Learning Resources

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Etienne Veber
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    Intern

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Intern in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at Learning Resources as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great program. They really give a lot to the interns, including projects to work out, outings into the city, free lunch & learns once a week. The people are very friendly.

    Cons

    The commute to Vernon Hills, whether from another Chicago suburb or from the city, can be a bit annoying. Also the office is the typical cubicle setup, so not super exciting.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    awareness

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Learning Resources full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They used to know what success meant years ago but lost their identity. The Products were innovated but have since taken a back seat to poor marketing direction. Could possibly be revived.

    Cons

    Our product and designs are based on a committee vote and have no vision. Somehow we keep letting the quality people and leaders leave or we let the wrong people go. The wrong people are leading the company because they know how to manipulate the system.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is no management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Started Off Great Ended Badly

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at Learning Resources

    Pros

    The employees are have a common bond to get along and communicate, and customers are always treated with respect. My manager was very respectful of her staff, openly respected better processes, and department engagement.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from senior management to middle and lower level staff. Unfortunately, they laid employees off without prior notice before the holiday. Operationally there was no ground procedures, it was more of create as you go along. How can a department function without policies and procedures. My overall opino was the more you sucked up to key players, the better off you were. Nothing was based off hard work and time given to the firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think of your staff more! Bring Etienne back!

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Positive work experience

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    Current Employee - Analyst  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Analyst in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at Learning Resources

    Pros

    The employees overall are a very motivated and caring group of people with the best interest of the end users (children!) in mind. Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Currently many changes taking place with the recent letting go of the CEO. There is much speculation on the impact to individual jobs or departments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to keep open communication so that employees don't have to operate in fear.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It's been downhill since the new CEO took over.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL

    I have been working at Learning Resources

    Pros

    The educational benefit they bring to a classroom

    Cons

    There is no communication or direction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Respect more than the dollar

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at Learning Resources

    Pros

    Innovative products to assist children in having fun while learning. Creative product development and marketing teams. Very good employee discount, and benefits package.

    Cons

    Stressful work environment with ongoing lay-offs. No consistancy except, higher paid employees with knowledge are let go to save the mighty dollar. Leaving un-trained, overworked staff to pick up the slack. Upper management is not truly seeing what it takes in their 80/20 vision. No respect is shown to employees who work to maintain relationships with customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sit with each department for a day. See what they are really dealing with. Listen and have an open mind to what customers and employees are saying. This is what use to happen when Learning Resources was a small company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company with great product heading for serious trouble

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vernon Hills, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernon Hills, IL

    I worked at Learning Resources

    Pros

    Great Coworkers give you the support system you need to get through the day. There is also the ability to move about the company to different positions if you want to change career paths.

    Cons

    Disorganized upper management with very little communication down to the lower levels of employees. So there is a lot of gossip created as to what is really going on. A lot of finger pointing at each other when things do not go as planned. Instead of trying to figure out what went wrong and fix it everyone just points fingers.

    No really rhyme or reason to how promotions are given, but it has nothing to do with hard work and intelligence. Being likeable is not always a criteria either. Usually the least respected, least intelligent, and laziest get ahead on the hard work of the rest.

    Motto - do as much as you can, as cheaply as you can. Get as close to free as possible.

    The HR department is horrendous here. Get anything and everything in writing because they will mess it up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and start paying attention to who is really doing the work. Take some time to stop talking to those who are schmoozing you and really look to see if they are in fact doing any work. Your company is suffering because the people you have hired to run it are not fullfilling their promises to you.

    Start passing on your 80/20 plan on to the people who actually are to implement it, because your managers are not.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lack of leadership at the very top level

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Learning Resources full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company targets a niche market. Demand on educational toys would increase

    Cons

    A company success is always associated with effective leadership. The company has lacked it in the last 10 years. No matter how much good talent the company has because the "micro management" style and the " I know everything, you do not" attitude would only produce mediocre results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be bold. Realize that the company has a lot of potential but recognize first you have failed in the last 10 years. Replace directors and managers and go back to the management style of the 90s when the company has better leadership

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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