The owner is an incredibly smart and an affluent businessman, who created a massive empire. His sons, on the other hand, don't know how to motivate their employees, and allow their managers/directors the freedom of taking ownership of their job tasks. They micro-manage, and worst, they do not know what they are talking about. The Director of Construction/Maintenance/Procurement, for example, does not know the difference between plywood, MDF, and gypsum. He has no sense of construction, nor project management, yet he is the Director of this division. It is a shame, because if they empowered their professional managers to do their jobs and not micro-manage them, the company would be far more successful. Happy employee makes for a successful company, not here! My position has been filled by a different person 4 years in a row.
Service Coordinator/ Cashier (Former Employee) – Brampton, ON – 3 July 2018
learned how to handle the retail environment and stock work and sales merchandising and handling the pressures of being a cashier and being responsible for placing and handling shipment and stock and putting it on the floor.
Sales Associate (Former Employee) – Edmonton, AB – 24 March 2018
Poor management and moral. They apply a lot of un nessary rules to your day to day work challenges. Gives you the feeling of being watched and controlled at all times. You are made to compete with your co workers for low costumer base. It is mandatory to wear their expensive clothing but salary doesn't match up to the amount considered to purchase.
Visual Trainer (Former Employee) – Greater Toronto Area, ON – 4 March 2018
Great people in this company and I learned a lot but there became an unclear vision for the companies future and blame for failing sales were put on certain departments instead of the heads of the company taking responsibility for there confused and unclear vision for what the company should be.
Laura is a great company that bailed itself out of trouble themselves.
Head of Visual (Current Employee) – Richmond, BC – 1 March 2018
I like Laura as it is a great company. I have learned a lot and gained great experience. I believe that with upper management there is a lot lost in communication between them. I myself am told three different directions and all are supposed to be right. Except the one I go with.
I am a manager and a leader of two very hard working women.
The Health insurance is way too expensive. I had to cancel it.
Assistant Manager (Current Employee) – Ottawa, ON – 3 October 2017
Management team is exceptional and extremely hardworking. The work is quite demanding but stimulating and exciting. The company is not very generous in compensation. There is definitely the opportunity for advancement as I, myself, have been promoted to Assistant Manager within 15 months of being with the company.
Merchandising Coordinator (Current Employee) – BC – 13 September 2017
initially you might enjoy your work but after a few months it becomes very redundant and monotonous. the management is always keeping an eye on you. doing something right is not appreciated but when you make a mistake its never forgotten. HIghly stressful environment.
managmanet of midle age to older women in womens clothing
Customer Service Manager (Current Employee) – Vaughan, ON – 16 July 2017
It was a pleasure to manage and work with older women to whom I could call my grandma.
They where all lovely hard working women that had been working at Laura's for many years some over 10 years.
The pay was just average for the sales staff, they are very thrifty with pay and raises. Women working there for over 10 years only got like 10 cent raises and would complain to me all the time about other women stealing sales, all their woes and problems but they where generally nice older women.
There was never any room to really grow even though as appart of management you where always being trained to do managers job and did it on a regular basis.
Not my cup of tea for a forever job, but if you are just a happy go lucky gal that likes to get out interact with the public and loves fashion this is a good part time job for you.
note: there is alot of heavy lifting and cleaning especially during busy seasons and holidays.