've ever had and everyone is miserable because we deal with incompetent people and make no money doing it.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN TO YOUR EMPLOYEES!!!! Every review you have here is bad... wake up!! People want to work for you for more than just a few months.. give them a reason to. Also give people their breaks and water I mean jeeze. Maybe try caring about your employees I hear it does wonders for retention and productivity.


  10. "Great experience!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Photogenic full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity! The experience I gained from recruiting is something I will always be thankful for. Staff in HQ is small but friendly and welcoming.

    Cons

    Pay could have been better, no annual reviews for bonus/higher pay opportunities


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