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Champions Site Director Reviews

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "site director"

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    Former Employee - Site Director in Burlingame, CA
    Former Employee - Site Director in Burlingame, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    flexible hours.
    get to do admin/office work & be in the classroom

    Cons

    horrible communication between managers and directors
    lack of financial support

    Advice to Management

    learn to communicate with each other more. it all starts with the top hierarchy and goes all the way down to the kids.


  2. Helpful (7)

    "Champions is trying to do too many things and cannot do any of them well"

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    Former Employee - Site Director
    Former Employee - Site Director
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Champions staff are, for the most part, dedicated professionals who love kids and want to keep them safe, engaged and happy. The families are great and creating a relationship with the school is rewarding. Some of the activities are fun and the hours for teachers and assistants are good if you have young children and you want to be home with them during the first part of the day. Trainings are well organised, but offer little in terms of real substance.

    Cons

    The wages are low, but the job is hard. There is a massive amount of staff turnover, and no wonder. Staff teachers, assistants and directors have a terribly hard job, and often the site is filled to capacity. They are paid low wages and have their hours cut drastically during the summer and holiday season.

    The Champions website/management promise all kinds of things to parents (book clubs, intensive homework help, character building,etc.), but none of these things can be carried out by staff on the ground because of the lack of time and resources. Management wants each site filled to the gills each and everyday, and won't even let directors suspend or kick out children who are gravely misbehaving (fighting with other kids, running offsite, hitting or kicking staff) and putting themselves and/or other children in danger. There are children onsite that should have been suspended or kicked out ages ago, but the management wants their parents' money, so they stay.

    The technology for parent registration & center record keeping is drastically out of date. This makes parents frustrated when trying to secure a spot for their child at a center, and creates headaches for the staff at the site trying to do their job. Often parents are charged for weeks their children didn't attend.

    Communication with management is often slow. Managers don't call or email back in a timely manner. This goes for communication between management and staff members, and management and parents, alike.

    Even though it was mentioned in the initial interview process, there is little to no room for professional development or career growth.

    The curriculum is far from progressive and is completely outdated. The activities are unrealistic to differentiate for children ages 4-12.

    Advice to Management

    Pay everyone more. Check in at sites more often. Give staff more freedom to do their jobs without micromanaging them, especially when it comes to children that are causing problems. Don't try to offer so many things to families. Streamline what you offer to parents so that they aren't disappointed and so that staff can accomplish specific goals. It would be better if Champions was doing three things REALLY well, rather than doing 100 things really terribly.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Site Director in Hillsboro, OR
    Current Employee - Site Director in Hillsboro, OR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    They pay slightly more than some

    Cons

    They pay less than yet


  4. "Decent place to work"

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    Former Employee - Site Director in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Site Director in Downers Grove, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The kids are great and the people are nice

    Cons

    Expectations are not always clear - management is unorganized

    Advice to Management

    Set clear expectations and show employees how to fulfill them.