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Kindercare Reviews

Updated January 15, 2018
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  • low pay does not permit retention (in 64 reviews)

  • A lot of the upper management they are hiring are business managers from retail (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Too much work for one person with very little pay ; very stressful."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly people, free food, weekends off, not much else to say so I’m just going to extend this as much as I can so I can go over 20 words.

    Cons

    No janitors so you have to clean by yourself (I didn’t even know that they don’t have janitors when I was hired) , too much children for 1 teacher (ex: 7 toddlers to 1 teacher), you’re pretty much by yourself all the time which can be very hard, have to write down what the child ate, how much they ate, what time they slept, what time they woke up, Times you changed their diaper and what activities you did that day (which is very stressful because there are many children), etc.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people and make the children ratio smaller per teacher. Hire janitors


  2. "Ok for children not for teachers"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Columbia, MO
    Current Employee - Teaching Assistant in Columbia, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They treat the kids great have great curriculum but treat the teachers as if they are replaceable they have clear favourites and if they don't like you then your pretty much on your own

    Cons

    Unfriendly to teachers high expectations that can lead to inability to get things done very scattered low staffed high turn over

    Advice to Management

    Positive feed back would go along way

  3. "Lead Teacher"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly families, friendly staff, clean, safe, advancement opportunities, flexible scheduling

    Cons

    inconsistent hours, revolving management, no overtime

    Advice to Management

    listen to your team


  4. "Management"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great vision headed in the right direction

    Cons

    about 5 years behind all the competition

    Advice to Management

    Bring the centers up to par to be able to compete with the surrounding center


  5. "Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The love the kids give you every single day.
    Feeling like you made a little person feel loved and safe
    When parents give you thanks
    Making friends at work
    Having stable hours
    Getting praise when praise is due

    Cons

    Catty childish women at work.
    Women complaining about situations they put themselves in.
    People not having common sense
    Some coworkers aren’t so happy with themselves.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be stern with people who don’t work hard to be a team player. It’s a good company, as long as teachers do as they are hired. To be a good teacher and a good coteacher.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Infant teacher"

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    Former Employee - Infant Teacher in Bartlett, IL
    Former Employee - Infant Teacher in Bartlett, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Taking care of the kids is great
    Stable schedule

    Cons

    Poor management
    Garbage pay
    Never enough supplies. Money out of your pocket to full a classroom

    Advice to Management

    Respect teachers.
    Pay better.
    Lose the drama.


  7. "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being around children / small ratio
    Stable Schedule
    Easy work
    Flexible with my Dr. appointments
    Flexible with sick days

    Cons

    Being around negative co-workers
    Doing all the work in a classroom with 2 other teachers
    Gossip
    sometimes we go into state ratio- oh wow!

    Advice to Management

    Some of us work harder than others, management needs to start firing lazy teachers. It doesn't matter if you've been with the company for more than 3 years, I can't stand working with these complainers! I have been at First Flight for many years. This is the first time in many years that parents are happy and some teachers are happy. First Flight has had a lot different teachers leave because they get tired of all the gossip. I say if you don't like your work then leave. I have many ex co-workers that want to come back to First Flight, they also realized that the grass isn't greener on the other side like they think it is. Best hourly pay by far. It's funny we are teachers and suppose to be creative with arts and crafts with our students their is no reason why my co workers should feel they need to buy decorations, if you buy decorations for your classroom it's because you choose to. I always ask for supplies and yeah it takes time for things to arrive but I get the things I need to be a great teacher. I make my own decorations so be like me. All I'm saying is move on and let us true teachers enjoy our work.

  8. "Lead Teacher"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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

    The kids are so fun and there is supportive management.

    Cons

    There is a lot of overturn.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the hard working employees instead of catering to the lazy employees.


  9. "Kindergarten teacher"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great area, good kids and families. Small class size for Kindergarten. Room to grow and have much independence.
    Higher pay for an early childhood center.

    Cons

    You will be working all year with not many days off. Smaller salary compared to public schools. Management seems to be disorganized.

    I was told after an interview that the job was mine only to be disappointed to find out a day later they offered it to someone else after offering it to me. Very upsetting.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Safe Haven"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Toddler Teacher in Silverdale, WA
    Current Employee - Lead Toddler Teacher in Silverdale, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    This is one of the best places I have ever worked at. My boss opened me with open arms since day one. She is a great leader and genuinely cares about her employees. She makes and effort to gain a relationship with every child, their parents, and her staff. Coming to a completely different state and starting a new job and having the pressure to make new friends is difficult, but my boss made it easier for me to adapt. I not only gained new friends but a FAMILY. Management makes it a point to make sure every voice and opinion is heard, every need is met, and even when we are having a personal problem they make us feel okay for being human and allows us to come to them for guidance. I'm military so unfortunately I have to move again. When I sit back and think about how I am ever going to leave this place I now call home, I remember that I am so blessed to the opportunity to have something so great that it makes saying goodbye hard.

    Cons

    Since the site say I have to make a Con... I would wish the center was a lot bigger. Silverdale KC is like living in a small town where everyone knows everyone and we have each other's backs, which is not a bad thing at all especially since I am from a small town in the south.

    Advice to Management

    I love my center director. She inspires me to do great things and she ALWAYS backs me up on any special project I have in mind for my kids! It's nice to feel appreciated at your place of work.


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