La Petite Academy

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La Petite Academy Reviews

Updated October 27, 2014
Updated October 27, 2014
90 Reviews
2.6
90 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Benefits for full-time employees (in 5 reviews)

  • Career growth potential, working with dedicated people who truly care about children and educating them, making a difference in children's lives (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • pay is on the low side of any scale for any state, benefits are ok after the first year of full time work (in 7 reviews)

  • Low pay, poor management, no growth opportunity (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    It could be better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher

    I have been working at La Petite Academy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Weekends off, holidays off, flexible scheduling, free meals

    Cons

    understaffed, lots of work for not enough pay, low wages, under trained management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management seems to have little to no training on how to be professional and mature in the work place. So much gossiping, taking sides, bullying, rude comments, snapping at employees, etc. I barely ever receive any compliments or appreciation whatsoever from management. The way they address things sometimes is extremely immature and unprofessional.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Do not work there

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at La Petite Academy

    Pros

    school is clean and lots of supplies

    Cons

    it is run like a company and not a school. They will close down a room 10 am and send home the teacher if they can save a few bucks

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    think about your teachers

  3.  

    its not worth it

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at La Petite Academy

    Pros

    the kids are very loving....sometimes.

    Cons

    inconsistent work schedule, no appreciation,

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good reputation, bad reality for teachers.

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at La Petite Academy full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    It looks good on a resume. Benefits for full time workers. My pay is decent (although I have heard complaints that some teachers get paid terribly.)

    Cons

    Management picks on employees and cares way too much about gossip. They will call an employee in to the office just to tell him or her that another employee said this or that about them. They have made several workers cry. The schedule for teachers (lead or assistant) is inconsistent. One day I might go in at 8:30 and the next day at 10:00 and I am a full time Lead teacher!! They will not stand up for you if a parent complains about you. All they care about is money and enrollments.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees right...compliment them every once in a while. Support them and choose to believe the best of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    My experience as far as compensation was tolerable and as far as educational, it was very rewarding.

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Chalfont, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Chalfont, PA

    I worked at La Petite Academy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I loved that they had a through curriculum to teach from!

    Cons

    Compensation wasn't good for the work the teachers were doing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Teachers will stay if the pay is better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    La Petite Academy more for money not people!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Early Preschool Teacher in Stafford, VA
    Former Employee - Early Preschool Teacher in Stafford, VA

    I worked at La Petite Academy full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Hours are good, kids are awesome, flexible to get time out.

    Cons

    Schedule always changes, pay is so little, one day it's Ok to do things next it's not. They go with what best suites their needs at the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make permanent schedules, so we are not guessing what we are going to do through our the day!

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

    Director over whole center staff and children.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Director in Wichita, KS

    I worked at La Petite Academy full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people and children are fun to help and watch them learn.

    Cons

    The people and children van be challenging at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Did a good job.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    North Carolina Centers declining in quality, can't hire or retain talented managers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at La Petite Academy

    Pros

    Most of the time the parents and co-workers were great.

    Cons

    The company, at least in North Carolina, has lost site of an important part of what makes a center thrive, and that's the director. In terms last few years they have lost many long-term, highly talented directors due to the demands placed upon them, and the lack of ability to hire and retain teachers due to the lowering of pay. They have been replacing strong, passionate, skilled and highly experienced directors with very young and/or inexperienced directors who are not ready to handle such stressful, demanding, high volume work. It has become increasingly difficult to hire and retain quality teachers with the very outdated pay scales that are nowhere near competitive. Pay what people what is more competitive with the industry and do not fear hiring educated, skilled, highly experienced directors and teachers and things will turn around for the better. Especially here in NC where our management turnover rate used to be low and centers benefited from experienced directors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just see the above. Listen to your experienced people and not just your new and/or not-so-great regionals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    it was a very stressful environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Daycare Teacher in Olathe, KS
    Former Employee - Daycare Teacher in Olathe, KS

    I worked at La Petite Academy part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people I worked with were really sweet and caring

    Cons

    There were to many children to teacher ratio issues and there was no on the job training, they just threw me in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train your employees for a week, give them support, help them out.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Ok company...can excel if you are in for the long haul

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at La Petite Academy

    Pros

    kids, good lesson planning, in charge of your own classroom

    Cons

    pay is on the low side of any scale for any state, benefits are ok after the first year of full time work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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