The Goddard School

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The Goddard School Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
159 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The families and children you get to meet (in 8 reviews)

  • Great families and kids are fooled in this place (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • The amount of work you do as a Lead compared to the pay you get is not worth it (in 9 reviews)

  • Lead Teachers have A TON of work to do and do not always get the support they need to do it (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    My experience at The Goddard School Olathe Northwest was a very unpleasant one.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I made some good friends while working there.

    Cons

    The Goddard School fired me because I engaged in discussions with other employees about the Company’s imposition of a wage freeze and other benefit reductions. The Company told employees not to discuss their wages, implied that it was monitoring employees’ protected activities, and maintained policies in its employee manual that prohibited employees from discussing their wages and other terms and conditions of employment. As a result of the settlement, the Company agreed to revise its employee manual to remove the unlawful policies, to post a notice informing employees of their rights under the National Labor Relations Act, and to read the notice to employees during a staff meeting. Although I waived my right to reinstatement, I received an undisclosed financial settlement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to Management is to treat your employees with dignity and respect.

    Doesn't Recommend
  2.  

    I hope all Goddard Schools are not like the Owings Mills, MD. location.

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Owings Mills, MD
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Owings Mills, MD

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Helps new people understand the benefits to proper hand washing, lesson plans, Time Management.

    Cons

    Female owner is a bully and always has an attitude. Pays employees well below state standards. Hires people outside the company instead of promotions inside the company. Never get out within a half hour past your time and will make or let others leave before you who are scheduled to be a closer. There are a lot of people hired there who does not have degree in Early Childhood Education or Development. Lies about benefits; there are none. Will take back overtime by giving a two hour lunch break. No consideration that you have a life outside of Goddard. Does not keep ratio. Places children in classrooms they have no business being in (like newly transitioned toddlers placed into the twos classroom) or moves children back (infant 2 children back to infant 1 classroom)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs new owners.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    So many issues... Looks aesthetically ideal, but don't let that fool you.

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Oklahoma City, OK
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Oklahoma City, OK

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Children and families are collaborative. Truly wonderful.

    Cons

    Staff and teachers are lowest paid in industry. They market they'll pay $15.00 hourly, HA it's a flat set rate at $11.23 with no negotiation. The corporate constantly implements changes, but they have no experience with children. No training. I was told every say I would be in a different class. Very inconsistent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less micromanagement and strict policies. Live a little. More paid training and respect teachers. I promise their job is more stressful than complaining about paperwork.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Save your time.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The children were the only thing that made it worth coming to school everyday. The bond you create with them. You want to provide stability into the classroom because you know how high the turnover rate is for childcare.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Low pay with high expectations and being told that it is your "duty" as a teacher to take on the workload in and out of the school. Expectations of a salaried public school teacher but in reality we were nothing like that. The management is very rude and not understanding. Management shows favoritism to certain employees because of created friendships outside of the workplace. If you are not in their "click" you will be treated differently. Short amount of time to do lesson plans which are very detailed and take time to do. You get at most three hours of lesson planning time per month but it takes you three hours to even try to complete one day of lesson plans. Markets as a 5 star school but really has 3 star quality. Says to have catered lunches but it's frozen food and can food that is fixed in the makeshift kitchen with no stove not the school lunches from the local elementary school that parents were thinking they are paying for. The snack combos that they provide for the kids are horrible and are rationed off as if parents havent paid for their child to have enough snack. Who wants oranges and crackers or with water after paying 175$ a day for their child to get fed. Computers don't work. Internet is down 80% of the time. They are only concerned with enrollment. Treat your teachers like crap but parents like royalty only because they pay the bills. The turnover rate is SO high in this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Close your doors. Start over. Listen to your employees because they are the ones working day to day in the classroom.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Revolving door on the Higley and Baseline location

    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Gilbert, AZ
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Gilbert, AZ

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    child/teacher relationships
    parents/family relationships
    some paid holidays

    Cons

    management can care less of your time
    no real paid overtime- make you take 5 hour breaks to cut your overtime
    owner only buys expensive electronics as a selling point to parents- doesn't update those electronics or fix them
    unpaid training
    didn't care why teachers wanted to leave. 8 teachers left in one month

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go find another job if you don't really care about the children and their family.

  7.  

    Expensive Tuition and Terrible Pay

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

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The only pro of this company is the families who utilize Goddard as a preschool for their children.

    Cons

    Terrible pay, lack of experience on the part of management, and high turnover rate for staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide quality benefits to employees to eliminate (or lessen) issues of staff turnover.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away!

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    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher

    I worked at The Goddard School part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    The Kids and parents, that's about it.

    Cons

    No organization, cheap pay, no hours, overworked for what they pay you, you get promised one thing and they give it to someone else, management, play favorites! I never made rent in one paycheck. Also turn around is extremely high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your one of the top schools in the nation, take pride in your employees. If you pay them better than $8-$9 hr, they may stick around.

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

    overworked

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time

    Pros

    working with children, friendly staff

    Cons

    pay, hours, work life balance, extra hours

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    I would never suggest this place to anyone, no matter they have such a big turnover rate!

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    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Medina, OH
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Medina, OH

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Seeing the little faces made each day worth it!

    Cons

    Being a floater, never know what hours you will get, teachers are very territorial would never let you as the new "employee" make suggestions or join in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more, worry less about trying to make ratio. Treat your employees with respect

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

    Shocked to see and hear lack of teacher support and professionalism

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    Current Employee - Lead Pre-K Teachers in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Lead Pre-K Teachers in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    love working with the children, families, and co-workers

    Cons

    1] lack of communication from admin with teachers and families, 2] lack of support from admin, was told that we can't talk or celebrate black history month, halloween, kwanzaa, christmas, hannukah, etc. (but the school hosts a halloween party every year and a contest for the best christmas decorations on the classroom doors and offer the teachers cash prizes), 3] teachers can't communicate with parents via email (send out friendly reminders about classroom events, school events, providing details about what children have been learning) even when families have stated that they would like this option because they lose papers and it's convenient for them to check their email at their own leisure, 4] not provided proper orientation and training and was trained by two teachers who had been working their for a month or less, 5] tired of hearing it's the Goddard way being used as a crutch when questioning why we can't perform or implement certain developmentally appropriate practices or tasks that is expected of us as early childhood educators from what we have learned while earning our education degrees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should embrace and support your teachers in promoting cultural diversity in the classroom. You should be providing your teachers the trainings they need to learn how to promote diversity in a positive manner instead of being afraid of what they are going to say to a family. Be proactive and support the education they need to be better professional early childhood educators and really show families that we are just not glorified babysitters. Teachers need to learn how to problem solve and adapt. They can't do it if you don't let them learn how to communicate to an unhappy parent and provide the teacher the support they need. Stop micromanaging and learn to delegate tasks especially when it comes to communicating with families. If your teachers can't grow professionally, how can you expect them to move up in their careers to become a lead teacher, curriculum coordinator, assistant director, or director. You are doing them a disservice when not providing such support. Many of the staff here have expressed a need their disappointment and feel disheartened that they aren't able to truly do all that they can and what they have learned through trainings or college courses in regards to developmentally appopriate practices and learning for young children as well as growing professionally and being viewed as true educators.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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