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Lego Group Manager Reviews

Updated 23 November 2017
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Pros
  • Great people and work-life balance (in 22 reviews)

  • Flexible hours, potentially fun work environment (in 27 reviews)

Cons
  • high stress and lack of work life balance even here (in 7 reviews)

  • No full time work available as a merchandiser (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Comfortable but old fashioned"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Group Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Group Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lego Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Awesome office, good perks, great work life balance.

    Cons

    The business is very set in its ways and disappointingly unconcerned with diversity.

    Advice to Management

    Get some proper advice on how to promote the product in the 21st century.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Current Employee - Manager in London, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary, good bonus, office is really nice. There has been a lot of new people so the company is feeling fresh and new

    Cons

    It very Danish! Sometimes it feel like a Danish club. But it's slowly getting better. Expanding very quickly, not sure if the company is keeping up


  3. "Toy Support Specialist (Account Manager)"

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    Current Employee - Toy Support Specialist ( Account Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Current Employee - Toy Support Specialist ( Account Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Lego Group part-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fantastic brand and product, great people and positive business outlook.

    Cons

    Unfortunately they don't offer a great range of part-time positions.


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  5. "Very Employee Centric"

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    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Senior Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lego Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very employee centric
    Lots of development opportunities, if you get time!
    Exciting times with the Global Agenda
    Strong total reward (salary, benefits and bonus)

    Cons

    Need to be more mindful of communication from CM, core messages can be lost in the downward cascade.
    Face needs to fit if you want progress
    Diversity, what exactly is the strategy, promoting employees into senior roles when they are not ready to meet targets.
    Some employees are allowed to get away with very poor behaviour

    Advice to Management

    They should do a better job at achievements.


  6. "Great place to work but very slow decision making"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Billund (Denmark)
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Billund (Denmark)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work life balance
    Toys with social responsibility
    Global challenges
    Multi cultural environment
    Very clear strategy gives a clear direction on where to go

    Cons

    Slow decision making
    Very difficult to progress from specialist to people manager, even as top performer. I have been ranked as one performing much higher than my level for 2-3 years now and starting to not feel appreciated/challenged

    Advice to Management

    Listen more to employees and cut the bureaucracy


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Right sizing and restructuring"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Enfield, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Manager in Enfield, CT (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lego Group full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    -Passionate employees
    -“cool factor” when you tell people you work for LEGO!
    -Flexibility
    -Community outreach and lots of volunteer opportunities
    -401k match and healthcare benefits
    -Fringe benefits (free coffee, snacks and company store)
    -beautiful campus
    -small, but nice gym & free fitness classes
    -subsidized Lego daycare
    -international travel opportunities (depending on your role)

    Cons

    -No formal training program or talent pipeline (unless you’re upper management), which can limit advancement opportunities. You will see a lot of people in the same role for an abnormal period of time.
    -The company just went through a restructuring exercise to flatten the organization (which led to a lot of demotions), so career growth will continue to be limited.
    -culture resembles a high school (cool kids vs the nerds and outcasts)
    -executive leadership tends to be arrogant and didn’t recognize that double digit growth was not feasible long term, thus went on a rampant hiring spree only to layoff a ton of employees this past month.
    -most “strategic” decisions tend to be knee jerk/reactive vs. pro active

    Overall, now is not the time to join the company (not that they are hiring). The morale has hit rock bottom and the company just went through a major shake up. Give them a few years to turn things around and accept flat to modest growth. They will come back if they reset their expectations and strategy. The company has a lot of potential, they just need to get on the right side of things.


  8. "Positive Overall"

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    Former Employee - Retail Store Manager
    Former Employee - Retail Store Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Lego Group full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Superb health benefits. Excellent employee incentives, gifts, benefits.

    Cons

    Constant restructuring leading to lack of job security. No advisory when it comes to performance errors which can lead to immediate termination.


  9. "LEGO"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Nyíregyháza (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Manager in Nyíregyháza (Hungary)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and good workplace.

    Cons

    Frustrating top management, slow processes and management decisions

    Advice to Management

    be fast and skip the bureaucracy


  10. "The Best employer in this region with the best work life balance"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Nyíregyháza (Hungary)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Nyíregyháza (Hungary)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lego Group full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Commitment towards employee is very high
    Work culture is good
    Even at high pressure of work you are given that extra time to relax and take-off time

    Cons

    Local organizational influence is high


  11. Helpful (1)

    "LEGO - where good international talent goes to die."

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Billund (Denmark)
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Billund (Denmark)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Lego Group full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - LEGO is an incredible product, with an outstanding reputation in the world. It's a product that makes kids smile, and encourages fun and play.
    - Your colleagues are warm, friendly and (generally) inviting.
    - LEGO looks great on the CV, even more so outside of Denmark.
    - Food in the canteen is excellent and affordable (just 20 DKK per day).
    - Flexible working hours - the whole business works from home on Fridays.

    Cons

    - Your learning, career and development essentially stop when you arrive in Denmark. There is no training budget, conference budget, and professional growth is halted. There is an expectation that you must wait 3-5 years before a promotion.
    - The company is old school, and so are the people who run it. Lots of senior directors who are 50+ that have no idea about the subject matter they are leading.
    - Although the business language is English, you will regularly be in meetings where the entire room continues to talk Danish until you interrupt them and remind them that you are being excluded.
    - Foreign employees will often be excluded from conversations and deliberations so that Danish employees can communicate more comfortably in their own language.
    - Recently, the company 'rightsized', which basically meant eliminating foreign employees from overseas markets. The local management in Denmark looked after itself, with minimal cuts to the bureaucratic management teams at the headquarters in Billund, while they brutally sliced out genuine talent from the US and UK offices.
    - If LEGO turns sour, there are limited options for foreigners to obtain work in the country (particularly on mainland Denmark, away from Copenhagen). You are essentially stuck in the countryside with limited options.
    - Salary is ordinary compared to my home salary (UK).
    - Death by powerpoint presentation. LEGO's idea of 'delivering' is to get all colleagues to agree on a slide deck, which can take months at a time.
    - No such thing as 'happy hour'. People finish at 1500 and go home to their families. Very difficult to build relationships and friends with your colleagues.
    - If you want to live in a reasonable city, the only option nearby is Aarhus (110km), which will involve 2-3 hours of driving each day to get to and from work.
    - No culture of delivery and performance. Deadlines are happy to be pushed back.
    - No focus on the audience, and minimal investment in digital channels and innovating the product in a meaningful way.

    Advice to Management

    - Acknowledge that your product is great, but operationally you are a global laughing stock.
    - Overthrow the board, remove all directors and senior directors and drastically reduce the size of the organisation.
    - Turn the brand into a 'start-up' environment, and bring in the best young talent from around the world to turn this ship around - and do it quickly.