La Petite Academy Reviews

Updated April 18, 2015
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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. Helpful (1)

    I felt like they tried to use me as much as they could and pay me the least amount possible.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at La Petite Academy

    Pros

    Kids are fun! The establishments are pretty nice.

    Cons

    I was technically part-time, but I was working full time hours without the benefits.

  2. A huge lack of Communication with low ability to provide Materials

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Most workers know team responsibility , parents are willing to give insight on their child's habits & abilities

    Cons

    Workers including management lack communication , wait time for materials blocks the learning activities for children, favoritism & high school environment most of the time

    Advice to Management

    Give us information needed such as children enrolled, when to expect materials asked, upcoming activities, etc.
    remove yourself from gossiping,
    treat every worker equally,
    follow rules and set positive examples
    give us more of an opportunity to advance

  3. Helpful (1)

    Love working with the kids, however there is little pay and little support for teachers.

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    Current Employee - School Age Teacher
    Current Employee - School Age Teacher

    I have been working at La Petite Academy part-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    I love the management at my center, friendly staff (most of them) and love working with the kids. Great starter career to get your foot in the door.

    Cons

    Not enough support when working with difficult children, teachers do not get paid nearly enough for what they do. Teachers also do not always get enough supplies that they need for the classrooms due to lack of money.

    Advice to Management

    pay raises and room for growth in the company.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    OK place to start your career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Aurora, CO
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Aurora, CO

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

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

    Pros

    Super place to start if just starting out in the business. If you have creativity in the classroom, this is the place to experiment

    Cons

    Pay is VERY low compared to other centers. Curriculum is OLD and outdated. Never any planning time. Management cannot lend valuable support. High turnover of staff. Never enough budget to get simple supplies. OLD buildings.

    Advice to Management

    We know there is a bottom line. Just be kinder to your staff! Give us some freebies to make us want to stay! Jeans day....free. Theme day for teacher....free. Being NICE.....free.

  6. Great place to work if you love children

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    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Midwest City, OK
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Midwest City, OK

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It's a fun and energetic place to work, day time hours, weekends and major holidays off.

    Cons

    Pay is horrible and not much room for advancement even with training and college education.

    Advice to Management

    Do not let every kid in your daycare just for the money. The bad/crazy children make the environment hectic for workers and other children as well.

  7. Helpful (3)

    Unappreciated and unhappy

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at La Petite Academy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Working with children and dealing with parents directly, you get an opportunity to see how you make a large impact on their lives

    Cons

    Management are paperwork driven and bonus driven so never available to help with teaching or children.

    - pay is low
    - scheduling is highly variable and inconvenient (12 hour shift with random 2 hour breaks)
    - childcare discounts but no rights as a parent
    - hypocritical director (told us to leave out personal lives at the door... But called out of work for issues with boyfriend and daughter, stormed through center if having a bad day, talked about staff
    - regional level managers play favorites
    - if they didn't like someone, they were set up or pushed out

    Advice to Management

    Was told that the company doesn't hire people with 2 or 4 year degrees. They do not respect (or really pay) people for their education. Staff will better themselves and move on or stay there and be unmotivated.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Can Be Good, Can Be Bad

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexibility of schedule
    Education benefits
    Holidays off

    Cons

    High-stress environment
    Often work with difficult children with no support
    Often understaffed
    Pay rate hard to live off, many employees have to carry second jobs even with degrees.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay rate, credibility as educators, and staff appropriately.

  9. Great Daycare

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    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Teacher Assistant in Washington, DC

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice and professional management
    Nice multicultural staff
    Parents are nice

    Cons

    Older staff thinks because they have been there for 25 years its still the way the want to do it....

    Advice to Management

    Nothing great daycare

  10. Helpful (3)

    Lots of rules and regulations

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at La Petite Academy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great staff, very supportive coworkers. The parents are supportive too.

    Cons

    The administration makes a lot of promises that they don't keep. NO support with difficult children. Too many rules and regulations. The administration doesn't want to spend $ to enhance the program.

    Advice to Management

    You say you care about your Kindergarten then show it! Instead of saying "no" to every request I make, think of the children and the quality of the program!! What is up with all these rules and regulations!

  11. Helpful (2)

    A lot of potential

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    Former Employee - Toddler Teacher in Albuquerque, NM
    Former Employee - Toddler Teacher in Albuquerque, NM

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The interview was pleasant enough and I was offered the job on the spot. Most of my coworkers were helpful and supportive, and I genuinely enjoyed working with the kids. I felt I had adequate training.

    Cons

    The pay was meager. It was not enough to live off of even with the special certifications. This lead to low morale and sabotage within the company, making it hard to work in that environment.

    Advice to Management

    Consider how much your employees are really worth. Put yourself in their shoes.

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