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Lowe-Martin Group Reviews

Updated April 2, 2017
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  1. "Was fine..."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Imposition Operator in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Imposition Operator in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Paid the bills. Some good coworkers

    Cons

    Low morale from layoffs and how the company went about that experience


  2. "The Toronto Evolution"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lowe-Martin Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lowe-Martin acquired RP Graphics last February to create a new and improved Toronto operation. Its been a year of transitioning and for the most part, talk about a clash of cultures. So grateful that new management has been able to get this facility on track. Marc Fortier the new GM is a man with a plan and has the ability to execute his plan. Looks like the previous LMG Toronto had a bunch of overpaid slackers working there. The focus is good now and the team has made some great improvements. The market is competitive and we are doing our best to build a solid Toronto operation.
    Grass isn't greener on the other side kids - we have a good gig over here.

    Cons

    Ottawa operations.
    The nature of the business. Can be stressful with long hours. We need more staff.
    Benefits are expensive for employees who have to pay part of the premiums.

    Advice to Management

    Ottawa office severely complicates things. They need to work on efficiency and streamlining - there are so many ways to save wasted money which will benefit the whole company.


  3. "Rough and good times"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Technician in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Technician in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lowe-Martin Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good bunch of people to work with, keeping up or staying head of technology in the printing trade to stay competitive

    Cons

    A little rough merging two companies together, trying to settle on one system instead of several.
    Too much management shuffling around.

    Advice to Management

    I think we are heading in the right direction keep up the good work


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  5. "A company with a lot of potential if they can adapt"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lowe-Martin Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with, benefits after 3 months, almost no part time workers, a cafeteria with hot meals, Lynda.com training available if you want it.

    Cons

    More stressful than it needs to be, too much baggage from the other printers that they've purchase. Systems are badly in need of streamlining

    Advice to Management

    Push through with the changes that you've started. Things will be painful for a time but there are too many unsustainable systems in place currently.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Do not hesitate to leave."

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

    I have been working at Lowe-Martin Group full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Great employees to work with
    -Climate controlled building
    -Clean work area

    Cons

    - Low wages
    -No raises in years , 2% raise is not enough to cover 8 years of nothing.
    -Mandatory time off in the summer if work load is low
    -They do not invest in company , they only buy out others
    -They talk about helping out with you Educational studies , This never happens!! False promises
    -Most of of management is clueless and confused
    -New ceo every 1-2 years.

    Advice to Management

    Stop getting others to do the dirty work for you Ward. Power hungry supervisor's trying to climb the ladder by walking on people back do not help the company. Smoke and mirrors all the time.


  7. "Mind numbing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people to work with, cafeteria is a nice touch and ummmmm... lots of parking.

    Cons

    Senior management is a farce
    The same old people could probably murder someone on the floor and it would get swept under the rug.
    They lie to each other and ownership and somehow think nobody knows yet EVERYONE knows.
    If you like pulling knives out of your back, this is the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Fire yourselves.


  8. "Run don't walk"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Lowe-Martin Group full-time

    Pros

    Great people that are hard working and dedicated

    Cons

    Stressful environment. No pay raise in 5 years. A lot of people have come and gone and why wouldn't they. You're not rewarded for your dedication and hard work with a thank you or a raise, but are given more work. New employees use LM as a stepping stone and are gone shortly after they arrive.

    Advice to Management

    Talk and LISTEN to your employees. As Richard Branson said, Clients do not come first. Employees come first. If you take care of your employees, they will take care of the clients.
    I think he knows what he's talking about, dont' you? Listen to him then if your not listening to us.


  9. "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


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  11. "Great place as a stepping stone into the print industry"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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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