Au Pair in America Reviews

Updated August 15, 2015
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  1. Community Counselor

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    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Au Pair in America as a contractor (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People, online resources, make your own schedule, be a part of the community and people's lives. Your salary is based on the families in your cluster. You don't get paid to get families, rather who are happy and remain in your cluster in your area. It benefits you to choose people and au pairs wisely.

    Cons

    Paperwork (hopefully online forms have been installed).

    Advice to Management

    Those in "lone ranger" regions need freedom to be supported with appropriate finances and resources for marketing.


  2. Community Counselor

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    Former Employee - Community Counselor in West Lebanon, NH
    Former Employee - Community Counselor in West Lebanon, NH
    Recommends

    I worked at Au Pair in America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The community of counselors combined with the freedom to build your own schedule was the best. Connecting with au pairs, local families, and community members as well as traveling to training meetings was also great.

    Cons

    1099 and tax rates and figuring that out on your own as a self-employed individual. Some training materials weren't online and made implementation of the work not as efficient. Some training and rewards weren't available for certain counselors (like in my region) which was a bit of a draw-back. We tried to advocate for creating an alternative system, but it took too long and still hasn't been implemented.

    Advice to Management

    Some training and rewards weren't available for certain counselors (like in my region) which was a bit of a draw-back. We tried to advocate for creating an alternative system, but it took too long and still hasn't been implemented. Finding ways to hear news from your boots on the ground (counselors) and reward them for ideas is really important.


  3. Au Pair

    Former Contractor - Au Pair in Highland Park, IL
    Former Contractor - Au Pair in Highland Park, IL
    Recommends

    I worked at Au Pair in America as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    By far the best experience of my life! - Opportunity to expand cultural knowledge - Getting to know people from all over the world - Many travel opportunities (with or without the host-family) - Get to know who you really are!

    Cons

    It is very exciting to be part of the program but the pay isn't the best. Au pairs are very under-paid and they are always struggling, but considering the young age, I think this also teaches us how to make smart financial decisions.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing! The orientation is a great way to welcome girls from all over the world.


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  5. Au Pair

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great cultural experience especially if matched with a great family. A lot of possibilities for traveling and learning at the college.

    Cons

    A lot of work, depending on how many children in the family. I would discourage people who are not willing to work, and don't have a lot of patience to even apply. Working with children is not for everyone.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Established culture and internal process, not able to integrate new/modern techniqutes

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The company runs on the core values of family. The majority of the women working for the company are mothers and that is to be expected due to what the company does. Communication is key with this company and if there is ever a question or a request it is handled quickly and efficiently. A small company, so there is very little red tape to step over.

    Cons

    The company takes pride in their long standing presence in their field, and they should. Being the first company on the scene is something to brag about. But with the current forecast ahead they needed to embrace modernism. They are a company set in their ways. The same ways that made them #1 is now bringing them down. The Community Counselor's seem to mostly be from the company years ago and haven't moved on. That brought the new employees, younger employees, something of a wall to hit. they were not embracing change and letting the change affect the company. Advancement is none, this is a company that works on part-time only positions for people looking to spend some free time during their retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Bring new life into the company. Embrace change and let the new processes take time to take effect. Let management filter down instead of staying back in the corporate offices. The minute the forces on the ground feel like they are being supported, more progress will result.


  7. Community Counselors

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Au Pair in America as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    As a contractor there's freedom from having to work a straight 9-5 schedule Event and meeting planning `for program participants affords many areas to be creative. Required meetings can be scheduled during traditional non business hours

    Cons

    Low pay with no merit raises Detachment from upper management - Departing contractors must alert colleagues and other business contacts. No acknowledgement of staff departure. Office and out -of -office- cliques. Management favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Merit raises and/or bonuses. Acknowledgement of staff. Less cronyism.


  8. Great company--values/respects their employees as well as the au pairs

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Au Pair in America as a contractor (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great part-time, work from home opportunities opportunities for career growth company is great about promoting from within great conferences both domestically and internationally are part of the company benefit

    Cons

    would be great if they considered a discount for an au pair to their local representatives.


  9. Reality : your just a cleaning lady and the agency don't care about u

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    Former Contractor - Au Pair in Baltimore, MD
    Former Contractor - Au Pair in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Au Pair in America as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Your able to travel a little bit

    Cons

    As soon as your in america the au pair agency doesn't care about u. The host family just uses u by making u work over hours, makes u clean the house uses u in your free time, ..........don't be live all the stuff the agency tells u. The host family's paying higher fees to the agency then the au pairs so they care more about the host family then you. They will replace u with an new au pair and sent u back on your own expense!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Nothing to say about that


  10. It is being one of the best experiences of my life

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    Current Employee - Au Pair in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Au Pair in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Au Pair in America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work in the US. Get to meet lots of new people. Get to take care of beautiful and nice children that will love you as a family member. Get to know American culture.

    Cons

    Sometimes you miss your family and friends back in home, but other than that, I don't see any more cons.


  11. Helpful (1)

    The experience overall teaches you how to learn living far from home and to be responsible for another human life

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    Former Employee - Au Pair in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Au Pair in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Au Pair in America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - This experience opened my mind to other cultures, not just the american - Teached me how to live with a different family with different rules and different habits. - Increased my sense of responsibility since another human being was dependant on my work. - Offered me the opportunity to assist to schools that normally would have being very costly to attend - Gave me the chance to travel to many places and cities - I have met very interesting people, made friends and learn from others situations

    Cons

    - It is very easy to get misunderstandings with your host family when you don´t have a good communication. - It is practically a matter of "good luck" whether you get a nice family since you never know how things can turn out after a while with the family you chose to live with

    Advice to Management

    a way to avoid misunderstandings between the au pair and the family is to have a closer relation between the person responsible of the area with the au pairs to serve as conciliator between this two parties before misunderstandings arise.



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