La Petite Academy

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La Petite Academy Reviews

Updated January 17, 2015
Updated January 17, 2015
99 Reviews
2.6
99 Reviews
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La Petite Academy CEO Barbara J. Beck
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for!

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    Former Employee - Daycare Infant Teacher in San Antonio, TX
    Former Employee - Daycare Infant Teacher in San Antonio, TX

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

    Pros

    -Helpful and supportive staff and environment
    -lots of professional development and training opportunities
    -paid for CPR/AED/First aid certification
    -great pay and lots of opportunities to work extra hours
    -great benefits
    -company is great about providing new toys and supplies even before items are requested.

    Cons

    No Cons. I loved working there, and would still be working there if I hadn't moved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing because you are doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Eh.

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Bentonville, AR
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Bentonville, AR

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

    Pros

    As long as you don't screw up too big,you will keep your job. Lots of chance for overtime. They reimburse you for supplies.

    Cons

    Too much staff turnover. I would have people leave for lunch and never come back. The corporate office is not in touch with what goes on in the centers. They would constantly demand more enrollment even though there wasn't the staff or the room. Pretty much no advancement. Whatever you get hired to do is what you will always do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay higher and offer bonuses for attendance so maybe people will be motivated to not quit. There was also ZERO training program except for me in a class with 27 3yr olds, trying to train AND keep the peace.

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

    interview

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at La Petite Academy

    Pros

    easy, be nice and will get offered a position

    Cons

    salary was very low for the amount of work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Lots of work for little pay and no recognition

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

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

    Pros

    -Benefits are good. That's the only reason I'm still working here. There are really no other pros that I can think of.

    Cons

    -Management does not work with you on scheduling. You can give them two weeks' notice for needing a day off and they act like you're a huge inconvenience.
    -Schedule is inconsistent. Every week they want me to come in at a different time.
    -Manager never recognizes you for doing things well.
    -They constantly make us take extra long lunch breaks to prevent us from getting overtime, and then schedule us for longer blocks of time. For example, they'll schedule you for a 9 1/2 hour block of time and then make you take hour and a half long lunches.
    -Very low pay

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be good to your teachers. You try really hard to retain kids, but you need to work on retaining staff.

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

  8. 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 a 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
  9.  

    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
  10. 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

  11. 3 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 a 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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