A good place for beginners to start, but with some give and takes.
PHOTOGRAPHER (Current Employee) – Tampa, FL – July 10, 2017
Lifetouch is a difficult company to recommend in an general sense. It's a company focused on photographers, and it's great for individuals looking to learn the basics and make some decent money at it. But the lack of true full-time employment (seasonal only here, folks, unless you're headed for sales or upper-management) makes it difficult for people who want a place they can really call home, or who just need to make sure they've got their bases covered financially (seriously, the seasonal breaks here can be b-r-u-t-a-l).
They'll work you long hours and keep you on your feet some days but others will be much more relaxed. It ebbs and flows with the business season, which can be nice if you're looking to enjoy some time at home from time to time. Just be ready to give up the months of August and September every year entirely. Oh, and wakeup is 5AM, sometimes earlier.
The management are generally just normal folks but they can be a bit out of touch sometimes with what all the people under their banner are really meant to be doing. Middle-management is overworked to all heck and I feel for the people who go down that road. The best way to look at this company is place to learn a trade, in a hands on way, and be paid to do it. But, just like school, know there comes a time to move on.
On a final note: If you hate kids, or hate working with them, maybe do some homework before you apply.
Good People, Hands-on Training, Great for Beginners (With a good attitude)
Seasonal, Organizational Problems, Very Early Mornings, Some Very Long Days