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Updated Aug 8, 2019

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Goodstart Early Learning CEO Julia Davison
Julia Davison
25 Ratings
  1. Helpful (4)

    "Unprofessional, Bullying , Toxic work environment"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Educator in Bondi
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Goodstart Early Learning part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I enjoy caring for children and staying connected with families, I enjoy the daily work including the paper work even though it can be a lot. I enjoy the camaraderie that I have with a handful of professional educators.

    Cons

    A handful of very unprofessional educators that have created the negative environment filled with gossiping, rumours and lies.

    Advice to Management

    - Open your eyes to what is within your work environment. Be aware of what is going in instead of just sitting in your office. Get on the floor sometimes, you might learn a thing or 2. - During the induction process ensure that it is being told that there is zero tolerance towards bullying, gossiping and telling lies. - Follow through the anti- bullying disciplinary action with the perpetrators - Ensure that parties...

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    Goodstart Early Learning2018-11-30

    Goodstart Early Learning Response

    January 16, 2019Corporate Affairs

    We take the issue of bullying very seriously - so firstly, thank you for taking the time to provide your honest feedback. While we appreciate you may wish to remain anonymous, if you would like to talk these issues through with us, please call on 1800 890 933 or email: people@goodstart.org.au.

  2. Helpful (4)

    "Senior educator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodstart Early Learning part-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Last year management was great

    Cons

    Not fare with everyone equally and different policies for different people

    Advice to Management

    Change the management

    Goodstart Early Learning2018-11-29

    Goodstart Early Learning Response

    February 4, 2019National Lead Employee Experience

    Thanks for your feedback. We’re disappointed to hear about some of your experiences. We take these matters seriously and would be happy to talk them through with you. If you would like to reach out, please call us on 1800 890 933 or email: people@goodstart.org.au.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Goodstart West Street - Horrible place to work in"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Goodstart Early Learning full-time

    Pros

    Great children, families and colleagues

    Cons

    A place full of bullying, discrimination and favouritism

    Advice to Management

    Would be great having random meeting with the staff in different centres

    Goodstart Early Learning2018-11-13

    Goodstart Early Learning Response

    February 4, 2019National Lead Employee Experience

    Thank you for taking the time to write this review and sorry to hear that some aspects of your time with us were not so great. While we appreciate you may wish to remain anonymous, if you would like to talk more about it, please call us on 1800 890 933 or email : people@goodstart.org.au.

  4. Helpful (10)

    "Disappointing 🤯"

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    Current Employee - Educational Leader in West Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodstart Early Learning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Relationships built with the children and families.

    Cons

    Built beautiful relationships with the staff in this certain centre. After a few years, had a big change in staffing and environment, now the environment isnt so joyful to come to, a few toxic personalities makes it very hard to spend 5 days 37.5 hours a week in, bullying is high in most centres ive been to as this is evident through the reviews on here as well as if you walk into any of the centres, it is female dominant...

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    Advice to Management

    If only you knew what it is like to live and breathe our role you will understand.

    Goodstart Early Learning2018-11-10

    Goodstart Early Learning Response

    February 4, 2019National Lead Employee Experience

    Thank you for taking the time to give us your honest feedback - and sorry to hear that you had a mixed experience with us. Early Learning is a highly regulated industry and there are a lot of requirements we need to meet by law, including recording children's learning and maintaining ...

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  5. "Casual"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Goodstart Early Learning part-time

    Pros

    Flexible pay is decent

    Cons

    Work not garinteed and can get some really short shifts that don’t work for everyone

    Advice to Management

    Ensure you tell casual employees when you have put them on the roster.

    Goodstart Early Learning2018-10-05
  6. Helpful (7)

    "Don't do it"

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    Former Employee - Director Children's Centre 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goodstart Early Learning full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The children and the families

    Cons

    Bullying culture Profit oriented Management get cars, phones and laptops while staff scramble for supplies Won't hire extra staff so staff need to work past shift times No support at all

    Advice to Management

    Maybe you should rethink your organization. I still have nightmares thanks to your people.

    Goodstart Early Learning2018-11-02
  7. Helpful (4)

    "Casual staff"

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    Current Employee - Educator in Werribee, Victoria
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Goodstart Early Learning for more than a year

    Pros

    The children and most families are great.

    Cons

    A new system called Relief Ruler was introduced to bring about fairness in giving out shifts to casual staff. Instead its being abused by center directors and staff to give shifts to particular staff. Shifts are given before being advertised on relief ruler and once advertised the shift is already taken. I've witnessed this happen and was appalled.

    Advice to Management

    Conduct surveys on staff including casuals on how the centers are run. Please don't ignore casual staff as we may act as monitors in centers and report anything going against the organization's policies and procedures. All casuals follow the guidelines set out by goodstart but have been harrassed and intimidated by permanent staff for being proffessional. Please consider casual staff as an asset to Goodstart. I believe...

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    Goodstart Early Learning2018-10-28
  8. Helpful (9)

    "Want to make a difference but can't"

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    Current Employee - Educator in Adelaide
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodstart Early Learning full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The children and parents and SOME coworkers

    Cons

    Too much favourtism, gossip, lies, unfounded allegations, if someone doesn't like you they will cause trouble for you all the time, management doesn't care about you. Profit comes first. If you are given a new shift (you are just given it without any discussion) and it doesn't suit then you are told to just leave. I get disheartened when I am treated badly like this, always couldn't wait to get to work but was slowly...

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    Advice to Management

    They don't listen anyway

    Goodstart Early Learning2018-10-19
  9. Helpful (3)

    "assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Goodstart Early Learning part-time

    Pros

    room to transfer from centre to centre Very structured

    Cons

    People get away with too much

    Advice to Management

    Talk to your team, make sure you're all on the same page

    Goodstart Early Learning2018-09-13
  10. "Senior Educator"

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    Current Employee - Senior Educator in Sydney
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Goodstart Early Learning full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Great philosophy in terms of children's learning and families.

    Cons

    Work life balance is hard because of long shifts with one hour unpaid break.

    Goodstart Early Learning2018-08-18
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