Knowledge Universe Reviews

Updated May 19, 2020

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2.6
34%
Recommend to a Friend
59%
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Knowledge Universe CEO Tom Wyatt
Tom Wyatt
98 Ratings
Pros
  • "The company is absolutely united in the mission to serve children and families across the country(in 11 reviews)

  • "Working with people who believe in making a difference in a family's life(in 9 reviews)

Cons
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  1. "Client Services Agent"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Client Service Representative in Littleton, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Knowledge Universe for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Team oriented. Positive work environment. Management is exceptionally intuitive. Incentives are abundant. Training is consistent with corporate needs.

    Cons

    The Littleton corporate office closed and reverted to headquarters in Portland, OR. Only a few employees were able to transfer to their office.

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    Knowledge Universe2016-12-22
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Just...BAD"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Enrichment Specialist in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Knowledge Universe full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    - some teachers are really dedicated and really care about the kids, literally the only thing that keeps the day half-way manageable

    Cons

    - the LEAST amount of holidays off - terrible management (center director and regional director) - treat kids as dollar signs - parents hold all the power, even when they are wrong action is taken on the staff - NO PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (the PD days were a JOKE, just reinforcing the company culture of faking it til you make it, no actual training) - when kids act out violently against teachers, nothing is done - but teachers are blamed when kids hurt other kids - CHAOTIC environment - NO DOORS/FULL WALLS on most classrooms - LONG HOURS sometimes without breaks (illegally) - class sizes packed to capacity, often going over ratio requirements

    Knowledge Universe2020-05-19
  3. "Good step up when exiting college"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Program Director in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Knowledge Universe full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Job security, no weekends ever, possible to get good mentorship

    Cons

    Low pay, high turnover, sometimes Asked to not keep legal ratios and food regulations

    Knowledge Universe2019-04-23
  4. "Great Team"

    4.0
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Knowledge Universe full-time

    Pros

    Team enviroment, supportive management. Enjoyed working there.

    Cons

    Worked for a division with a lot of change so must be flexible.

    Knowledge Universe2018-09-17
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing Department"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Knowledge Universe

    Pros

    Nice pay and good to see the children when you can.

    Cons

    Lack of direction and solid vision for the company. Leadership is awful at all levels. Negative and toxic environment.

    Knowledge Universe2018-08-31
  6. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

    2.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Stanford, CA

    I worked at Knowledge Universe full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    form great relationships with employees lots of great families

    Cons

    the company is extremely frugile They have a lot of money but choose not to pour money into their teachers there is very little appreciation for teachers and barely any motivators to keep teachers around. The company has such a high turnover rate its crazy.

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    Knowledge Universe2018-07-06
  7. "Assistant Teacher"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in New York, NY

    I worked at Knowledge Universe part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    A great learning environment for both children and teacher.

    Cons

    Could have better employee benefits.

    Knowledge Universe2017-12-15
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Senior Director, Operations Services"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Knowledge Universe full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great motivation to work for early childhood education

    Cons

    Board and executives at that time were not in ideal alignment

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    Knowledge Universe2017-07-22
  9. Helpful (15)

    "You'll never have to explain why you aren't there anymore"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director of Education in Portland, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Knowledge Universe full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunities to do a lot of tasks that reach far beyond your area of assignment and expertise. Smart colleagues dedicated to making a difference

    Cons

    Human Resources team is a group of people hand selected based on previous working relationships. They guard their brand of culture, even when it means doing the wrong thing for the organization. Engagement is a term that is flung around but no real commitment to improvement of employee engagement. Just fear-mongering so that people no longer complain.

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    Knowledge Universe2017-05-25
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not always bad"

    3.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Knowledge Universe full-time

    Pros

    Opportunity to move up Competitive salary Good benefits

    Cons

    Top level management unreasonable Only concerned about the bottom line No real concern for children and families

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    Knowledge Universe2016-12-29
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