The Goddard School
2.6 of 5 106 reviews
www.goddardschool.com King of Prussia, PA 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 17, 2014

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The Goddard School President & CEO Joe Schumacher

Joe Schumacher

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

    Director (Current Employee)

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

    ConsOwners 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 Senior ManagementListen 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Dont waste your time

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe kids are super cute and some employees are nice

    ConsThey 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.

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

    Teacher (Current Employee)
    Olathe, KS

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsThe 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 Senior ManagementMy 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great Kids and Parents... TERRIBLE Management!!

    Former Lead Teacher (Former Employee)
    Shawnee, KS

    ProsThe children are great, you learn a lot from them. Classrooms are clean and sanitary. Parents give great gifts to show their appreciation. If I had children, I would love for them to go there. Its obvious how its a great place for children to go to school.

    ConsThey don't allow you to call in even if you have worked there for many years and never call in. Directors and Owners are rude. You have to ask for a review/raise every year. Bosses talk to you like you are a child. Only a select few are offered benefits, like 2 out of 35 teachers. Company says they are helpful and there for you, but they are not ever. They care more about the paperwork and business side of things instead of taking care of the children. if something doesn't look up to par, they make you fix it. If you don't like doing lesson plans, this isn't the place for you. QA is terrible. They look for the most minute things. Its all about how things look all of the time. If you have a funeral to go to, you better believe you wont get to go. They also don't get you the supplies you need for the classroom. Director talks to fellow teachers about other teachers. Not professional. If you have a problem with a parent/child, the office makes you call the parent to resolve the issue while still having to watch a classroom full of children.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees better, appreciate them more! Tell them they are doing a good job. Give them perks! Treat others the way you want to be treated. Don't talk to them like a child. Offer ALL employees benefits, maybe they will stay longer! Have better communication, with EVERYONE!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Terrible experience, the children were the only thing that kept me going.

    Co-Lead Teacher (Former Employee)
    Phoenix, AZ

    ProsAmazing kids and families, friendly co-workers, steady hours. After spending 40 hours a week with the same kids, it's very easy to become attached and form strong bonds with the kids and their families. The families were definitely very grateful for the effort and care that the teachers put into their jobs. Co-workers were all very friendly, although it was hard to get to know other teachers unless they were with similar age groups or your classrooms were close to each other. As a co-lead teacher I was guaranteed 40 hours a week, so a steady paycheck was nice.

    ConsVery low pay. For a full-time teaching position the pay was awful, I could easily make 2-3 times as much waiting tables. They offered to give me a 40cent raise when I graduated with a 4-year degree, I had to laugh at that! The owner was never on site, which left the director to run the school on her own. I actually saw the owner's family at the school more than the owner himself. The extremely overloaded director was very demeaning and often spoke to employees about other employees in very negative ways. Made for a toxic work environment. There was no time given to teachers to write 2 weeks worth of very tedious lesson plans every week, and I always had to use my lunch break or evenings at home to finish the work. Also, no stipends were given to pay for class decorations (which had to be updated every month, another thing that no had to be done during lunch or after we clocked out) or materials for lesson plans. Children were juggled from classroom to classroom to try to fit ratios, families were being lied to, and teachers were regularly forced work out of ratio. It was very sad for me to see that such great families were paying so much in tuition, but being kept in the dark about what kind of environment they left their kids in for 8 hours a day.

    Advice to Senior ManagementValue, respect, and be supportive of your employees. They are the ones that spend every single minute with the kids, and they are the ones delivering the care and education that keep a preschool/daycare going.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Stressful...

    Lead Teacher (Current Employee)
    Cleveland, OH

    ProsThe kids of course, staff is pretty friendly. Decent hours, and always get 40 hours per week.

    ConsLead Teachers have A TON of work to do and do not always get the support they need to do it. Benefits are terrible and "QA" is ridiculous.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very confusing

    Lead Teacher (Former Employee)
    Roswell, GA

    ProsGreat staff, wonderful kids, cool parents

    ConsLow compensation for the workload, terrible management

    Advice to Senior ManagementShow more appreciation to the teachers because they are the ones making the school go round; start by saying thank you at the end of the day. For the amount of work that is asked, between QA and state regulations, a raise is definitely needed AT LEAST once per year. Put more trust into the teachers and allow them to do their job and cut the micro-management out because that only makes everybody more stressed. I know that every school is different, but this particular Goddard has got to be the worst.

     It sucks because you want to work there and teach and care for the kids, but management doesn't really want you too. The owner is clearly in it for the money and cares nothing for the school in general; employees, children, classrooms, etc. Children come and go, teachers come and go, it's just really pathetic. The owner doesn't even seem to care and she watches her business go down and does nothing but apply more pressure to the staff as if its our fault.

    This particular owner charges $3 per catered lunch per child. Gets an order for let's say, 60 kids, purchases only 30 lunches (which is only half), divides 30 lunches to feed 60 kids, and pockets the rest. Very grimey and greedy. No raise or benefits for teachers, no appreciation, the playground is full of dirt with the worst equipment ever. They don't order supplies for our class; we have to purchase things ourselves and come back with a receipt and possibly get reimbursed in a timely manner. There are too many words I can use to describe how awful this school is. The only thing I can say is: STAY AWAY!!!!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    High Turnover

    Lead Teacher (Former Employee)

    ProsFlexible hours, good work/life balance

    ConsLow pay, poor management, disorganized

    Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on how effective their teaching skills are, not comparing them to someone else who is less effective

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great program & school; Horrible management staff.

    Lead Teacher (Current Employee)
    Frederick, MD

    ProsWonderful co-workers, great families, low child turnover, high standards for curriculum and cleanliness

    ConsComplete void of communication from the owner & director. Unprofessional behavior of owner & director. Mandatory school closings, did not get paid for (unless you used personal PTO)

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate with your teachers more, let your staff know that they are appreciated

    – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    The management was not suitable to own an Early Childhood Education Center.

    Assistant Preschool Teacher (Current Employee)
    Broomfield, CO

    ProsThe children and parents are wonderful.

    ConsThe boss/owners only care about money, not the safety or well-being of the children.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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