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Kindercare Reviews

Updated August 15, 2017
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  • Very low pay for job responsibilities (in 55 reviews)

  • A lot of the upper management they are hiring are business managers from retail (in 31 reviews)

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  1. "The center I work for has not trained the staff properly."

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the kids! They are what makes work so worth it!

    Cons

    Without proper training you don't know what to do in a lot of scenarios.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure every center is following with KinderCare's training plan.


  2. "Meh"

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

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time

    Pros

    They have a ton of great benefits for their full time employees

    Cons

    The continuous training they give you to learn new techniques becomes repetitive and only teaches new company policies.

    Advice to Management

    Expand the professional development days to actually develop your employees and not just bring out new company policy and philosophy. New techniques and lessons are helpful for teachers in the classroom.

  3. "Depends on your situation"

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Howell, NJ
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Howell, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kindercare full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hours are M-F between 7am-6pm
    Nice pleasant job working with the children
    You get what you put in!

    Cons

    Low pay
    Very stressful
    The benefits are not great
    Constantly left out of ratio
    Very difficult to take time off

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in your staff by paying more and being more understanding


  4. "Prepare to work yourself beyond belief"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Kindercare full-time

    Pros

    Working with the children is great.

    Cons

    The standards are almost impossible to reach.(You can not do everything you are expected to do, making you feel unsuccessful)
    The training is minimal.
    There is NO paid prep time causing dedicated employees to constantly work off the clock.

    Advice to Management

    Train your new employees and routinely check on how they are handling things.


  5. "Manger"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kindercare full-time

    Pros

    Nice building . Great parking nice location

    Cons

    Terrible people to work for

    Advice to Management

    Be nicer to your people


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Educators expect to be paid unfairly, but this is ridiculous."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    I love my students. I get a long well with (most) of my coworkers. I've been here awhile, so my schedule is flexible.

    Cons

    Corporate puts revenue before teachers, families, and education. They give us nothing and expect everything in return. They set unobtainable goals enrollment (sales), and when (if) you actually meet them, next year, their expectations nearly double.

    Advice to Management

    Corporate needs to put teachers and results first, not money and enrollment. True, we need families to enroll to do our job, but the company is hardly hurting for cash.


  7. "Rewarding opportunity!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher

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

    Pros

    Wonderful opportunity to gain grassroot perspective on child development, to discover or mature teaching gifting, to serve families of diverse backgrounds, and to learn from senior leaders.

    Amazing Center Director!!

    Cons

    Inadequate professional development/continued education opportunities - need for ongoing training for teachers on classroom management, curriculum design, etc.
    - Teachers could benefit from attending NAEYC workshops/conferences
    Need for standardized quality of care and learning

    Advice to Management

    To address inadequate professional development/continued education opportunities, and the need for ongoing training for teachers on classroom management, curriculum design, etc:
    teachers could benefit from attending NAEYC workshops/conferences or having monthly professional development small groups to discuss topics pertinent to early childhood education

    To address the need for standardized quality of care and learning - might you consider forming a collaborative of multidisciplinary professionals committed to quality in early childhood education, including teachers from various centers, to establish and maintain ongoing communication about issues surrounding quality of care and provide a dialogue space to reach timely and necessary resolves.

  8. "Lead Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time

    Pros

    Child care discount
    School reimbursement

    Cons

    No longer flexible to meet your schedule
    low raises


  9. "Toddler Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Savage, MN
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Savage, MN
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    They offer tuition assistance if you work on furthering you education.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between management and staff. Stressful. Minimal pay raises.

    Advice to Management

    Management should have much better communication with teachers.


  10. "It's okay it's a job"

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    Former Employee - Former Teacher
    Former Employee - Former Teacher

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

    Pros

    Coworkers, children, hours, parents, and depending on who but the Boss

    Cons

    Pay, getting off on time


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