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Kindercare Reviews

Updated May 21, 2018
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  • Hard to maintain teachers due to low pay (in 72 reviews)

  • Children are moved from room to room way too often (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kindercare part-time

    Pros

    Easy to get the position

    Cons

    Other staff leaving their positions

    Advice to Management

    More training to new staff


  2. "Lead Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time

    Pros

    Amazing curriculum for the kids

    Cons

    No money funded for your curriculum.
    Every child is a number.
    Don’t really care about their employees.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Toddler teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Kindercare full-time

    Pros

    The kids are the best part of working for KinderCare.

    Cons

    Low pay, inconsistent hours, drama

    Advice to Management

    More communication with staff. Same salaries for everyone.


  4. "For profit company, not for quality care."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kindercare full-time

    Pros

    Childcare discount got better recently.

    Cons

    Low pay, full time hours are not guaranteed, no prep time, no consistency for children, pass children constantly to cut back on hours.

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management doesn't support the people who run the school. Teachers are not paid well to be able to afford to live in the area, so high staff turnover.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Assistant teacher"

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    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher in Oxford, CT
    Current Employee - Assistant Teacher in Oxford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The children are cared for and the staff are great teachers with kind hearts!!! Great leadership by the director and assistant director.Wonderful daycare!

    Cons

    Pay is horrible!!! New hires starting off with better and higher pay with no experience,than current employees with more years of service and with years of experience.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your dedicated and long standing more experienced employees better


  6. "Loved the kids"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kindercare full-time

    Pros

    Working with kids, some great co-workers, set hours

    Cons

    Terrible management and terrible pay


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Company Lost: Focus, Integrity and Dedicated Staff. Heartbreaking"

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    Former Employee - Center Director/District Manager/Special Operations
    Former Employee - Center Director/District Manager/Special Operations
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Worked alongside the most caring individuals and professionals at all levels of the company from school locations to Corporate Department Heads. As with all companies- when the right people are there, for the right reasons, the outcome exemplifies quality.

    Cons

    Somewhere along the way, they forgot that early education is about relationships between children, families, teachers and school management. They stopped listening to top performers and respected long term staff. They drove talent away for lower paid employees to make profit. Silenced voices who spoke up trying to keep company’s integrity. Heartbreaking is the most accurate description.

    Advice to Management

    Your reputation and profits continue to align with the great losses of so many respected, quality employees. Long term 5-10-20 year plus professionals at all levels and Department positions who lived and breathed into the company. We have unfortunately moved on, heartbroken about losing who you were when the focus was right. Quality employees spoke in the same language and told you the truth; we were silenced by your lack of understanding of what the company should project and deliver. High performers were not consulted about best practices of success (Profit, ROI, Retention of families and staff, Gallop scores etc.) You had the field’s best. You stopped listening to them, removed them, replaced them, forgot their warnings and now actively try to hire them back without even knowing they ever worked for you (according to your recruiting team). We are heartbroken for you, for the time we lost pouring into you and where you are now. Most of us still speak in person or on social media outlets. We actively call the earlier years “the best of times”. We are too gracious to label the times you are in now. I do continue to wish everyone well, and hope you find your mission again with clear vision (not just on a Company Conference PowerPoint) but in true early education and relationship focus. Hopefully you will be great again.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Underpaid Undervalued Overworked"

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    Current Employee - Lead Toddler Teacher in Livonia, MI
    Current Employee - Lead Toddler Teacher in Livonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being able to teach and impact children
    Coworkers
    Benifits
    Weekends and Holidays off
    Holiday pay
    Discounts for staff children

    Cons

    You are expected to do and put up with A LOT, and and aren’t compensated with a decent amount of pay for it. They try to start you out at minim wage and no over time and expect you to deal with children who have no self control or regards for other people. They spit, they hit, they scream, there was a 3 year old that pulled one of my coworkers hair out and nothing was done. The same child bullied other children multiple times. He bit another child in the face so hard that when it happened at around 10am, the mark was still clearly visible when the child went home at around 5pm (that family was outraged and disenrolled) and rightfully so since two days prior their child was scratched all in the face by the same child. This child has sat on top of other children and has tried to jam his thumbs in their eyes. Said child has also smacked teachers and even with poop in his hands on occasions. And nothing is done expect “a talk with mom” when an action plan should have definitely been enforced and the child has been kicked out. This is a terrible corporation. They only care about filling the classrooms to max capacity and care nothing about the well being of their employees. You’re expected to follow a tight and strict curriculum and focus on newsletters and display boards and take lots of pictures for these boards and make these boards stand out, but you only get to work on them at nap, and aren’t allowed any time extra because they don’t to pay over time. Also, the time spent on making sure “evidence of learning” is done leaves little time to actually enjoy and interact with the children. It is a very stressful place to work. Even the Directors and Assistant Directors are stressed because the people above them are riding their backs really hard. And it all trickles down to the teachers who should not be stressed at all so that they can focus on what’s SUPPOSED to be important... the children!

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your employees concerns and pay them what they derserve. Stop standing beside the families all the time (because sometimes they are definitely in the wrong) and have your employees’ back. Spend a week or so in a classroom to get an actual feel of realistic expectations so that you’re pushing them to the point where they’re about to be burned out.


  9. "support teacher"

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    Current Employee - Support Teacher in Federal Way, WA
    Current Employee - Support Teacher in Federal Way, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Directors were very nice and Patient, Co workers were nice, Free Food.

    Cons

    Crazy work lode, too much work was put on the teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Don't put so much work lode on teachers so they can do their job, find a better way to deal with kids that don't behave so teachers can do their job. The teachers can't do everything. Also pay hire than $12 an hour give your teachers higher incentives to keep all your good teachers.


  10. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kindercare full-time

    Pros

    A lot of growing opportunities.

    Cons

    Low salaries, a lot of stress, and a very intensive workload.


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