Mission: For over 60 years, Lakeshore has been developing some of the best learning materials in the world—products that spark young imaginations, instill a sense of wonder and foster a lifelong love of learning. Products that make it possible for every child to enter school ...
I have been working at Lakeshore Learning Materials full-time (More than 3 years)
I have been at Lakeshore for 3 years now, and I can say without hesitation that it's been an incredible journey thus far. Every other company I have worked before Lakeshore has been in more of a large, corporate America-type setting, so coming to Lakeshore was a big, but welcomed, change for me. The work is challenging and interesting, the days go by very fast, and the red tape that I've experienced elsewhere is almost non-existent here. My coworkers are some of the most hardworking, engaged, and committed people that I've come across in my 15+ years being in the professional workplace. The company is the gold-standard, powerhouse in its industry, and very financially stable. The family that owns Lakeshore treats their employees like family. I can remember thinking when I interviewed with the company how strange it was that I didn't know much about this big yet local company, but the truth is that they are pretty humble, keeping a low profile, and let their products and world-class customer service speak for themselves. You get what you give here; if your contribution is great, you can move up and be financially rewarded unlike anywhere else. In my time with the company, I've been promoted 2 times, have received substantial annual salary increases, and consistently recognized for rolling up my sleeves to get the job done. Additionally I get to bring my child to the onsite child development center everyday, and that's been a significant perk that I never expected when I joined the company.
I don't know that there are any cons for me, but if you are looking for just a job where you can do the bare minimum and collect a paycheck, this won't be the place for you. I read in another review on here that "either you're great or you're gone" and there is some truth to that. The expectations are high, and if you aren't up to going the extra mile and committed to excellence, you won't last. But on the flip side, if you are a rock star, flexible (not high maintenance), patient, and have a great attitude, you can have an incredible career here.
Advice to Management
Continue to invest in your best asset - our employees. There are so many things that make this company magical, and all of the perks that come along with it: great benefits, profit bonus, fun events throughout the year, VIP/Spin & Win are appreciated. While the hours are pretty typical at Lakeshore, in order to avoid burnout, continue explore opportunities to give people more flexibility to achieve that work-life balance that other companies are offering. Continue efforts to increase communication to all employees and share stories about teamwork and your people that go above and beyond. Employees will be more engaged when they can see how their contribution impacts the greater organization.
I applied in-person. The process took 2 weeks. I interviewed at Lakeshore Learning Materials.
Typical retail store application and interview process: went into the store to request an application and received a call for an interview about a week later. The interview was extremely relaxed and flowed like a conversation and consisted of the typical basic level interview questions. A few days after my interview I received a call from the Store Manager offering me the position and I accepted.
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