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Updated January 12, 2018
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  1. "Site Teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Site Director in Orlando, FL
    Current Employee - Site Director in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Champions full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You make a difference in a life of a child.

    Cons

    Dealing with parents can be challenging.

    Advice to Management

    Budget for more support roles.


  2. "Teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Champions part-time

    Pros

    consistent schedule and longer breaks

    Cons

    Learn as you go and there’s not a lot of training

  3. "Depends who you work with and for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Director
    Former Employee - Site Director

    I worked at Champions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Routine, yet engaging work, corporate program so there is money for supplies. Can make your center your own personalized community and culture.

    Cons

    I know there has been a shift in management since my employment. Support from supervisors can be hit/miss. So can coworkers or those that directors have to supervise. Seems like they aren't too picky with who they hire if they have the minimal credentials. Can be disorganized. A lot of pressure on directors to solve issues/complaints from parents that lay with upper management because parents interact with the directors and rarely get their complaints solved through the 1-800 numbers provided.

    Advice to Management

    Work out billing/upper management issues so parents aren't frustrated with the program and frustrated with the site staff that have nothing to do with upper-management shortcomings.


  4. "No communication from Corp, yet they expect you to know all the changes they are doing."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Site Director
    Current Employee - Site Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Champions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Get to work with children. Teach the future of America. Work with wonderful families. Hire managers that know the child care field.

    Cons

    Just saw my current position listed at 3x more money than they are paying me with many years experience. I have been lied too,

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your employees. Don't degrade them for going aboved and beyond.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Site Director"

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    Current Employee - Site Director in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Site Director in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Champions full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Kids are great; coworkers are unbelievably dedicated.

    Cons

    There is a lot of work expected, and I never felt like the money was there to back the expectations. If you worked more than 30 hours a week, in other words actually did the job, you were spoken to about your hours and keeping them down. If your performance slipped because you couldn't get enough hours, you were spoken to about that. Management likes kids, but seems to be unresponsive to the needs of the employees. Bottom-line driven, for-profit childcare.

    Advice to Management

    Strengthen your sense of priority, organize the direction you're giving and make it consistent between co-managers, and then put your money where your mouth is when you decide to fund activities. You can only operate for so long on a shoestring budget.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Unfriendly Company"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Director
    Former Employee - Site Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Champions full-time

    Pros

    The Kids are great and some parents are very supportive

    Cons

    Amount of work, management, pay, benefits, huge turnover rate, they will hire anyone, no room for growth


  7. Helpful (2)

    "The job I was sold was not what I ended up with."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Director in Windham, NH
    Former Employee - Site Director in Windham, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Champions part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The students and parents were great, but that had nothing to do with Champions. That was the only positive aspect.

    Cons

    I owned a business prior to working at Champions and fully trained my employees. When I began at Champions, it was literally a free for all. You are given manuals to follow for curriculum, but no supplies to follow through with. The parents are over sold as to what the students will be doing in the time they are there.

    The management is horrid. Upon starting they promise supplies, snacks, and make everything sound very rosey. When trying to actually procure these items, management is nowhere to be found.

    The curriculum is set in a well thought out manual and yet it is impossible to follow through in the space given. We were in a gymnasium which had no air conditioning and was constantly in use for other functions. So we would have to cart the children to the library where students could not touch anything.

    The hours are awful, 6 AM to 6 PM. You are only paid for a few hours on either side.

    There were 5 site directors in 4 years prior to my employment. The parents had no idea who would be leading the way for their children.

    The management only cared about how many children are signed up and that parents have paid. While I completely understand the need to fulfil payment, I was expected to lead 40 children and address payment issues with parents during that same time frame. It is illogical and why have a billing department at all if they can not follow through with such tasks?

    Advice to Management

    Actually hire adults for management roles.

    Do not stretch management too thin.

    Please see above, students deserve more.

  8. "Director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Champions part-time

    Pros

    Decent pay, offered lots of training opportunities.

    Cons

    Ratios were a bit off, but they did their best to bring in new people when there showed to be a consistent need. Lots of work prepping off the clock at home.


  9. "Building Experience"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Champions full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    A great company to build on your skills.

    Cons

    Very high teacher turnover rate.

    Advice to Management

    Training - we need training.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great but chaotic"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Champions full-time

    Pros

    Working with kids every day is great, and the amount of freedom you get in working in the sites is so much fun

    Cons

    The management is chaos and the higher ups have very little insight into what people in the field actually do

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your field staff and pay them a little better


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