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Lakeshore Learning Materials Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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Pros
  • Profit sharing bonus (you have to be there for at least 1 year) (in 26 reviews)

  • Casual dress code, employee recognition and perks (in 13 reviews)

Cons
  • Job stability/turnover rate: Some departments had a really high turnover rate (in 6 reviews)

  • There's no windows, no natural light (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lakeshore Learning Materials full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lakeshore takes an interest in helping their employees grow. They created a whole department dedicated to helping employees improve skills such as time management, and communication. They also offer training in Excel, and much more. All optional of course, but highly recommended.

    Cons

    Be prepared to go the extra mile. We work hard at Lakeshore to provide the highest quality of service to our customers, so employees should do what is needed to make sure our customers have the best possible experience.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Amazing Company to work for!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Manager
    Current Employee - Regional Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lakeshore Learning Materials full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great culture, people and leadership! Highly motivating and rewarding! Been at Lakeshore for a year and have loved every day!

    Cons

    IF there are any... I havent found them yet!

    Advice to Management

    Great management from the top all the way down! Amazing communication, compensation, motivation and leadership!

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sales"

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lakeshore Learning Materials full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Best and most durable educational resources. Pay seems good on paper. Hard working co-workers. If you like high school drama, this is the perfect place for you.

    Cons

    Very strange culture. No logic to the madness. High turn-over even though the claim is to be a family company. Little support from management. No work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Need more training on how to manage in a successful manner. Two ways to manage: fear or encouragement/support...stop choosing fear! It will only work for so long before people tire of the silliness. It continues to hurt our reputation in the industry. People are smarter than you believe.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Great Work Environment Where You Are Challenged Daily!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lakeshore Learning Materials full-time

    Pros

    I've seen that Lakeshore is about People- they demand greatness and reward you when you deliver it. Management/Ownership understands people work for people and maintain a family style culture in the organization. They're open to feedback at all levels I've interacted with and seem genuinely thankful when feedback is provided. It's still a small enough company where if you work your tail off you can get recognized fairly quickly- something I've not seen at previous employers.

    Cons

    They only employ the best of the best- not an easy company to get into.
    You're as good as what you produce daily and it is a demanding environment that rapidly changes and you need to be flexible to keep up.

    Advice to Management

    Culture is spoken about a lot- make sure it's protected.
    We have a great speaker for a CEO- find ways to get him in front of more people, it's inspirational.


  5. "Not my favorite place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Current Employee - Sales Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get a lot of the sweetest customers that are just wanting to help children learn. A lot of grandparents, parents, teachers, all people who make it fabulous.

    Cons

    It gets really boring to a point where you want to just go home and never come back. It definitely is a hard place to work when it is a slow season.

    Advice to Management

    Please do not send us in the back to work. It drives us up a wall and we'd rather be on the floor.

    Lakeshore Learning Materials Response

    Aug 18, 2017 – Director of Retail HR

    It’s great to hear that helping our customers is the most rewarding part of your job.
    We couldn’t agree more—our customers are absolutely fabulous! While some of the stores’ operational tasks may... More


  6. "Great place to work at!!!"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Employee in Carson, CA
    Current Employee - Corporate Employee in Carson, CA

    I have been working at Lakeshore Learning Materials full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I have been working at Lakeshore for over 2 years now. This is definitely the work-life balance that i have been looking for. There are times that I do have to stay late or come in early, but I love how I do not have to be attached to my work email past working hours. The people who work here are some of the greatest I have been around...it is definitely a team environment and you are constantly learning. I love the fact that a lot of people have been working here for 25+ years, that in itself is proof of how great this place is. Lakeshore culture is amazing: you get rewarded for your hard work, they celebrate your bday and anniversary like no other place, everyone is friendly. Looking forward to a great career here!!!

    Cons

    Projects can change at the last-minute which is the nature of the business. So you have to be open to that!

    Lakeshore Learning Materials Response

    Aug 3, 2017 – Human Resources

    Thanks so much for sharing your experience! We’re just thrilled that you’re finding success here at Lakeshore. And you’re absolutely right—we are surrounded by great people who know how to pull... More


  7. "Sales Associate"

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    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Sales Associate in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible, casual dress code, great co-workers

    Cons

    Poor company policies. Work can become tiring.

  8. "Lakeshore was actually not a bad place to work. Hands on . A lot of moving around. They have the strongest customer serv"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Scarsdale, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant Manager in Scarsdale, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lakeshore Learning Materials full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment. Friendly people for the most part. You learn a lot, and understand what customer services in a good way

    Cons

    Working late hours and uniform and wearing that apron was the worst. I think it should be wear what u want

    Advice to Management

    Get to know everyone, before making judgements and believing the first story that comes to you.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Walnut Creek Store Location"

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    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Walnut Creek, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Walnut Creek, CA

    I worked at Lakeshore Learning Materials part-time

    Pros

    Fun work environment, Comparable to other retail positions

    Cons

    Store and district management is poorly organized, micro-manages and is inconsiderate of employee time constraints and availability.


  10. "Supervisor"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Carson, CA
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Carson, CA

    I worked at Lakeshore Learning Materials (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pleasant customers, good working team.

    Cons

    Inconsistent scheduling and available hours.


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