La Petite Academy

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La Petite Academy Reviews

Updated December 15, 2014
Updated December 15, 2014
94 Reviews
2.6
94 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
  • very low pay for the amount of experience (in 8 reviews)

  • 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)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at La Petite Academy

    Pros

    great co workers
    loved my babies

    Cons

    pay sucks
    always understaffed
    management is unorganized and horrible communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be organized

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great family atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Toddler Teacher in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Toddler Teacher in Orlando, FL

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

    Pros

    -great family atmosphere
    -the curriculum
    -great support from staff

    Cons

    -very low pay for the amount of experience
    -very very understaff, consistently left out of ratios

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Just hire more people and pay more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    It could be better

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    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
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    North Carolina can't hold onto great directors, much less grat teachers

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at La Petite Academy

    Pros

    It used to be a high quality operation in NC, but has gone so far downhill in recent years they may never recover.

    Cons

    The management and teacher turnover is horribly out of control. Starting pay for both gets lower year after year. Upper level management turnover is at one of the highest rates in10 years. Centers are dirty, getting ripped apart from the state and health departments and rightfully so. Ratios are packed to the max and then some meaning over ratio every day but tuition is outrageously high and degreed teachers are paid the same as high school fast food workers. Don't EVEN think of working at La Petite. They will suck you in with promises of excellent benefits and flexible scheduling and annual raises and a FUN loving working environment. But it is all lies. RUN FAST and FAR from this company. Please don't give up your minimum wage job for the false promises of advancement and benefits here. You will regret it
     Especially if you need to go to the bathroom just once in 8 hours. Bathroom breaks for teachers are not allowed while working unless you have a dire emergency need and then expect to wait at least 30 minutes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read reviews. Listen to the real employees in the field who are nothing more than faceless numbers to corporate. Hire high quality veteran directors who know what they are getting into and how to cope with the stress of this job. Pay teachers a wage they can survive on.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Teacher

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at La Petite Academy

    Pros

    The kids are amazing and

    Cons

    Hours hours hours hours hours

  7. 2 people 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

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    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,

  9.  

    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
  10.  

    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
  11. 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

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