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Knowledge Universe Reviews

Updated May 24, 2017
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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
  • Upper management made some decisions that may not have been fully thought through (in 12 reviews)

  • Engagement is a term that is flung around but no real commitment to improvement of employee engagement (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Employee Engagement Focus!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Management in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company is now focused onemployee engagement. The corporate realizes that they cannot make sustainable profit without an engaged team in the field.

    Cons

    pay for the industry is low, but KU is comparable to other child care companies.

    Advice to Management

    Reward consistent high occupancy and top performers financially. Bonus based on year over year growth favors low performers who turn things around rather than long term consistent top performers.


  2. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Fun job. Great people. Good values.

    Cons

    Some database systems need to be updated.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course and keep listening to employees.


  3. "I Can't Imagine a World Without KU!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Current Employee - District Manager
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Being a part of a company that serves children and families is an awesome feeling. Company is on track for a great turn-around! bringing us back to not only leading in the size of our company but being an industry leader.
    Good work-life balance, good benefits, good people to work with.

    Cons

    Being in the service industry, some employees feel the company shouldn't run as a business, but a social service agency. We must be profitable to sustain us as a company. Unfortunately, it means some layoffs. It doesn't mean that "they" don't care. It's good business.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making the right decisions that you are making. It's getting better and better!


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "opportunity for growth, great communication"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Center Director
    Current Employee - Center Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Knowledge Universe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    lots of opportunity for growth, the company likes to promote from within, I have worked for the company for four years and had many opportunitys where upper management talked with about my skills and where I needed to focus on for my next step.

    Cons

    pay, yes you will hear it a lot but the teaching staff are not paid near what they are worth.

    Advice to Management

    many of the buildings are older and need a face lift not just the knowledge beginnings.


  6. "Been working here for 4 months as s preK teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Pre K Teacher in Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Pre K Teacher in Hartford, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The staff at center are very caring and friendly. Center managers are very flexible with work family.balance.

    Cons

    The pay is low for amount of work put in each day. Also they count and deduct every minute. If you leave @ 555 they dock from pay. Adds up during week

    Advice to Management

    Pay employees more for time and effort with children.


  7. "Great Company - Great Mission"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoy making an impact on the children of the next generation. The education that KU children receive is outstanding. I believe in the leadership and proud to be a member of the KU team.

    Cons

    The are Cons in any Company. Look for the bad and you'll find it. Focus on the good, and you'll find it. I focus on the latter. For those that focus on the former, go work for Bright Horizons.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the the furlough and revisit PTO policy.


  8. "Loved this company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Continuing Education Instructor in Keller, TX
    Former Employee - Continuing Education Instructor in Keller, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Knowledge Universe part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great training, good pay, amazing leadership

    Cons

    Could pay a little more

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  9. "Teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great director at the center.

    Cons

    Terrible consistincy overall for teaches and kids.

    Advice to Management

    Make preschool and up teachers sign contract


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great opportunities for those willing to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Site Management in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Site Management in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Knowledge Universe full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for the field, room to grow, and consistent support.

    Cons

    Health benefits are hard to use.


  11. "Great Early Childhood Education Company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Field in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Professional Education Department who writes industry leading curriculum which teachers have the freedom to apply their own creativity to.
    Some of the best leadership I have ever worked with

    Cons

    I understand this company has had a history but honestly can say my time here has been one of the most positive professional experiences I have ever had.

    Advice to Management

    Continue investing in your people and quality education! There are some great things going on in the field!


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