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La Petite Academy Reviews

Updated March 18, 2019
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Pros
  • "Mon-Fri; working with children;" (in 17 reviews)

  • "Benefits are super, and the parents and kids are great overall" (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • "very low pay, never leave on time" (in 44 reviews)

  • "Pay is not comparable to the amount of work you are expected to complete" (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    "Wonderful environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Program Director
    Current Employee - Assistant Program Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at La Petite Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Corporate support and positive work environment. Potential for growth within the company.

    Cons

    I have no cons to add at this time.

    La Petite Academy Response

    Mar 4, 2019 – Sourcing Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review! We take pride in maintaining a positive workplace environment for our employees and our team plays a huge role in that. Thank you for your... More


  2. "I liked working here as a lead teacher!"

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    Former Employee - Infant Lead Teacher in New Lenox, IL
    Former Employee - Infant Lead Teacher in New Lenox, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at La Petite Academy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    They had okay benefits and the pay was about average

    Cons

    Worked more than 40 hours some weeks.

    Advice to Management

    They did a great job!

  3. "One word - STRESS."

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    Former Employee - Assistant Preschool Teacher
    Former Employee - Assistant Preschool Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at La Petite Academy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Consistent hours
    Working with kids every day.

    Cons

    Pay is nowhere near enough for the amount of work you are required to do.
    Responsible for cleaning everything in the classroom as well as any public area and every bathroom.
    Never leave on time.
    The student to teacher ratio is too high.
    Management not as involved or as helpful as they need to be.
    (maybe this was just at my center) but, no student was ever suspended or kicked out no matter the number of disruptive/aggressive offenses.

    Advice to Management

    Increase pay or at the very least appreciation for employees.
    Invest in a cleaning company or a custodial staff, maintaining a class as well as trying to clean everything at the same time is near impossible.
    Find a way for employees to be able to leave when their scheduled hours are completed, if that means decreasing the number of students per teacher then so be it.
    Increase disciplinary policy. Because it seems to be a slap on the wrist in terms of consequences for repeated negative behavior, parents don't even take it seriously and no changes in behavior take place making the already high stress environment even more difficult.

    La Petite Academy Response

    Mar 22, 2019 – Recruiting Manager

    Thanks for the feedback. We are happy to hear you enjoyed working with the children at your center. As a company, we strive to provide a supportive work environment that offers a development path for... More


  4. "Lead teacher"

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at La Petite Academy part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Children are the best part of the job.

    Cons

    Pay
    Benefits
    Schedule
    Long breaks
    Never know when youll get off

    La Petite Academy Response

    Mar 11, 2019 – Recruiting Manager

    We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share your feedback. We are glad to hear you enjoy working with the children at your center. As a company, we strive to provide a supportive work... More


  5. "Not much room for growth"

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    Former Employee - Teacher
    Former Employee - Teacher

    I worked at La Petite Academy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Nice staff relations, everyone got along pretty well. My CPR training was paid for, which was very much appreciated.

    Cons

    Not much room for growth and could be quite stressful at times.

    La Petite Academy Response

    Feb 19, 2019 – Sourcing Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to share your feedback! We take pride in maintaining a positive workplace environment for our employees and our team plays a huge role in that. We know that working in... More


  6. "Good childcare"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at La Petite Academy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good food and childcare program for children to learn and grow. Getting tuition 50% off is a nice perk when I bring my child in while I work.

    Cons

    Wish the cost of childcare is at no cost for a person who is employed with this company. And that overtime can be approved for most situations to make the employees happier.

    Advice to Management

    Approve more overtime for the employees and make them feel important and allow childcare be at no cost to the employees who have kids that are enrolled in La Petitie. It makes sense.

    La Petite Academy Response

    Feb 14, 2019 – Sourcing Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to review La Petite Academy! We appreciate your feedback. As a company, we strive to provide a supportive work environment that offers a development path for a... More


  7. "Depends on the location of the Center"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at La Petite Academy part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Understanding
    Meet some great co workers

    Cons

    Money hungry
    Favoritism
    Micro-managing

    La Petite Academy Response

    Feb 11, 2019 – Sourcing Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to write a review. We are disappointed to hear that you are not having a positive experience as an employee of La Petite Academy. We take employee concerns very... More

  8. "Terrible place to work"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Fort Wayne, IN
    Current Employee - Teacher in Fort Wayne, IN

    I have been working at La Petite Academy part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    None that I can think of right now

    Cons

    Too many to name to be honest

    La Petite Academy Response

    Mar 15, 2019 – Recruiting Manager

    Thanks for the review. We’re sorry you’ve had a disappointing experience working with us. Educating and caring for young children is demanding work; no work is more important. We’re committed to... More


  9. "Need better pay"

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    Current Employee - Co-Teacher in Saint Joseph, MO
    Current Employee - Co-Teacher in Saint Joseph, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at La Petite Academy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I love the kids in the center

    Cons

    Hate that I don't have any insurance

    La Petite Academy Response

    Feb 7, 2019 – Sourcing Specialist

    Thank you for taking the time to review La Petite Academy! We are so happy that you had a positive experience with the children in your center. We are disappointed to hear that you are not satisfied... More


  10. "Unprofessional"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at La Petite Academy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with kids
    Having weekends off

    Cons

    Unprofessional Directors
    Misinformation
    Mandatory Overtime (at least at this location)

    Advice to Management

    Do better. Stop placing so much blame on the teachers and learn how to properly manage your center. It starts at the top.

    La Petite Academy Response

    Feb 25, 2019 – Recruiting Manager

    Thanks for the review. We are happy to hear you enjoyed working with the children at your center. We’re sorry to hear that you were disappointed with the level of support you have been receiving from... More