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32 English questions out of 32

21 May 2020

What is health insurance like at Lifetouch?

Pros

I worked in the church division for 5 years. You have creative freedom to pretty much photograph how you want, and sell how you want. You work with one other photographer and hardly see your manager. You get to meet people and travel, and work shift is 2pm-9pm perfect for people like me who don't like waking up early. My co-workers and managers were great and we were like a big family. You get hotel discount and points when traveling too.

Cons

You work in different churches sometimes over 100 miles from your home, and some people buy portraits and some people don't. Some weeks you work 6 days, some weeks you don't work at all. Currently this job is commission only so you're screwed if you don't get sales. I was also forced to carry a studio in my car, which takes up your whole car and is an extra responsibility that you don't get paid enough for. I was full time and always had health insurance, but the past year I was told I was short a few hours to qualify and didn't get insurance. What a way to treat your best employees.

Advice to Management

I think merging with Shutterfly is great, having more products is great, but it's obvious corporate only cares about the quickest way to make money and does not care about employees. Hundreds have been let go in the past few years and lots of things are changing for better and for worse. I wish we didn't have to carry equipment in our cars, and instead have storage units in various cities that we could pick up from so we wouldn't have to keep it in our car 100% of the time. Screw commission based salaries, there needs to be a LIVEABLE wage and better bonuses. I did not feel like I was appreciated or taken care of by the company.

I was full time and always had health insurance, but the past year I was told I was short a few hours to qualify and didn't get insurance.

21 May 2020

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2 November 2020

Does Lifetouch offer sponsored degrees?

Pros

Paid travel and rental car provided when out of state. Paid mileage for personal car, gas card provided. Weekends off. $30 monthly reimbursement for phone bill. Seasonal work/Summers off. Opportunity to travel within district states. All equipment provided including laptop (Dell). If interested in getting into photography, this could be a great start to learn Nikon DSLR, equipment, composition, lighting, minimal posing, etc. Not responsible for edits or anything outside of photography* See cons.

Cons

Training is short with little, if any, on the job training before being assigned a school alone. There is A LOT to remember and it is easy to do something wrong because its a bit of sink or swim mentality. Very early hours, sometimes leaving as early as 4:30am to arrive to a school on time and some schools will keep you far past your scheduled time so it isn't uncommon to work a 10-14 hour day. Disorganization and last minute mandatory meetings aren't uncommon. Very short staffed. Utah only has 2 preschool photographers for the entire state and they refuse to hire another. This makes requesting time off very difficult and you may get guilted into working those days. a reimbursement and requires you to pay out of pocket. isn't abnormal to stay at a Windham. Added car mileage (sometimes over 400mi/week). Not much time for breaks/lunches so if you live in a right to work state, you likely won't get one unless you ask school in advance but that also means your days are longer. Teachers and directors can be rude and go against policies. You have to move fast because you are graded/paid on the number of students you photograph per hour but you also need to make sure photos are genuine and that there are 4+ for each student. Frequent schedule changes. May be required to drive to school even if they haven't confirmed their scheduled date, just to find they aren't doing photos. Low budget/quality when traveling over night ($20/day stipend, hotel is typically La Quinta or something of similar quality. Stipend is paid out of pocket then reimbursed. If you work a long day, you will likely be asked to explain why and may be reprimanded or receive passive aggressive comments and criticism. Hard work with not much pay off. While not responsible for edits or additional work, you do get graded on your work and are held accountable for how many people purchase photos because they believe it is a reflection of your work.

Advice to Management

Hire additional help and/or photographers, please! Even if it is just as a backup photographer/assistant. Also, I have had some Inn's that have visible broken cabinets or even caution tape outside someone's door down the hall but the staff above us stays at the Hilton or other nicer properties.

a reimbursement and requires you to pay out of pocket.

2 November 2020

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21 May 2020

Does Lifetouch offer employee discounts?

Pros

I worked in the church division for 5 years. You have creative freedom to pretty much photograph how you want, and sell how you want. You work with one other photographer and hardly see your manager. You get to meet people and travel, and work shift is 2pm-9pm perfect for people like me who don't like waking up early. My co-workers and managers were great and we were like a big family. You get hotel discount and points when traveling too.

Cons

You work in different churches sometimes over 100 miles from your home, and some people buy portraits and some people don't. Some weeks you work 6 days, some weeks you don't work at all. Currently this job is commission only so you're screwed if you don't get sales. I was also forced to carry a studio in my car, which takes up your whole car and is an extra responsibility that you don't get paid enough for. I was full time and always had health insurance, but the past year I was told I was short a few hours to qualify and didn't get insurance. What a way to treat your best employees.

Advice to Management

I think merging with Shutterfly is great, having more products is great, but it's obvious corporate only cares about the quickest way to make money and does not care about employees. Hundreds have been let go in the past few years and lots of things are changing for better and for worse. I wish we didn't have to carry equipment in our cars, and instead have storage units in various cities that we could pick up from so we wouldn't have to keep it in our car 100% of the time. Screw commission based salaries, there needs to be a LIVEABLE wage and better bonuses. I did not feel like I was appreciated or taken care of by the company.

You get hotel discount and points when traveling too.

21 May 2020

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27 November 2019

How are senior leaders perceived at Lifetouch?

Pros

Lots of natural light in the building. Product discounts for employees.

Cons

No ability whatsoever for any type of advancement. No considerable raises and often years where you get nothing because the company going downhill. Leader of department spends time at Yoga, noone is sure where she is most of the time. No leadership or guidance with very few staff.

Advice to Management

Just try and realize there are people that want to do a good job, be rewarded and have an actual opportunity for career advancement. This makes people want to give their best.

No leadership or guidance with very few staff.

27 November 2019

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15 October 2018

What are some insights into the strategy or vision at Lifetouch?

Pros

One of the most fulfilling jobs you can work. Making people smile for a whole day! Lots of traveling, some time to sight-see Meet lots of new people daily Explore lots of different Churches Interact with loving communities Very relaxed (sometimes) environment Ability to be creative with your photography Can usually forget about work when you go home

Cons

Abysmal pay!!!!!!!!!! No sound strategy exists to grantee a safe income. Too many diverse locations, you'll be constantly sent outside your territory Compensation for damage to the longevity of your vehicle is pathetic. You'll run your car into the ground and can never afford another on this salary! Scheduling is totally random. No guaranteed work week. Multi hour drives, 10-8 hour days. and NO lunch breaks at all. You will get SICK!

Advice to Management

You have the chance to create one of the most pleasant and wholesome work environments out of all industries combined. Take advantage of your worker's complaints and concerns! Get people lunch breaks and STOP MAKING IT A COMMISSION BASED JOB!!!!!!!!

No sound strategy exists to grantee a safe income.

15 October 2018

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