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From that first brick-and-mortar shop, Lakeshore has evolved into a leading developer and retailer of high-quality educational items for children from birth to sixth grade. It was established in 1954. It now has a flourishing e-commerce operation, a national sales division, catalogs, and 60 retail locations across the country, but it still considers itself to be '64 years young'—a company that continues to expand at a rapid pace. It credits this expansion to their team of more than 2,000 employees. Since 1988, Lakeshore has been creating cutting-edge goods. From first drawings and 3-D models to extensive research and classroom use, the creators bring Lakeshore products to life. It is providing career opportunities like Administrative Assistant, Events Coordinator, Retail Sales Associate, and more.

Company - Private
$100M to $500M
Large
Multiple locations
Niche Retailers
1954
Bo Kaplan
What departments Lakeshore Learning Materials employees work at?
DepartmentsRatio
other occupation50.3%
Management25.1%
Sales / Retail24.6%
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Professional experience

How many years of experience do Lakeshore Learning Materials employees have before joining?
Years of experience at Lakeshore Learning Materials: Newcomers: 21%, Experiencers: 20%, Experts: 21%, Veterans: 38%. Lakeshore Learning Materials employees have 8+ years experience on average before joining.
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Where did Lakeshore Learning Materials employees work before joining?
Where they've worked before Lakeshore Learning Materials: Enterprise, Guess, Mattel. Typical Lakeshore Learning Materials employees have worked at Enterprise.
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Guess
Mattel
What industries did Lakeshore Learning Materials employees work in previously?
Industry Background: The most typical industries of Lakeshore Learning Materials: Niche Retailers, Clothing Retailers, Niche Education, Food & Beverage Retailers, Colleges / Universities. Lakeshore Learning Materials employees most likely come from a Niche Retailers industry background.
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Where did Lakeshore Learning Materials employees work before joining?
Past employers' size at Lakeshore Learning Materials: Small: 33%, Medium: 12%, Large: 55%. Most Lakeshore Learning Materials employees have previously worked at large companies.
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Educational background

What did employees at Lakeshore Learning Materials study?
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Where did employees at Lakeshore Learning Materials study?
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona
California State University-Dominguez Hills
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Employee data

How long do people stay in a role at Lakeshore Learning Materials?
Time employed at Lakeshore Learning Materials: <1: 11%, 1-3: 26%, 4-8: 35%, 9-13: 14%, 14-20: 10%, 20+: 4%. Most Lakeshore Learning Materials employees stay with the company for 4-8 years which is the same as the industry average.
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How does Lakeshore Learning Materials rank for age & gender diversity?
Gender ratio at Lakeshore Learning Materials: 49.1% Male and 50.9% Female. Age ratio at Lakeshore Learning Materials: 16-20: 0%, 21-30: 38%, 31-40: 40%, 41-50: 16%, 51-60: 4%, 60+: 2%. Lakeshore Learning Materials rates - 6.9% more female than the industry average. Most Lakeshore Learning Materials employees are 31-40, which is on par with the industry median age range.
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What are the top roles at Lakeshore Learning Materials?
Top roles of Lakeshore Learning Materials: Regional Manager, Sales Associate, Store Manager, Supervisor, Project Manager. The top role at Lakeshore Learning Materials is Regional Manager.
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Regional Manager
Sales Associate
Store Manager
Supervisor
Project Manager

Career advancement

How does Lakeshore Learning Materials rank for career advancement?
Career advancement at Lakeshore Learning Materials: medium. Lakeshore Learning Materials ranks medium for career advancement which is above the industry average.
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What companies do Lakeshore Learning Materials employees go on to work at?
Future employers of Lakeshore Learning Materials: Barnes & Noble, Hasbro, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles USD, Pier 1. People who work at Lakeshore Learning Materials most typically go on to work for the Barnes & Noble.
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Hasbro
Kaiser Permanente
Los Angeles USD
Pier 1

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What’s the gender distribution at Lakeshore Learning Materials?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
50.9% female, 49.1% male.
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When was Lakeshore Learning Materials established?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
1954.
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What industry does Lakeshore Learning Materials fall under?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Falls under Retail
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Where is the headquarters of Lakeshore Learning Materials?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
It’s in Carson, CA.
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What’s Lakeshore Learning Materials’s yearly revenue?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
$100m to $500m, i think
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Who is the CEO of Lakeshore Learning Materials?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
Bo Kaplan.
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What’s the average length of tenure at Lakeshore Learning Materials?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
Typically 4-8 year(s).
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what kind of companies did Lakeshore Learning Materials employees work for?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
Large companies before Lakeshore Learning Materials.
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How often do employees get promoted at Lakeshore Learning Materials ?
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Isabella Holmes3 years ago
advancement opportunities are medium
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who are employees usually hired by after leaving Lakeshore Learning Materials?
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Benjamin Gardner3 years ago
by one of these businesses: Barnes & Noble, Hasbro, Kaiser Permanente, Los Angeles USD, Pier 1, Self Employed, Skechers U.S.A., Ulta Beauty
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Who are the top previous employers of Lakeshore Learning Materials employees?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
Enterprise, Freelance, Guess, Mattel, Nordstrom, OfficeMax, Target, The Walt Disney Company.
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How old are Lakeshore Learning Materials’s employees in general?
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Liam Brown3 years ago
31-40, 21-30.
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Where did most of Lakeshore Learning Materials employees go to school?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, California State University-Dominguez Hills, California State University-Fullerton, California State University-Long Beach, El Camino College.
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What’s Lakeshore Learning Materials’s business mission statement?
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Sophie Hayes3 years ago
the following: "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 ready to succeed. Products that help children with disabilities make amazing educational strides and join their peers in the classroom.".
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Working for Lakeshore this past year has been nothing short of incredible.👏
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10 months ago
The communication at Lakeshore is second to none.👍
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10 months ago
Oh Yes, If you have a question there are multiple people to ask and they are all willing to help and support you in any way possible. ✌
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The hours are never crazy, and I have always been able to take vacation time.👍
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8 months ago
There is no place I would rather work!♥
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8 months ago
Great work life balance, bonuses, diversity and inclusion, awesome retention, a culture that cares, support from every direction, ability to grow and develop👏
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They will work with your schedule within reason. Sells quality and fun educational products.👌
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10 months ago
Need education knowledge for products🤞
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10 months ago
Great place to work with professional and understanding management.✌
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They make sure everyone is fully trained before accepting a role👍
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9 months ago
Sticklers about odd things that didn't always make sense
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9 months ago
The technology is a bit outdated, which can cause some workaround situations but there are plans to upgrade in the next year or two.✌
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There has always been alot of opportunity to learn and grow at Lakeshore, and with how quickly we are growing, even more opportunities.👏
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9 months ago
Parking distance can be a problem at Carson facility when everyone is working in the offices and not at home.
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9 months ago
Lakeshore expects alot from their employees which at times can make vacation difficult to take.😅
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I interviewed at Lakeshore Learning Materials. Started with the Recruiter reaching out. Had a total of 4 interviews with a Director✌
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10 months ago
The whole team works efficiently to schedule all interviews and to advise on next steps.😊
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10 months ago
Hiring manager was friendly and provided great insights to the company.
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I want to know how often do raises occur here.🤐
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9 months ago
I think its once ayear🤨
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9 months ago
yearly
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when I went through training, I thought everyone was drinking the Kool-Aid. Turns out, everything I was told and everything everyone raved about is true!👏
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9 months ago
In my short time with them, I had some big personal issues come up. Thankfully they were more than supportive!✌
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9 months ago
They definitely foster a family environment and set their titles aside to get the job done. I am so happy to work for a company with such a great company culture!👌
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Flexible Schedule Availability Great Benefits even as a part time associate👏
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10 months ago
Company values it's employees👍
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10 months ago
Little room for advancement as a part-time worker
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I'm curious​ to know how does the OT work if,I'm working a second job.Will it affect my hours working somewhere else.
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9 months ago
follows all state and federal laws and regulations in regards to overtime.
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9 months ago
It's okay I feel like they will accommodate you😘
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Do they drug test?😕
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10 months ago
Yes, after accidents or every time that seems appropriate too.
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10 months ago
No drug test needed.✌
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we were given clear instructions and help was always available. A great job for part-time work during the holiday busy season.👍
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9 months ago
Breaks needed to be 10 mins, Lunch needed to be 30 mins on the dot, So lots of pressure to be on time.😯
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9 months ago
I started at Lakeshore in the middle of a pandemic so things were a lot different than a normal onboarding process, however I still felt prepared to start my position.✌
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Vacation & Paid Time Off. accrue up to 40 per year. 👍
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10 months ago
Normal holidays are paid but normal industry holidays are not observed. 🤞
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10 months ago
Working during Christmas break is not very productive.😪
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Lakeshore is such a unique place filled with the most talented employees. I find myself every day surrounded by peers who give 110%.👏
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10 months ago
In the merchandising department there is a constant influx of new product to review and catalog.
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10 months ago
Much of the new product needs to be tested, sometimes at off site facilities.👆
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Getting to work on products that genuinely make the world a better place is such a fulfilling experience. 😊
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10 months ago
If anything, I know that our leaders have our backs when we make a decision.👏
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10 months ago
They hire great people and I'm so lucky to work here!🥲
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I interviewed at Lakeshore Learning Materials. Overall great experience for an interview process just make sure you brush up on those skills if needed! HIH
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10 months ago
Had 1:1 interviews with key leadership and group meetings with direct reports. 👍
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10 months ago
I met with 2 owners together for a thoughtful and candid discussion.
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What is the hourly wage💰 that a warehouse associate makes?
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9 months ago
In between $14-$15🤑
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9 months ago
I'm currently getting $15.50 per hr
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When leadership says they are going to do something, THEY DO IT!👍
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9 months ago
They have an on-site child development ceter??😯
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9 months ago
Yes they do and having the support of her amazing teachers and this center has helped me excel in my career.🤘
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Does company match employee contributions?
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9 months ago
No but they do offer a 401k plan that I did not participate in.
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9 months ago
I was not involved in this part of the company benefits.
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I love working at Lakeshore! I get the chance to work at a company that is genuinely making the world a better place. 👏
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10 months ago
When I first got here, everyone told me that they would hope to one day even be able to retire at Lakeshore, and I wasn't sure what they were talking about.😅
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10 months ago
Yes, I can never see myself working anywhere else! ♥
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Hybrid work environment -- work from home and the office, best of both worlds✌
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10 months ago
They keep me going when the going gets tough😊
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10 months ago
We're super-busy, so come join us. You won't be bored!🙂
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It’s truly the greatest team you can ever be a part of.
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10 months ago
Lastly, being a part of a company that has adapted and supported its employees through these unprecedented times has truly been inspiring 👍
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10 months ago
Work/life balance, amazing management/ownership, room for growth, incredible people. I am so blessed to build a lifelong career here with Lakeshore.
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What about health insurance? Is there any?🤔
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9 months ago
It was around the time i left that they finally gave it to a 3rd party to handle so it may be better now.
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9 months ago
Helps you to save and it's easy to enroll😊
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Do employees pay for onsite child care / preschool?🧑
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10 months ago
Most probably yes
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10 months ago
They do
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I interviewed at Lakeshore Learning Materials. After I submitted my answers via email, she said she would forward her notes and my answers to the manager and get back to me.✌
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10 months ago
It was a video interview over Microsoft Teams and lasted just over 30 min. It went well and I felt confident about it.🙂
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10 months ago
I appreciated how quickly they worked as some companies can make you wait weeks between first contact and interviews.👏
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Lakeshore recruits the smartest, hardworking, most unique and big hearted people I have ever known💪
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9 months ago
Instead of being at odds over different department needs we work better together to create solutions for every department. ✌
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9 months ago
Sometimes our department doesn't get what we originally wanted but it's all for the overall good of the company, instead of the good of one department over the other.
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I applied online. I received a phone call from HR shortly after applying and the interviews were set up.✌
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9 months ago
I applied online. The phone interview took about 15 minutes and then I met with one of the members of the team I would be working on. 😊
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9 months ago
The interview lasts an hour usually.
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How soon do you hear back once you apply for a job?🤫
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10 months ago
not very long​
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10 months ago
I heard back within days
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Family-own company. People are very nice and willing to help.✌
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10 months ago
Culture and people are great!!👌
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10 months ago
There are no cons working here😊
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With the absolute best educational materials on the market, you will be proud to call Lakeshore home.♥
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9 months ago
Stores are spread out across the country, so we do not get to come together for group meetings as often as we would like!🥲
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9 months ago
Amazing Culture & Unlimited Growth Opportunities for many years to come 🫴
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It is like a second family here and I really enjoy that.🤩
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9 months ago
I never got to experience being in the office with everyone and I don't know if I ever will. But from the stories I have been told, it sounds like it is pretty amazing. 🤩
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9 months ago
I am bummed that you didn't get to experience that side of Lakeshore.
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My boss is extremely nice and knowledgeable.👩
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10 months ago
They are flexible and care about both employees and customers.✌
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10 months ago
I was able to play and be silly while working which made work fun and allowing me to work harder.🤗
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I interviewed at Lakeshore Learning Materials. It feels like the company is very supportive of women and their careers.👏
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10 months ago
I feel like she really wanted to make sure that you were happy/satisfied with the pay and didn’t want to risk losing you as a candidate.
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10 months ago
I truly appreciated that.
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This place is so special! The culture is authentic, collaborative, and supportive. 👏
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8 months ago
-401k match could be better -Employer basic life is not very much ($25k as opposed to 2x annual salary at most places) 🤘
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8 months ago
Keep up the great work, humility, and transparency. It's refreshing and what makes Lakeshore stand out!👏
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Your co workers make it fun to come to work; supervisors were all very supportive and helpful and the company makes sure your health comes first.👏
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10 months ago
I worked as a part-time seasonal sales associate which was taking orders over the phone from customers who wanted to order from the catalog. Amazinf Experience.♥
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10 months ago
When we were not on the phones we were given busy work to do such as counting popsicle sticks and repackaging to smaller bags.🤣
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I applied online. The process took 1 week. I interviewed at Lakeshore Learning Materials. Phone call screening, virtual interview with recruiter and account Manager, final virtual interview with sales team.👍
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9 months ago
They had us take a spelling test.
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9 months ago
Not a lot of warmth- very cold and sterile type environment . Like school? LOL
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Good commissions as long as you exceed your target.👌
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9 months ago
Not the best but better than none.😊
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9 months ago
never any problems with their plan🤘
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Does this company have a cafe or a place I can put my lunch🍱
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9 months ago
There is a small fridge with no employee area. Just a desk in there back room.😘
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9 months ago
Employee cafeteria
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What is the best part of working at Lakeshore Learning Materials? 🤔
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9 months ago
Free Gatorade🤣
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9 months ago
You meet new people and everyone is so nice and very helpful😊
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I worked at 2 different locations. The first was the best job I ever had with how they encouraged individuality. The second was so strict, I had to do EVERYTHING a very specific way.😬
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10 months ago
Wow that is so thoughtful of the m to let you go and focus on your mental health.👏
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10 months ago
The store is about learning so why not learn to let everyone be themselves.✌
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Great people - team is full of people willing to help out when needed.👍
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9 months ago
Help with time management of employees PLEASE!🤞
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9 months ago
Do communicate for the time management☝
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New hire onboarding experience is amongst the best I’ve ever seen!
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8 months ago
Lakeshore Learning is all about creating exceptional guest shopping experiences✌
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8 months ago
if you consider yourself passionate about being guest-obsessed EVERY day, EVERY interaction, then you’ll thrive and be successful here!
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So far I have loved being an employee at Lakeshore. My job title gives me the best of both worlds for me.✌
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9 months ago
Everyone is so welcoming and wants to help you in becoming so much more than your job title.😊
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9 months ago
Everyone wants to see you grow personally.👏
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I love the environment everyone's very friendly and polite and the management is amazing. 👌
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9 months ago
I've had events that pop up last second and they've allowed me to take off on short notice on a couple of occasions.😊`
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9 months ago
Always enjoyed going to work everyday - I wasn’t micro-managed and my supervisors were supportive of new ideas.
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Lakeshore is an exceptional place to work for. It will challenge you - It will push you - It is filled with extremely talented people.🤘
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9 months ago
It is run by passionate owners which is always a great thing. 👌
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9 months ago
They care about people they care about quality work they and care about being great to their customers.👏
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The entire lakeshore team was always very supportive and provided a work environment that was very comfortable.😊
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10 months ago
“Develops constructive working relationships with internal and external stakeholders
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10 months ago
“Is an effective team player as demonstrated by their willingness to help out and contribute as required
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Great hours, always something to do perfect amount of calls coming in. Work independently and with others.👍
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10 months ago
Should be more diversity among the supervisors and they should have more professional experience.
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10 months ago
Terrible customers that come in thinking they know more then you😏
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Story Time: I started as a seasonal/temp employee, then got offered to come work full-time, got promoted within 6 months, and have now transferred to the department I always wanted to be apart of. ♥
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9 months ago
I encourage departments, employees, and leaders to be a little more open to changes✌
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9 months ago
especially with the company growing at the rate it is. Change is scary, but so is staying the same.
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Having the support of my baby's amazing teachers and this childcare center has helped me excel in my career.👍
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9 months ago
my baby was 9 months old, she was accepted into the on-site child development center. She is now almost 2 years old and is just THRIVING!👌
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9 months ago
My baby, she gets first dibs on all of the cool Lakeshore products which is a really cool bonus.🙌
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6 step process: 1. Initial company recruiter screening, 2. meeting with the VP of marketing, 3. meeting with Director of Loyalty, 4. Interview with Sr. Director of Creative Services, 5. Interview with the Chief Creative Officer and finally a meeting with the company CEO and COO.
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9 months ago
OUCH!!!😬
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9 months ago
I can i,magine your agony.😖
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If the ideal candidate does not live within the area would Lakeshore consider a candidate that would be willing to commute or travel for the job?
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9 months ago
Yes of course
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9 months ago
Yes needed
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The employee discount is pretty generous, it’s especially great if you have kids.
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10 months ago
Very generous employee discount both in retail store and on orders shipping as gifts with very minimal restrictions👍
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10 months ago
Best employee discount I've ever heard of.
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How are the working hours at Lakeshore Learning Materials?😕
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9 months ago
1st shift is from 7:00 am - 3:30 pm