Kindercare

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Kindercare Reviews

Updated December 30, 2014
Updated December 30, 2014
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.  

    Starts Off Great, Then Quickly Becomes A Nightmare

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in The Woodlands, TX

    I worked at Kindercare part-time (more than an 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
  2.  

    Mediocre

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Atlanta, GA

    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
  3.  

    Poor management support from District Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Center Director in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Center Director in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Pros

    Get a chance to really see the operation of the business side.

    Cons

    Lack of upper management support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be proactive instead of being reactive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too big to care about the kinder.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kindercare

    Pros

    Loved working with the kids. A smile from a little face makes everything seem better.

    Cons

    The company grew and grew and lost focus of what was important, children and families. They pay as little as they can and they get what they pay for. This job is not worth the stress that comes with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. Happy employees are what make happy customers. You want a successful child care center, keep your employees happy.

  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    A tolerable job for the hours and pay...

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    • 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
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very Unorganized

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

    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Would be better with better management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Overland Park, KS

    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
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    The teachers and students are the reason Kindercare still stands.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Lisle, IL

    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
  10.  

    Horrible

    • 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

    Pros

    Children and employee are great

    Cons

    No raise fastest boss no hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not much caring in Kindercare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Fairfax, VA

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

    Pros

    On paper, their values are in the right place. Benefits and time-off policies are average. Staff get a discount for the care of their children, albeit a small one.

    Cons

    They don't practice what they preach and don't follow through on their values and goals. Work ethic and atmosphere are extremely director-dependent. Very low pay. High turnover among teachers. Aside from assistant teachers becoming lead teachers, there is not much room for personal growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company values should be implemented more strictly. Measures to prevent such high staff turnover should be considered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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