Lowe-Martin Group Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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  1. Sheetfed

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    Former Employee - Feeder in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Feeder in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Lowe-Martin Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Interesting work, good people to work with.

    Cons

    sweat shop, long hours, shift work that include nights and days

    Advice to Management

    poor management


  2. Was a great company at one time but has quickly deteriorated due to outdated leadership practices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Lowe-Martin Group full-time

    Pros

    Filled with great people trying to do a very good job for their clients. Interesting and challenging work.

    Cons

    Did not learn many quality business practices while working here. Leadership seems mostly filled with old hangers on and people who hold themselves to a very low standard while expecting much from everyone else. Poor life work balance and very stressful environment

    Advice to Management

    Employee engagement is crucial to the success of any company and especially one such as this in a contracting industry. Treat your employees fairly and they'll move mountains for you. Getting rid of the old hangers on and a change to a more engaged, dynamic and positive group of senior executives would be a start.


  3. Great place as a stepping stone into the print industry

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lowe-Martin Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Many learning experiences, many opportunities to wear different hats, but be cautious that you do not get burnt out.

    Cons

    Reactive to customer needs rather than proactively finding ways to better processes. Too many customer "exceptions to the rule"


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  5. WORST!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lowe-Martin Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    They Pay you on Paydays, and no weekend work... and that is about it. I would not recommend this company to anybody.

    Cons

    Every min of every hour. Management is full of false promises. I have been working here for 2 years and I have not received a penny more then what I started at.

    Advice to Management

    End IT!!


  6. Good place to work as a first job, but move on quickly.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lowe-Martin Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Provides good experience and life lessons. This place will make you appreciate just how good you have it at another job.

    Cons

    If you're good at what you do, don't expect to ever be promoted. You will be held back so you can keep doing that job. Jobs that you wish to be promoted to will be filled by external candidates instead. Furthermore, if you go above and beyond, even once, expect whatever you've done to become part of your normal duties forever. The salary is a joke, and if you factor in the amount of overtime hours you have to work to work to finish all your tasks, it often works out to less than minimum wage. In my short time here I saw far too many people have mental breakdowns.

    Advice to Management

    You'll continue to lose a lot of human capital when you fail to recognize talent and promote the wrong people.


  7. Helpful (1)

    used and abused

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    most fellow employees are great...once you learn who not to trust

    Cons

    the more you do the more is expected of you without any recognition.If you do something "over and above" your regular duties expect it to become part of your regular duties

    Advice to Management

    don't ask for employee opinions and then ignore them and do the opposite


  8. Helpful (1)

    Not a happy place.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Lots of friendly people to work with.

    Cons

    There is virtually no advancement. If you do move up, do not expect a raise from your very low starting pay. Morale is extremely low. Way to much management. When times are tough, expect to be laid off, however, your 27 managers will not be. You will never, ever get positive feedback, but expect to hear about it when you screw up.


  9. Would not recommend anyone to work there. Upper management is clueless as to what is happening on the production floor.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The only thing that I liked about the company was my co-workers.

    Cons

    Very top heavy company. Extended Management, lean production staff. Low morale amongst employees. Unqualified managers and team leaders.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs a complete overhaul, a serious HR audit of management skills should be initiated.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Only work for this company if you have no better prospects.

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    Former Employee - Developer and Administrator in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Developer and Administrator in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Job security and not much else. This company will keep you around for the rest of your life but will cut you to the bone in terms of salary and will show you less and less respect as you get older. If you truly value security and have no where better to go and have no real ambitions, this company is for you.

    Cons

    Lack of talent and clear decisions from senior management, the wrong people get promoted, and the good people who do their jobs well never get promoted because its easier to hire someone new for a new position than to retrain someone to replace someone very good at their job. Very poor communication between management to its employees. A lot of power play and fighting for territory in the management group. The management team at this company likes to think of itself as being part of a big famous corporation when in fact, it is in a sunset industry and has very poor initiative for change.

    Advice to Management

    Start promoting the right people and showing respect to the employees who keep your company running. Stop the political infighting and communicate more with your employees.



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