The Goddard School

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The Goddard School Reviews

Updated November 4, 2014
Updated November 4, 2014
136 Reviews
2.6
136 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 8 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. 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
  2.  

    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 an 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
  3.  

    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 an 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
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  5.  

    Apply with caution

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Middletown, DE
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Middletown, DE

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (less than an 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
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    Long hours & bad pay.

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    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Princeton, NJ
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Princeton, NJ

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (less than an 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
  7.  

    Horrible Management

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    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 an 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
  8.  

    Amazing coworkers and an awesome learning program.

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    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 an 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
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Dont waste your time

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at The Goddard School

    Pros

    The kids are super cute and some employees are nice

    Cons

    They round up your hours so you dont get the full amount you worked, their cheap and treat their employees like crap, if you have to use the restroom you have to wait like 20min, they dont pay enough for what they ask their teachers to do, theres a ton of gossip, all they care about is passing QA, and they let diseased kids come in all the time.

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Goddard School Olathe 2 is a terrible place for teachers!

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Teacher in Olathe, KS

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

    Pros

    The best thing about working for The Goddard School is the freedom you have when planning curriculum. The budget for supplies is not much, but at least you have the ability to be creative. The children are very flexible with a variety of teachers, as there is not much consistency because of the high turnover rate.

    Cons

    The biggest con of Olathe 2 is the management! They are very rude and short with their staff. Most of the teachers are either afraid of losing their job at any given time and are too frightened to go to the management with problems or concerns. The turnover rate is very high. They demand perfection...with the QA score and in general. If you are not perfect, do not apply here!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management would be to treat their teachers with respect. Teaching preschool is one of the most stressful jobs out there. Have some empathy for what your teachers go through everyday. If it were not for them, you can not have a successful school.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great potential, but needs to be more child-focused.

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    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

    Pros

    Families are amazing. Teachers work hard and love working with children.

    Cons

    Owners do not tend to have backgrounds in child development. This creates problems for directors and teachers because the philosophies and management styles that are typically used in centers are not well-received. Goddard tends to be more business-focused than child-focused. It is incredibly frustrating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to opinions and feedback of teachers and directors. They are the professionals who have made a career of working with children, so they will have more knowledge on how to successfully run a center. I also would like to see owners be required to take college classes in child development and actually have to work in a classroom before they open a school. That could make all the difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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