The Goddard School

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The Goddard School Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
155 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.  

    Best teachers and principal, but lacking good ownership

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Take better care of your staff so they stick around longer

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Not worth it...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

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

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Love the children and other teachers

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and not just the parents!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Poor management and irresponsible teachers

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Apply with caution

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Middletown, DE
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Middletown, DE

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

    Pros

    - Teaching is play based.
    - Children make it almost worth the trouble
    - Owner had knowledge of child development.

    Cons

    - Teachers had to constantly call up front in order to get help when out of ratio, and often help wouldn't come.
    - Very low pay for the amount of work.
    - It was assumed that we would write lessons on our own time. No planning time was given.
    - Guidelines were only followed when someone from QA was coming.
    - Teachers were nearly always alone if they were in ratio, no matter what the behaviors were or if they were new.
    - Owner always took the parents side.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay people more and you will have less turnover. It will be worth it. Treat your teachers like they are important, and stop calling your school "Customer Service". Don't lie to people and try to get away with things behind their backs. It's not okay to be manipulated and it does not lead to loyalty or respect. Don't tell State that you are over numbers because "some teachers came in late" when really it's because you are horribly under staffed and don't pay people unless you absolutely have to.

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

    Long hours & bad pay.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Princeton, NJ

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

    Pros

    Strict procedures for keeping premises clean for children.
    Opportunities to advance in career.

    Cons

    Very low starting pay.
    Long hours.
    Was told if you are sick "you should do your best to still come in"
    Benefits don't kick in for a while & only for FT employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees & provide higher pay & less overworked & maybe you will have less of a turnover!

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

    Horrible Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Pre-School Teacher in Gilbert, AZ
    Former Employee - Lead Pre-School Teacher in Gilbert, AZ

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

    Pros

    Employees really loved what they did

    Cons

    Management was uneducated about childcare and only money motivated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care about the kids, the laws, and appreciate your workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Amazing coworkers and an awesome learning program.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Toddler Teacher in Southlake, TX
    Former Employee - Lead Toddler Teacher in Southlake, TX

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

    Pros

    I love the coworkers I have met while working at Goddard. The families are amazing and make you feel like you are part of their family.

    Cons

    I was never at my Goddard ratio, I would constantly even go over state ratio. I was expected to run my classroom with 11 two year olds and would have to beg for help. My daughter went there with me and got sick several times one day and they would't let me off to take her home. The Goddard school had a hard time passing QA and it was always a stressful time. The pay for a lead teacher doesn't add up to the amount of work you have to do. Management would talk about crap about other teachers to where you could hear them, very unprofessional. Huge turnover rate in just the year I worked there. They only care about how money they can make not about their staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire someone who knows how to be a manager and make sure there is enough teachers in each room. Make lesson planning time so the teachers don't have to write the lesson plans on the weekend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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