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I have been working at Lakeshore Learning Materials full-time for more than a yearPros
This company is smaller than a lot of big box retailers and I love the difference! Since its a family owned company all the employees in the home office and out in the stores are very involved. At other larger companies I felt like a store number on a report instead of like a person, but here I'm on a first name basis with all the retail VPs, payroll, HR, and operations after only a year, and it really makes me feel like I make a difference!
The home office constantly strives to support the stores, trying to solve problems and make our job easier so we can focus on the customers like we're supposed to! The product is unique and something that's so easy to get behind and sell because you know it's high quality and being created by teachers for teachers and parents! The stores focus on customer service, community outreach, and do really fun things like in store celebrations, arts and crafts, and teacher workshops.
The whole company has a "work hard, play hard" mentality, and I've had more time with my family than I've ever had in my 10 years of retail. There are no extended Christmas hours, no Black Friday early morning or late nights, and no overnight shipments or floor sets! That being said, they have high expectations from their employees and even though the schedule isn't as hectic as a big box store, the standards are a lot higher.
For being a smaller company I was really impressed with the salary and bonus structure they offer, and they even offer bonuses to the assistant managers and supervisors, which is rare. Great hours, great pay, health benefits, 401k matching, and a 40% discount? It makes all the passion and dedication they expect from their managers worth it!Cons
Heavy focus on customer service and product knowledge, definitely not a job you skate through! Since there's less stores and layers of management, its rare to move up into a DM position, although it just happened to a store manager last year! They do offer store managers additional responsibility and growth opportunities in lieu of this.Advice to ManagementAdvice
Keep recognizing and valuing your store employees like you have!RecommendsPositive OutlookApproves of CEO
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied through an employee referral - interviewed at Lakeshore Learning Materials in January 2014.Interview Details
I interviewed from 10-2:15, without ever being told how long I would be there. Felt like i either shoukd have been offered lunch or given a break to get something. Interview was with recruiter (who left me in their office twice during the interview) plus hiring manager, director, COO and recruiter (who was different than whom I was previously dealing with).Interview Questions
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Lakeshore Learning Materials is the premier manufacturer of educational materials for elementary programs and early childhood organizations in the country. A multichannel organization with a strong sales division, thriving web business, catalogs and 60 store locations nationwide, Lakeshore has experienced continuous growth since its inception in 1954. We attribute our...
Mission: For 60 years, we’ve been developing some of the best learning materials in the world—products that spark young imaginations, instill a sense of wonder and foster a...