Knowledge Universe

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Knowledge Universe Reviews

Updated February 7, 2015
Updated February 7, 2015
108 Reviews
2.7
108 Reviews
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Tom Wyatt
48 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great child care discount, passionate co-workers, renewed focus on customer experience and employee engagement (in 7 reviews)

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


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

  • Upper management uses bad business ethics to solve problems (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Possibly the Best Place I've EVER Worked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Portland, OR

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

    Pros

    Good salary, job isn't all that hard, great culture, really nice people, lots of perks, you leave job at 5PM and are done, employees are valued and made to feel special. It isn't IF I'd recommend working here to friends, I already have!

    I love my job and I love working here

    Cons

    Maybe a bit more PTO and insurance could be better

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually, considering how open you've been (I met with Tom Wyatt for over half an hour, 1 on 1 and I'm a middle manager when I started) NOTHING!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Neutral Review

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Knowledge Universe

    Pros

    Great childcare subsidy if you have children and you are grandfathered in before the reduction in 2013.

    Cons

    Salaries tend to be lower than the market demand for mid-range to lower level employees. The wages tend to be higher for Director and above.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Healthcare coverage and costs should have a much closer look.

  3.  

    Working here is rewarding yet stressful.

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

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

    Pros

    Being a positive role model for children and watching them grow into young adults is the true reward. Also, knowing you are making a difference in the lives of many is priceless.

    Cons

    Having to do more than you should...wearing many hats and expected to run the facility on your own. Not a lot of positive reinforcement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better pay, more staff to help run a better program.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Basic, boring, not good childcare

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Site Teacher
    Current Employee - Site Teacher

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

    Pros

    Children usually have fun.
    Gives parents a place to bring their children before, during and after school or work.
    Teachers need to have qualifications and upkeep their education.

    Cons

    Most of what's shown is just to keep appearances with licensing and standards.
    Not as into what the children want or need.
    Just because someone is "qualified" doesn't mean they'll be a good child care provider or director.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start caring about the children.
    Change the required themes or start letting teachers make choices.
    Stop being so cookie cutter and dumbing things down. If the teachers are qualified and capable, things shouldn't need to be so dumbed down and should be able to be changed per the children's wants, needs and interests.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Teacher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Knowledge Universe

    Pros

    Great director at the center.

    Cons

    Terrible consistincy overall for teaches and kids.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make preschool and up teachers sign contract

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Loved this company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Continuing Education Instructor in Keller, TX
    Former Employee - Continuing Education Instructor in Keller, TX

    I worked at Knowledge Universe part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great training, good pay, amazing leadership

    Cons

    Could pay a little more

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Company - Great Mission

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

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

    Pros

    I enjoy making an impact on the children of the next generation. The education that KU children receive is outstanding. I believe in the leadership and proud to be a member of the KU team.

    Cons

    The are Cons in any Company. Look for the bad and you'll find it. Focus on the good, and you'll find it. I focus on the latter. For those that focus on the former, go work for Bright Horizons.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the the furlough and revisit PTO policy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    OK Company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Knowledge Universe

    Pros

    I have worked for KinderCare for over 10 years. Over the years, there have been many changes, most for better. Employee and family engagement is a top priority by senior leaders.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations are placed on the leaders of the centers given the the amount of labor dollars allotted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend a full week shadowing a center director to truly understand what this position entails. It is not the same as running a retail store.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Been working here for 4 months as s preK teacher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pre K Teacher in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Pre K Teacher in Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Knowledge Universe

    Pros

    The staff at center are very caring and friendly. Center managers are very flexible with work family.balance.

    Cons

    The pay is low for amount of work put in each day. Also they count and deduct every minute. If you leave @ 555 they dock from pay. Adds up during week

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay employees more for time and effort with children.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    I'll miss the kids

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Tigard, OR
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Tigard, OR

    I worked at Knowledge Universe

    Pros

    The kids. I loved their personalities and how individual they were/are

    Cons

    Obviously the Center Director picks people she personally likes outside of the workforce. Her child was in my class and was a terror to other kids. She was actually proud her child hit another child and bragged about it. She also did not give medication to 2 children who needed daily antibiotics. The almost full bottles got thrown away. Not a smart director who eats PB IN A nut free center!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Someone needs to replace this director. Kids first, not money or the browness of your nose for kissing the parents... Well you know.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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