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    A Great Place to Work (with a few catches)

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lakeshore Learning Materials full-time


    Challenging (in a good way) environment surrounded by hardworking, creative people who truly care about their jobs. My department in particular doesn't have a lot of turnover, so I've gotten to know people and developed genuine friendships. Casual dress, outstanding health insurance, profit sharing, fun events throughout the year, and more than adequate compensation (with the potential for a raise every year).


    -Family-owned, so there are people in positions of power that maybe shouldn't be there (nepotism).
    -Profit sharing continues to go down even though the company is thriving and more profitable than ever.
    -You're expected to make the company the number 1 priority in your life, and that's both ridiculous and unfair.
    -The owner has been known to fly off the handle, to the point where you can actually hear him yelling at employees in his office or as he walks down the hall. This breeds a culture of fear, making some people terrified of making actual decisions. It seems like you have to have the approval of 30 people for every stupid thing because everyone's afraid of the consequences should they make a mistake. This also leads to a culture of finger pointing.
    -Some departments have a lot of turnover (not mine). It can be difficult to establish stable working relationships if you're constantly having to deal with new people.
    -There's a very Big Brother-like atmosphere where you feel like you're being watched. When an employee gets fired, he/she is called down to HR and a supervisor immediately boxes up that employee's things…and then it's as if that person never existed. You're not even allowed to say goodbye to people you may have worked with for years, nor are you always given an explanation as to why that person was terminated. This makes everyone else wonder just how secure their own job is.
    -If you want to advance—and I mean really advance—be prepared to nod your head and say yes a lot.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Get to know all your employees, not just the management types. You'll be surprised at how many hidden gems you have shackled to a cubicle somewhere.
    -Increase profit sharing to more accurately reflect the company's success. The company is successful because of your employees; reward them. If necessary, cut down on some of the extras throughout the year and invest that money into the profit sharing checks. Employees appreciate this benefit, but it's hard not to feel resentful when we keep hearing how great everything is going and then see less and less in our checks.

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Lakeshore Learning Materials Interviews

Updated Nov 4, 2014
Updated Nov 4, 2014

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    Merchandise Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee
    Anonymous Employee
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2 daysinterviewed at Lakeshore Learning Materials.

    Interview Details

    The HR associate was very nice and asked all the proper questions. More so to get a feel for personality than skill set, which is handled by the manager of the position you are interviewing for. This part seemed a bit aggravating as it was like pulling teeth to get the person doing the interview to really engage. She merely only asked questions that you read out of a book.

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    • The position is very regimented so to be asked if I was ok working a shift seemed odd for a salaried position.   Answer Question
    • Also, the family is still heavily involved which sometimes can be a bit challenging when they're not open to change because they feel the company is running just fine as it is.   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Not the right environment.

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Headquarters Carson, CA
Size 1000 to 5000 Employees
Founded 1954
Type Company - Private
Industry Retail
Revenue $100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

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... More

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... More

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