Kindercare Reviews

Updated 9 October, 2014
Updated 9 October, 2014
196 Reviews
2.3
196 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 6 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  

    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
  2.  

    I love interacting with the children and talking to parents.

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

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

    Pros

    The kids are the best part of the day. They always let you know that you are appreciated.

    Cons

    Some of the challenges are finding enough time in your day to get your curriculum done. Also, it is a high stress job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I have really good management at my center so the only thing I would say we need is some perks like free lunch every once in a while.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A tolerable job for the hours and pay...

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

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Ok benefits,hours, some coworkers were really nice, management understood work/life balance and tried their best to work with employees schedules

    Cons

    The things that Corporate lays out for teachers to do throughout the day is a VERY fast paced curriculum, especially for the younger groups like the Toddlers and Discovery Preschool. Too much to do and never enough time. If you want to get ahead, plan on coming early and staying late, or i guess you could just never take a break when you're at work. When i was extremely stressed in my room and needed a break, nothing was done. There were MANY times when I was overwhelmed and not much was done to fix it, I was on my own. There was SO MUCH expected of us and we poured our heart and soul into our classrooms and kids, but yet received no praise or any sort of rewards, monetary or otherwise.
    Another thing that bothered me was some of the people they hired. You may ask yourself, " How in the world did that person get a job here?" No offense to those who do not speak English well, but in working at a daycare, and any place really, when you are taking care of kids and talking to parents you NEED to be able to speak English well. Perhaps not fluently, but well enough so people can hold a conversation. Some of the people management hired should have lost their jobs a LONG time before anything was done about it, though employees kept bringing it up, they did not do anything until it was absolutely necessary.
    One of my biggest pet peeves is the juggling of kids. To save money on staffing teachers, they would just move kids up or down rooms in order to keep the numbers within ratio so you would only need one teacher. But the parents are paying for a certain class right? Their kids are a certain age, and should have age appropriate learning, right? Wrong. Guess that doesn't matter. They always try and maximize their profits with little consideration for the teachers whom it directly affects. Shoving 13 toddlers into a small room just because the max is 14 is what they aim for. They sent up infants to the toddler room just because of age, NOT because they were developmentally ready, including being able to WALK, or at least crawl.
    All in all, working there was exhausting but sometimes rewarding because you can make a difference in kids' lives, if you don't burn out first.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your staff and understand where THEY are coming from. THEY are in the classrooms ALL the time, while you are not. Acknowledge those who do good, solid work and take initiative instead of those who get away with everything, you may have a happier staff. It helps to have management that is very encouraging and understanding because childcare is very stressful and hectic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Would be better with better management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Overland Park, KS (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Overland Park, KS (US)

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

    Pros

    Working here was only tolerable because of this children. And most of the families were pretty great too.

    Cons

    The center director was wildly unqualified. We got zero to no help from corporate when any issues arose. No one really knew what was expected of them and yet, everyone was told they weren't meeting expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Know what's going on in each center. Hire directors that actually know what they are doing. A lot of cattiness and favoritism was going on at the hand of the under-qualified director and her asinine assistant,.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Average childcare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    Pay is decent, corporate emphasis on education, benefits package is ok, staff seem to really care about each other

    Cons

    Too much time spent on watching hours and not enough on training teachers, more of a child care service than a school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get out what you're willing to put in. Give teachers more time to prep and do their jobs well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    OK experience

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, able to bring my child with me to work

    Cons

    Disorganized, poor training, low employee morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Loved working at KinderCare, left only due to relocation

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Center Director in Houston, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Center Director in Houston, TX (US)

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Child care discount, autonomy, resources, support, benefits

    Cons

    The only challenges were the ones that are industry wide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved how much flexibility and autonomy was extended to directors, and therefore could be extended to staff. If centers were performing well good things came to you. I am with Bright Horizons now and I regret there are no KinderCare centers in my area; KinderCare was by far a superior place to work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't care about their employees or students, just bottom dollar

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

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

    Pros

    Childcare discount, curriculum is great.

    Cons

    Long hours, under appreciated, under paid.no wonder they can't find staff!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire upper management with Childcare experience and not from retail!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very Unorganized

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

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

    Pros

    The families were the best part, most of them.

    Cons

    Poor management and follow through, horrible turn over.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get educated and experienced in the field

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    The teachers and students are the reason Kindercare still stands.

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

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

    Pros

    It is a good place to work if you have the passion to teach and over look the lack of respect from center director.
    Company is supposed to be family oriented but that only relates to paying families.

    Cons

    Management have no regards for their staffs and no opportunity for growth. There is always a high rate for turn over due to lack of enough hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your teachers because they give a lot to their students and are not paid enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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