Kindercare

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Not the best company to work for

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  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - School Age Teacher in Issaquah, WA
Current Employee - School Age Teacher in Issaquah, WA

I have been working at Kindercare full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Friendly co-workers, OK management (I've had worse), and great families.

Cons

They cut hours as soon as the kid count drops, terrible communication skills, (corporate) doesn't seem to care that much about their workers, you have to pull an arm and a leg to get a raise (took me three years). They say one thing and do another, make you pay for your own background check, doesn't keep center buildings up to date. Directors get to go on fun paid vacations and leave the teachers to work their butts off with not extra help.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Learn communication skills, be there for your employees.

Doesn't Recommend
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 5 people found this helpful  

    Only Cares About Money

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    Current Employee - Twos Teacher in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Twos Teacher in Tulsa, OK

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They are paying for me to get my Childhood Development Associate.

    Cons

    Where should I start?

    There is so much disconnect between what happens in the classroom and the decisions corporate makes that running a classroom as it should becomes very difficult.

    They want you do do curriculum but they don't want to pay for supplies.

    They want you do follow all kinds of ridiculous policies and do all kinds of little things that don't make sense. If you keep up with all those things it makes it hard to actually get things done for the kids. You can not have any overtime yet they don't give you any planning period. The only downtime is nap time but you have an endless list of things to accomplish it's impossible to get everything done.

    The center directors are awful about favoritism. If there are complaints about a teacher's attitude towards the kids & parents it will be ignored because the teacher is friends with the director.

    They spend a lot of money on promotional items that the parents just throw away. It's like the company will spend money on everything but their teachers.

    I could go on and on but there is no point. A lot has changed in the 5 years I've worked for the company but things keep getting worse. I would quit but then they would stop paying for my CDA classes and I can't afford that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop spending money on pointless things and invest in your teachers. Giving them adequate raises will make them happier and will help them put time and effort back into the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    First Out of College Teaching Position and the Worst Job

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher II (3 5-4 5 Years Old) in East Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher II (3 5-4 5 Years Old) in East Brunswick, NJ

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Got to make a difference in children's lives. Met an amazing group of children. First Teaching Job to land

    Cons

    Everything else. The center was understaffed almost everyday. I was in the class of 3.5-4.5 years old where the ration is 1:10. So often they would push the kids on me. I would usually have 11 to 12 in the class. And my center director would tell me that I’m fine. Yet the teacher next door had the same ratio and she couldn’t possibly be over 10 or it would be the end of the world. What is this discrimination? There was definitely favoritism in this place. They drastically dropped my hours one month. The center Director said that she was over on labor hours, as her reason. My shift went from 8 hours per day to 4-5 hours. Yet other staff were getting full shifts. What is this? You say you’re short on hours but yet you have to give full shifts to others. Please give me a break. The Kindergarten teacher whose ratio is 1:15 only had 4 students in her class and she had full work days. In the meantime I have a full class and my hours get cut. I am not going to be like the Kindergarten teacher who kisses behinds by spending her lunch breaks in the Directors Office. No thanks I have better things to do. And when I tried to reach out to Corporation on issues it was impossible to reach them. They do not have a direct phone number or email for Human Resources and anyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start seeing what working with children really means. It is not pushing the kids around in classrooms just to save money.And pushing the children on teachers; putting them over ratio. Just to save money. You obviously don't care about the children.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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