The Ship's Photographer Work Life Balance FAQ

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The Ship's Photographer has a work life balance rating of 3.7.

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How is the work/life balance at The Ship's Photographer?

4 English reviews out of 4

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22 April 2020

Pros

This job is built for those who love to travel and meet people from around the globe. Yes, it's a little outside the box and that's what makes it awesome. If you go into it with an open mind and ready for new experiences, you'll enjoy it. There's a lot of fun to be had living the onboard lifestyle and you truly have the opportunity for once in a lifetime experiences and destinations.

Cons

You play hard and you work hard, can often be long hours, but you get accustomed to it and at times can perhaps feel a bit munotonous. Same as any job you guys, except you're traveling the world with this one! Being away from home months at a time can of course be difficult, but your colleagues are like a second family when you have a great team. Pay is less than on land, but the companies made improvements to this and also offers extra incentives through commission. Career progression could be expanded.

Advice to Management

Staying in touch with your employees and making them feel valued and having direct contact with them is important to me. So always appreciate your updates that come through and the open door policy allowing us to stay in touch. Thank you for your continuous hard work.

You play hard and you work hard, can often be long hours, but you get accustomed to it and at times can perhaps feel a bit munotonous.

22 April 2020

Reviewed by: Photographer (Current Contractor)

28 August 2020

Pros

Travel around the world. Building new skills. Small team to work in. High customer service training.

Cons

Long contracts, away from home. Long hours, constant working. Hard to advance in positions.

Long hours, constant working.

28 August 2020

Reviewed by: Photographer (Current Contractor)

19 July 2020

Pros

- Get to see the world, i was lucky enough to get on a world cruise and a South America cruise and the office are very fair in accommodating your needs. If you have a specific ship or itinerary then Nadine tries her best to get you were you want to be. - Have the most amazing experiences with everyday being different. - You don't need to be the best photographer to do this job as training is carried out on bored regularly. In my case the manager did regular training sessions which are quite laid back and interactive. - You get a fair salary with the added bonus of private shoots and commission and cruise target commission (the more effort you put in the more you make). You don't pay for accommodation or food on board so thats good. - You get most ports off to be able to explore ... depending on the manager (most photo managers in the company are very fair and nice though) - The people you meet on ships are friends for life, i've met so many amazing people in the cruise industry - The company listen to things you have to say, you do regular feedback on your managers and you are made to feel important in the company, rather than just a number. I've been to meetings at the office with shoreside managers and they ask all employees on what can be done to improve life onboard and the business in general.

Cons

- Some days can be long hours and it is hard work, you have to be prepared to work and i think some people forget its not a vacation (but thats just the nature of the cruise industry in general with other departments being worse off) - Ship life in general can be a little difficult, its not everyones cup of tea ... i however love it, can't wait to get back to work and love the ship life experience - The job can be quite sales orientated which a few other photographers complain about, quite long hours can be spent in the gallery trying to sell things/up sell which for me in fine as i don't mind the gallery time - Most of these comments are about ships in general rather than the company itself, also all ships are different with different rules and officers enforcing different rules.

Some days can be long hours and it is hard work, you have to be prepared to work and i think some people forget its not a vacation (but thats just the nature of the cruise industry in general with other departments being worse off)

19 July 2020

Reviewed by: Photographer in Southampton, England (Current Employee)

6 August 2019

Pros

Fantastic opportunity to travel the world. Great to work on your sales skills, photography and customer service. Very social job, very multi cultural and a great chance to make new friends.

Cons

Long hours, no full days off so your 6 month contract is 6 months of non stop work. People employed the same as you with none to little qualifications, as you all start as the same tier of photographer. Can be quite easy to feel undervalued.

Advice to Management

Structure the hiring system more fairly based on experience and qualifications. Listen to current staff more on what is working and what isn’t regarding roles of the job and daily tasks. It is important to get opinions from staff on board as it’s very different to many theories held in head office. Have land based training for new staff to avoid current staff being heavily burdened upon new to sea arrivals.

Long hours, no full days off so your 6 month contract is 6 months of non stop work.

6 August 2019

Reviewed by: Team Leader (Current Contractor)

4 English reviews out of 4

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