The Goddard School Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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The Goddard School President & CEO Joe Schumacher
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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
  • Doesn't pay very well for the amount of work put into 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. Helpful (1)

    Does not provide what they sell to parents

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Knoxville, TN
    Former Employee - Teacher in Knoxville, TN

    I worked at The Goddard School

    Pros

    Working with terrific kids and spending the entire day contained in classroom. Mandatory hour long lunch breaks & frequent schedule changes.

    Cons

    Resources very limited to non-existent. Non-supportive management making decisions without observations. Expected to work at home & off the clock.

    Advice to Management

    Provide resources & materials for what you sell. Be more involved with classrooms.


  2. Teacher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Classrooms equipped with latest technology and resources.

    Cons

    Pay is average at best. Poor management skills.

    Advice to Management

    Manage your company and your employees more effectively.


  3. ehh

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    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher in Sparta, NJ
    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher in Sparta, NJ

    I have been working at The Goddard School

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Working with children everyday. The activities are engaging and fun for them.

    Cons

    Management was all over the place. Didn't follow the Goddard School Method thoroughly. Some of the teachers were a little "rough around the edges"

    Advice to Management

    Needs a whole re-vamp.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Eh

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Goddard School

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    working with kids, becoming a big part of their lives, teaching them how to read and write

    Cons

    the director has a poor attitude and takes it out on staff and students


  6. Helpful (2)

    Former Lead Teacher

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Working with the kids, so good to see them smile The supportive teachers who are very friendly Getting to know families and talking to them every day Writing your own lessons

    Cons

    There are a lot of components to a Goddard School day and not all of the resources are age appropriate. There is a lot of push for advanced development; however, teachers have to let children do what they want when they want, so while they promote certain aspects of curriculum, it doesn't always happen because the children are busy doing what they want. Directors change your hours on a whim, can say one thing and do another. Could get fired over a stomach illness or anything else a child might spread.

    Advice to Management

    Set standard hours for each teacher, having to regularly rotate hours isn't effective management. Set weekly lesson planning time for each classroom or let teachers plan from home. Be supportive to teachers who are ill because they picked it up from their job.


  7. Assistant Manager

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    Former Employee - Head Teacher in Parlin, NJ
    Former Employee - Head Teacher in Parlin, NJ

    I worked at The Goddard School (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Close to home. I Like children.

    Cons

    pre-school kids are difficult. But I like kids.

    Advice to Management

    set-up more field trips


  8. Helpful (1)

    Unprofessional environs

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


  11. 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



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