very temporary, no advancement.
Pros: other photographers were good to work with
Cons: no lunch break, low hours, uneven hours, no benefits, no advancement
I worked for Lifetouch school photography in 2012. Typically the year is broken into two seasons, Spring and Fall. Training was poor, we were instructed how to set up the equipment in the time allotted, the basic sales pitch and that was about it. Photography was not really part of the program.
The hours were low at worst and uneven at best, some people – more... getting 40hr weeks while others got less than 10 or none at all. Traveling long distances was normal ware and tare on your vehicle was not covered, and the mileage barely covered the gas used. Pay was very low, although overtime was paid on the rare occasion you were given any.
Towards the end of the season, which was only about 3 months, when hours started to drop off the 'veteran' staff would get more work than everybody else.
Management was very poor, which is where I believe the poor scheduling stemmed from. Being invited back to work for them again seemed more dependent on how good a salesperson you are, rather than about being a photographer.
some kids and staff were nice to work with, others were rude. Rude staff = rude kids usually went hand in hand. The only benefit I gained from this job was help in deciding where I would send my kids to school. – less