Lakeshore Learning Materials

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Great co-workers!

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

I have been working at Lakeshore Learning Materials

Pros

Great co-workers and benefits, casual dress, fun company functions

Cons

Micromanagement, overworked and underpaid, fear of losing job

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Allow employees to provide reviews of management during review time. Make sure management is keeping morale high. Compensate hard workers.

Doesn't Recommend
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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Looks great on the outside but.......

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carson, CA

    I worked at Lakeshore Learning Materials full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very casual dress, profit sharing if you can make it to that point, Halloween carnival, summer surprise, decent health care although recently changed.

    Most of the people here are amazing, friendly and genuine. It's unfortunate that a company full of people that you want to be friends with doesn't use those awesome people to make the company a better place to work.

    Cons

    Where to begin? The company is definitely ran like a dictatorship. All the managers below the family owners are afraid to lose their jobs pretty much every day. This unfortunately rolls down hill to everyone employed at the company.

    There is archaic technology holding the infrastructure together and maybe one day the owners will stop buying million dollar homes and matching cars to upgrade their 1980's order taking system that causes everyone headaches.

    The HR department is really good at bringing people in under the assumption that we want you to change things, yada yada yada. Within a year you will find out that nothing is going to change and your idea of making things better is looked down upon.

    I have never worked at a place that actually feels like the life is being sucked out of you, most not all employees that have been there more than 10 years are bitter and act like they own the company.

    Fire! Fire! Fire! is the motto at this establishment even the most mundane tasks are considered HOT because people are that afraid to lose their jobs. Owners are constantly changing their minds about things and in turn send all the managers into a frenzy. How about stick with something and go for it.

    This place is a revolving door for employees, you will consistently see job openings and people that have worked there for a long time are not safe.

    They generally underpaid full-time workers and use shady tactics to get the most out of hourly employees. It's all okay too, because it's all about the bottom line.

    Sexism is accepted. I'm a male and some of the things you hear and see are just ridiculous. It's nice to have a laid back environment but professionalism is almost non-existent here. I've never been at a company that uses profanity so often, probably because it's one of the only ways to release some of the stress that is built up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're a private company! You can be so great! Let managers manage and what if employees were not afraid to fail and were allowed to create processes and standards that made the company more efficient. People are so afraid to fail that it cripples productivity and efficiency. When someone is triple and quadruple checking something in fear of their job something has got to change.

    How about putting employees before profits and maybe you would see that happy employees are efficient and dedicated and would give everything to the company. They wouldn't do it out of fear and having to earn a paycheck.

    I really did feel like there was hope here, but from the feelings of everyone inside the company, after a couple of years you soon realize that people either accept the stressful CYA/Fire Alarm style workplace or they leave for companies that actually care about employee moral.

    As management, how about setting up an anonymous survey asking employees basic questions about their workplace. Are you happy? What can we do differently? If you really cared about your employees you would find out what's wrong and try to fix it.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  2.  

    Good people, moving the business in the right direction

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lakeshore Learning Materials full-time

    Pros

    casual dress code, get it done attitudes, starting to bring on new people with new ideas which were needed.

    Cons

    feeling like you should put in more hours than needed because that was the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    great job on making changes in the last couple years, excited to see the future of the company!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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