Kindercare

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Kindercare Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
215 Reviews
2.2
215 Reviews
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Kindercare CEO Elanna S. Yalow
Elanna S. Yalow
56 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's a joy working with children and creating relationships with families (in 11 reviews)

  • Great families and children, very rewarding to watch the children grow (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover rate of teachers due to low pay (in 17 reviews)

  • Abusive Upper-Management especially at a regional level (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Is this the job for which I interviewed?

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good hourly wage compared to other schools in my area. Benefit package delivers well for the money. A variety oof classroom materials and outdoor space. Co-workers who treat children kindly and respectfully.

    Cons

    Constantly changing work hours-both in and out of the clasroom for which I was hired. Consumable educatiinal materials are in demand and scarce. Training on Kindercare procedures is cursory and confusing. Support that DM stated was available for special needs within the classroom is non-existant. Children shifted around several times a day to keep ratios maxed out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide which is priority...children and families or the bottom line.

  2.  

    Great co-workers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Virginia Beach, VA

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

    Pros

    Worked with great women
    Parents and children were great.

    Cons

    Never could get a sick day, made me come to work sick wit fever.
    A lot of favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show LOVE for all your employees not just a select few.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Overall ok

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

    I worked at Kindercare

    Pros

    Working with children and having a positive impact

    Cons

    insurance isnt great, low pay, challenging parents

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    manage was good, pushed for more hours

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Poor management support from District Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Center Director in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Center Director in Baltimore, MD

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Pros

    Get a chance to really see the operation of the business side.

    Cons

    Lack of upper management support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be proactive instead of being reactive.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Absolutely Terrible

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kindercare

    Pros

    Working with kids
    Above minimum wage

    Cons

    Poor management
    Too many kids per teacher
    Managers hate their job so they take it out on employees
    No respect for their teachers

  7.  

    Kindercare is a wonderful company.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher in Pike Creek Valley, DE
    Current Employee - Preschool Teacher in Pike Creek Valley, DE

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are good and they help you if you want to move up in the company.

    Cons

    The pay could be more. I have worked there for 10 years and only make 10 a hour.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    All the directors that I have worked with are nice and helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    More support Needed for Center Directors

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Center Director
    Current Employee - Center Director

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are lots of opportunities for growth with the company such as moving up from a teacher to management position or opportunities to work with the National Support Center. The children and families are wonderful and it is a great mix of being able to interact with children and be a manager. The company has a world-class curriculum developed by early childhood experts and the company is a huge advocate for advancements in early childhood education. Company is committed to providing high-quality care and achieving national accreditation. Company leadership is very inspiring and forward thinking. The company has good benefits for staff.

    Cons

    There is little to no support in recruiting of high-quality teachers. Centers often do not receive support when they are short staffed and are still expected to enroll more children even when they don't have the staff to support it. Center Directors and Assistant Directors are expected to work in classrooms when short on staff instead of using substitute companies for help. National Support Center departments do not seem to be educated on the realities of day to day operations in a center and don't seem to care about what goes on at the field level even though the field level is the way the company makes money. Even though the company leadership is very inspiring, their message and vision for the company does not seem to be getting executed in the field.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    KinderCare/Knowledge Universe needs to do more to support centers with recruiting of high-quality teachers and need to be willing to compensate accordingly for that quality. The company needs to allow centers to use reputable substitute teacher companies when short staffed so current teachers feel supported with consistent help and managers are able to do their jobs. Center Directors are not able to grow their businesses properly if they are in classrooms so often. The company needs to compensate employees better across the board. Center Directors have an enormous amount of responsibility and stress put on them and should be paid accordingly. Executive team needs to find a way to make sure their vision is getting executed in the field.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A good learning experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Center Director in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Center Director in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Something's that were good about working here are the kids and families you come to know, support & love. The company does a lot of lower level jobs promotion.

    Cons

    Some challenges are the wage, especially if you have a degree or certification, work hours during holidays & not receiving PTO until after a year of service.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better benefits, increase your hourly wages, appreciate your staff more & promote more for higher level positions from within as well as much as you do assistant & program specialist positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great job

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

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

    Pros

    Working with the kids in a great learning enviornment

    Cons

    Management did not offer enough breaks

  11.  

    Greedy Animals!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Center Director in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Center Director in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    None remain thanks to Knowledge Universe!! They turned an education company into a "lie to parents & staff to earn more $$!!" Organization.

    Cons

    Parents are lead to believe that their children need &/or will benefit from tutorials...it's all a ploy to rape them of more $! They no longer allow children to receive additional food for breakfast or lunch or snacks in an attempt to cut costs! They fire management for running child-centered/focused schools-instead they rather cut labor to the bare minimum & bump children btwn classes so there is no consistancy or ability to learn!!! Stay as far away from this company as possible - unless you are a mindless puppet that can be controled to be unethical!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about a shovelful of integrity?? Maybe a bucketful of ethics!?? How about just being honest?? Instead of terming employees based on lies & false documentation?? A multi-year director with a stellar record being written up 10 times in 6 weeks with "refused to sign" ECMs!!! I would NEVER trust them with my child or career!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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