The Goddard School

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The Goddard School Reviews

Updated August 12, 2014
Updated August 12, 2014
127 Reviews
2.6
127 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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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Flexible when family issues came up and would always work with my schedule! They encouraged me to continue my education, and were willing to work with class schedules as well.

    Cons

    The parents were always right! As a preschool you are there to advise a parent as well as take care of their children. Sometime the parents were not correct but we catered to them anyway. That is hard a teacher, and even harder when you know that it is not what is best of the child or the whole class.

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    I greatly improved my communication skills because I deal with management, students, parents, and teachers every day.

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    Current Employee - Front Office Management
    Current Employee - Front Office Management

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    I like working there because every day is different for me. I sometimes work in the office, do individual projects, visit classrooms, and visit other Goddard schools.

    Cons

    Nothing comes to my immediate attention.

    Recommends
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    Great Place to work, since the new owners took over.

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Leesburg, VA
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Leesburg, VA

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The working environment is becoming more professional ever since there has been a change in the ownership. The new owners have added a new Director just to provide mentoring and coaching. There are offering lot more of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Some teachers need to step up...but overall a great place to work. Since all lesson Plans are created by Lead Teachers, it is great opportunity to show your creativity and your love for teaching the young children.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing...your focus on personal growth is appreciated.

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    High quality preschool

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    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher in Suffern, NY
    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher in Suffern, NY

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The high quality expectations make for a better environment for the children and staff. The teachers are loving, nurturing and caring. They make learning fun.

    Cons

    Long hours, low compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review Compensation for employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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    Great place to work!

    Current Employee - Teacher in Bel Air, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher in Bel Air, MD

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

    Pros

    Awesome families who appreciate the teachers and everything we do.
    Owners and Directors are fair and really care about us both personally and professionally.
    Fun team building and outside activities. My co-workers have degrees and a ton of training...so I do not get the other reviews.
    Insurance, benefits, compensation, etc. all good.

    Cons

    Pay....but I get that this is the whole industry and not just my school.
    We have our accreditation so that means 24 plus training hours and most trainings are offered in the evening which makes for a long day especially with a family at home.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Making sure afternoon staff take care of the room they are in and clean up.
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    It has been a great professional development experience!

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Raleigh, NC

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

    Pros

    If you love Early Childhood Education then this is the place to work.

    Cons

    Hard to say at this point in my employment there.

    Recommends
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    It is an Awesome place to work.

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Lake Orion, MI
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Lake Orion, MI

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    It so nice to work with people who really care.

    Cons

    Cannot get any overtime, 40 hours only.

    Recommends
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  9.  

    Great place to work and grwo

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    Current Employee - Director in Florence, KY
    Current Employee - Director in Florence, KY

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Lots of support from corporate office.

    Cons

    Some of the staff can be difficult to work with at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set clear expectations and follow through to earn respect.

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    A great experience with supportive staff and friendly families

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher

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

    Pros

    Supportive and communicative management and owners, hardworking staff, wonderful families, benefits available, built-in vacation for Christmas holiday, ongoing staff training sessions

    Cons

    Pay rate is low, even for those with higher education degrees; no summer time off; sometimes gets a bit gossipy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't be afraid to make decisions without consulting staff to "feel it out."

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    Positive Outlook
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    Great Environment

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, families and management

    Cons

    salary not as high as public schools, year round

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember what it was like when you were in the classroom and when you had a bad day

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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