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  1. "Photography Assistant"

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    I worked at Sumner Photography

    Pros

    Nice incentives, work hours go fast

    Cons

    On your feet all day, very early start times

    Sumner Photography2013-12-17
  2. "It's perfect as a 2nd job"

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    Former Employee - Photographer in San Marcos, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sumner Photography part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I've been working for Sumner Photography for about four years as a photographer. It's a seasonal position and it's perfect as a side job however the hours do vary on a weekly basis. The nice perk is having flexibility if you have another job, they're willing to work with your schedule. They also compensate you for gas and as another bonus you'll have weekends off since their business caters to schools. For the most part you'll be working at the schools and interacting with the kids and school staff. In these cases, it's important to be energetic with the kids to make them feel welcome (it does help when it comes it getting a reaction). Sometimes you'll be helping at their offices with quality control, equipment maintenance, scheduling, etc. The people are great to work with for the most part and its very close knit amongst the team. It can be a fun job for the most part but again this is only meant to be a second job since it is part time seasonal.

    Cons

    As you're shooting, your work is being monitored at the office and management will call you out on minor mistakes without realizing what the situation is at the school or with the student in question. Creativity is extremely limited. The poses you're required to shoot look forced and it shows. When shooting for a natural look, you will get called out. The larger the school, the busier it will get and you're forced to power through all the kids and uphold quality standards. At the same time quality will gradually diminish because you and your assistant are rushing to get each class done and on schedule. Sometimes the management doesn't see this issue. For the amount of detail you're required to enforce onto a portrait and handling the with stress of working with the kids, the compensation is minimal with no raises for the returning employees. Advancement opportunities are extremely low for returning employees. Despite having a few returning Picture Day Supervisors, some of those positions are given to new employees who have no experience with the company. Sometimes the management doesn't seem to regard employee issues and tend to give you the cold shoulder.

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    Sumner Photography2020-03-13
  3. "Worst Company I have ever worked for"

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    Former Employee - Senior Photographer in Orange, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sumner Photography part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The only pro was photographing the awesome students at the schools.

    Cons

    As a former employee of Sumner, I can honestly say that Sumner is the most unprofessional, unscrupulous, cheap, shoddy company I have ever worked for. They cut corners everywhere and treat their employees horribly, very abusive. I would not recommend that anyone use their services. They overcharge for their photos, do a bad job and they have no respect for their employees. They promise you a bonus (at the end of the season) if you show up on time, etc., then they don't give it to you!

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    Sumner Photography2014-10-01

    Sumner Photography Response

    October 27, 2014Photography Department Manager

    Hi, this is Travis C., Photography Department Manager and head of HR at Sumner Photography. The employee who posted this review was let go mid-season due to numerous complaints from other employees and two separate incidents that resulted in unusable photographs from two schools. Per our bonus agreement, since this employee was terminated prior to the end of the season, she forfeited her end-of-season bonus. Further, there is no such title at our company as "Senior Photographer". We always strive to take care of our employees, whether they are full-time or seasonal, and offer higher rates than most other seasonal jobs out there. We also offer training on the cameras and reference letters, even to those that only work with us for 1-2 months during the season. We wish this former employee all the best in their future ventures and only want to make sure both sides of the story are heard.

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  4. "Fast Paced assembly line of production"

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    Photo Editor in San Marcos, CA
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    I worked at Sumner Photography

    Pros

    Great staff and management, consistant hours, weekends off.

    Cons

    Pay was ok, if needed time off it was hard to come by, seasonal type of job

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    Sumner Photography2011-12-14

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