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Good company to work for... if you have a good owner

Assistant Teacher (Former Employee)

ProsHigh standards - the corporate office really cares about the quality of education they are providing, clean environment - team environment - great families

ConsSince they are a franchised company - the owners make all the difference in a good school or a terrible one. Goddard corporate does have a quality assurance program to make sure kids are getting the care they need but not every school tries to follow Goddard ratios when QA isn't there and some states have much higher ratios!

The 1st Goddard I worked out was a wonderful school - of course the teachers there had complaints - but they were relatively small compared to what I experienced later. I love my job at this Goddard, the directors and owner/on site operator all had years of experience in the classroom and really tried to help teachers work through anything is they were having a hard time with. The staff was great (everyone didn't get along all of the time but I don't think that possible in a building full of women) .

I loved that job so much I sought out a Goddard to work at when I moved to another state. This 2nd Goddard was an entirely different animal than the first! The owners did not have a background in education but wanted to be involved in the daily operation. Goddard has a philosophy of learning through play - we are supposed to provide materials and allow the children to freely explore them with some group time during the day. This owner couldn't stand to walk past a room and have it be loud or messy. When you allow 1-3 year olds to freely explore their environment it is going to be loud...it is going to be messy. This owner didn't care for the Goddard philosophy she wanted to see mostly group time with a little bit of play. She wanted to walk by the rooms and hear what she thought learning sounded like and see what see thought it looked it - kids sitting around their teacher, eyes peeled on her and the teacher singing - or reading a book. Some of these kids are there from 6:30- 6:00 they are not going to sit and listen all day! They also didn't always follow Goddard ratios so we were expected to maintain the orderly school appearance she wanted with more kids than Goddard recommends per teacher. No one has happy there.

This school had a high turnover ratio for teachers and directors.

Advice to Senior ManagementI suggest conducting anonymous surveys with staff to see how effective your franchisees are.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work and grwo

    Director (Current Employee) Florence, KY

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


    Pros: Lots of support from corporate office. Cons: Some of the staff can be difficult to work with… Advice to Senior Management: Set clear expectations and follow through to earn respect. Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company… More
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    Do not pay well

    Lead Teacher (Former Employee) Collierville, TN

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time for more than a year


    Pros: The director and office managers are wonderful. Cons: They overcharge the parents and under pay the staff. They cannot keep staff long-term… Advice to Senior Management: Let the director run the business No, I would not recommend this company to a friend More
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