- Andrae Michaels National Portrait Studios09.Feb 2016
When a job was well done, employees would receive recognition. Apart from recognition, the climate and culture of the studio and that of which came down from the corporate office was completely deplorable.
Support from management
After working for Andrae Michaels for roughly a month, I had an opportunity to share some ideas with the studio manager. During this discussion, I presented ideas on how we could improve some processes and broaden the client base. When doing so, I was met with opposition on every suggestion I presented from small improvements that could be made to large-scale ideas that warranted exploration. When I asked why these ideas were being belittled, I was literally told that "I had to earn my stripes". This was very hurtful as it validated my concerns for not being a valued member of the team. This concern only continued to get worse and by the time I left, there were no signed of improvement in any way. In fact, when I turned in my two weeks notice some time after the previously mentioned discussion, I was outcasted and was treated very poorly by the studio management as though I had done something terribly wrong. Three days prior to the conclusion of my employment, I was told I'm a very condescending manner by the local manager that she would never see me again as I left at the end of the day. It was incredibly rude and unnecessary.