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« Reply #25 on: January 19, 2012, 12:19 »
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This is the making of a good movie, WoW interesting year ahead!


« Reply #26 on: January 19, 2012, 12:40 »
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These days SS is offering company benefits similar to IS, who knows maybe they already made a deal. The SS benefits below are for a lower level job, just think what they would offer someone higher up. Frankly I was not too enthused to see that SS is hiring former IS employees, we certainly do not need to spread IS's company culture and business practices to other sites.  Yet with all the SS bugs maybe they did hire their programmers to permanently bury new images.

"Among other great benefits, Shutterstock offers competitive salaries, health and dental plans, 401k, company equity, daily breakfasts, weekly massages, discounted gym memberships"
But do they have "Friday afternoon Rock Band sessions and more than 100 arcade games available in our snack-stocked cafeteria."?
Grief, this massage must be a great thing.  ::)
I had a head massage once. I found it embarrassing and it relaxed me for about 10 minutes afterwards max.
Embarassing is an exaggeration; 'uncomfortable' is more like it, socially rather than physically; in the same way as I feel uncomfortable if a waiter puts my napkin onto my lap or pulls out a chair for me.

I have worked for two companies that offered such perks. At our yearly summer party they would hire Cirque du Soleil and Grade A musicians to entertain us. We received full massages in privacy and I must say I did appreciate it, but in the end I have decided that a reliable paycheck and a healthy company culture is preferable. 

As the management got fuller and fuller of themselves they made poor business choices and as their arrogance increased it trickled down to the rest of the company. As a result the companies became less and less competitive. Both of those companies have laid off large numbers of employees as well as outsourcing  jobs they could overseas.

« Reply #27 on: January 19, 2012, 12:42 »
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Pursuing other interests or spending more time with your family are both ways of saying someone's been pushed out, IMO.

I feel bad for someone who relocates and is then dumped, but I do think it was pretty predictable this would happen when you're offered VP after being COO of a business unit (which always seemed like one of those temporary slots used to move people out without a fuss). Given that my opinion of Kelly's tin ear for the iStock community and how his messages would go over, perhaps he's just really bad at reading people and situations and couldn't read Getty's messages to him any more than he could read those of contributors to iStock.

I hope he can land on his feet somewhere, but I hope it's a million miles from any stock agency or software development outfit I am in any way associated with.

wut

« Reply #28 on: January 19, 2012, 12:50 »
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I had a head massage once. I found it embarrassing and it relaxed me for about 10 minutes afterwards max.
Embarassing is an exaggeration; 'uncomfortable' is more like it, socially rather than physically; in the same way as I feel uncomfortable if a waiter puts my napkin onto my lap or pulls out a chair for me.

I felt the same way the first time I had a Thai massage. When she started to wash my feet, I felt it was kind of degrading to her (or better said her doing it), but then I thought about it, it's their culture and something that's absolutely normal for her and everyone from her cultural environment. Hell, it was normal in the western world up to a few decades ago. Now I feel 100% comfortable while she washes my feet. In a way it's pretty cool, being cared for, pampered in such a way. I often joke with chauvinistic remarks, to piss the feminists off, I'm not chauvinistic at all, but I have to admit, sometimes, for a brief moment it feels good to feel dominant in such a way, especially, because I know, it's really not degrading for her to do it.

« Reply #29 on: January 19, 2012, 12:53 »
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While I don't wish anyone ill will, I can't say that I feel too bad for him. 
« Last Edit: January 19, 2012, 12:55 by jsmithzz »

« Reply #30 on: January 19, 2012, 13:06 »
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« Reply #31 on: January 19, 2012, 13:08 »
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The $hit hits the fan, Litterally!


Is all i can say.

wut

« Reply #32 on: January 19, 2012, 13:21 »
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Do you really think a few sacked puppets will make any difference at all? If so, just how bad it's going to become? :o

« Reply #33 on: January 19, 2012, 13:53 »
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Interesting how the official statement only mentions JJRD, while Kelly is left out.  That tells me only one thing...Kelly was fired.

ShadySue

« Reply #34 on: January 19, 2012, 13:56 »
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Interesting how the official statement only mentions JJRD, while Kelly is left out.  That tells me only one thing...Kelly was fired.
Did Kelly have anything to do with iStock latterly?
The goodbyes to him from iStock were already said, IIRC.

« Reply #35 on: January 19, 2012, 13:58 »
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Interesting how the official statement only mentions JJRD, while Kelly is left out.  That tells me only one thing...Kelly was fired.
Did Kelly have anything to do with iStock latterly?
The goodbyes to him from iStock were already said, IIRC.

right he was already out as iStock COO and "promoted" to NY with Getty. So he's leaving Getty now, already cut the strings from iStock

« Reply #36 on: January 19, 2012, 14:10 »
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He was promoted to Getty, yes, but according to the infamous interview, he was still involved with overseeing IS, Thinkstock and Photos.com.

« Reply #37 on: January 19, 2012, 14:49 »
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Wow. And to think just two days ago I suggested he might not still be there.

You did! Maybe Klein read your post and thought "Great idea Cas, I'll fire him tomorrow".

Then he must have read my mind about JJRD! LOLOL. There are others I'm thinking about too...:D

« Reply #38 on: January 19, 2012, 15:04 »
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Maybe he will start his own stock company, buy one or partner with one. The question is, who will follow him?

I wouldn't believe a word he says, he's the type of ppl that con artists are, or lawyers. Or he could make it in politics. He really excels in twisting and turning words, the truth even

Unfair, I think. I saw him as someone who was out of his depth. And it is precisely for that reason that I wouldn't follow him to oblivion in some new stock venture (not that there will be one because it would be very cruel of Getty not to make him sign a non-compete clause).

« Reply #39 on: January 19, 2012, 15:18 »
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Anyone remember JJRD proclaiming that he believed in all the changes and that if iStock every did anything wrong they'd have his resignation in an instant? And finally, his departure looks suspiciously like Getty stamping on his fingers as he's desperately trying to cling on the to window-ledge.

"Will not be replaced" means they've just axed his post. I bet if they hadn't he'd be proclaiming the wisdom of streamlining and rooting out the dead wood.

« Reply #40 on: January 19, 2012, 15:23 »
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Anyone remember JJRD proclaiming that he believed in all the changes and that if iStock every did anything wrong they'd have his resignation in an instant? And finally, his departure looks suspiciously like Getty stamping on his fingers as he's desperately trying to cling on the to window-ledge.

"Will not be replaced" means they've just axed his post. I bet if they hadn't he'd be proclaiming the wisdom of streamlining and rooting out the dead wood.

it's in the other thread about layoffs.. probably this discussion should move there as it's pretty much already is :)

« Reply #41 on: January 19, 2012, 15:25 »
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Paulie's original link:

bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/news/2140045/jobs-shed-getty-images-absorbs-istockphoto

Getty Images absorbs istockphoto. Looks to me like there isn't going to be an istockphoto anymore. (I did not read the article yet, so don't know if that was addressed in the article).

edit: just read the other layoff thread and see where they've made a statement to that effect. sorry about that...such a flurry of excitement, it's hard to keep up!
« Last Edit: January 19, 2012, 15:35 by cclapper »

« Reply #42 on: January 19, 2012, 15:33 »
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Anyone remember JJRD proclaiming that he believed in all the changes and that if iStock every did anything wrong they'd have his resignation in an instant? And finally, his departure looks suspiciously like Getty stamping on his fingers as he's desperately trying to cling on the to window-ledge.

"Will not be replaced" means they've just axed his post. I bet if they hadn't he'd be proclaiming the wisdom of streamlining and rooting out the dead wood.

How dare you Sir! I'm quite sure JJRD died a hero's death putting his donkey on the line for all of us __ just like he kept telling us he did.
« Last Edit: January 19, 2012, 15:38 by gostwyck »

« Reply #43 on: January 19, 2012, 15:35 »
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Wonder what kind of golden parachute Kelly got today?

If a book is ever written about all of this... I am interested in what Kelly might shed light into.  At least JJRD got out with his dignity and beliefs in place.  rogermexico seems to be one of the few original faces left, hope he is not forced to sell his soul or leave.

iStock resembles a red giant star in the final stages of collapse.   Shine bright and expand then sheds its content; then a cold core cinder remains at the center slowly cooling until there is nothing left.

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« Reply #44 on: January 19, 2012, 15:46 »
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I'd like to say that having met them both last year, JJ and Kelly are two of the nicest people I have met in my life. very sincere, to the point that it sometimes came across poorly when communicating to contributors. on a business note, this is a frightening day for exclusives in particular. on a personal note, I will miss them both and their involvement. even when I didn't agree with it, I knew they meant what they said.

« Reply #45 on: January 19, 2012, 15:50 »
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Wonder what kind of golden parachute Kelly got today?

If a book is ever written about all of this... I am interested in what Kelly might shed light into.  At least JJRD got out with his dignity and beliefs in place.  rogermexico seems to be one of the few original faces left, hope he is not forced to sell his soul or leave.

iStock resembles a red giant star in the final stages of collapse.   Shine bright and expand then sheds its content; then a cold core cinder remains at the center slowly cooling until there is nothing left.

Years from now your avatar will make a movie called "Lobo & Me", where he goes to Calgary and finds laid off istockers hunting jackrabbits for food.

« Reply #46 on: January 19, 2012, 15:57 »
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Wonder what kind of golden parachute Kelly got today?

If a book is ever written about all of this... I am interested in what Kelly might shed light into.  At least JJRD got out with his dignity and beliefs in place.  rogermexico seems to be one of the few original faces left, hope he is not forced to sell his soul or leave.

iStock resembles a red giant star in the final stages of collapse.   Shine bright and expand then sheds its content; then a cold core cinder remains at the center slowly cooling until there is nothing left.


Years from now your avatar will make a movie called "Lobo & Me", where he goes to Calgary and finds laid off istockers hunting jackrabbits for food.


   

« Reply #47 on: January 19, 2012, 15:59 »
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 At least JJRD got out with his dignity and beliefs in place.

He got sacked. I should think his belief in the wisdom of iStock is a bit shaken.

« Reply #48 on: January 19, 2012, 18:36 »
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 At least JJRD got out with his dignity and beliefs in place.

He got sacked. I should think his belief in the wisdom of iStock is a bit shaken.

Thank you! Why do people think he left of his own accord? That's not how the officious announcement over on the iStock forum reads. At all.

« Reply #49 on: January 19, 2012, 18:45 »
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His beliefs and reputation will follow him, not related to iStock.  At least I think he fought for us all the way as long as he could. That is why he got the axe.


 

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