A look at content licensing company Getty Images (plus how to get hired)

Getty Images, a leading creator and distributor of digital content, has excelled from stock photos to award-winning still imagery, video, music, and multimedia products. The company helps creatives and media professionals access artwork and visual news that will end up in newspapers, magazines, advertising campaigns, films, television programs, books, and online media. Find out more about the organization that powers the tools used by major publications, including all about the company culture and even inside advice on how to get hired there.

Getty Images rundown

Size:  1,800 employees globally

Industry: Photography, Video, and Music

Locations: The company’s headquarters is in Seattle, but it is a global company with offices in New York, London, Paris, Chicago, Los Angeles, Calgary, Hong Kong, Sydney and elsewhere in between.

Founded: 1995

Founders: Mark Getty and Jonathan Klein cofounded Getty Investments LLC in 1995. Getty Communications merged with PhotoDisc, Inc. in 1997 to form Getty Images.

CEO: Craig Peters

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How much do Getty Images employees make?

The average salary for a Getty Images employee is $119,135 per year. Ladders estimates are based on our calculations.

Getty Images Jobs

Getty Images is currently hiring for 498 open positions, including a Systems Engineer and a Software Engineer to join the team at the headquarters in Seattle, Washington. Find a full list of open roles on Ladders’ Getty Images Jobs page.

Getting hired at Getty Images

“Demonstrate a track record of curiosity and learning,” said CEO Craig Peters, when asked his advice for interviewing at Getty. “Demonstrate a track record of working collaboratively with others to deliver outcomes. Demonstrate a track record of being rigorous in the work you do.”

Of course, Peters also strongly recommends that you spend some time familiarizing yourself with the company’s imagery.

Getty Images hires employees all around the world, so there are many opportunities to join the team. LaQuita Hester, the Getty Images Recruiting Manager for the Americas, told Ladders that potential candidates should know that challenge and opportunity will come “in equal measure” should you join the team at Getty.

“We never stay still,” Hester said. “We adapt to the world around us, to the possibilities that new technologies and ideas bring…and to the needs of our customers and partners.”

The recruitment team aims to make the application and interview processes as personal as possible.

“We strive for a high touch, highly personal experience at every step,” Hester said. “We use data to drive strategy and innovation. We think big when it comes to our people and our products.”

Getty puts an emphasis on building relationships in the workplace, so showing you’ve done so in your past jobs is extremely important during your interview. Additionally, the company is proud to admit that you won’t feel undervalued or ever be bored with your work during your time at Getty, should you get hired there.

“We recognize talent and invest in your potential,” Hester said. “Perhaps most important of all, we want to be the best place you’ll ever work, hands-down.”

If you’re looking to join Getty now, you’ve picked an exciting time to do so as the company has set out new goals and missions and is looking for new team members to help it reach them.

“Right now, Getty Images is embarking on its next wave of innovation in visual storytelling and how to put the perfect image or video in our customer’s hands, be it for a society-changing headline or a brand’s next big campaign—truly moving the world with images,” Hester said.

For this new journey, the company is looking for fresh talent across various fields- from Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Sales and Marketing.

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Company Culture

Although Getty Images is made up of thousands of employees spread across the globe, the company maintains “a culture that inspires innovation, rewards risk-taking and celebrates success,” according to Hester. The company is proud to positively impact the lives of millions of customers every day.

Hester described the company as “seated at the intersection of creativity and technology.” In order to  keep both innovation and technology moving forward, the company believes in strong leadership principles and flexible work policies so that employees can “be their best selves and their best colleagues day-in and day-out.”

Additionally, the company’s principles play a huge role in defining the company culture.

Getty’s company principles

According to Peters, employee evaluations are based 50% on  how well they uphold the company’s shared principles.

Peters gave Ladders a rundown of the company’s eight core principles:

  • We are trustworthy, transparent and honest
  • We are inclusive of different voices, perspectives and experiences
  • We always raise the bar
  • We are one Getty Images with no silos
  • We collectively bring solutions
  • We deliver on our commitments and commercial goals
  • We care, are kind, courteous and respectful
  • We put the customer at the heart of everything we do

What does Getty Images do?

Getty Images is a major source of visual content in the world, with over 200 million assets available through its two sites, Getty Images and iStock. The websites serve creative, business, and media customers in almost 200 countries.

“We work with over 200,000 contributors and hundreds of image partners to provide comprehensive coverage of more than 130,000 news, sport and entertainment events, impactful creative imagery to communicate any commercial concept, and the world’s deepest digital archive of historic photography,” Hester said.

Funding and acquisitions

The company has raised a total of $600 million over two funding rounds. The latest round was raised on Feb. 1, raised $100 million, and included Koch Equity Development as the lead investor.

Additionally, Getty Images has acquired 11 organizations, with its latest acquisition being TDWsport on Jan. 11, 2018.

Employee benefits

  • Health, dental, vision, life, and disability insurance
  • Flexible spending account (FSA)
  • Health savings account (HSA)
  • Supplemental life insurance
  • Mental health care
  • Accidental death & dismemberment insurance
  • Performance bonus
  • Charitable gift matching
  • 401K plan
  • Maternity & paternity leave
  • Fertility assistance
  • Adoption assistance
  • Family medical leave
  • Vacation & paid time off
  • Paid holidays
  • Volunteer time off
  • Bereavement leave

Employee perks

  • Employee discount
  • Employee assistance program
  • Commuter checks & assistance
  • Company social events
  • Legal assistance

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Getty Images employee reviews 2019

Reviews on Glassdoor range from two-star reviews titled “watch your back” to five-star reviews titled “great company to work for.”

“I’ve worked for several sales organizations in my career, but I finally found my ideal job at Getty Images,” one reviewer wrote. “Management is very fair, and provides all the tools needed to excel at the role. The position has also afforded me opportunities to grow as a salesperson and develop the skills necessary to move up within the company. I would recommend this position anyone with prior sales experience who wants to work for a cool company and make some money.”