Picture People Reviews

Updated Jun 17, 2020

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83 Ratings
Pros
  • "practical experience capturing, editing and printing client photos(in 17 reviews)

  • "Working with kids and being able to create images(in 15 reviews)

Cons
  • "Could be overwhelming for a new photographer with many families and babies coming in daily(in 31 reviews)

  • "You are forced to star search which is walking around and begging people to take pictures right then and there(in 19 reviews)

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  1. "Nice company"

    5.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate/Photographer 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Picture People part-time

    Pros

    Worked with great people, pretty easy to learn. Lots of specials for customers

    Cons

    Not a lot of time shooting with families, feels rushed when working with little ones.

  2. "Fun place to work"

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Photography Sales Specialist in Joliet, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Picture People part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Supportive manager Fun place to work

    Cons

    Stressful and very busy at times Went out of business at my mall

  3. "Fun, busy, limited growth opportunities"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Associate in Lombard, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Picture People part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Fun, busy, many coupons to help customers; employees have a lot of autonomy

    Cons

    Limited product offerings ; when busy, which was often, customers often had to wait longer than expected for photos.

  4. "Company that continues to ask me to come back to them for employment."

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Photographer in Baltimore, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Picture People part-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Steady hours during the week. Good co-workers. Some promotion opportunities. Do give time off for emergencies. Managers are good to get along with. Flexible shifts.

    Cons

    Company that keeps being purchased by other companies after declaring bankruptcy a good company to work at for hourly wages. Only when it becomes problematic to get along with coworkers. Also when it is so slow it becomes difficult to have weekly hours to report to work.

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  5. "Really wanted this to work..."

    3.0
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    Current Employee - Studio Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Picture People full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Photographing families or even just people. interacting with the public. Opportunities in working in different locations with different personalities.

    Cons

    Long hours, and moderate pay. Studio demand over personal health.

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  6. "Fun job. Busy seasonally."

    4.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Lombard, IL

    I worked at Picture People part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with people; got to learn photo taking techniques when not selling;

    Cons

    had to work on weekends (tho expected in this job)

  7. "Fun Job"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Studio Manager in Woodbridge, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Picture People full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Watching families grow and building connections.

    Cons

    Pay is not worth the stress.

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "The staff are great, the upper management could use improvement"

    3.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Picture People part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    practical experience capturing, editing and printing client photos wonderful staff overall great working experience

    Cons

    Low wages for the work you put in Upper management were passive aggressive during their visits and overall uncommunicative. when the studios were being shut down my whole store including management were given next to no notice or explanation from the company and would lose pay if we didn't finish out shifts for the week or two were had left of work

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  9. "Unsafe Work Environment"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Studio Manager in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Picture People full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The clients Taking Photographs My Associate

    Cons

    Where do I even remotely begin? Upper Management. Lack of support or communication. Lack of training. - The new company that took over does not help to support managers and does not provide ample training. Area managers only visit once a month and do not train staff. They hand you a piece of paper telling you how to do things but do not teach you. As a studio manager, you are forced to be the manager, the photographer, the sales person, the IT tech, the electrician, etc. The company only employed about 3 to 4 IT people who mostly work out of their homes and are hardly available to help a nationwide company. The company is based in Texas. As a studio manager, we have to fix our own computers, our printers, our lights, cameras, backgrounds, and more that are breaking down daily. All the equipment is severely out dated and over 4 years old. The company does not replace things but instead does a cheap fix. The studios have barely any space to shoot in or store anything. The studios are very limited on props and have very basic backgrounds that are so old and nasty. Customers complain daily that the company has not gotten new backgrounds in years. Instead the company uses greenscreens which look so over photoshopped and tacky. The customers find it cheesy. If you don't create and push them, you are wrote up. You are expected to meet quotas which you can't due to faulty equipment and overpriced packages. The managers set you up to be a failure. You are forced to star search which is walking around and begging people to take pictures right then and there. If you don't, you are wrote up. You are forced to host events two times a month and text 300 to 500 people per day. Customers complain that you are harassing them. You get a $5 to $10 allowance if you are lucky to get props since 90% of studios lack them. The company refuses to get props for these events. You will also notice unless you are apart of the "special" clique within the company, you will not get help with anything. Safety issues are a major problem too. Tons of broken props or backgrounds, broken equipment, exposed wiring in many studios, water leaks in roofs, etc. Customers complain but they go ignored. Do not even think of ever getting promoted, a raise, or meeting 40 hours per week as a manager. Do not expect overtime either. And if you are one of the unlucky part timers, good luck even seeing 5 hours or more a week and being paid more than $9 per hour. You are told you are the business owner and we are to run our studios like one but you get paid $15 per hour as manager with no way of advancing in the company. I was with the company over two years without a raise or promotion. When asked for one, I was told the company cannot afford it. And do not get me started on Grouponers or couponers! The company constantly puts out an $18 or $26 bundle or $99 CD on the website. They expect you to sell a minimum of $100 and convince people to buy a $300 package when they have these coupons out. Grouponers pay $15 for a $300 package....it is a joke when people call us and tell us they have a Grouponer or other coupon. It is like "of course you do." Yet the company tries to present itself as high end. The frames they sell fall apart so easily. The quality of products is bad, Walgreens has better printing.

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  10. Helpful (1)

    "Bad company to work for."

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Photographer in South Portland, ME
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Picture People part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The assistant manager was great.

    Cons

    They won't take the time to help a slow learner (like myself) learn their new editing system, some guy came and said "This is how you do this and this is how you do this." and left. They eliminated one of my co-workers position 1 week into my employment firing her even though she'd been working there the longest.

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