Sears Portrait Studiorude managers, bad service!


Sears Portrait Studio -

I recently took my daughter to get her pictures taken at the Newport News, Virginia (Yoder) studio and was VERY UNHAPPY with the manager (Julie) who I've had a problem with before regarding my appt. being delayed a hour in a 1/2 which she in a rude manner said "we're trying to get to you as soon as we can" and the other associate I believe her name was (Chrissy) they were very rude to me while I was in front of my child which is very disrespectful and another customer who was also in the immediate area shook her head in acknowledgment of what I had just witness. Their professionalism is nothing like the previous manager (Ladawn). The assistant manager showed her displeasure in my evidently not purchasing a large amount of pictures and the manager gave me the same attitude as if I wasn't important any longer. If I spend $3 or $300 I still would want the same respect. I will NOT be coming back (even though I've been coming to this studio for the past 3 years) until they change managers. This email may not reach the intended destination (president of company) so I will let all of my friends and family know of my experience so they will never have to go through it themselves by going to this particular studio. Things need to be changed, or this company will lose alot of business!!! Staring with my friends, family, and mysel[censored]


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    Kat Dupuis Nov 27, 2007

    I too had a horrible experience with Sears portrait studio. I went to Sears Portrait Studio in Dieppe NB, Canada to have my then two month old son's passport photo taken. There were four people working with no other customers in the studio. It took the an hour to take his photo. When they were finally done, I told them that I was pretty sure the photo would not meet passport requirements as there was a very bad glare. The lady assured me that it would. Last week I received the passport application back because of the poor quality of the photo. So again today I went back to have his photo taken. They took us in the room right away and after taking one picture, decided to bring the camera out to the waiting area to take the photo as they thought they would get a better shot. This time there were six people working. The one taking the photo told me it would be two minutes. After about 15 minutes, a couple came in to have their passport photos taken as well. The lady at the cash told them they'd have to wait until after they took my son's picture, then about 5 minutes later, they took the couple to have their photos done. I went up to the lady working and told her that my son was hungry and tired and that I needed to get the photo taken now. She assured me it would only be another minute. Well 45 minutes later, after telling them 3 times that he was getting cranky the man working came over and was very rude but finally gave my money back. Glad to see that Sears Portrait Studio everywhere has consistent service standards.

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  • ... Feb 11, 2008

    In regards to the previous two messages, I totally disagree. I believe, as well as many others, that Sears Portrait Studio has, and will continue to have, a terrific reputation. The product quality and customer service available at the Erin Mills Mall Studio in Mississauga, Ontario (Canada) has shown nothing but great progress since the location was taken over by Jennifer's (manager) team. The staff at this location are bubbly, as well as educated, sincere and honest in every aspect. I appreciate the hard work they have put into my children's portraits and I display my gratification thoroughly throughout my household. Not only do I myself, visit the Sears Portrait Studio more than three times a year, but I attend events they hold (like Birthday, Valentines Day and am hoping they will do something for St Patrick's day, as one of my children are a March baby). My close friends and family have taken my recommendations and love the Sears Portrait Studios in their areas as well!

    Perhaps both of you have just caught these photographers on a bad day, which will all know happens from time to time (in ANY job), but I think you should give them another chance. I have been enlightened by one of the girls at the Erin Mills location, that infant passport photographs can be extremely hard to achieve and SOMETIMES do get sent back. Trust me, they do feel bad and very disappointed in themselves that they have made you come back to re-take this type of photograph. Its not them, its what the government wants to see in a passport photograph that is just incredibly hard to get of a child 2 years and younger. These photographers have every trick in the book!! It really is not them sometimes.

    You also have to remember that, at busy times in a portrait studio, a little setback (like a mother having to calm a baby by feeding it, or a simple 2 minute consoling session) can really interrupt the time they give to get portraits done. Yes, we all want more time in the camera room to get more than 6 perfect pictures or our children, but everyone needs a turn. So, next time your told it might be a little bit of a wait, let them no you will go for a little walk and if they are ready before you get back, to simply page you on the intercom. That way, you arent waiting and your child isnt sitting doing nothing except getting upset and bored. Its not only YOU that will get upset for sitting waiting, but time goes slower making you want to make a bigger deal out of nothing and we all know that often its not the photographers fault (they just work there!!).

    I love Sears Portrait Studio and I will continue to bring my family there to get photographs taken of special milestones and events in our lives. Thank you Erin Mills Sears Portrait Studio for treating us perfectly everytime we go there! (I see the work you do and your happiness is spread to everyone that walks into that studio, so keep it up!)

    - Anonymous.

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    NesCreationDesigns Apr 18, 2008

    I'd have to say that I've seen both ends of this...I was an employee. I have watched customers get upset over silly things, and also for very good reasons. What alot of people don't realize is this: The photographers have an alloted time they have to get the shots they need, how many poses? 9! 9 poses in 15 minutes? Try being the photographer one time...and take pictures of other peoples children who won't sit still, won't smile, and just REFUSES to listen to mom and dad, let alone the photographer. Also, you will probably ask, "well then why do they schedule shoots so close together if they only have 15 minutes?"

    The answer to this is, INTERNET. You can schedule your appt at 2:00 pm, and their next appt not be until 3:00 pm...but they can still get walk ins, and online they could end up with 6 or more appts within that hour that the photographers CANNOT control. This is not their fault - It is CPI "the big company" who sets these rules. Granted, some of the photographers just don't get what a good shot is...and then you get some good ones!

    I'd say go ahead and try them! If you are absolutely NOT happy with the shoot, you are NOT obligated to pay for anything! Just give those employees a break (at least on busy days!) I've been there, and trust me, it was the most stressful job I've ever had!

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    CHris May 10, 2008

    Sears has the worse photos. I had many photos by my son taken there and the quality of the prints were horrible. Also we got some on diskette one time and the resolution was so low I could not print anything larger than a wallet sized photo.

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    sherry Jun 27, 2008

    I was once a Sears Portrait Studio employee. This was my experience. I was hired and they trained me very quickly and very shoddy. They immediately left me alone in the store for several hours without a break and most of the time it was a long closing shift. Anytime i called my manager to ask for help with the computer and register she would either not answer the phone or shut it off. My manager would call me and have me come in to work early to help with a rush of customers. I would arrive at work and my manager would leave right away leaving me alone once again with no break to close the studio alone with no help. I was trained to never sell a customer a 9.99 package and if i sold to many of them i got written up and threatened to be fired. I was trained to show the customers all of the enhanced photos and to continue enhancing the photos never allowing the customer to view the originals basic color photos. I was also trained to automatically add a super saver card club plan to every customers order who did not have one (without asking them or telling them i did so!). When the customer paid for their photos i was told to just tell them i saved them $5.00 on their photos??!! The whole time i worked at the studio the props and toys were never washed or sanitized. I got written up every week for not making customers purchase the extra photos when they picked up their original purchase. My manager booked sessions at 8.00 p.m even though we closed at 8.00 p.m . I would be scheduled to work 12 hour shifts on saturdays and very rarely got a break. In the end i refused to rip off any more customers and my district manager (Tamin) fired me in the front of the studio in front of several customers. Total lack of profession. I worked at store # 41437 The Parks Mall in Arlington Texas...

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    a Oct 07, 2008

    While I work at the Studio I am BIG on customer service. Many times we are quick to point out when there is a problem or have an issue but how often do people talk about the good things that happen? I know for a fact that complaints can hurt us and good reviews can help. Also I hope people will realize not all studios are the same. Also I have had many cases where customers order photos seeing that the image is blurry (due to children moving) and we state that this is how the image will come out yet many still say "oh its ok I love his/her face" and when the images come in they complain about the blurriness. As for the scheduling appointments people can schedule appointments online 30 minutes before and show up and surprise you but thats what you have to deal with. This is still a retail job and you have to expect retail hours. There are things that need to be done such as spec sheets. They send these incase customers realize they need extra sheets and in turn can save them money since reordering costs more than the original price. I just would like people to realize that we are so quick to complain without thinking about anyone but ourselves yet there are very few people who will say how great of an experience they had.

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    Viola Brown Apr 08, 2009

    SEARS POTRAIT STUDIO Receptionist in Tallahassee is very rude and has no patience . I placed an order with Sears and ask her could I ask her a question she hanged up. So I called back and canceled my appointment.

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    Momof2boys Apr 18, 2009

    Well, I use the SEARS portrait studio in Greenville, NC. I have used this studio many times for engagement pictures and my first child's portraits up to 2 years old. We have always had wonderful experiences and I am always referring people to this studio. (I am an OB ultrasound tech so I come into contact with a lot of parents) Last weekend we went in for my second son's 6 month portraits and my oldest son's 3 year old portraits. The girl that took the photos I could tell was very new and not used to working with Children. It was frustrating but my youngest was giving great smiles so I figured we were getting great shots. My oldest is very shy and we were having a tough time with him. The manager came in to "help". She was aggressive and rude. She talked over me and was dead set on doing it her way. She actually told the photographer to snap a picture while my child's back was turned so she "could get her 8 pictures." That irritated me. The service was getting worse and worse. Too many things happened to list them all but what set me in a rage was when the manager was moving my baby (I wasn't doing it fast enough) she actually hit his head on the floor, yes, she hit his head on the floor! He began screaming and I picked him up to console him. She just got up and walked away. I was in shock. She even said that he wasn't cooperating while he was crying...I WONDER WHY? Well, after less than 15 minutes in the studio we were seated at the computer. We sat for 20 minutes before any pictures were ready for us to view. Oh, let me mention, we were the ONLY customers in the studio. Well, the photographer pulls up the pictures and says my oldest didn't give us many choices but that my baby gave great shots. Well, I was feeling a little better about the entire experience until I saw the pictures. Horrible. I didn't understand what was happening. Every other time I had used this studio we got tons of time in the studio itself and we had tons of pictures to choose from. This was just getting worse and worse. All the girl kept doing was enhancing about 3 different pictures. I kept saying I wasn't interested in enhancements and that I wanted to see all the pictures we got, so then the manager comes over to help. Same story, she's showing me collages and enhancements. I kept saying that he wasn't smiling in any of the pictures, which he had been doing during the shoot and for long periods of time, and she just kept adding enhancements and trying to upsell me. Finally she got up and said well Eric will come help you in a few minutes. Well he had some sense and didn't push anything and said we can just try another day. Well, after leaving and steaming for a bit I called Sears and spoke to Emily who rescheduled me for today and promised to be our photographer. Meanwhile, Sears corporate called me and consoled me over the whole incident and of course gave us free portrait sheets. Fast forward to today. Emily takes our did just as well today as he did last weekend but this photographer caught the picture. Well, while waiting for my pictures to pull the manager shows up for work. I just bottled my anger and focused on my pictures. When it was time to pay the manager forced Emily to go start another shoot and that she was going to finish my order. Emily tried to stay close as she was aware of my dislike for this woman, the lady hit my son's head on the floor! The manager said 2 times "well it looks like your baby cooperated better today." After the second time I said he was cooperating fine last weekend. Well, I didn't want to make eye contact with this manager because I didn't know if I would be able to keep my cool. She actually bent over and practically laid her head on the counter to stare in my face to explain the pick up rules for the portraits. Of course she spoke with attitude and sarcasm. I told her I was fully aware of the policy since Emily and Eric have both explained it to me. She kept trying to be very sarcastic with her so called customer service and my mom just grabbed me and started pushing the stroller and said let's go. As I was walking down the hall the manager actually yelled "we look forward to scheduling your next appointment." HA! I won't be back until she is gone! I'm sorry, she did not need to intervene and she only did so to get back at me for complaining. This woman is rude, unprofessional and just disgusting. She talks over customers and employees. She has no business working with the public. If my son wasn't cooperating, I would understand bad pictures. I blame the photographer's inexperience for the first shoot. However, that girl should be getting more time and there should be a back up photographer. I was sold on coming back to Sears until the last 5 minutes of today's visit. Reading former employees statements from above, I understand that there are time limits. BUT, until last weekend, I have never had a photographer worry about time. If they were getting awesome pictures, they just kept going. Maybe they set the bar too high. All I know is this, Sears has a lot of competition in this area now and I will be checking out those studios until this manager is GONE!

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    Danielonetothree Aug 17, 2009

    Sears portrait studio in Putnam, CT sucks too. They are rude, particularly when you don't want to spend $300 on their packages. They give you dirty looks when you just want a few 8x10. They only want to take pictures with no backgrounds- being a software engineer myself, I believe it's to save computer disk space. I but the "super saver" card that they said would be great- but when I try to use it they give me dirty looks!
    I hate them and I can't wait until my card expires. I will never give them additional business!!! Glad to hear that their bad business practices are consistent. I was thinking it was the manager(photographer), but clearly it's pure corporate business strategy.

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    MelissaS Oct 04, 2009

    I was working at Sears portrait studio in Nova Scotia, Canada.

    I worked Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday (I had Wednesday & Sunday off). It was my first week of training. On Sunday I got a phone call at 4:45 stating not to come back in on Monday... After "careful deliberation" they were going to let me go...

    Now the issue I have is that I worked an ADDITIONAL 1.5 hours on saturday due to the fact it was BUSY. I was not ready to leave my poor manager hanging, as she was the only staff member working. She was telling me she was "so glad I was there" and that she "would never have been able to do it by herself" and that I "was catching on so well" and she was so glad and never had an employee who "jumped right in and started doing things" (like passport photos) and that she "really liked how I was editing the photos" so she kept me editing the photos and showing the photos to the customers...

    I wasn't really able to ring anything in, or do the photographs, because I hadn't really been trained in those areas. I wasn't even really trained in the whole "selling photo" thing either (because It had only been 4 days prior to Saturday of training).

    I was kinda shy, it was a new job. I hadn't been able to get "too into it" because on the 4 days prior to Saturday I had not been able to get too involved in the other shoots because there were only about 3 of them PLUS I was sick. I was SICK and i dragged myself into work for the training. I wasn't playing with the kids too much, because I was not willing to make them sick. poor things...

    But yeah... I am supposed to call them tomorrow and see why I was let go... I am sure THAT will be interesting...

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    Movin up in Mo Jul 29, 2010

    I'm a new manager for Sears Portrait in Missouri and Customer Service is my main focus. YOU, the customer is most important in my studio. I know that if my staff and myself dont give you amazing portraits, and/or the BEST customer service, you'll go somewhere else. I love photography but even more I love my clients, and I truely care about people in general. There is NO EXCUSE for an unhappy customer...

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    justplainbob Sep 07, 2010

    Your kids were acting like hooligans. They were disturbing and delaying the other families who were having their pictures taken. If I was the manager, I would have asked you to take your kids and not come back. Everyone there was most unnerved by your kids horrid behavior.

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    longgone2010 Oct 26, 2010

    i work for sears here ya go 1888cpisupport

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    longgone2010 Oct 26, 2010

    i love photography and what they do to customers is rediculous. there is a 9.99 package if you have a coupon it is not better for u to get wheeled and dealed into a 200 dollar package they have even change the prices now but not really if you add it up its 10.00 bucks different then the regular price which is another collection under that one they will start you off with the " most popular collection" allot of the photographers are lazy my friend lives in in va beach and she says that the manager in the pembroke mall sucks and she cant figure out why she is even a manager she is fat rude slow and her pictures are crapy there are two other associates that work there that she would rather have take her pictures but the manager treats them like crap employees at sears get treated like crap and are way under paid they get minimum wage the studios are always filthy i saw a rat in one i'm quitting soon so i there ya go

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    MsLadyJae Mar 10, 2011

    I too have had the worst professional experience ever with Sears Portrait Studio in Fort Wayne, IN. There are so many reasons why I was unhappy with the service, that I don't even want to begin explaining them. Let's just say this much...I gave the local studio, the district manager, and multiple customer service reps the opportunity to fix the problem. The local office had a picture, name, and phone number of the district manager. Then when I called the local office to get the district manager's name and number, they were different than the one I saw on the picture. THEN when I called the number they gave me, I got a voice mail...which had ANOTHER name. THEN when I got a return phone call (blocked) supposedly from the district manager, it was yet ANOTHER name given to me. HOW MANY DISTRICT MANAGERS ARE THERE? So then I decided to talk to a customer service rep. I repeatedly asked for the district manager's manager or the coorperate's phone number, but they refused to give it to me. Eventually after sitting on the phone for over an hour, we finally came to an agreement that I would be getting a partial refund, but not total. (I planned to take them to court for the rest)...It's been two month now and I still don't have the refund. I even had the local manager call and find out what was going on, and they told her (supposedly) the same thing. That my refund had been issued almost two weeks ago. Since when does it take almost 2 weeks to get a letter in the mail from a state that isn't even that far away?????? I thought Sear's was an upgrade, when actually their service was at the bottom of the barrel. How sad.

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    angelsforme Mar 15, 2011

    We recently had our family pictures done. We were their before our appt and ended up leaving 3 hours later. Jenna took approx.40 pics only 18 was shown to us and enhanced. 200.00 i brought disk home to have a look at all the pictures. Well the scratched close up on the background on one of our pictures was awful! They need to replace background after many use of wear on them. I am praying when my package comes in they will fix it in the picture if not i WILL get my money back. They only had one person working and we had to wait a long time for her to sit down and get our order done. I will NOT use sears again. Jenna was a great person but sears in general needs more people working and needs to get better or newer backgrounds. I am glad i have the disk with the pictures and bad background for proof in case i need it for future proceedings. Pictures taken in Concord NH in March 2011...

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    Jurate Mar 31, 2011

    We was I client for Sears Portrait Studio for 7 years . We are so disapointed off customer service we always use same coupon, same price . We went to take pictures and at the end start telling all extra charges, you have to pay extra 25$ for standing, which we never pay before . As soon as they tell all extras for not even profesional pictures, I say I don't want any off them, they still ask me to pay the fee for taking the pictures . Waste all day for nothink, so disapointed, we will never go back again .

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    C. Lanier May 25, 2011

    I recently took my son to the Sears Portrait studio at North Point Mall to get pictures take for a belated Mother's day gift. I have never been to this studio before, I usually go to The Picture People, but they recently closed their store at this mall. I called Sears to let them know I was running late, but I ended up getting there right on time. They rushed me back to the studio telling me I didn't have time to fill out any paperwork b/c they were too busy (no one was there). I think the issue was she didn't know how to take photos that weren't "point and click". She wasn't able to capture a single picture of my son. Then she kept leaving the room when I had my son all ready to go and smiling. I almost took the pictures myself. She pretty much told me our session was over, didn't show me any photos and told me to come back and schedule another appointment because she was so busy. When I left, no one was there. I was outraged. I walked around the mall before realizing there was another studio at JC Penny's. They heard my story, saw how upset I was and squeezed me in for an appointment. I wasted my morning with two idiots at Sears, what made me more upset was by the time I left the mall, I had to walk by the studio to get to my car and still no one was in Sears. Grrrr I will say the sales associates at Sears were very nice but the two boneheaded kids in the photography dept. need some major help customer service skills.

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    Amber Moore Jun 30, 2011

    I agree with all of you. But, I want you guys to know that it is not Sears who handles any of these portrait studios. This is an outside organization. CPI handles Sears Portrait Studios and they also handle Walmart, Picture Me Studios too. They do not train employees properly, they expect all employees to work and do everything all day such as: photography, sales, answer phones, and even bring outside people in for the day. They push these people to upsell and enhance. If they do not push high sales, they are written up and some people even have the chance of losing their jobs. The company allows people to schedule appointments even at closing time. The employees even have to work through lunch at times. The company does not even come in and repair the equipment, they let it fall apart. These people even if a photograper are only paid $7 an hour except for management and usually there is only 1 of them or maybe 2. People are trained so fast and then expected to be able to handle everything. I have found a very good studio in Lakeland, FL and the manager there is great, Mandy Lang and her sales associate Melissa Hearon. They have to take pictures, sell, answer phones, and do it all. They usually work the day completely alone. They have had to work with only one camera studio now for months. It broke down and CPI has yet to come repair the other camera room. The other camera room has many problems as well. The company really needs to update its equipment and keep the equipment in working order. Both of these ladies take wonderful pictures and have very good customer service. This is located at Sears Essentials, on Florida Avenue in Lakeland, FL and at present they plan on closing this store and putting in a Kmart. This is a shame. I hope that Kmart keeps the picture studio (which will be Olan Mills then) and hires on these two lovely ladies. Now there are three other studios that I know of that CPI runs in Lakeland. I am not impressed with any of these. Please save the Sears Essentials/CPI-Sears Portrait Studio. Please save the jobs of these two lovely ladies. Thanks again, Amber Moore

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    tiredofyoucpi Jul 21, 2011

    I worked/managed Sears Portrait for five years. Loved the families, my sales were great, but... no lunch breaks, working off the clock, and I never had time for my family. Sooo stressed out at home and on job.
    The company don't care about anything except $ It's costing them loyal customers. They hire seasonal on in bulk around Christmas. They get two weeks training if lucky. Managers get write ups for employees that cant succeed because they didn't receive enough training before Christmas rush! Managers work 6 to 7 days a week always on call or being called on day off. Two weeks training to learn sas system, photography, sales process, hours on end of paper work, cash control, computer/camera equip break all the time. You get 0 training for that area and have to fix it alone. Single coverage makes that fun! Ha!

    The employees now have to advertise and bring in customers because Corp don't spend a dime to advertise in phone books or anywhere else. Employees cold call with a threat from Corporate company must have a certain amount booked and called. We offer you free stuff. In the end employees are threatened for giving away that free item without a big sale. So rather than advertising Corp makes employees beg with a bribe and then if sales are down employees are given a write up with a warning.

    My sales were always good or amazing but I'm just a rockstar with my families. I just reached my done point with the company. In my years of working Ive watched them they seem out of control, desperate, and going downhill.

    Wonder why old managers are gone. If they didn't quit then here's why...They've been firing the high wage managers then rehiring new ones with no experience, train them for two weeks if lucky and expect them to manage a studio ran by unorganized people who also have no idea what they are doing. Proper training problem here is only the beginning of CPI Cporp's problem!!!
    I quit at last!

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    warning_you_666 Nov 01, 2011

    I am currently an employee at sears portrait studio. i have worked at this location since aug ive also worked in another location (which did not last long) and also wal mart (for seasonal). all though im in canada everything is the same. employees are treated like ### the managers and district managers are rude and dont take care of their employees. so i completely agree with everything youve said. I wanna say that i have not been paid for 71 1/2 hours that i worked almost 2 months ago and my manager has done nothing about it!!! i called her last week and she still hasnt called me back and ive been bugging her about it for the past month to fix this issue. ive talked to the lady that does payroll and she cant do anything until my manager has confirmed my hours which im assuming she hasnt done since i did not get my money yet. i want to quit but i dont trust them, im waiting till i get my money before i do that!

    i'm taking this opportunity to ### about everything and get it off my chest. my manager is lazy and dosnt do her job, she gives me ### hours. i work one day a week. so i work a second job, and their were many times when i couldnt go into work at the studio because she calls me the day before to tell me im working but im already scheduled at my other job. and thats ridiculous!!! as a manager she should have the schedule ready at least a week before. she dosnt keep the studio organized, i can never find anything when i go into work. also she dosnt deal with issues when shes not at work for example a customer came in and wanted a refund on passport photos my MANAGER took and since we arnt allowed to give refunds i called her and told her the situation the customer requested she speak to my manager on the phone and my manager litterally said "its my day off i dont want to talk to her" and left me to deal with it, my manager didnt even know how to do a refund i had to figure it out on my own!!! my manager also didnt know how to scan photos and that i also had to teach myself. my manager also dosnt inform me of new coupon or offers so when customers come in with one i end up messing up on it and i get in trouble by the DM even though its the managers fault she didnt explain it. and often when my manager gets in trouble with the DM she finds a way to blame it on me!!! now i realize that we have to do certain things with our photos like tummy and arm poses. but when the kid wont stay put thats near imposible, so i like to take candid type shots of the kids looking off somewhere or playing with a toy and the parents LOVE that stuff they think its adorable and yet when my manager reviews my photography she says my photos are ugly and that im not doing a good job when in reality i get so many compliments from my customers they even ask me for business cards and i almost always sell a package (if the customer is willing to spend the money. im not into upselling or trying to make them buy more then they need. i hate it when people do it to me so why should i do it to them) my manager even insults my photos in front of customers.

    this is a terrible company to work for. if you love photography i strongly recommend you do not apply at sears/walmart portrait studio. they are slow on paying you after you start (if they even pay you), they treat their emplyees like absolute ### and you spend more time making cold calls (like telemarketing) rather then actually taking photos. working for them will KILL YOUR LOVE FOR PHOTOGRAPHY!!! you have no creativity and when you try to be creative they tell you your doing it wrong or its ugly!!! managers are rude towards you and will insult you in front of customers. they expect more from you then humanly possible and the pay is not worth it. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE IF YOU LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY DO NOT WORK FOR THESE PEOPLE, DONT LET THEM KILL YOUR PASSION LIKE THEY DID FOR ME!!! i have worked at 3 different locations and they were all the same, i got treated poorly in all of them and the hours where ### in all of them!!! they will promise you stuff like more hours but they will not give it to you!!! this company does not care about photography, their employees or their customers, they only care about making money. THAT"S IT.

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  • Pa
    Past Associate Dec 13, 2011

    Horrible company to work for and just as bad for the customers. I was hired on as a PART TIME associate last spring. I had just had a baby and was breast feeding when I started my job there. (This is relevant b/c of what happened next) I was "trained" maybe 2 days after starting with the company before being left alone in the studio. My manager Jamie was one of the ones that doesn't answer the phone when you call with a question. I hadn't been trained properly on the SAS (register) and had a lot of questions which went un-answered. She was also rude with customers, on occasion yelling at them and just putting out a very angry rude persona. Now, two weeks after I started working my manager started having me stay late. This wouldn't have been a problem if she hadn't MADE ME CLOCK OUT FIRST!!! The first time it happened I was there 15 minutes after I clocked out. Then it became an hour and once even 2 hours OFF THE CLOCK! When I called corp. they said I had to be able to prove that I was in the store working or there was nothing they could do. After working there for roughly 3 weeks my manager was called to another store. (At this time it was just the 2 of us working, one other girl who was available only one day a week) I was thrown into the role of "acting-store manager" with the same MINIMUM wage pay. And had to work open to close 4-5 days a week. I asked for help with equipment, training and begged for her to hire some help but it never happened. I worked 45-55 hour weeks, worked through lunch and well after closing time b/c even though I was alone in the store we still had to schedule closing appts.( I had to stop breast feeding b/c there just wasnt enough time to pump or feed. ) It was work, sleep, work. My husband became frustrated with my absence so I continued to ask for hire help but this went unacknowledged. I asked the regional and district managers for help but all I got from them was the District manager (LeDawn) saying that if I ever went over her head to Regional again that she would fire me herself. I finally left the company when my manager called me on a weds night after closing to tell me she had changed the schedule and that I was to work on Thursday morning (open to close)... less than 12 hours away. I told her I couldn't do it b/c I had an appt in the morning and she said ok. When I got there the next afternoon for my originally scheduled shift she was typing a "Write-Up" into the system for me. She said I hadn't shown up for my scheduled shift. Even though she knew that I wasn't coming in for it she called it a "no-call no-show". I quit the next day. Since then I have tried to schedule appointments with the company for my children's picture and our family portrait but my calls have went unanswered and my messages are never returned. ~Harrisonburg Va.

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