Learning Express Reviews

Updated April 2, 2015
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  1. Fun place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Learning Express

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Learned a lot about all aspects of retail store.

    Cons

    Working nights/weekends and holidays. Christmas season is crazy.

  2. Taught a lot about retail industry

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    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Retail Sales Associate in Chattanooga, TN

    I worked at Learning Express

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent compensation, lots of work and hours during holiday season, great employees to work with, fun atmosphere

    Cons

    Office leadership, no benefits, time off policies were not always even

    Advice to Management

    Handle conflict in a better manner.

  3. Love working here

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Cypress, TX
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in Cypress, TX

    I have been working at Learning Express part-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Because it's a small business/store, the employers are close with one another which is what I love because it makes work much more fun and enjoyable. Once in a while we'll get rude customers or customers with too many demands. But usually the customers are happy to shop here. I've never had to dread coming into work even during the busy holiday season and even my coworkers are happy to work here. Also the management is super awesome. They actually work with you around your schedule and are considerate of if you have something going on.

    Cons

    After the holiday seasons, it just gets boring because there aren't too many customers coming in. There will be a wave of people coming in to buy birthday gifts for parties on the weekends...but the weekdays are usually slow.

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  5. good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Learning Express

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice people. simple tasks. easy to use computer system. they are very organized and help you learn fast.

    Cons

    too small of storage/ inventory rooms

    Advice to Management

    work with prices more. organize storage better.

  6. the people are nice but without a manager it's horrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Learning Express part-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    flexible schedule, nice coworkers, it's a

    Cons

    you don't get paid enough for what you do

    Advice to Management

    GET A MANAGER, hire some black people

  7. Pleasant beginning, but shady treatment of employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Upper Montclair, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Upper Montclair, NJ

    I worked at Learning Express part-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working here began well enough. It was relatively stress free, schedules were set ahead of time and a few of my coworkers were fun to be around. You get a huge packet to fill out and learn lots about toys.
    We had a chance to try out many toys and games, and create packaging.

    Manager was usually easy to work with when asking for days off, aside from holiday time.

    Cons

    We began being ignored last year when asking about a month's bonus pay our store was due. Thankfully, I took it to the NJ DoL and received it. Know your wage laws and don't be afraid to pursue your case if you're in the right!

    Besides that, there were no regular reviews or raises.

    Montclair has its own brand of crazy customers but treat people professionally; it's probably not you. I would expect to mop up pee at a hospital or petting zoo- not in a toy store. Some parents won't even offer. Like anywhere, most are nice to deal with.

    Advice to Management

    Do not ignore your employees and coworkers, especially when asked about compensation.
    Have a bonus and/or raise program in place.

  8. Great first job

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Roseville, CA
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Roseville, CA

    I have been working at Learning Express part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Welcoming Environment
    Fun place to work
    More "human" than big box stores

    This was my first job and I was able to move up easily. The people I worked with worked with me and worked like a family. Not much (if any) headbutting

    Cons

    It's retail. You'll deal with a variety of customers. The good, the bad, the memorable (in one way or another). Don't let this discourage you though. This is a great company to work for

    Advice to Management

    A little more training in special events could be beneficial. Also, maybe more opportunity for advancement would be beneficial and encouraging to employees.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Awful place to work

    Former Employee - Toy Expert
    Former Employee - Toy Expert

    I worked at Learning Express part-time

    Pros

    i cant think of any

    Cons

    Little to no training. I had to work for three weeks before someone actually trained me. They didnt tell me about the work schedule so I'd show up on the wrong days and theyd laugh at me. The managers gossip about the employees all the time. Inconsistent work schedule. Incredibly rude to new workers

  10. Great experience!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Associate
    Former Employee - Sales Associate

    I worked at Learning Express part-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Friendly managers and co-workers
    - Constant customer interaction
    - Many different job skills learned (operating register, phone skills, communication skills, inventory, merchandising, filing reports... the list goes on)
    - FOOD! Someone always brought in some type of yummy snack to share :)

    Cons

    - Gets boring when the store is slow
    - Minimum wage (unless you move up or have been there for a long time)

  11. Helpful (2)

    Very disappointing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Learning Express

    Pros

    No pros really...
    Got to play with toys sometimes

    Cons

    Employees all treated and spoken to like idiots all day every day
    No raises ever or advancement
    Management and especially the owners were so disrespectful.
    I have seen many employees cry because of the way they were treated.
    Really quite the depressing work environment considering it was supposed to be a happy fun place

    Advice to Management

    Stop acting like snotty rude 15 year olds (no offense to 15 year olds)
    Try APPRECIATING your employees for a job well done. A simple "thank you" goes a long way.

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