Kindercare Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
188 Reviews
2.2
188 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's a joy working with children and creating relationships with families (in 9 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 14 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Negative experience in almost every way

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    Former Employee - Co-Teacher  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Co-Teacher in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Enjoyed getting to know the children and some staff

    Cons

    - Lack of sufficient training, incompetent director with no child care/Early Childhood training who was often absent
    - Staff who purposely ignored health/cleaning standards (had one staff member tell me (in reference to cleanliness checklist) to "just check it off because they don't really check it"
    - Co-teacher hit a child and I reported her. After being questioned several times about whether I was sure about what I had witnessed, she was fired only to receive a positive reference from the director
    - Children and teachers are shuffled from room to room all day long, making it very difficult for to maintain structure in the classroom
    - Staff was very cliquey and unfriendly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive about visiting centers. Higher pay will lead to higher quality staff who truly care about their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Embarrassed to work here. Looking for a way out. No way to enhance children's lives given corporate interests.

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    Current Employee - Center Director  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Center Director in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits, support of risk management for numerous litigation issues.

    Cons

    Focus on income, even at expense of children's safety and quality of care/education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. It's for-profit. I get it. Advice to educators- seek a non-profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Do not work here

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Slidell, LA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Slidell, LA

    I have been working at Kindercare part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Love the kids. They rock.

    Cons

    Management shows favoritism. Is not organized. Does not help what so over. Does not care about employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop showing favoritism. Help out your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    It's not a real teaching job. Do not waste your time.

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    Former Employee - Pre-kindergarten Teacher  in  Somerset, NJ
    Former Employee - Pre-kindergarten Teacher in Somerset, NJ

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Teaching the children how to interact positively and grasp different ways of learning.

    Cons

    Where do I even start?

    1) LOW PAY. Kindercare takes out more federal taxes than any other job. That's $400 + taxes out if your small paycheck to begin with before benefits. On top of that, they expect you to work strictly under 40 hours because you're not allowed overtime and they expect you to work off the clock. I worked 9-6 on the clock but would come on at 7 am and stay until 6 30 on most days and everything still wasn't done. They expect way too much for too little.
    ***they made me stay 3 hours late for Graduation, which took a good two weeks to prepare for and did not pay me. That was the last straw.

    2) DISRESPECT
    It is bad enough parents can be disrespectful but when your own directors keep telling you that after all you've done working off the clock and from home that it's still not enough, it makes you feel awful. My directors were never happy and always had something negative to say not only about me but about every "teacher" at the center. Yup, even the favorites.

    3) RATIOS
    To save money, instead if hiring a school she teacher for summer, they gave all of the summer kids to me on top of my already over ratio Pre K class. On summer days, I would have 18 kids! One of them having special needs behavior wise and two of them with needs so high, it was nearly impossible to keep a close eye. While one child (autistic) would be putting small toys in his mouth and choking, the other child with special needs would be escaping from the building! Management sees the children as dollar signs and nothing more.

    4) HUNGOVER TEACHERS
     If you want your child to be in an environment with an angry teacher who was up all night playing beer pong and is too hungover to take care of young children, then this is the place for you. Too many times, I have seen children dragged by their arms and forcefully out into a chair out if anger. These teachers scream at the child's face and complain ALL DAY. The best is at nap time when the teachers are yelling at a child for not sleeping and this wake up the entire sleeping class.

    ****Oh and did I mention the children are allowed to hit you? I wish I was making this up. All you can do is show the child hitting you "nice hands" and direct then to Legos or a different activity. They don't believe in punishment or even consequences which teaches the children that they can do whatever they want and have no consequences. It makes me sick.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is not a teaching job. We are merely babysitting. Pay your teachers right. Let me just say that I left for a job I was at in college and within a week at my old job, I was promoted and i am
    Now making almost double what I made at KinderCare. It's just a daycare, take your child to pre school in a public school system- I can't stress that enough.

    Since I left, I've never been happier and in a better state of kind. Avoid KinderCare. It doesn't look good on a teaching resume anyway.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Worst 2 years of my professional life

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher  in  Bristol, PA
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Bristol, PA

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Knowing that each day spent with your students is a day making a difference in their life

    Cons

    I was new to work in a daycare setting. I had never implemented curriculum and was not even told I would need to implement curriculum in the job interview. I was poorly trained and never told exactly what was expected of me on a day to day basis until my center director was fired. Once the new director was introduced I was immediately reprimanded and my job was threatened. I found this very confusing being as I was totally unaware that I was NOT doing my job correctly. After correcting my job performance I was placed in a lead teacher role. I had too many children in my classroom and was CONSTANTLY over ratio. I had multiple behavior issues in my room. I was getting spit on, kicked and watching my other children get choked by the other children with behavior issues. I was repeatedly as asking for help from both my Center Director and Assistant Director. All pleas for help were ignored. Most stressful job I ever had for a pay rate of 9.00 an hour! All about Full Time Enrollments and NOT the safety of the children

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay better. This is an extremely stressful yet important job. Offer better support to your employees. Really this needs to be told to corporate NOT management. I feel as though management does the best they can with what means they are working with

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Out with the old in with the new!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bridgeville, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgeville, PA

    I worked at Kindercare full-time

    Pros

    Taking care of children was rewarding. Met a lot of great parents and co-workers over my many years. Location close to home.

    Cons

    Where do I start! It was great for the most part until new management, Center Director and District Manager came along. They found reasons to let go of good employees. Don't speak what you think or your gone and I don't mean anything that was rude or horrible just the facts. Management was horrible and they say they are compassionate and care but only for their advancement. The Center Director was rude and demeaning if she did not like you., to the point of totally ignoring you. When paper work becomes more important then taking care of the children something is wrong. The employees are their for the children after all. The pay was not the best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and get rid of Directors and District Managers that are not working towards the better of the company but for their own satisfaction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Underpaid teenagers doing a bad job

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    Former Employee - Lead Infant Teacher  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Lead Infant Teacher in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    i cant think of any

    Cons

    minimum wage attracts teenagers who don't care, i would never put my kid in daycare after working here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    pay a good salary to attract adults with experience and education

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Unmotivated teachers, terrible salaries, lots of turn over.

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher  in  Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Kalamazoo, MI

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's a great place to meet the occasional like-minded motivated teacher. They provide free continuing education. They have forced me to expand my creativity.

    Cons

    Corporate stifles any real creativity at every turn. I've seen teachers be borderline abusive toward children and management turns a blind eye. Pay is abysmal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow your teachers to flex their creative muscle. Consider raising average teacher salary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    The Teachers were very hard working and dedicated

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Corona, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Corona, CA

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I enjoyed working with my co teachers , they were very friendly and helpful

    Cons

    management never appreciated the teachers hard work and dedication, it was just give n give n give, in return very low pay and raise of few pennies every couple years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    little appreciation here and there will do a distance, will have many good teachers stay with company with little more pay and raises ever year

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    horrible

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher  in  Harrison, OH
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Harrison, OH

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    okay pay, great coworkers, set curriculum

    Cons

    terrible management, always understaffed, difficult to take off even in emergency situations

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    care about your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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