Kindercare Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Empty promises

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Toddler Teacher in Marietta, GA
    Former Employee - Toddler Teacher in Marietta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They provide your curriculum. Great yearly training meeting. You will get your 10 bright from the start hours in one day.

    Cons

    A lot of turnover, even in management. You won't get your promised hours.

    Advice to Management

    Train and pick your management better


  2. Great Place to work, low pay

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competent director, nice staff, wonderful children and families.

    Cons

    Like most day cares low pay and long hours was a turn off.

    Advice to Management

    na


  3. What a Joke

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time

    Pros

    At the NSC, pays well, generally good work life/balance, until recently I liked my job, most of the people are very nice and friendly

    Cons

    My team's terrible; HR, while smiling, is incompetent as seem to be most upper managers, we have sales people who know nothing about sales, operations people who can't manage others and just a ton of finger pointing and backstabbing to gain a favorable position. Basically everyone's busy worrying over something minor while ignoring the red ink they're getting ready to bleed, cause for all the "due diligence" and "analysis" done, there are contracts signed that should never have happened. But hey, we're all talking in jargon and buzz words, so we MUST be "world class", right? What's especially laughable is how we're supposed to pretend that running daycare and after school programs (really not that different from what a stay at home mommy looking for extra income would do) for big profits is somehow "educational" and a higher calling. Also, it isn't 1983 anymore, stop relying on methods that were popular then

    Advice to Management

    It's fine that we're for-profit, just stop pretending. The rest of the world isn't fooled by our empty mission. Also, hire people who actually know what they're doing, especially in upper management


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  5. Preschool Teacher

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I get to work with some great people and have a tight nit community. Also seeing children learn.

    Cons

    The schedule is determined on the enrollment and therefore it varies week to week and the hours during the day depend on children as well.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Pre school teacher

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good training. Lots of staff training for teachers and mgmt. Close by, lots of locations. Yearly reviews with salary increase

    Cons

    Tough schedule, I had a lot of responsibility. There were a lot of corporate policies that everyone had to follow.


  7. center director

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Kindercare full-time

    Pros

    kids were great all the time

    Cons

    management unprofessional and always cutting back on staff hours


  8. Helpful (1)

    preschool teacher

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher in Canyon Country, CA
    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher in Canyon Country, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kindercare (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    full time hours, benefits offered, vacation pay

    Cons

    salary per hour, not enough holidays off, hard to get time off when needed

    Advice to Management

    listen to your workers, be helpful and understanding


  9. Great people but lousy management!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Support Staff in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kindercare part-time

    Pros

    The staff are great to work with, the kids, the director does fight for the staff and things that we deserve like raises.

    Cons

    Long hours, misbehaved children, switching kids around for ratio purposes, low pay, no growing with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your staff better and get better health insurance packages then some of your teachers might stay.


  10. Lead

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Tualatin, OR
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Tualatin, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good co-workers, awesome families. Will let you have a day off if you need it.

    Cons

    lack of communication, broken promises. dirty.

    Advice to Management

    listen to your employees


  11. Avoid This Place, There are much better organizations to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As an assistant teacher I would move around to a lot of different classrooms and I can say that I enjoyed working with all the other teachers. I felt bad for the lead teachers because their efforts really aren't rewarded. i loved the children I worked with and their families. That was the only reason I stayed as long as I did.

    Cons

    Kindercare does not value the health of the classrooms they have nor what is best for individual children. They care about their bottom line and are willing to stuff in as many kids as they can into a room to make a profit. Within the organization there is very little opportunity for advancement. They don't give raises in pay and they will do everything in their power so you don't reach 40 hours in a week so you don't receive benefits. I have seen children with special needs enrolled into high volume classrooms. I have seen the horrific effect this has on the other students, but especially on these children who need special attention.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good hard look at what you're doing .Look at the list of values you post in every location. In my humble opinion you are not living up to any of them and a lot of children are being effected. If In the end if it's all about money then at least compensate your staff better.



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