Founded in 1983, LensCrafters has become one of the best known prescription eyewear retailers in the United States. The store was originally founded by Dean Butler, who was a manager with Procter and Gamble.
Two years later, in 1985, Butler sold the chain to United States Shoe Corporation. He stayed on as president until 1987 when Ban Hudson took over the company. By 1990 Hudson had become CEO of US Shoe and that led to Dave Browne to become the CEO of LensCrafters.
Today the chain has 850 locations in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, and Hong Kong and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Luxottica.
If you are an optometrist you won’t necessarily find work with LensCrafters in the way most people look at working for a company.
That’s because LensCrafters works with independent optometrists that share their vision of better vision. Affiliated doctors proved caring and personalized eye care to your patients in a convenient, next door setting.
You don’t have to be an optometrist to find a place at LensCrafters. You can work on the retail floor as an eyewear consultant. This position is just as it sounds, you’ll be helping people figure out what eyewear looks best on them and help them stay within their budget.
You can also work as a lab technician. Here you’ll be helping to make the glasses based on the doctor’s prescription. You will have to be able to work precisely and quickly as they try to guarantee the work will be done within an hour.
LensCrafters job benefits includes:
- Medical, dental and life insurance plans
- Short-term and long-term disability plans
- 401(k) plan and pension plan
- Dependent care assistance
- Generous associate discounts
- Employee assistance program
- Paid time off and paid holidays
- Tuition assistance
- Flexible full-time and part-time schedules
- Adoption Assistance
- Domestic partner benefits
Opticians are also in high demand. As an optician you will help the customer make sure that the lenses are mounted correctly. You’ll mark the uncut lenses and make sure that frames sit correctly on the wearers face. You may be required to make adjustments from time to time as well.
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