La Petite Academy Reviews

Updated March 18, 2015
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La Petite Academy CEO Barbara J. Beck
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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. OK place to start your career

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    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)

    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 Curriculum is OLD and outdated.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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    Unappreciated and unhappy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at La Petite Academy

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Nothing great daycare

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Lots of rules and regulations

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    Current Employee - Teacher
    Current Employee - Teacher

    I have been working at La Petite Academy

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful

    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
  9. 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
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    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
  11. 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

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