The Goddard School

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The Goddard School Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 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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    Goddard School

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Danbury, CT
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Danbury, CT

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

    Pros

    Co-workers and children are great!!

    Cons

    Serious lack of communication between the office staff and teachers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better communication

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Hours

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Floater in Nashua, NH
    Former Employee - Floater in Nashua, NH

    I worked at The Goddard School part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I loved the children and teachers

    Cons

    I didn't get many hours. I was constantly on call.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice would be to try and spread the floater hours out more so that everyone gets some hours and it's not just one person on call all the time or one person who gets all the hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The kids make the job worthwhile

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher

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

    Pros

    The children are easily the best part of this job, ability to write your own lesson plans based on monthly themes, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Low pay, inconsistencies among management, problems discussed through memos sent out rather than addressed at meetings

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put yourself in your employees' shoes to see why people are dissatisfied with different things

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    The Goddard School of Arvada

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher, Prekindergarten in Arvada, CO
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher, Prekindergarten in Arvada, CO

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    - Opportunity to gain experience in the field of Early Childhood Education
    - Tuition reimbursement for degree, or support earning CDA
    - School is clean & health conscious
    - Classrooms are always provided with new furniture and needed learning materials. Broken items are replaced promptly
    - Curriculum Gift Card 3x a year

    Cons

    - More priority to running a "business" than a school.
    -Classrooms are over-enrolled, however ratio is maintained. Children are sent to neighboring classrooms for the day.
    - Sometimes favored unrealistic parent requests, opposed to supporting the greater good of the classroom
    - If opportunity to lesson plan/complete portfolios does night arise in the classroom, teachers are expected to do so during lunch break or personal time
    - Bathroom breaks were regularly skipped, late, or long wait time

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Goddard School part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Place to get you experience in the education field.

    Cons

    High staff turn over placement

  7.  

    The Goddard School

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Head Teacher
    Current Employee - Head Teacher

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

    Pros

    Working with children and watching them graduate.

    Cons

    .Need more field trips.to stimulate children

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Loves the kids, disliked the management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher
    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher

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

    Pros

    You get to work with great teachers and wonderful kids and parents.

    Cons

    However, this is a franchise so every school is going to have a little bit of a different management. And that is the issue here. The director is pretty rude to the employees and made the day to day much more stressful than it is needed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give appreciation to your teachers. They are who are keeping the kids enrolled in the school.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I stuck through it because I loved my kids but the Director of my school was terrible.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    the kids! which I guess should be an obvious reason. I loved my kids, I loved the age group, I loved how big our classroom was, I loved my co-workers; loved loved loved them, we were like one big family, we all got along and enjoyed working with each other

    Cons

    Okay..where to start, the actual Goddard and State regulators that come to check up on the schools are actually very pleasant people but the owner of my particular school was something else entirely. First of all there was no "time clock" we had to write down what time we arrived and left everyday in a binder on a weekly paper that had our name on it..our school probably had over 30 employees and at the end of every week 2 people would go over EVERYONE'S sign in sheet to send into payroll so of course there were times when hours and pay didn't match up...simple solution..get a time clock!

    Every year we were supposed to have a raise (if they thought we deserved one) and a discussion about how we were doing...well good luck with that. Unless you went up and asked for a raise or discussion, you didn't get one. There is also a LOT of favoritism. If you aren't one of the favorites forget about being treated like a human being. We, the staff, were actually told that if we needed to use the restroom we weren't allowed to ask another staff member to step into the room for a second (because in childcare you have to keep your room in ratio at all times, teacher-child ratio) we were told we HAD to wait for either the Assistant Director or Owner to come by and let us use the bathroom. So girls when your "time of the month" comes-a-calling and you gotta go right now or when the stomach flu hits, you better go buy some depends because you'll be waiting until someone is "available" to give you a bathroom break.

    There aren't enough toys to rotate in and out of the classrooms, the kids get bored playing with the same stuff day in and day out, doing the same things day in and day out, even with a new lesson plan everyday, some of these kids are in your care for 12 hours!!! No matter how spectacular your lesson plan is 12 hours is a long day to have every second planned out..and feel free to go out and by your own toys, crafts, and games for the kids but expect to be spending most of your own money to by them which is fine if you're actually getting paid a decent amount of money but for the most part you're making somewhere around $10 an hour which isn't necessarily enough to support a family of 4 and supply your classroom with toys and such.

    For the most part you will not be treated as an individual working at the Goddard School, the staff is treated as in-disposable, unless, like I stated earlier you're one of the favorites, there are a lot of negative comments and not enough positive praise coming from Management for all the hard work we do as Child Care workers/Teachers. I know that vomit, poop, sickness, biting, blood and boo-boos are all apart of working with children but treating your employees, who work their butts off everyday working 8am-6pm shifts, like they could be easily replaced isn't the way to go about a business. NO WONDER the Goddard School has such a high teacher turnover rate.

    I will say the time I spent at Goddard I wouldn't take back or give up for anything. It taught me a lot about what I want to do with my future in terms of Teaching and I created a bond with a lot of women I wouldn't of met otherwise, I also loved the kids in my class, they kept me coming back everyday happy and proud to be so loved by kids that weren't even my own but in order to keep the good people around who will love the children at this school like their own children, Goddard really needs to work on APPRECIATION. We teach our kids to act a certain way and I believe some of the Owners of this school must have grown up and forgot one of the biggest rules of childhood.

    If you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. or at least try to do it without belittling everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to treat employees like they actually matter.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Depending on location, can be a good school but they treat their teachers poorly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The best reason to work at the Goddard school: the children (but isn't the best reason to teach anywhere?)
    Another pro: our school was new so we had nice facilities and resources in our classrooms were nice

    Cons

    Terrible ownership
    Terrible benefits (5 vacation days! no 401k and expensive insurance)
    Pay was unbelievably low- I couldn't even live off the $10/hr they paid me.
    --Overall, this is a for-profit school, so owner treats it like a business and in the end, just wants to make money. Put as many kids in the classrooms as possible, pay the teachers as little as possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop treating this school like a business. The children should matter the most, which means stop shoving too many children in 1 room. The children lose out because the teachers can't divide their attention evenly! Most of all, listen to your employees - they are the ones in the classrooms every day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    nice, clean school

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Goddard School

    Pros

    The property is very nice, with great communities surrounding. The owners are a nice older couple.

    Cons

    Employment fluctuated all of the time. The previous coordinator of the school was terrible, but she was fired soon after I left.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find ways to keep your employees. Find out why the employment isn't stable.

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