Kindercare Reviews

Updated May 1, 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

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    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. 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)

    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    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

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

    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 Management

    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.

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  5. Loved it here!

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Hoover, AL
    Former Employee - Teacher in Hoover, AL

    I worked at Kindercare

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

    Pros

    The family environment and the educational values out forth really meant a lot to me as an educator and parent.

    Cons

    I have no cons about this place.

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice to management.

  6. KinderCare

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    friendly co workers and director
    great pay
    room for personal growth

    Cons

    I have only been working here for a short amount of time but so far I have no complaints.

    Advice to Management

    They do a wonderful job making us feel safe and happy

  7. Helpful (1)

    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

  8. 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 (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Child care discount, autonomy, resources, support, benefits

    Cons

    The only challenges were the ones that are industry wide.

    Advice to Management

    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!

  9. Amazing

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    Current Employee - Co Lead Teacher in Sterling, VA
    Current Employee - Co Lead Teacher in Sterling, VA

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

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

    Pros

    Great kids, co-workers, mgt, good pay, fun environment

    Cons

    switching your schedule some days. For instance, I usually worked from 9-6 but sometimes I would have to pull a different shift.

    Advice to Management

    Consider paying lead teachers a bit more. Especially, since they are writing lesson plans.

  10. Fun

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher I
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher I

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

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

    Pros

    The children's genuineness and willingness to learn.

    Cons

    Time management, consistency. Dramatics from time to time

  11. Helpful (1)

    Solid company, but lacks focus on what's important.

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Kansas City, MO
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Kansas City, MO

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible scheduling, school setting, and loving, nurturing learning environment.

    Cons

    Gossip, favoritism, new polices that are not realistic, corporate people visit and don't even acknowledge you

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone equal, properly train new employees, do not throw in a classroom and expect them to learn the correct way of performing their job.

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