The Goddard School Reviews

Updated April 23, 2015
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  1. Head Teacher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wayne, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Work with children. Watch them graduate to kindergarten

    Cons

    Children were hard to discipline at that age of 5 to 8.

  2. Unprofessional environs

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at The Goddard School

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    hand full of true professionals who are there to work hard and support the company. Very good benefits and decent work/life balance.

    Cons

    overpaid management lacking in professionalism. Ego-driven atmosphere, no true sense of team work. Insecurities of some management-level individuals create unhealthy atmosphere of blame and non-transparency. Technical skills of most staff are subpar (surprisingly little knowledge of Microsoft Outlook Calendar, Word). Backstabbing and favoritism.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Disappointing. I was hoping for a more professional environment upon accepting job (based on reputation).

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher

    I worked at The Goddard School 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

    Weekends off, major holidays off, good reputation as early childhood care provider.

    Cons

    Low pay, 5-10 hours per week of off-the-clock take home work, lack of training for new teachers, no health insurance offered, classes at maximum capacity.

    Advice to Management

    Train new teachers, set clear expectations, be consistent, offer planning time each week.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Kids are great but pay and benefits were horrible

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Goddard School

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

    Pros

    The endless supply of hugs laughs and smiles from the kids

    Cons

    The pay is horrible considering they want you to have a valid teaching certificate. They did not offer benefits, had to keep my part-time job because I had benefits through them. Management did not appreciate what you had to deal with on a daily basis. Asst teacher went out on maternity and no long term replacement was hired; had different substitute everyday for 6 weeks.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Best teachers and principal, but lacking good ownership

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    Current Employee - Lead Preschool Teacher in Bloomingdale, IL
    Current Employee - Lead Preschool Teacher in Bloomingdale, IL

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Awesome teachers and Director, teachers had a a lot of input into the curriculum and lesson planning.

    Cons

    Poor Ownership, run poorly, NO benefits, poor pay.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your staff so they stick around longer

  7. Helpful (1)

    Not worth it...

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Gaithersburg, MD
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Gaithersburg, MD

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

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed my job working with children. The families really appreciate all the hard work all the teachers put into their children. I worked with some great woman and gained a few life long friends. The children I've worked with have left a huge impact on my life, I hope that I have positively impacted them as well. The curriculum is very well developed and targets all of the developmental areas for each age group.

    Cons

    When I accepted my offer to work at the Goddard School I was under the impression that I would be working the two year old age group. During my interview I expressed how much I loved working with this age group, I was told I would be working as a Flex staff teacher until a room opened up for me but I was hired as a Lead teacher. I later found out by other coworkers that Goddard rules state I must have a four degree to work with the two year old age group. This was very discouraging as I do not have a four year degree. When I finally got my own classroom it was with infants. At first I really enjoyed working with the infants, but it seemed like each session the age group got younger and the paper work became more and more.
    The pay was just not worth all the work, we were expected to work on some Saturdays and Sundays without extra pay. We were always told that these days were already included into our salaries. Overtime was not allowed and working past your scheduled time was "part of your responsibilities as a teacher".
    The owners of the school were always at the school however they never spoke to any of the staff unless they were doing a classroom tour for prospective parents. All that matters to them is filling up the school to capacity and collecting tuition. Working for this company killed my passion to work with young children. This is supposed to be a school that is taken into high regard, this is true if you are a parent and your child attends this school. However, if you are an employee you will quickly see that all that glitters isn't gold.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your staff more, listen to their needs and concerns. Without teachers the school would not run.

  8. Quality school, however staff are not given enough resources to be successful.

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Plymouth, MN
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Plymouth, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Strong curriculum, curriculum resources. Many professional development trainings are offered, and a beautifully well equipped environment.

    Cons

    Work load is much too high for the low salary, not enough prep time to complete the job to the high standards.

    Advice to Management

    Provide teachers with better salary, more prep time, and stronger teaching teams.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Not sure why I stayed so long at Olathe 2 Goddard.

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Olathe, KS

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time

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

    Pros

    The other employees were great to work with. I made so many close friends who I knew cared for me. The children were so cute and I loved every one of them.

    Cons

    I totally get it. You're there to do a job and if you don't do it well, you'll be told how to improve. How the management went about constructive criticism was not helpful. The micromanagement from the management is incredibly stressful. I would be so afraid to even ask for a bathroom break because their tone of voice made it seemed like an inconvenience. I always felt like I was being watched by their "minions". I did my job well. I loved those kiddos and cared for them. I was never given any grace around a missed point for QA. It looks good to get 100% and I'm only human.

    Advice to Management

    More incentives for staff to do a good job. We use to have those... Don't have a mentality of accepting high turnover. Fix it. These children need staff who stays.

  10. Love the children and other teachers

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Hendersonville, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Hendersonville, TN

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

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

    Pros

    Love the kids, most parents are great, other teachers are great teachers...hours are awesome and so are the classrooms

    Cons

    Management, siding with the parents over everything...not great pay, way too much work for what you get paid, hire people off the street

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and not just the parents!

  11. Poor management and irresponsible teachers

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

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

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

    Pros

    It claims to be a great preschool and it costs a lot of money so the parents are all well off and polite
    Pay wasn't as bad as some centers
    The location is great and the center is well maintained

    Cons

    The teachers were not watched appropriately and most just let the kids watch their iPads instead of teach.
    The parents pay for good organic snacks, but we were forced to feed them crackers and water.
    Management would take hours off our paycheck if they though we worked too much overtime.
    They expected the teachers to work wherever whenever.
    Very unorganized and stressful environment.

    Advice to Management

    Watch your staff more
    Give the kiddos a more nutritional menu
    Become more structured

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