Teddy Bear Portraits Employee Reviews about "photographers"

Updated 30 Oct 2019

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Teddy Bear Portraits Managing Director David Riley (no image)
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  • "Teddy Bear does not even have photographers to cover area promised to client(in 14 reviews)

  • "There is no communication between management/home office and the field(in 10 reviews)

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  1. "Equipment from 30yrs ago"

    2.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Teddy Bear Portraits full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    You do not have a boss follow you everywhere. Friendly and helpful staff in the main office.

    Cons

    The company used the oldest equipment for photographers, heavy, old and broken ones. They do not reimburse enough for the mileage. When you working early in the morning you are by yourself and no support at all depending on your time zone. The schools are extremely unhelpful!!!! It's a job for TWO people and you have to do all by yourself. The schedule to do the photo shoot and sell is absurd. You have to be in a excellent shape to do all by yourself or get an assist to help you and pay from your own pocket, the company doesn't pay enough for it, but if you want to do a good job, you will need one assistant.

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  2. Helpful (1)

    "Read these reviews! Company is broke- Has a new set of owners. Suing a former photographer"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Legal in Hendersonville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Teddy Bear Portraits full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    There are not any.

    Cons

    This company lies to their business'. Teddy Bear does not even have photographers to cover area promised to client. I dont know who David Riley is but I don't think he is the CEO.

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    "I really liked my boss"

    3.0
    Former Employee - Sales Associate 

    I worked at Teddy Bear Portraits full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Worked with very nice people

    Cons

    I didn’t enjoy the job. I would rather have been the photographer than a part of the sales team. Working with the public can alway be a challenge and it was no different at Teddy Bear Portraits.

    Teddy Bear Portraits Response

    May 4, 2019Recruiting Manager

    I am so sorry you didn't enjoy your position. We try to explain the position very clearly during the hiring process. We are always open to moving employees to different positions where possible. The happiness of our staff is so important to us!

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    "sales"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Teddy Bear Portraits full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    working with the daycares and their staffs

    Cons

    high turn over...constant commission changes unstable operation with massive photographers not showing up for jobs

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    Teddy Bear Portraits Response

    September 25, 2018Recruiting Manager

    I have to agree with you that we have been making some changes for our sales staff but these changes are wonderful. We have not changed the commission structure just added contests and bonuses. These additional programs are designed to reward our staff for a job well done. As far as turnover, I disagree, we have very low turnover for our industry. Many of our positions are seasonal however we are creating new year round positions to offer more opportunity for our staff. If you would like to discuss this further please contact me directly at mimi.buckner@nationwidestudios.com

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    "Incredibly Disorganized"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Photographer/Portrait Consultant 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Teddy Bear Portraits part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -If you love taking portraits -If you love working with kids -Flexible schedule

    Cons

    -Incredibly hard to contact anyone who is higher up or people in different departments if you have questions or concerns (many unanswered phone calls and emails) -Customer service is terrible so often times parents complain to photographers/portrait consultants who are basically the only face to face interaction they have with the company and they get blamed for a lot of things that are out of their hands such as delivery of photos, etc. -Computers for portrait consultant would crash all the time, affecting your sales and affecting your pay with little help from the company to fix them and slow feedback -A lot of miscommunication between school directors, the booker, and the photographers; inconveniently booked photoshoot or sale times and only the photographers/portrait consultants would be affected by it -Gas compensation depends on how much you sell (sometimes it doesn't pay off) -Too many long commutes than originally quoted to me when I first got hired. (Some weeks I would have to commute to a school more than 50 miles away for most of the week. I was under the impression that I wouldn't be making long drives as frequently as I had to). I had to commute up to 68 miles to a school. Ridiculous. -The pay is not worth having expensive equipment in your car all the time and wear on your car -Long hours, some days you are out at the school from 7am-6pm, especially if it's a long commute and you are stuck there in between photoshoot and sales times -Photographers/portrait consultants are completely alone on the field (not a lot of connections can be made, not a lot of ways to expand your career)

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    Teddy Bear Portraits Response

    June 5, 2018Recruiting Manager

    I first want to say that our employee happiness is extremely important to us. We are always looking to improve communication and better ways of doing things. When a new and better idea comes up we make a change - that is not being unorganized - that is just dealing with the unfamiliarity of change. As far as reaching people in our home office - I am not sure who you were trying to reach but we all give out our cell numbers and all home office personnel are available to the field - even during non-business hours. The other items you mentioned are clearly explained in our hiring process. If you would like to discuss any of this further please contact me directly at mimi.buckner@nationwidestudios.com.

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    "The most horrific, tiresome, unintelligent, disrespectful, Shady scheme of a job EVER!"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Teddy Bear Portraits

    Pros

    Some of the children and babies that you deal with are really really sweet.

    Cons

    Where can I start? From driving one plus hour each way to a job and not having a gas card in order to charge the company for your gas to having to have your own money from the bank to use as change for cash, (we were advised to have $125 in cash at all times to be available)! Yes, a photographer received $75 for a shoot, however one must ask themselves how long did it take to get to the location. On average you're driving way out of the way which by the way is wear and tear on your vehicle and maintenance is necessary on your vehicle not to mention tires and all of that then the photographer has to wait around three to four hours before they go back and actually sell and receive 8% Commission of whatever is sold.. minus tax and minus a $2 per package sold handling fee (of course there is no guarantee that photos are going to be sold) -Which FYI, is your gas reimbursement. And get this! The aforementioned $2 is split between the booker of the photoshoot, the photographer of the photoshoot, and the person who actually sells the photos. That's ridiculous! Never in my life have I seen a company so bogus as to actually split $2 and call it travel compensation this is borderline illegal it's certainly unscrupulous and most definitely unethical period. At the end of the day a person turns around and goes back home. it's hard work, there's not enough compensation for what you actually do, and I'm sorry but 8% Commission is laughable.

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    Teddy Bear Portraits Response

    October 10, 2017Recruiting Manager

    Sorry to hear you are not enjoying your position. We are very thorough with explaining our compensation package to our photographers before they are hired. As far as travel reimbursement, the structure is set so all traveling positions will get compensated for their travel. If you would like to discuss this further, please contact me at 800-338-3339 x1363 or email me at mimi.buckner@nationwidestudios.com. Our employee happiness is extremely important to us.

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    "BEWARE OF THIS SHADY, DISHONEST COMPANY"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Territory Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Teddy Bear Portraits full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    There is no good reason to work for this company. These glowing reviews from Gallatin are home office employees trying to hang on to their jobs. The "new management" in a recent review are the same inept 3 amigos who ran this once great company in the ground when they took over in 2015. The bad reviews are a direct result of poor management.

    Cons

    Most of the top leaders nationwide have left, leaving new leaders hired with very little understanding of the photography and sales positions. Very long days with pay often not equal to minimum wage for photographers and sales people. Account reps are forced to tell schools all is well, then constantly having to apologize to their accounts for delays, lost photos and unfulfilled promises.

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    Teddy Bear Portraits Response

    September 13, 2017Recruiting Manager

    We appreciate feedback from former employees to give us insight and ideas for ways to improve our company and continuing growing. In late 2015, we obtained new ownership. The new owners were committed to being on the cutting edge of technology and innovative with how they run this company. Unfortunately, it was a rocky start. There were issues with the technology that affected every level of this organization. We are very open and transparent with our new hires and we have assembled an incredible group of team members.

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    "Account Executive"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Account Executive in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Teddy Bear Portraits full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Mostly flexible schedule and nice clients.

    Cons

    Not good management style, bad business plan, and they make you compete with office staff unnecessarily. I worked in a territory that at one time, a few years ago was great. But over the years poor decisions by management to do some awful photography promotions that left schools and parents extremely unhappy, as well as terrible customer service follow up, bad attitudes of photographers, and dishonest former employees seriously depleted the customer base. It was very difficult to rebuild the territory, and even the schools loyal to the company were still getting shafted by bad management decisions and poor customer service, so I still had a hard time keeping things at least stable, much less adding new clients or winning old clients back. I was paid a monthly draw with an unrealistic quota. When they lowered the quotation to a workable level, they then had me compete with a brand new telemarketing staff from the home office, that would steal my customers and book them before I could, so I couldn't even do the job that I was hired to do without this new hiccup. Because I couldn't get my quota done because the home office was taking that away from me, they were threatening to take away my draw. There was no reason for me to be there anymore, so I took a job elsewhere. If you are seeking a position in the NE Ohio area, don't take it! It will only give you headaches.

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    "Photographer/Passer"

    4.0
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    Photographer/Portrait Consultant in Denver, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Teddy Bear Portraits

    Pros

    I worked in the home office area and in CO. I worked with a great team. I had immediate access to props, backgrounds, IT and management.

    Cons

    Driving more than an hour one way at 3 in the morning to get to a school to set up and start photographing as soon as parents arrive to drop off their kids. I also know that the company has since been bought out and all of my wonderful team has left in both locations from poor management.

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    Teddy Bear Portraits Response

    March 6, 2017Recruiter

    Thank you for your review! I am glad that you had a great experience with your team. We have found that a lot of our employees enjoy treating their territory as it's their own business and building their team and area. I have not heard of someone having to arrive that early to a shoot but I understand that if the school is an outlier in the territory that it can mean leaving earlier than usual. Through our growth, we believe the territory sizes are more manageable and we look at those drive times when we consider our hires. If there's anything you feel that we could be doing better that you would like to share with us, please reach out to our HR Department.

  10. "The investment company that owned them finalky sold it off"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Photographer/Portrait Consultant in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Teddy Bear Portraits full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people on the local team, fun working with the kids

    Cons

    Long hours , low pay, 100%commission, office workers salary, and they treated the photographers as expendable.

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