Kindercare Reviews

Updated April 19, 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. Teacher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Fremont, CA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with children and having a positive impact

    Cons

    insurance isnt great, low pay, challenging parents

    Advice to Management

    manage was good, pushed for more hours

  2. Easy to get lots of hours, but the pay isn't the best

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Aide in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Aide in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Working with kids, they pay for school, lots of hours if you want them.

    Cons

    Working with kids, schedule is never final, pay is pretty bad for how hard we work.

    Advice to Management

    Pay us more this is not an easy job. I won't be around much longer when I could go anywhere else and get a substantial pay increase.

  3. Teacher

    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Redmond, WA

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

    Pros

    Very nice place to start up your career

    Cons

    The pay isn't very well. A lot to do.

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  5. Pleasant post-graduate experience, not lifetime opportunity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher I in Mahwah, NJ
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher I in Mahwah, NJ

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Tight knit group of coworkers, awesome director and assistant director, curriculum for each classroom to follow (this was awesome) flexibility in creating lesson plans, lots of resources (books, supplies, items). If you needed something or had a great idea, management was always willing to get these items even with a tight budget!

    They did provide benefits, but I didn't use them because I was still under a family members plan.

    Cons

    Having to deal with upper management. It seemed like every time the higher up regional people came, they wanted us to do something completely different with the kids, and it never seemed like it was based on anything related to education.

    If they were "in ratio," they would send teachers home, so you wouldn't get a full 40hr/week paycheck. My paychecks varied from me $100-200 less than full time because of this.

    Overtime - if they needed you to stay an extra hour, they would not pay overtime. Instead, they would give you a 2-hour lunch the next day or later in the week. Sometimes they would give 2 hour lunches to you EVERY WEEK just because they didn't have enough kids, but they needed a certain amount of teachers to work until 5, 6, or 7.

    Also - I was told I would get a raise after a year by the person who hired me. Then, after a year I was told they had "Frozen raises" for the past 5 years. I was not making enough money to stay there for longer. I would've loved to continue working there, but I needed to further my education to get into a field that I loved AND paid me enough to live on my own instead of with my parents for the rest of my life.

    Advice to Management

    It really wasn't the management in the schools fault. There really wasn't anything wrong with what they were doing, but they HAD to follow what the regional managers said we had to do. And they had to decrease hours to save money. They "weren't allowed to pay overtime" even though sometimes they needed people.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Center Director

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cente Director in Norman, OK
    Current Employee - Cente Director in Norman, OK

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company has an amazing vision and values

    Cons

    Vision and Values of company doesn't make it down to RVP's and lower management

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within to stay true to vision and values

  7. Great company to work for at least in Maryland.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    They choose money over people

    Former Employee - Center Director in Tampa, FL
    Former Employee - Center Director in Tampa, FL

    I worked at Kindercare

    Pros

    The children, families and staff

    Cons

    Upper management and corporate put stress and undue pressure on directors to cut costs where they are needed most, labor and educational supplies.

    Advice to Management

    You throw away good people in favor of an extra buck. It's the children who suffer for your greediness. Let your employees focus on the jobs they were hired to do and the money will come naturally.

  9. I am frustrated with this employer waiting for my raise

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Stoneham, MA
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Stoneham, MA

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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.

  10. Learning adventures teacher/floater teacher. Have been working through KinderCare for almost 10 years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Learning Adventures Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Learning Adventures Teacher in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. They were all about the $$$

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Darien, IL
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Darien, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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