La Petite Academy
2.4 of 5 61 reviews
learningcaregroup.com Novi, MI 5000+ Employees

La Petite Academy Reviews

Updated Apr 12, 2014
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2.4 61 reviews

                             

75% Approve of the CEO

La Petite Academy CEO Barbara J. Beck

Barbara J. Beck

(12 ratings)

28% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "The company, itself, as a whole offers a great benefit package to its full time employees"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Being around kids, flexible in schedule, changing kids life"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "Low pay, poor management, no growth opportunity"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Management seems desperate to hire anybody which leads to a lot of inexperienced workers who quit without notice after short amount of time"
    in 3 reviews
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okay

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at La Petite Academy

ProsHours were pretty flexible, no work on weekends

ConsTerrible layout of the buildings and classrooms, low child to teacher ratios

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all about numbers could care less of the children

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Indianapolis, IN

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

Prosworking during the day and off weekends

Conscould have cared less about the children. . . Also never had new materials for the kids and when asked never got them. Was all about showing parents how nice it was but when they would walk out the doors very different story

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Lead Teacher (Current Employee)
Birmingham, AL

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

ProsGreat Director and Team Lead

ConsHours are horrible and pay is not enough. Starting off is $9.00/hour

Advice to Senior ManagementPAY MORE FOR THOSE WITH EXPERIENCE

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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good

Lead Teacher (Current Employee)
Memphis, TN

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

ProsI love work with kids and I try to be the best every day

Conssometimes relationships with coworkers is no good enough

Advice to Senior Managementnothing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Lead Teacher (Former Employee)
Memphis, TN

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

ProsThe kids are always a joy to teach

ConsThe parents, depending on the area are not helpful nor do they provide basics for the children's needs. The upper management are unorganized and can be lazy. Not a real opportunity for growth. The pay is not worth with what you have to deal with.

Advice to Senior ManagementPay more and make sure the teachers that are hired are actually here for the children and not just a paycheck. Make sure employees are heard and considered. Upper management out of town listen to the employees and not just the managers.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for!

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at La Petite Academy

ProsLa Petite has great staff, competitive pay and benefits, and endless opportunities for training.

ConsFull time is considered as 36 hrs. Classrooms are divided with partitions which can be noisy at times.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Preschool Teacher (Former Employee)
Phoenix, AZ

I worked at La Petite Academy full-time for less than a year

ProsBeing around kids, flexible in schedule, changing kids life.

ConsBad training, low pay, them are a corporation interested only in making money.

Advice to Senior ManagementSee children not only as a number, improve your own the job training.

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Not worth it

Lead Preschool Teacher (Former Employee)
Olathe, KS

I worked at La Petite Academy full-time for less than a year

ProsKids are great, very clean and up to standards Monday through Friday schedule, holidays off

ConsExtremely low pay even for a lead teacher, all money is paid into management. Managers are extremely rude and do not respect employees. Get angry if you are sick and call in. No room for creativity in the classroom, no materials for the room, of you have an idea for the classroom your not going to get to do it

Advice to Senior ManagementRespect your employees, don't treat them like dirt

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Gave me a headache

Lead Teacher (Former Employee)
Olathe, KS

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

ProsI love watching the children learn, take their first steps, speak their first words. It can be very rewarding. It's fun to decorate your classroom with the monthly themes.

ConsToo much work with little assistance, materials and pay. Directors often purposely over-enroll in order to make more money, which means that it takes longer for the younger children to move up into the next classroom. A lot of gossip. Management seems desperate to hire anybody which leads to a lot of inexperienced workers who quit without notice after short amount of time.

Advice to Senior ManagementOffer more support to your staff

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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I was miserable and feel that management almost ruined my whole view of the company

Assistant Teacher/Floater (Former Employee)
Omaha, NE

I worked at La Petite Academy part-time for more than a year

ProsThe relationships with the children; making a difference in kids' life; making parents feel good by building a rapport with them so they know they can trust you with their child all day. Also the rewards of teaching, watching your students grow as individuals.

ConsLittle to no on-the-job training-- mostly just expected to read stacks upon stacks of paper packets of information to learn the job, then sink or swim when getting out on the floor.

Advice to Senior ManagementCare about your staff. They are who keep the school running. If some one is incredibly ill, or has another major stressor going on in their life, show some human compassion for them. Don't just pretend like you care when all you are really concerned with is when they will be able to work again.

Don't treat your staff-- who are all competent, grown adults-- like they are children. Don't insult them and/or literally yell at them because it is very ineffective management and no one will ever want to work for you.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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