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Celebree Learning Center Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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Pros
  • Working with families and children, and motivated team members (in 5 reviews)

  • I love consistency and working with children In a every day basis (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Celebree expects alot from their employees and it shows with the lesson plans and the classrooms (in 8 reviews)

  • No sick pay is available and most planning time is on your own time (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Celebree Learning Center full-time

    Pros

    I had an Amazing RM, Clear Lanes, Lisa B. is the head of HR and she is beyond fantastic

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance was lacking. I did not feel like the owner understood the pressures in the Director position


  2. "Lead Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Lead Preschool Teacher
    Current Employee - Lead Preschool Teacher
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Celebree Learning Center (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I just started as an employee at Celebree this week. Although it is early in my career at Celebree, I am impressed with the CTI training that we have to take prior to working there or shortly after we have worked there. It shocked me and pleased me to see written in their literature to see that they acknowledge that parents come to a center for the teachers. I was also floored that the actual owner of Celebree came to talk to us at the training and seemed to really care about us as teachers and people. I feel Celebree offers a multitude of areas for growth within their company.

    Cons

    In observing the centers, I felt that some of the teachers seemed burntout or not enjoying their jobs and I think this needs to be addressed. Some of the new recruits in the CTI training as we came back from observing were also talking about how some of the centers were not following some of the good Celebree protocols.
    Art Supply Closet for center really needs some help.

    Advice to Management

    I think that the directors need to be asked to reassess their staff teachers and they need to be observed and surveyed because some seem to be burntout or just there for a paycheck and that is not fair to the children or to Celebree. I also found that some of the centers were not following what was being taught in CTI and that needs to be addressed because it was confusing to the new recruits.
    I am not sure what every center has buy I think every center should have a decent art/supply closet with supplies and organized for the teacher and was very disappointed and taken aback at the art/supply closet I was shown at my center.

    Celebree Learning Center Response

    Jan 18, 2017 – Employee Relations Manager

    Thank you for your feedback and Welcome to the Celebree Family! We are currently working on a strategy for 2017 to ensure that each and every piece of information that is given in CTI is also ... More


  3. "Need to do beter"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Celebree Learning Center full-time

    Pros

    The children
    Some of the staff

    Cons

    Some Management is not professional
    Under paid for workload
    Items are broke

    Advice to Management

    Try respecting your hard dedicated works and the turnover rate would not be so high

    Celebree Learning Center Response

    Jan 18, 2017 – Employee Relations Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. At Celebree, we have a recognition program that includes: Tiers Program, PCE Awards, Anniversary/Birthday Celebree, and the Celebree Newsletter to ensure that our team ... More


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  5. "...."

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    Former Employee - Childcare Provider in Sykesville, MD
    Former Employee - Childcare Provider in Sykesville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Celebree Learning Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Teachers were very friendly, and helpful! Kids are great

    Cons

    Management doesnt care about employees! No compassion to us, and we busted our butt, and all for a small amount of pay. Sad

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to speak to your employees. And treat them better.

    Celebree Learning Center Response

    Jan 18, 2017 – Employee Relations Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. At Celebree, we have a recognition program that includes: Tiers Program, PCE Awards, Anniversary/Birthday Celebree, and the Celebree Newsletter to ensure that our team ... More


  6. "Not what it seems"

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Celebree Learning Center full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Makes a good first impression, extensive promotion of corporate name, pay scale comparable to other child care centers, nice co-workers .

    Cons

    No sick leave, benefits not available until you've been there for at least two months, hrs not reliable (unless you want to sub in other centers), company training (before you start in center) is long (1 week, and not in your center except for one day), never closes for winter weather

    Advice to Management

    Make basic benefits (health, jury duty, closed center pay, etc) available within first 30 days

    Celebree Learning Center Response

    Jan 9, 2017 – Employee Relations Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. We offer PTO for all full time employees and also offer holiday pay and jury duty pay. Celebree closes for inclement weather on a per location basis depending on how the ... More


  7. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Severna Park, MD
    Former Employee - Teacher in Severna Park, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Celebree Learning Center (More than a year)

    Pros

    It LOOKS nice and they TEACH.

    Cons

    They don't deep clean, nor do a good job at hiring good employees or trying to keep the ones that's worth anything. Celebree is expensive and doesn't hold up their values as much as they portray. I would never send my infants or younger child there.

    Advice to Management

    Do drug testing as well as a background check on your employees. Randomly check in on your teachers and families. It's so much that's covered up that's hidden from the parents and in some cases corporate.


  8. "Great company, poor pay"

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Westminster, MD
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Westminster, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Celebree Learning Center part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment, strict procedures, and provides a fun and nurturing environment for kids. Their orientation process is amazing, too.

    Cons

    Pay is minimum, low quality toys/supplies for centers.

    Advice to Management

    Make the Headquarters branch a standard for every center, not just an exceptional example.

    Celebree Learning Center Response

    Nov 9, 2016 – Employee Relations Manager

    Thank you for your feedback. Celebree offers 401k, health , dental, life insurance, child care discounts, educational reimbursement, paid time off, and free training's in additional to teacher ... More


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Awful place to work."

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    Current Employee - Co-Teacher
    Current Employee - Co-Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Celebree Learning Center full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I lucked out and work with one really great teacher whom is also fed up and looking elsewhere for employment.

    Cons

    I have my BACHELORS DEGREE (which is apparently a very rare thing for a teacher at Celebree to have) and make a dollar more than minimum wage. I didn't work my tail off in school my entire life to make such little money. It's actually insulting, but rest assured that I am actively looking for a REAL job. There are "teachers" at my center that have never stepped foot inside a college class room and make more than I do. The pay scale is DEFINITELY screwed up. We have one teacher that left, came back, and received a raise to take on LESS responsibility than she was taking on before she left--the only reason being is that my director was desperate to have her back just so that there was another body to work at my center since we were low on employees. CTI, the training that new employees receive, is a bunch of lies that I don't even know where to begin on uncovering. Corporate claims to offer teachers "this and that" but you have to trudge through hell and back to get any of the things they claim to give teachers IF at all. It's absolute BS that teachers are given zero time to work on portfolios and lesson plans yet there are certain teachers at my center who are allowed to abandon their classrooms all day and sit up in the office doing NOTHING. It must be nice to get paid to do nothing yet teachers like my co-teacher and me who actually work our tails off get zero credit or acknowledgement for it! I thought Celebree wanted top-of-the-line individuals to be teaching at the centers? Why are you hiring incompetent and irresponsible people and then screwing over the FEW good ones? This company is a joke.

    Advice to Management

    I don't even know where to begin. And it's not like Corporate will take into account what I have to say anyway.

    Celebree Learning Center Response

    Jun 22, 2016 – Employee Relations Manager

    Thank you for your review. Our 60+% of our Celebree Staff has at least an Associate's degree and we do try to adjust out pay scale based on level of education and experience. Celebree offers 401k ... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crofton, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crofton, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The teachers well most are awesome !

    Cons

    Crofton Celebree could be a awesome learning center if the Directors were aware of how a center should be ran. The directors are flexible to most employees depending on your "relationship status" with them. Your able to get paid time off, relax in the front office, skip breaks all week and leave early and call out without any issue depending on who you are to the management staff. Paid time off is very frustrating sick leave is none existent and most of the time we are suck from the children at the center. Vacation time is accrued it takes months to accrue a WEEK ! We work most holidays when majority of daycares are closed. We spend more time at work than with our actually families. Most of the time at Celebree we have to scramble and switch meals around because management forgot to buy the children's breakfast and snack "we're supposed to provide". The directors at Celebree put on a very good act for corporate and especially Mr. Ritchie. We often get calls letting us know when we'll have pop ups which allows the directors to run to the store to grab everything we actually are supposed to have in the center per licensing. We are prepared for inspections and pop ups ! We make it look really amazing right ! We put on our uniforms and smile. Celebree has a lot of uncertified teachers who often go from classroom to classroom with or without a certified teacher being present. The teachers should be paid based on their educational background and work experience not based on friendship. Our teachers need more money ! We work hard we deserve it ! It's not fair we're harassed, over worked and underpaid at Celebree ! If it was new directors who actually cared about the staff and the center Celebree could strive to be one of the best learning centers in the world but with your current directors enrollment has took a horrible turn over rate and approximately over ten teachers quit over the past year. This not only looked bad to parents but it made staff feel uneasy as well. Although Celebree offers paid training the lack of staff appreciation is at a all time high.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to do your jobs.

    Celebree Learning Center Response

    May 9, 2016 – Employee Relations Manager

    Thank you for your review. At Celebree, we have a company wide recognition program that includes Teacher of the Quarter, anniversaries, PCE letters and pins, and much much more. Celebree prides ... More


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Lead Teacher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Celebree Learning Center full-time

    Pros

    Depending on who your directors are, they can be flexible with letting you have off, come in late, or leave early. They do have a pretty good preschool program. Getting the experience of working with children

    Cons

    They can be too flexible though, letting too many people off at once, which makes the center low on staff and puts extra work on the teachers that actually do show up to work everyday. There's no appreciation for the teachers whatsoever, and corporate is always coming up with new ways to add work to the already over full workload they put on the teachers for barely over minimum wage. All that Ritchie (the CEO) cares about is money, how to get more from the paying parents, and give nothing in return. They don't even pay out vacation accruals when you resign from them (another way for Ritchie to pinch pennies). They expect the teachers to get sooo much work done (lesson plans that they don't even give you time to do, collect pictures and bios for 7 areas of learning for 20+ children (yes, they overflow the rooms), daily reports, branding, etc) all while supposedly protecting, education, and nurturing 20+ children. Lol, it's ridiculous and absolutely not worth the time, effort, or energy. I get that jobs usually will over flow their employees with the workload, but at least PAY them and show some appreciation. You think they would pick up on the turnover rate of the teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Show some appreciation to your teachers and pay them to at least be able to live instead of hoarding it all to pay for the CEO's million dollar mansion (he literally has a million dollar mansion). Your employees can't even pay to live because you keep it all to yourself.

    Celebree Learning Center Response

    May 4, 2016 – Employee Relations Manager

    Thank you for your review. At Celebree, we have a recognition program that features our staff in our monthly new letter, allows teachers to join our tiers program, as well as host Teacher of the ... More



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