Kindercare Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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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. Great company to work for at least in Maryland.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Assistant Director in Baltimore, MD

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

    Pros

    Benefits, hours, flexibility, great staff, family like atmosphere

    Cons

    The Salary, and labor hours for all center staff need improvement, but that is all child care not just kinder care and all knowledge universe centers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give us more labor hours per child enrolled, children stay longer then 8 hours a day...need assistant directors to be salary so they don't take hours from staff, and cooks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. I am frustrated with this employer waiting for my raise

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Stoneham, MA
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Stoneham, MA

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Pros

    The hours and location are convenitant for my needs.

    Cons

    Pay scale is low. Move children around often never know which room you will be in. There health policy is not enforced ill children allowed to stay and return too soon.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Learning adventures teacher/floater teacher. Have been working through KinderCare for almost 10 years.

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    Current Employee - Learning Adventures Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Learning Adventures Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Pros

    Some of the parents are actually caring and appreciative.
    You always get weekends off.
    There are two professional development days per year.

    Cons

    Parents are customers.
    Customers are valued more than teachers.
    Low pay/not enough pay raises (only two in 8 years I've worked here).
    Will make you take a slightly longer lunch if they expect you to work more than eight hours, so they don't won't actually have to pay for overtime hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fight for your teachers. Many times parents have issues and management always takes the side of parents (money) rather than support its teachers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. They were all about the $$$

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    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Darien, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Darien, IL

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The schedule was fairly flexible. I usually did not have an issue taking time off if needed with advanced notice.

    Cons

    8 hour training days were not payed. Money was never put back into the center. Management would leave the center short staffed. Caregivers were left over-ratio many times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees should be given a voice, rather than looked at as replaceable. Center directors should not play favorites with children and their families.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. The management is supportive of the employees.

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher

    I worked at Kindercare

    Pros

    Benefits offered and willing to work with school schedule.

    Cons

    Have to follow certain curriculum which is challenging at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the teachers have more freedom with curriculum.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. great opportunity

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    Current Employee - School Age Teacher in Henrico, VA
    Current Employee - School Age Teacher in Henrico, VA

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Pros

    management, access to resources and materials,

    Cons

    the students are the focus, and I'm not so sensitive that I can't dismiss issues or negativity to do my job and focus on student growth and success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. I was the early morning teacher from 6-2.

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Cedar Rapids, IA

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

    Pros

    Easy job
    Some good kids
    It was really nice to be the first one to go home.

    Cons

    There were a lot of boring days due to few kids in at six am. I would just wait around until seven almost dIly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer better incentives to stay long term. EducTion or tuition would be great.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. Cool work environment

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Milwaukee, WI
    Current Employee - Teacher in Milwaukee, WI

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

    Pros

    They provide a Comfortable work environment

    Cons

    No break room...Need more PTO

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more paid time off

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Does not do what they say do.

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    Current Employee - Center Director in Sacramento, CA
    Current Employee - Center Director in Sacramento, CA

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

    Pros

    Hard working teachers, opportunities for advancement. Will pay for you to get a BA degree. The company is great, but the region I was in was terrible.

    Cons

    Does not clean facilities daily, says one thing and does another.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Restructure the way you calculate labor. FTEs do not equal the number of teachers you need for licensing compliance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great center to work at!!!!

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Morgan Hill, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Morgan Hill, CA

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Pros

    I have worked at several childcare centers in the past years, and this is the best so far in all areas of employment. I feel valued as a teacher, I feel that management listens to what I have to say, and actively communicates with me. I truly appreciate that I get coached in certain areas to allow me to grow as a teacher. This company has a lot of great policies in place that I never had in my previous jobs, so it's been a learning experience, and a great one for me being new to the company. All my coworkers are great, I really feel that we all work well as a team. I love the children under my care and enjoy partnering with the parents about their child's education and well being.

    Cons

    When I first started there was some negativity, it just takes one to stir up the pot. That was a little hard being new, to hear someone being so negative about others and the company, but that person is gone now, and everyone is doing so well working together.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I appreciate your patience with so many different personalities to manage, and the fact that I feel I'm valued as an employee, makes me want to go to work and do my job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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