Kindercare

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Kindercare Reviews

Updated Jul 15, 2014
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2.3 179 reviews

29% Approve of the CEO

Kindercare CEO Elanna S. Yalow

Elanna S. Yalow

(42 ratings)

26% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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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    love the kids and teachers but hate the way it is run

    Daycare Teacher (Current Employee)

    ProsLove watching the children learn and grow.Most of the teachers are great to work with. Lots of wonderful parents.

    ConsNo swings, bouncy seats or exersaucers for infants. Highchairs were replaced by lowchairs so the babies touch eachothers food. Very unhealthy lots of germs spread. Babies on the floor pulling hair and scratching eachother. They only care about money.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAsk teachers and parent what is best for the children not someone sitting behind a desk thats never worked with children.

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    Horrible Boss`

    Assistant Director (Former Employee) Memphis, TN

    ProsI loved working with the kids, they were what truly made the job enjoyable.

    ConsMy boss was horrible. She was more concerned about numbers than the children. She would have me make her food from the kitchen and then get mad if anyone else did the same. If we put coffee out for the parents, staff was not permitted to drink it. If someone else covered for you on your day off, you were still responsible for their actions. The extra learning classes (spanish, cooking) never happend like they were supposed to, parents paid extra for these classes but because of poor scheduling, an entire class would receive the class because I had to do it for everyone not just the few who paid for it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on the children and get better management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Keep Looking

    Kindergarten Teacher (Former Employee) Folsom, CA

    ProsThe children. Thats about it. No one goes into preschool education thinking that its going to be easy or lucrative, but the best thing from the day is the children -- if only teachers of the youngest were appreciated.

    ConsI left because of the lack of timing payment of overtime. when you make so little, that extra is essential in making ends meat. It was not a warm place to work, but rather you felt the stress of a corporation EVEN though the focus should be the children.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupport your teachers without talking about the monetary bottom-line you have to deal with. If you didnt make your enrollment quota, then support your teachers not share the administrative pressures on them. Its poor management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a good job for teachers who actually like to teach...not a good preschool for children either

    Teacher (Former Employee) San Diego, CA

    ProsWork with children, Flexible hours for part-time, minimal education required, opportunities to work with all age-groups, multiple locations in the U.S. so it's easy to relocate if needed

    Cons-Minimal opportunities for a teacher's individual creativity; the curriculum book is created by corporate and it's the same at every site, so teachers are required to just follow the book and base their lesson plans off of it.
    -Minimal childcare education required to be a lead teacher. Parents don't realize that their child may have a teacher who has only ever taken 3 basic classes in early childhood education.
    -Child:teacher ratio is too high for certain age groups, which can make teaching very difficult and stressful. For example, 12 two-year-olds to one teacher with little to no aid...
    -Management tends to be more focused on their own jobs and how they appear to corporate. They have little value for their employees

    Advice to Senior Management-Be more empathetic and value your teachers. You can make or break a job for them.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dead end job

    Lead Teacher (Former Employee) Salem, OR

    ProsThe children, the staff, most of the parents

    ConsLack of pay in scale with sheer amount of work involved, no room for advancement, poor benefits package, upper management does not take care of employees

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue your employees more, pay a living wage

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Interesting place to work...

    Preschool Teacher (Former Employee)

    ProsIt's a joy working with children and creating relationships with families. Making a difference in the life of a child is a great accomplishment.

    ConsLong hours only to get your overtime pay taken away because you're forced to take 2 hour lunch breaks. You don't receive paid time off until you've worked a year. Medical benefits are terrible. There is very little support, no room for growth, and management seems fake! The curriculum isn't age appropriate and the menu's for lunch aren't kid friendly. They talk a good game, but don't back it up.

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen to what your employees are saying. We make this company successful and a 'thank you' goes a long way! Acknowledge when a teacher turns a classroom around. Think about offering paid time off after 90 days. Because we work with children, we're going to get sick and with the low salaries, we need every penny!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    assistant director

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    Prosfamilies and children were really nice.

    Consaverage daycare with not much support from corporate.

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to employees more.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Find a better job.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsWorking with kids, family atmosphere with staff, can be great job if you have a great director, they allow you to be creative with the curriculum.

    ConsMany managers do not know how to manage a business, parents can be snotty, kids can be snotty, pay is horrible, not a career, many co-workers are not professional.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire better employees. Have better management training.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Nice Opportunity in Transition, Not a Long-Term Career

    Lead Teacher (Current Employee)

    ProsI have been working at KinderCare for the last few years as a Lead Teacher. I have to honestly say that the children are probably the most rewarding part of this job. Even on the toughest of days, the bond that you form with them is what will keep you going. With that said, it may be the only thing that will keep you going.

    ConsKinderCare simply does not demonstrate that it values its employees nor does it act in a manner that is in the best interest of the children:

    The pay is meager, there has been a freeze on raises for at least the past 4 years, and the benefits are average. They keep expecting more out of their teachers, yet refuse to compensate us any further.

    Only recently have they allowed discounts on the infant rooms if you are an employee. If you have more than one kid and plan on having them attend KinderCare while you work, forget about it. Pretty much all of your paycheck will go towards paying the fees.

    The average work week for a full-time employee may be anywhere from 30 to 40 hours. If you begin to drop below 30 hours for an extended period of time, you may lose your benefits. This happened to me and I was informed that I was losing my benefits through a mailed letter the day before it occurred. I was without health insurance for months. I understand that is the policy, but further notice would’ve been appreciated.

    Speaking of hours, be prepared to have yours cut at any given moment. Depending on how fast ratios drop (children leave for the day) or if some children do not show up for the day, you most likely will get sent home which leads to hours being dropped frequently. When this occurs, teachers and/or children may be forced to move between rooms. If you’re a parent, what this means is your child may be taken out of their room and be placed in the room above or below their age group depending solely on whether they will fit in ratio. The Center Director and/or Assistant Director may disguise this to the parents as a learning opportunity for the child if they’re placed with children older than them.

    The turnover is not ideal. For many employees, they cannot afford to stay or have graduated from their college programs. KinderCare has a high rate of college employees, which can be advantageous or a cause for concern depending on how you view it. As mentioned earlier, the company does not pay well enough nor does it provide employment opportunities for growth for many to stay long-term. From what I have observed, the company does not typically promote from within. Many of the Directors and Assistant Directors either came from the outside or were transferred from other centers. As a result, they hire many college students who could use the experience while being paid slightly more than retail and food service industries. I think this is important for parents to consider because many that I have dealt with were quite disappointed when teachers had to move on.

    Bottom line, KinderCare is a business. They seek to provide educational opportunities for the children, but filling classrooms while keeping costs down (i.e. low pay, cutting hours) is the most important point on the agenda and you feel it every single day from upper management and at the corporate level. It is a great experience to work with children, but have an additional plan. Do not dedicate yourself to more than a few years of dealing with this organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUtilize effective communication skills at every level, show that you value your employees through incentives and raises, become more organized, and show respect to your employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    treated me like dirt from day one.

    Teacher (Current Employee)

    ProsMy first 7 years were pretty great

    Consmanagement is terrible with their employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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