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Working for a LEGO Store

TheLegoKidTheLegoKid Member Posts: 16
edited April 2014 in Everything else LEGO
Working for the Lego company is great. I currently work in a Lego store in Ohio as a brick specialist. It is a privilege to be part of a great company. Though the work days have its ups and downs I still manage to have a smile on my face. Whether its screaming, crying children or someone just dropped their PAB cup all over the floor. The sales floor team are all mostly Lego enthusiasts. Deep in the storage room lies Lego boxes stacked to the ceiling. Old display models are in their boxes collecting dust waiting to be shipped back to Denmark. The sales floor team is always excited to be working. I mean come on its the Lego store who doesn't get excited. Though we may have a lot of duties and some stress while at work we receive great benefits. As an employee you receive 30% off all Lego products for the first 90 days. After the 90 days your discount goes up to 50%. I absolutely love this discount and makes buying Legos more fun cause I'm saving money. You are tested to work efficiently and giving your best service to the customer. Only the best is good enough. Many of the children in the store have the biggest smile across their face. It just brightens up your day when they have such excitement walking through those glass doors and stepping on the yellow floor. The holidays are busy and hectic. You try to remain calm, help the guest, and have fun. Working for the Lego store is a great experience. The pros weigh out the cons by a lot. I'm around what I love and I don't mind showing up to work. Build on!
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  • scrumperscrumper UKMember Posts: 323
    What is the role of a brick specialist? You get an amazing discount, I thought others had mentioned previously that they got 10% working at LEGO stores.
  • TheLegoKidTheLegoKid Member Posts: 16
    A brick specialist is towards the bottom of the totem pole. We are expected to perform any cleaning duties, stock the shelves, greet the guests, know all the functions of the cash register etc. More importantly you have to know how to have fun and use your imagination with the kids.
    I'm not sure if the 10% is for the Lego discovery stores. But for actual Lego stores you receive 30% for the first 90 days and after that then 50%. There is a limitation and it is 2000$ per year. Meaning: I can spend 2000$ on legos getting a total of 4000$ worth of legos. There are also other limitation like the discount doesn't apply to anything that is already discounted, and I am only allowed to buy 3 of the same item. The discount is nice like I said. It makes buying bigger sets easier. A loophole in the system is that most employees buy during double points.
    Example: Parisian Restuarant- 160$ with a 50% discount is 80$. It first rings up as 160$ on the register. Double points are given for the 160$ product. Totaling to 320 points or 15$ on my VIP card.
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  • indigoboxindigobox Member Posts: 470
    Interesting perspective of your role.

    It is nice and refreshing to hear that someone loves their job. So many people here in the UK moan about their jobs in super markets and stores. You can tell by the look on their faces that they clearly don't want to be there.

    I must admit though that I have only experienced rubbish service once in my two years of shopping in Lego Liverpool store. Maybe the girl was having a bad day :)
  • Mandalorian_BuilderMandalorian_Builder Member Posts: 197
    I need to make friends with someone that works at a lego store...
    MiniFigHunter
  • zipsforbananaszipsforbananas WalesMember Posts: 250
    So $2,000 worth of Lego at 50% off is a limitation? What wages are they paying?! :P
    And I have to say, with the never ending discussion on Lego vs Legos, and the official TLG position on it that legos is incorrect, it's interesting seeing an actual TLG employee using it. ;)
    Pitfall69
  • LegoboyLegoboy 100km furtherMember Posts: 8,727

    And I have to say, with the never ending discussion on Lego vs Legos, and the official TLG position on it that legos is incorrect, it's interesting seeing an actual TLG employee using it. ;)

    A sackable offence I suspect. :o)
    Pitfall69
  • TheLegoKidTheLegoKid Member Posts: 16
    Sorry I am still learning all of the Lego lingo. Its a bad habit and needs to be broken. Thanks for pointing it out though.
  • dmg111dmg111 Member Posts: 40
    I went to the LEGO Store a couple of days ago. Children everywhere running around, hitting each other and product on the shelves with those Chima swords, general chaos and mass hysteria. It was Lord of the Flies in there.

    Glad you have the patience for all of that, because I know I wouldn't. :)
    TheLegoKidscrumper
  • TheLegoKidTheLegoKid Member Posts: 16
    @zipsforbananas Wages as a brick specialist is just over minimum wage. I believe 8.50. Also yes there has to be limitations. Some co-workers will just spend half of their paycheck on Lego.
  • RomanticWarriorRomanticWarrior United StatesMember Posts: 248
    Glad to hear you enjoy it, LegoKid.

    I am a regular at one of the stores in OH. Everyone working there seems to have a good time. Even though I do most of my shopping at amazon, I enjoy going to the LEGO store too.
    TheLegoKid
  • zipsforbananaszipsforbananas WalesMember Posts: 250
    @TheLegoKid - It's all cool, I was kinda joking. ;)
    I love having a Lego store in Cardiff just 10 minutes from where I live and everyone there seems to enjoy their jobs as much as you do, which really makes you want to shop there. The enthusiasm's great, keep it up! :D
    I had no idea the staff discount was as good as you say though, makes me wish I'd tried a bit harder when I asked about a job there the other summer.... :P
    TheLegoKid
  • XefanXefan Member Posts: 1,149

    Old display models are in their boxes collecting dust waiting to be shipped back to Denmark.

    One of the managers I spoke to over here said they're allowed to just take the display models home afterwards.

    Perhaps the name of your bosses house is Denmark?

    Was also speaking to an ex-employee over here who said the discount was 30%, only going to 50% on certain days of the year or something. I guess the terms are quite different in Europe to the US.
  • TheLegoKidTheLegoKid Member Posts: 16
    The 50%discounted used to be only 4 times year. In the beginning of February of this year Lego just changed it to 50% all the time. Many of the old store window models are rotated through for a year an a half or so. Some of the smaller sets employees are allowed to take home but no exclusives. (modulars, some trains, larger star wars sets).
  • LegobrandonCPLegobrandonCP CanadaMember Posts: 1,912
    The employees at my local store are always smiling and happy to help, they always strike up a conversation with me when I'm packing my PAB cup tightly and I love it when they do that.

    Glad to know you enjoy you job! And it's great to hear it from another perspective. Thank you for sharing.
    TheLegoKid
  • fatmui11fatmui11 Member Posts: 4
    I jealous you !!

    Working for the Lego company is great. I currently work in a Lego store in Ohio as a brick specialist. It is a privilege to be part of a great company. Though the work days have its ups and downs I still manage to have a smile on my face. Whether its screaming, crying children or someone just dropped their PAB cup all over the floor. The sales floor team are all mostly Lego enthusiasts. Deep in the storage room lies Lego boxes stacked to the ceiling. Old display models are in their boxes collecting dust waiting to be shipped back to Denmark. The sales floor team is always excited to be working. I mean come on its the Lego store who doesn't get excited. Though we may have a lot of duties and some stress while at work we receive great benefits. As an employee you receive 30% off all Lego products for the first 90 days. After the 90 days your discount goes up to 50%. I absolutely love this discount and makes buying Legos more fun cause I'm saving money. You are tested to work efficiently and giving your best service to the customer. Only the best is good enough. Many of the children in the store have the biggest smile across their face. It just brightens up your day when they have such excitement walking through those glass doors and stepping on the yellow floor. The holidays are busy and hectic. You try to remain calm, help the guest, and have fun. Working for the Lego store is a great experience. The pros weigh out the cons by a lot. I'm around what I love and I don't mind showing up to work. Build on!

    TheLegoKid
  • kwkwkwkw USAMember Posts: 1,176
    Does the exclusives discount restriction still apply to employees or did they lift them?
    Pitfall69
  • dougtsdougts Oregon, USAMember Posts: 4,129
    they lifted that restriction - 50% exclusives for employees, subject to limitations of course
    Pitfall69
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,401
    edited March 2014
    I used to work in the Toy Department at a retail store back when I was in college. It was awful. No sooner than I straightend up an aisle, it was already destroyed. I can't imagine working at a Lego store.

    A "Brick Specialist"? In the US we have glorified titles like "Sanitation Engineer or Office Assistant/Administrator"

    No offense to you of course, but the title is misleading :)
  • Mandalorian_BuilderMandalorian_Builder Member Posts: 197
    At Gamestop, I was a "Game Advisor." Translation: all the work no one higher up wanted to do. It was a great first job though, and working for Lego sounds amazing! That discount alone makes it awesome.
    Pitfall69
  • Wil348Wil348 Member Posts: 240
    Does anyone know if the UK stores do work experience? I think my friend who used to work in Cardiff and Westfield said something about it, but I can't remember what he said.
  • chuckpchuckp NYMember Posts: 684
    @TheLegoKid If the Ohio store you work at happens to be the Beachwood Place location, let me apologize in advance for the mess my kids make when pulling bricks at the PAB wall. :)
    khmellymel
  • 12651265 Member Posts: 946
    ^^
    Improve your parenting skills. J/K...or do I :)
  • TheLegoKidTheLegoKid Member Posts: 16
    We all have to learn from an adult stand point that these are kids and they will make a mess. Sometimes we can't prevent it. They will learn eventually. Sometimes the kids really test our patience. We have to have fun with them. They love being in the Lego Store so we try to make it the most memorable experience they can have.
    zipsforbananas
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 18,242
    My kids also want to pass on their apologies ... for the mess their dad makes at the PAB walls.

    khmellymelYodaliciousjasorKanohizipsforbananaschuckpdmg111
  • Indy24LAIndy24LA Member Posts: 6
    Was at the PaB wall today and I dropped a couple pieces and a young kid picked them up and handed them to me. That was a Lego moment.
    TheLegoKiddmg111
  • chuckpchuckp NYMember Posts: 684
    edited April 2014
    1265 said:

    ^^
    Improve your parenting skills. J/K...or do I :)

    Wait, I'm still expected to watch my own children in LEGO stores? But there's so much new LEGO distracting me! ;)
    TheLegoKiddmg111
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