Knowledge Universe

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Knowledge Universe Reviews

Updated September 6, 2014
Updated September 6, 2014
85 Reviews
2.3
85 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Better than average work/life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Child care discount, flex schedule (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • No raises for three years running (in 6 reviews)

  • benefits, time off, pay, work/life balance, employee appreciation (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    So much change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Love the environments, staff,families I work with.

    Cons

    So much change in upper managements, and no perks for getting more education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please allow people to get a raise when they finish their degrees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Within corporate accounting there is a clique group and constant change at the executive level

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Knowledge Universe

    Pros

    I worked with a few down to earth honest people at KU. My time there started off great but quickly turned.

    Cons

    As my title states, there is a core clique group within corporate accounting. There are individuals who get promoted who simply should not. Very unprofessional behavior that goes on. If you want to work with true professionals in the accounting field, you don't want to work here.

    There is constant change at the executive level. Very unstable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just give a promotion to someone without looking at who they really are. Yes, there are some smart individuals who know their skill well, but their personality and behavior is unquestionably rotten and worthy of being fired.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of flash at the top, but no real movement downstream

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Knowledge Universe full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Schedules are decent. No nights, no weekends

    Cons

    Lots of noise in the workplace. Lots of talk but little real action. Lower than normal wages from Regional Level down when compared to other industries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less talk and more walk. There's not been any real improvement made in the quality of life for the majority of front-line employees. Let's face it, the ability to wear jeans to work isn't exactly going to make KU the employer of choice.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lack of Support

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Teacher  in  Riverside, CA
    Current Employee - Site Teacher in Riverside, CA

    I have been working at Knowledge Universe full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Staff are friendly and easy to work with.

    Cons

    Lack of support from management. Not enough traing for the job you are to accomplish with the kids. Also turn over is high, Never know when people are coming or going from the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be more aware of the staff needs instead of the dollar.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Run by idiots.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Knowledge Universe

    Pros

    Most teachers are fantastic but it's pretty clear the ones that are just warm bodies. Some directors are great but they come and go so quickly.

    Cons

    This field has a high turn over rate anyway but Knowledge Universe is really bad. It seems pretty obvious there is too much pressure and not enough salary. Their trainings for new hires are a joke and most staff/CD's can't even complete them due to lack of staff.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pull your heads out of your butts. Pay people and maybe families won't leave. Parents don't keep their kids enrolled in these centers because of you, it's the teachers and staff. And those people are sick of your BS. You're going to have a strike on your hands if you don't change your glutinous ways.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Negative experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Knowledge Universe full-time

    Pros

    Families and children watching children learn and grow.

    Cons

    High staff turnover, negative upper management not much support and very demanding all about the money, low teacher pay, 12 hour days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Integrity, follow philosophy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    No job security. They have your replacement trained and ready before they let you go and you know it!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Knowledge Universe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Working with children and providing an education to young children. It's an exciting time of growth and development.

    Cons

    A lot of pressure to perform. Cleaning company only come 2 to 3 days per week and staff are expected to do more then the day to day cleaning of toys etc. Mopping floors and taking out trash etc is a lot when you have children in your care at the same time. Also, stress in management burns out good Directors. No promotions from within!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend the money on cleaning company and maintenance so that the teachers and Director and focus on the children and families. Make your buildings look like the price you charge. More staff development in areas they need it not what corp. thinks you need. Cheaper benefits for low wage employees. Reduce stress levels in staff and management/

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Better the lower position you're in

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Director  in  Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Site Director in Boston, MA

    I have been working at Knowledge Universe full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The children make the job worth it

    Cons

    Upper management is always changing. There is no stability. They are very money focused As opposed to keeping employees happy. Lots of work is done off the clock. Too much pressure is put on directors to relieve dms

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people who will last in DM and rm positions. Pay your employees for their work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Powerful mission, frustrating employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Director in Portland, OR

    I worked at Knowledge Universe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    It's hard to top the mission of educating children, and employees lean on this motivation daily. It's what bonds the company. The company has been and is becoming more active in the Portland community. Lots of nice people who care about what they do.

    Cons

    Constant hirings and firings, changes in leadership, shifting priorities, and turmoil. An environment where you're always looking over your shoulder and reading tea leaves. Executive management also operates in this environment because of the ownership structure and the board composition, which makes the situation more or less permanent.

    Before you pursue a position, find some people you trust inside the company to get a sense for the team you're joining and where it's headed.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Snohomish
    Current Employee - Snohomish

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

    Pros

    Pros: friendly staff, nice kids. Close to my home. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Cons: No good payment, you have to clock in and clock out during the day avoiding extra time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cleaning the classroom after meals and after the work!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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