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Portrait Innovations Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Pay is good for someone with no experience (in 28 reviews)

  • Pay is great, working with kids, co workers are funny (in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • You need to keep your sales average steady or they WILL fire you or coerce you to quit (in 38 reviews)

  • If you start as part time & want full time & are a minority, good luck getting it (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Studio Manager"

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

    I have been working at Portrait Innovations full-time

    Pros

    good starting pay, fun atmosphere to work in, will relocate you to different states if you are interested,a lot of room to move up in the company.

    Cons

    if you don't sell high packages then you are disposable to them, not enough props are sent out to studios


  2. "Fun, but too much stress"

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

    I have been working at Portrait Innovations full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a good way to get some photography experience and they pay is great. If your sells are high, you move up pretty quit and you have job security. Overtime pay during the Christmas season is nice too, as long as you don't mind the stress of so many customers.

    Cons

    If you aren't making the company enough money, they'll let you go. Doesn't matter how long you've been working with them. You don't get much free range with creativity. You have to get a certain amount of shots quickly. Customers tend to bring in unrealistic Pinterest poses they want you to get with a fussy kid. Corporate doesn't care about their employees. They just want as much money as possible, but that's any corporate job. This job is a lot of stress, it can wear you down.

  3. "its ok"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Photographer in South Hills, PA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate/Photographer in South Hills, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get to work with lots of different people and learn so many things.

    Cons

    Always shorthanded
    Don't know how to treat employees well
    Expect you to pretty much live there no matter what

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees better.


  4. "Photographer/Sales Associate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL

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

    Pros

    Move up fast if your sales are good. Easy job, most the time.

    Cons

    Bad management. I ended up training new employees myself as a pt associate. Pressure to sell vs customers only coming in for coupons is annoying.

    Advice to Management

    Better time management. Give your employees more one on one time with customers and more flexibility in the camera room.


  5. "Your studio is everything"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Portrait Innovations part-time

    Pros

    It's great to work with both repeat and unique families. I really loved my studio. My coworkers were great and a lot of fun and I really enjoyed the work and staying busy.

    Cons

    I had a fantastic studio, but I have heard bad stories about other studios. Stressful appointment scheduling and bad management, usually. I never had to travel because of my school schedule, but traveling is required which was not something I personally wanted to do.


  6. "Stressful"

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    Former Employee - Studio Manager
    Former Employee - Studio Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Enjoying the education everyday more and more for photography

    Cons

    Based on avg, company doesnt care at all about any of their employees


  7. "Fun job, horrible company to work for"

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

    I have been working at Portrait Innovations full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It is fun to take the photos and be a part of special moments in customers' lives. You do get moved up to management pretty quickly. However, there's no pay raise unless you're studio manager.

    Cons

    This company does not care about their employees and there is no job security. I've been working here full-time for 8 months and they cut me to part time with no warning, solely based on sales average. I had been doing very well in improving my sales, making goals and exceeding them, and was a candidate to take over the studio as manager. And they still did that to me. They did the same thing to several other employees, while I've been here. I not only lost the hours, but I was patiently waiting for my year review to be considered for a raise, and my tenure completely started over. The company is money hungry and I could go on and on about how they have taken advantage of their employees and lead them on with possibilities of raises that never happen.

    During busy seasons, you can kiss your lunches and breaks goodbye. You can go 12 hours without even a 15 minute break.

    There is not much creativity. You have to pose how they tell you and sell how they tell you.

    Advice to Management

    It's not all about numbers! Treating your employees right will motivate them to push themselves to improve.

  8. "Overdrive"

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    Former Employee - Photographer in Normal, IL
    Former Employee - Photographer in Normal, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Portrait Innovations (More than a year)

    Pros

    Advancement opportunities. They promote from within because of the rigorous training programs they have.

    Cons

    Advancement due to turnover! They fire people left and right and if you do make it to management the expectations can be outrageous and travel is 90% of the time.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on your employees and customers and less on impossible sales goals!


  9. "Enjoyed taking photos"

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    Current Employee - Portrait Photographer in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Portrait Photographer in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Took photos pretty much all day! Also got to work with lots of kids which is fun. Great equipment and props to work with as well.

    Cons

    I didn't enjoy going through the sales pitch with the client after taking their photos. A lot of time they just wanted the special, but I still had to show them every package available.


  10. "Just awful"

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    Former Employee - Assistant Manager On Duty in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager On Duty in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Portrait Innovations full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great entry level pay, most customers were fun, awesome coworkers.

    Cons

    The company is awful, management doesn't care about employees, you will NEVER get a weekend off between October and June, there's a high turnover rate for employees so you will always be understaffed.

    Advice to Management

    Close the studios.


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