Kindercare Reviews

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
188 Reviews
2.3
188 Reviews
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Kindercare CEO Elanna S. Yalow
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's a joy working with children and creating relationships with families (in 9 reviews)

  • Great families and children, very rewarding to watch the children grow (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover rate of teachers due to low pay (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Average childcare

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Pay is decent, corporate emphasis on education, benefits package is ok, staff seem to really care about each other

    Cons

    Too much time spent on watching hours and not enough on training teachers, more of a child care service than a school

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You get out what you're willing to put in. Give teachers more time to prep and do their jobs well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    OK experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Center Director
    Current Employee - Assistant Center Director

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people, able to bring my child with me to work

    Cons

    Disorganized, poor training, low employee morale

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Loved working at KinderCare, left only due to relocation

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    Former Employee - Center Director  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Center Director in Houston, TX

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Child care discount, autonomy, resources, support, benefits

    Cons

    The only challenges were the ones that are industry wide.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I loved how much flexibility and autonomy was extended to directors, and therefore could be extended to staff. If centers were performing well good things came to you. I am with Bright Horizons now and I regret there are no KinderCare centers in my area; KinderCare was by far a superior place to work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    The teachers and students are the reason Kindercare still stands.

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher  in  Lisle, IL
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Lisle, IL

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It is a good place to work if you have the passion to teach and over look the lack of respect from center director.
    Company is supposed to be family oriented but that only relates to paying families.

    Cons

    Management have no regards for their staffs and no opportunity for growth. There is always a high rate for turn over due to lack of enough hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate your teachers because they give a lot to their students and are not paid enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Horrible

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Pros

    Children and employee are great

    Cons

    No raise fastest boss no hours

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Needs help

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Love the kids
    Guaranteed a laugh once a day

    Cons

    Not enough support or training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the place as a stepping stone for people and not a lifetime career if you are not paying the teacher correctly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    KinderCare doesn't care

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    Former Employee - Infant Teacher  in  Columbus, OH
    Former Employee - Infant Teacher in Columbus, OH

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I loved working with the kids

    Cons

    the kids are the best part of everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need better leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Negative experience in almost every way

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    Former Employee - Co-Teacher  in  Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Co-Teacher in Eden Prairie, MN

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Enjoyed getting to know the children and some staff

    Cons

    - Lack of sufficient training, incompetent director with no child care/Early Childhood training who was often absent
    - Staff who purposely ignored health/cleaning standards (had one staff member tell me (in reference to cleanliness checklist) to "just check it off because they don't really check it"
    - Co-teacher hit a child and I reported her. After being questioned several times about whether I was sure about what I had witnessed, she was fired only to receive a positive reference from the director
    - Children and teachers are shuffled from room to room all day long, making it very difficult for to maintain structure in the classroom
    - Staff was very cliquey and unfriendly

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive about visiting centers. Higher pay will lead to higher quality staff who truly care about their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Embarrassed to work here. Looking for a way out. No way to enhance children's lives given corporate interests.

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    Current Employee - Center Director  in  Detroit, MI
    Current Employee - Center Director in Detroit, MI

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits, support of risk management for numerous litigation issues.

    Cons

    Focus on income, even at expense of children's safety and quality of care/education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. It's for-profit. I get it. Advice to educators- seek a non-profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Not much caring in Kindercare

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Fairfax, VA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Fairfax, VA

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    On paper, their values are in the right place. Benefits and time-off policies are average. Staff get a discount for the care of their children, albeit a small one.

    Cons

    They don't practice what they preach and don't follow through on their values and goals. Work ethic and atmosphere are extremely director-dependent. Very low pay. High turnover among teachers. Aside from assistant teachers becoming lead teachers, there is not much room for personal growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company values should be implemented more strictly. Measures to prevent such high staff turnover should be considered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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