Kindercare

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Kindercare Reviews

Updated 24 January, 2015
Updated 24 January, 2015
229 Reviews
2.2
229 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's a joy working with children and creating relationships with families (in 11 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 17 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    KinderCare

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Pros

    friendly co workers and director
    great pay
    room for personal growth

    Cons

    I have only been working here for a short amount of time but so far I have no complaints.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They do a wonderful job making us feel safe and happy

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    OK place to start

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    Current Employee - Transitional Kindergarten in Fremont, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Transitional Kindergarten in Fremont, CA (US)

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Pros

    Flexible with those that are still students.

    Cons

    If their enrollment is down then they will cut your hours.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher in Bridgeport, CT (US)
    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher in Bridgeport, CT (US)

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Pros

    benefits, flexible hours, excellent lesson plans

    Cons

    huge corporate mentality, low wages

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Learning Adventures Speciatist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reading Specialist in Paterson, NJ (US)
    Current Employee - Reading Specialist in Paterson, NJ (US)

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

    Pros

    My job is Rewarding, Flexible and fun

    Cons

    Not a lot of holidays off

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Very professional company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kindercare

    Pros

    Great access to materials, directors are supportive, child to staff ratios kept well above required

    Cons

    Not being a lead teacher requires you to bounce class rooms. I'd prefer to stay in one room always.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    not fair with hours

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Arlington, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Arlington, VA (US)

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Pros

    Will cut hours without any notices and turn over is horrible

    Cons

    Working with the sweet innocents babies and the Parents are very welcoming

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time Management

  8.  

    Starts Off Great, Then Quickly Becomes A Nightmare

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in The Woodlands, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in The Woodlands, TX (US)

    I worked at Kindercare part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Loved my kids and some of my co-workers, had a great supportive AD, some good perks available, sometimes supplies are available in abundance and other times, not so much.

    Cons

    Absolutely no growth potential. It seems to be about who you know and who you kiss up to instead of your job performance or how much the kids/parents like you. Hours get cut constantly and teachers get shifted around to classrooms they are unfamiliar/uncomfortable with. I was personally shifted into multiple classrooms with no preparation or training given to the appropriate level. No real teaching done by over half the staff - most kids just allowed to play all day long with no focus on curriculum. Children are constantly shuffled from classroom to classroom based on ratios/teachers who like and dislike certain students. When hours are slow and money is tight, definite discipline cases are overlooked to keep enrollment high. My first day consisted of one hour of training and then being shoved in a classroom and told to "figure it out as I go." Some employees spend all day doing nothing but are paid to be there a full forty hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your teachers better and offer better training and incentives to them for performing in a high-capacity manner. Stop cutting hours to the bare bones. Do not shift children around constantly, because then they are unable to get lasting attachments with their teachers or learn ANYTHING. Watch out for employees who ride the clock while sitting in the office chatting instead of supporting their fellow teachers or doing their own individual jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Mediocre

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Atlanta, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Atlanta, GA (US)

    I worked at Kindercare

    Pros

    The best thing about working there is the connections you make with the families and children. They do believe in promoting staff within.

    Cons

    The benefits aren't great, although they offer them even to part-time employees. It doesn't offer a great home-work balance if your in management , and pays little to Asst. Directors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Support your staff, build morale and be in your building helping to build and maintain relationships. District managers have no clue what they're center directors are doing.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great co-workers

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    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Virginia Beach, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Virginia Beach, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    Worked with great women
    Parents and children were great.

    Cons

    Never could get a sick day, made me come to work sick wit fever.
    A lot of favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show LOVE for all your employees not just a select few.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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