Kindercare Reviews

Updated September 21, 2014
Updated September 21, 2014
189 Reviews
2.3
189 Reviews
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Kindercare CEO Elanna S. Yalow
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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.  

    Very Unorganized

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    Former Employee - Pre-kindergarten Teacher  in  Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Pre-kindergarten Teacher in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for more than a 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
  2.  

    The teachers and students are the reason Kindercare still stands.

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher  in  Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for less than a 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
  3.  

    Horrible

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    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
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  5.  

    Not much caring in Kindercare

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for more than a 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
  6.  

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

    Current Employee - Daycare Teacher
    Current Employee - Daycare Teacher

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

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

  7.  

    Horrible Boss`

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    Former Employee - Assistant Director  in  Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Memphis, TN

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    My 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 ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the children and get better management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Keep Looking

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    Former Employee - Kindergarten Teacher  in  Folsom, CA
    Former Employee - Kindergarten Teacher in Folsom, CA

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

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Support 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.

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

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

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Teacher in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Work 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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Dead end job

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher  in  Salem, OR
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Salem, OR

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

    Pros

    The children, the staff, most of the parents

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees more, pay a living wage

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    Interesting place to work...

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    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher
    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Long 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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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