Kindercare

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Kindercare Reviews

Updated 19 November, 2014
Updated 19 November, 2014
210 Reviews
2.3
210 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's a joy working with children and creating relationships with families (in 10 reviews)

  • Great families and children, very rewarding to watch the children grow (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover rate of teachers due to low pay (in 16 reviews)

  • Abusive Upper-Management especially at a regional level (in 9 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolutely Terrible

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kindercare

    Pros

    Working with kids
    Above minimum wage

    Cons

    Poor management
    Too many kids per teacher
    Managers hate their job so they take it out on employees
    No respect for their teachers

  2.  

    Kindercare is a wonderful company.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher in Pike Creek Valley, DE (US)
    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher in Pike Creek Valley, DE (US)

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are good and they help you if you want to move up in the company.

    Cons

    The pay could be more. I have worked there for 10 years and only make 10 a hour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the directors that I have worked with are nice and helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good learning experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Center Director in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Assistant Center Director in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Something's that were good about working here are the kids and families you come to know, support & love. The company does a lot of lower level jobs promotion.

    Cons

    Some challenges are the wage, especially if you have a degree or certification, work hours during holidays & not receiving PTO until after a year of service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better benefits, increase your hourly wages, appreciate your staff more & promote more for higher level positions from within as well as much as you do assistant & program specialist positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Working with the kids in a great learning enviornment

    Cons

    Management did not offer enough breaks

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too big to care about the kinder.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kindercare

    Pros

    Loved working with the kids. A smile from a little face makes everything seem better.

    Cons

    The company grew and grew and lost focus of what was important, children and families. They pay as little as they can and they get what they pay for. This job is not worth the stress that comes with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Happy employees are what make happy customers. You want a successful child care center, keep your employees happy.

  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    More support Needed for Center Directors

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Center Director
    Current Employee - Center Director

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities for growth with the company such as moving up from a teacher to management position or opportunities to work with the National Support Center. The children and families are wonderful and it is a great mix of being able to interact with children and be a manager. The company has a world-class curriculum developed by early childhood experts and the company is a huge advocate for advancements in early childhood education. Company is committed to providing high-quality care and achieving national accreditation. Company leadership is very inspiring and forward thinking. The company has good benefits for staff.

    Cons

    There is little to no support in recruiting of high-quality teachers. Centers often do not receive support when they are short staffed and are still expected to enroll more children even when they don't have the staff to support it. Center Directors and Assistant Directors are expected to work in classrooms when short on staff instead of using substitute companies for help. National Support Center departments do not seem to be educated on the realities of day to day operations in a center and don't seem to care about what goes on at the field level even though the field level is the way the company makes money. Even though the company leadership is very inspiring, their message and vision for the company does not seem to be getting executed in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    KinderCare/Knowledge Universe needs to do more to support centers with recruiting of high-quality teachers and need to be willing to compensate accordingly for that quality. The company needs to allow centers to use reputable substitute teacher companies when short staffed so current teachers feel supported with consistent help and managers are able to do their jobs. Center Directors are not able to grow their businesses properly if they are in classrooms so often. The company needs to compensate employees better across the board. Center Directors have an enormous amount of responsibility and stress put on them and should be paid accordingly. Executive team needs to find a way to make sure their vision is getting executed in the field.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management needs some work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Sacramento, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Sacramento, CA (US)

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The salary I received, which seems to be better than most, seemed fair for the industry.
    They offer good medical benefits since many preschools do not offer any.
    As with any business some management teams are better than others.
    Most of the teachers truly care about the children but that should be an expectation if they are working with children.
    My efforts were recognized and my raise displayed that. Again, a lot depends on the management team.

    Cons

    Unfortunately those teachers that have infant/toddler units are pigeon hole into those age groups. Regardless of the fact you may be teaching another age group you are continually being pulled back into that age group because it takes specialized units to work with this age group. KinderCare does nothing to promote it's employees even if you directly ask the distract manager. Sad!

    Lesson plans are out of a book created by those without degrees in the field, which leaves little creativity for the teachers. The are NOT child directed schools, actually very far from it.

    Art boards have to meet corporate standards and you can only use specific colors and layouts. Very institutional and is not geared towards the child. Additionally, many directors do not have the formal education you would expect for someone solely responsible for running a center. But, in all fairness KinderCare is not the only company that directors do not have a formal education.

    Breaks are not consistent, although you get paid for missed breaks, that is not the point. Teachers can't leave the room as it is they deserve to have their breaks and got off at their scheduled times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Directors and upper management should have Child Development background and realize that preschools should be for the children. But, most preschools unfortunately don't believe this philosophy.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Director is a money pusher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Marietta, GA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Marietta, GA (US)

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Loved he families and the children I watched grow!

    Cons

    Schedule, rude and disrespectful directors, little done to help advance(even when qualified for higher positions).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your Teachers, Staff and Families it is these people that allow centers to thrive and remain open.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    If you value sanity...don't apply here.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexibility with schedule (when there's enough staff)
    Co-workers
    Laid back dress code
    Children and parents
    College reimbursement

    I learned a lot working here from teachers and parents. I enjoyed all the teachers I had the pleasure to work with and the assistant director is amazing! Although the hours were inconsistent, if you had an appointment or have school, they try to accommodate you. They also offer CDA classes free of charge to you after a year of service and if you keep working for them.

    The parents were awesome! Very understanding and concerned with the staff, always friendly and enjoyed listening about their child's day.

    Decent enough pay but I've seen other centers that paid $14+ for lead teachers.

    Cons

    Long hours
    Horrible management
    Corporate switches policies like crazy
    Have to read district managers mind
    Lie to potential parents
    Dirty!!!

    I've worked at another daycare center (Kiddie Academy) and was horrified to switch to this place...it's filthy! The director prides herself in being "clean" but if you looked at other centers, you would see that corporate ignores the many times they've complained about how dirty it is and how the cleaning crew are lazy. The director doesn't bother to buy cleaning products either..expects you to be a maid and scrub on your hands and knees.

    Management seems to be passive-aggressive which I don't understand, even the director has admitted to avoiding parents because of conflicts...what kind of team leader is that?! If you try to stand up for yourself, be ready to be bullied and harassed constantly. Sometimes, we had to twist stories or lie to parents about things that happened to their kids. It's awful! The district manager wants you to read his mind, he's rarely around and expects you to just know how to run the room/apply lessons. All the walls are monotone and boring...no color whatsoever.

    The food is horrible and garbage; you pay so much for your kids tuition and they feed them processed, bland and flavorless cheap food they get from US FOODS. I can understand why some parents bring in lunch for their children. When I first started, they actually had a chef and the food was decent. Now it tastes like cardboard and bothers the children's digestive systems.

    The hours are horrible...unless you're a "pet" you get long hours with long breaks. Even if you ask to switch or reduce your hours they give you a guilt trip or avoid the situation rather than remedying it. There wasn't much turn over but those poor ladies stay for "loyalty", which Kindercare hasn't really shown back to them.

    Corporate says we go over hours yet are desperately trying to fill a center to capacity...we can't even get enough teachers! The children are slushed around so the favorite teachers can go home early while there's two year olds, three year olds and above are mixed together. They consistency break DCFS rules and run around like cockroaches when we have visitors so it seems like we're up to par. So, where is the money going Kindercare, hmm? You're just another horrible and devious corporation but you pray on families and children. This place is ATROCIOUS.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    There are much better options for employment and childcare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Scottsdale, AZ (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Scottsdale, AZ (US)

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The benefits were ok at best.

    Cons

    Unreliable management
    Sporadic hours
    Dirty
    Low wages

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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