Kindercare Reviews

Updated July 18, 2015
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Pros
  • Working with children was the best part of this job (in 11 reviews)

  • families and children were really nice (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. Lead Teacher

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher I in Moorpark, CA
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher I in Moorpark, CA

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    great benefits, love the children

    Cons

    No reward for your tremendous hard work. Low pay, No gratitude for a job well done

    Advice to Management

    It is essential for management to give gratitude and support to their employees. Many directors expect employees to perform higher, but do little to help promote this higher performance.


  2. Center Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kindercare

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

    Pros

    Had a lot of great peers and gained a lot of experience. They also have A lot of opportunities for advancement.

    Cons

    There is a lot of staff and management turnover including upper management. Poor communication and not enough employee engagement.

    Advice to Management

    Take sometime to get to know what your employees need and what would make them feel valued. Also spend some more time building better programming.


  3. Not employee friendly company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fall River, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fall River, MA

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good discount on childcare, First Aide and CPR paid by company, a few long time employees remain, Paid trainings on 2 Professional Development days per year.

    Cons

    Lazy employees, lack of following company curriculum , pay rate is real low, a year long wait before any paid time off, center management talks about other staff to other teachers, children constantly shuffled room to room.


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  5. Not worth the pay

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Spokane, WA
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Spokane, WA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Most of the other teachers were awesome and loved the kids. The kids were great too!

    Cons

    Poor management - worked employees to hard and way to much over time. Took advantage of employees in how hard they worked them and were very under staffed.

    Advice to Management

    Get a schedule down for employees and reward those who work extremely hard with a pay increase.


  6. Helpful (1)

    All about the Numbers

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Oxford, CT
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Oxford, CT

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Families and children are wonderful Teachers are dedicated

    Cons

    Company is not invested in their employees, you will be lucky if you get a 10 cent raise Focus is on meeting numbers for profit Not a lot invested in materials to implement curriculum, only if you are going through accreditation they will invest. Constant changing of rules and procedures from higher-ups

    Advice to Management

    Before implementing changes spend time in the classroom to see how these changes affect classroom environment Invest in your employees


  7. Center Director

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kindercare

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Great pay for early childcare field

    Cons

    Company doesn't do what's best for children, long hours and s lot of pressure


  8. Center float

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher's Aide in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Teacher's Aide in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wonderful children mostly good teachers safe clean fun kept busy

    Cons

    Not good management no respect for there employees very low pay for the work we do not a good racial..

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people


  9. Helpful (1)

    Unsanitary and unsafe

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher in New Orleans, LA

    I have been working at Kindercare (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing good honestly because the company only care about money

    Cons

    When something happens like a pipe busting and the ceiling collapsing or the building is flooded due to excessive rain, don't expect kindercare to close down for a day to sanatize and fix everything. They will reopen the very next day. So unsanitary.

    Advice to Management

    Make better choices. Stop thinking about money and start thinking about the safety of not only the children but of your employees


  10. Helpful (4)

    Center Director

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Center Manager in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Center Manager in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Joining the company as a director you get benefits after your first 30 days of start, and that includes one week of personal and vacation unlike the teachers who have to wait a year before they get personal or vacation.

    Cons

    This company is not a moral ethnic company to work for and is about the individualist and who can get ahead. Making sure that you cut corners at the expense of all. The companies underline theory is that all jobs can be replaced and they don't invest in all centers.


  11. Helpful (4)

    Major Management Issues

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher

    I have been working at Kindercare (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent benefits IF you have children (childcare discount)

    Cons

    Uneducated individuals in management positions, who don't know how to work well with employees and are completely unfamiliar with best practices for early childhood education. Very, very poor compensation for staff who do have degrees and minimal raises or incentives offered, if any. Often classrooms are out of student:teacher ratio for long periods of time because of staffing issues. Lead teachers are rarely given any out of class time to prepare curriculum.

    Advice to Management

    Hire directors and assistant directors who actually have degrees in child development and early childhood education. Regulate professional development days to ensure that staff actually are given full training.



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