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The Ship's Photographer has a culture and values rating of 4.5.

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2 English questions out of 2

24 February 2021

What is the company culture like at The Ship's Photographer?

Pros

Great company culture. Jobs fantastic. Learnt so much

Cons

being away for long periods of time - can also b seen as a pro!

Great company culture.

24 February 2021

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20 April 2020

What is the hiring process like at The Ship's Photographer?

Pros

If you want to see the world, meet new people, learn lots about photography and invest time in getting to know yourself by living and working at sea then consider working for TSP. As a relative beginner to photography when I first started, I have dramatically increased my photography skills and had great experiences travelling to over 40 countries. As a young guy looking for something different, it's been the best experience of my life so far. Just be prepared to work hard and get over lots of luxuries you might be used to at home.

Cons

At the time of this review, TSP are contracted on Cunard and P and O. Due to the nature of concessionary businesses on board ships, it is my understanding that a part of their revenue goes to Carnival UK, so its worth noting you will never be paid as much as 'in house' job positions such as a member of the show company or a musician, as these crew members are (to my knowledge) employed directly by Carnival UK. So although you will socialise and have exactly the same rank and deck privileges, you'll find the hours you work are much longer and for less pay than most similar ranking crew members. That being said, TSP are constantly improving their commission scheme and bonuses so you can earn much more than the basic salary advertised if you put the work in. I find this makes up for the gap in wages, and there is a genuine intention by TSP to subsidise and retain staff as much as possible. As a result, I saved up over 4,000 euros in my first 5 month contract at sea and invested in a new camera and lens. This isn't common at all, as I was on a contract without many ports to spend money in and lots of sea days, but it shows it can be done. Besides the pay, which as I've said is constantly improving, it is no secret to TSP that most photographers find the hours stood in the gallery and going into restaurants to get soft focus headshots a real drag. It often, (at least outside of head office and the photo managers) seems an ineffective and time consuming way to attract revenue. It would be my only geniune gripe with this otherwise unique and rewarding job.

Advice to Management

Firstly, thank you for the constant efforts to improve the business and benefits to staff. In line with a recent emphasis on studio shoots and exclusive walk around shoots, TSP could limit the amount of time spent on the necessary yet remedial tasks that very quickly become boring and time consuming when you could either be having more rest time or more time shooting higher value products. A lot of frustration could be avoided by streamlining the gallery hours and event shoots.

As a result, I saved up over 4,000 euros in my first 5 month contract at sea and invested in a new camera and lens.

20 April 2020

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