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Couldnt wait to get out
Studio Manager & Photographer (Former Employee) –  Lethbridge, AB17 July 2018
This company is a joke. They treat their employees like garbage and the customers worse. They provide a product that they have no passion about, and it reflects. They give a random person a camera and tell them they are a photographer. Dont do it.
Pros
Meet cool people
Cons
Everything
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Fun place to work, can be very stressful
Photographer and sales associate (Former Employee) –  London, ON29 June 2018
When I first started working for Portraita unlimited it was called CPI Canadian portraits incorporated, when run by them it was very customer oriented, make the customer happy. When the company switched over it started going down hill and was all about money, sales, get people to buy things they don't want. It was a very busy job, you had to know how to multitask as you ran everything by yourself, when I worked out at hydepark they had the funfactory still so I alone ran the portraits; photographing clients, editing photos and upselling the customers. Plus doing the passport photos, upselling luggage tags and passport wallets and well as filling teddy bears and upselling outfits. I also moved around to all four of the locations that they had in London and even covered shifts in st Thomas and strathroy, I managed for a few months at the argyle, hydepark and Westmount location while the managers were off for medical reasons all at seperate times but when I was sent back to my original location they changed my hours from full-time to 6hrs a week so I had no choice but to leave. Since then they've gone down two locations as they couldn't afford to stay open as the company is tanking.
Pros
Fun clients
Cons
Poor management
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parfait pour etudiant
Photographer (Former Employee) –  Laval, QC23 June 2018
après 7 ans la bas j`ai eu a peine 50 cent d`augmentation
et même avec un diplôme professionnel en photographie
les gents avec qui tu travaille sont vraiment exceptionnelle par-contre
sauf les gerantes de district que tu est comme un numéro a faire du cash.
beaucoup de pression sur les ventes, ce qui intéresse les grand boss de bureau est de vendre et non la qualiter de tes photos.
difficile avoir tes heures, et tu est obliger de prendre 1h de dîner sans salaire.
le studio ou je travaillait a fermer c`est porte et il on dit a mes assurance chômage que cétait un départ volontaire.
Pros
collègue, job fun
Cons
salaire, heure, pression
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An awful place to work even temporarily
Associate (Former Employee) –  Greater Toronto Area, ON14 June 2018
Go anywhere else.

The company is failing and instead of implementing newer techonology that reflects what a customer in 2018 wants from their photo sessions, they instead drive sales associates into overdrive. There’s is absolutely no reason why you would want to work here. You will end up stressed and in tears with managers breathing down your back, because THEIR manager is breathing down theirs, etc, etc. Sales goals are never met and you will be expected to answer to why. No one here is happy.

The photos are genuinely poor quality. Mean, unhappy customers. Their on location photography is a joke, with no training, hey, you won’t even feel trained as an in store associate because it doesn’t matter how’s much training you really have- you will fail in this position. There’s is no way to win.

Apply with caution.
Pros
None.
Cons
Too many to name.
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Poor organizational skills
Manager (Former Employee) –  Ontario1 June 2018
If they were to focus on building a business insted of trying to make money by bad advertising they would be a great place to work they need to lay off the employees less pressure and they will have a good company
Pros
Work alone
Cons
Shady sales tatics
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Unreasonable
Photographer/Receptionist (Former Employee) –  Brampton, ON8 May 2018
you are required to make completely unreasonable dead lines while taking photos of families including infants. must go out in Walmart and try and sell packages.
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Work place too small but fun when editing photos
Photographer and Clerk (Former Employee) –  New Glasgow, NS27 April 2018
Fun to take photos when people are open minded but work place was too small for group photos over 3 people present and would be better if two people worked at once. Furthermore most backdrops are too small.
Pros
editing photos
Cons
backdrops and work space too small
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Do 3 people's jobs at once
associate (Former Employee) –  Calgary12 April 2018
Corporate management is only concerned about cost cutting, won't give any time to do overlapping shifts for training or busy periods (unless you have 4 photo shoots booked per hour). You're expected to do a proper photo shoot, and sell them their photos and give good customer service, BUT you have to drop everything and help walk in passport customers.

They expect you to have really good sales but then offer multiple photo shoots and passport photos for the cost of one photo shoot. If a customer doesn't want to buy anything we are supposed to discount all our hard work to almost nothing in a desperate attempt to get some money in the door to keep the company afloat. Any customer that complains gets their photos for free from corporate which only attracts more free loading customers. Then corporate management gets mad at you for low sales. Management is calling you every single day to point out all the unattainable sales goals you haven't met (that are 1.5 times the sales the company made last year) and then makes you tell them what YOU can do to make their situation better. But they will only pay you minimum wage.

On top of all of this you have to bring in 10 new bookings every day by cold call old customers or bothering people in Walmart who just want to be left alone. They never use any real feedback to modernize this company. The cameras are about 20 years old and the studio equipment is constantly breaking. The backdrops are either embarrassingly wrinkled or too small to fit more than 2 people on it. They've been promising renovations for years and then never do anything.
  more... Management will hire anyone that applies here and most of the time they have no photography experience.  less
Pros
customers are nice half the time
Cons
Poor management, unattainable sales goals, tons of pressure
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Creepy Unethical Practices
Photographer (Current Employee) –  Markham, ON10 April 2018
Requires all their employees to exploit Walmart customers because their business is failing. They don't have enough customers because our cellphones can take better pictures than what they can ever hope to achieve. They have to beg customers at Walmart to make ends meet instead of updating their website and social media as leverage.
Pros
You live a shameless life
Cons
You have no pride
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Fun & Challenging
Manager (Current Employee) –  Midland, ON20 March 2018
Very independent
learned administration, photography, basic cleaning and organizing, management and customer service skills.
most enjoyable part of the job would be working with the children and parents in the studio.
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Very fun place to work and meet nice people
Customer Service Associate (Former Employee) –  Ottawa, ON11 March 2018
An amazing place to work is you like to meet and get to know people.
A fast paced environment that teaches you efficiency and attention to detail.
Taking pictures and making people smile is very rewarding.
Pros
Flexible schedule
Cons
Long hours
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Ok
Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Duncan, BC3 March 2018
It was ok working there. I had tons of fun doing the fun factory when it was there and taking baby pictures. Hours was okay I guess and loved it when did birthday parties and doing family photos.
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fun place to work.
ASSISTANT MANAGER/PHOTOGRAPHER (Former Employee) –  South Surrey, BC27 February 2018
Working with lots of families babies and children. fun place to work . definitely need attention to detail and high energy . need to be an extremely happy person always in a good mood. hardest part of job was to make babies/children happy in photos.
Pros
discount on photo packages, good managment.
Cons
sometimes not enough hours .
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A lousy experience
Photographer (Former Employee) –  Pembroke, ON22 February 2018
One practically needs therapy after working here! A negative environment and a dirty one too. Expect to be a cleaner as well as a photographer. No lunch room so one has to spend hard earned minimum wage dollars on a restaurant for lunch. Unrealistic sales expectations from management. Everyone on staff appears worried about being fired. One shudders at the memory of this job.
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Avoid
Manager (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON20 February 2018
Completely mismanaged and disorganized.

It has been the worst experience of my life. The managers and head office have no idea what they are doing and it makes the work culture stressful.

Internally, There is absolutely no accountability and it's a blame game that creates unnecessary drama. Meanwhile, customers are continuously disappointed due to the internal turmoil. Despite my best efforts to give a helping hand, it feels like they slapped my own face with it.

Great job for those who have no moral integrity.
Cons
Mismanaged
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No one knows what is going on in this company
Account Manager (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON20 February 2018
Weeks upon weeks of management not answering emails. The company upsets customers and expects their account managers to pick up the pieces. Market directors are unqualified. They have lost 6 account managers in the last 3 weeks. BE AWARE of this place.
Pros
On the road
Cons
Management, intelligence
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you get to take photographs!
Photographer (Former Employee) –  Calgary, AB9 February 2018
overall a very fun job, easy to learn everything, a bit self guided after the training period. management was kind of absent but not terrible, just could have used more involvement.
Pros
taking photographs!
Cons
no delivery service for customers who cant pick up photographs
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Diappointing
Photographer / Customer Service (Former Employee) –  Peterborough, ON8 February 2018
Worked well over the probation period, did okay ...loved to take pictures of diverse individuals and groups; however, didn't think it was even close to being appropriate for the DM to belittle, use sarcasm and other 'bullying' tactics with all staff. I fully understand setting goals and having expectation as a business; however, being penalized for not being able to pressure customers to do something they don't want is wrong...which is actually unethical and poor business practice. Also, from the business end of things ...no effort to market the business to increase a more diverse and targeted clientele may have been another option. I really liked the manager of the store, she was fair, trained very well and appeared to be bullied by the DM as well (my opinion, not hers). They may want to actually invest in their employees and perhaps look at the bigger picture: May be the reasons for poor sales and high turnover. Hoping the DMs manager reads this, as perhaps more training regarding employee management and perhaps another look at the individuals' actual ability the be the DM.
Pros
Could possibly be the ideal employment opportunity
Cons
Needs less micromanaging, more investment in the overall upper management and poisoned work environment at times
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No recommendations
manager/photographer (Former Employee) –  Edmonton, AB6 February 2018
This is a place that I would never recommend working at. I was a manager and we went through 3 or 4 district managers in my time, there is never any raise for hardworking excellent photographers. I hired someone who has been there for over 2 years and he has never received a wage increase. They work you to the bone and there is no appreciation, district managers hands are tied in decision making from head office, company politics are so bad and make it very difficult to create a good work environment. All they care about is sales sales and sales!
Cons
ridiculous hours and 7 days a week, under staffed and dont like to hire, never given raises
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Horrible company
Photographer (Former Employee) –  Toronto, ON29 January 2018
Everything is in chaos, horrible managers, micromanaged by amateurs, there is nothing about photography.
They call it a full-time job, but most likely you work less than 10 hours per week and earn a few thousand in a year. Don't believe anything the company told you.
Pros
Nothing.
Cons
Go to work so early, minimum wages, stress, micromanagement.
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