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La Petite Academy Reviews

Updated January 15, 2019
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Pros
  • "Mon-Fri; working with children;" (in 17 reviews)

  • "The Kids are great and there are many fun activities to do" (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. "I liked working here as a lead teacher!"

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    • Senior Management
    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!


  2. "Great Stepping Stone"

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

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

    Pros

    Working with kids, good learning experience

    Cons

    Low pay, poor benefits, stressful and chaotic work environment

    La Petite Academy Response

    Jan 17, 2019 – Recruiting Manager

    Thank you for your review. We strive to provide a positive environment for our employees despite the challenges that the ECE field can bring. We appreciate your hard work in your school. Again, thank... More

  3. "Only if you have patience."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at La Petite Academy full-time

    Pros

    My awesome coworkers made it worth it.

    Cons

    Children that have behaviour issues.


  4. "Lead Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at La Petite Academy full-time

    Pros

    Love working with the kids
    The parents are very welcoming and easy to talk to
    The director is very welcoming and easy to talk to

    Cons

    Very strict when it comes to overtime
    Pay is not good
    Seems that all corporate cares about is enrollment

    La Petite Academy Response

    Jan 11, 2019

    Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback. We are happy to hear you love working with the children and families at your center. As a company, we strive to provide a supportive work... More


  5. "Teacher"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novi, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Novi, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Management is understanding to employees and their families.

    Cons

    I don't have any cons.


  6. "Childcare Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at La Petite Academy full-time

    Pros

    Get to work with little kids

    Cons

    Pay is very horrible

    La Petite Academy Response

    Dec 28, 2018

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


  7. "teacher/float"

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    Current Employee - Teacher/Float in Lynnwood, WA
    Current Employee - Teacher/Float in Lynnwood, WA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great place to work, great work enviroment

    Cons

    some of the staff wants your help but when you need help they are to busy

    Advice to Management

    nothing to add they are doing great

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    "Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Virginia Beach, VA
    Current Employee - Teacher in Virginia Beach, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working with children and watching them grow. Weekends and holidays off.

    Cons

    There are too many things teachers have to do (lesson plans, assessments, DOLs, cleaning, etc.) and not enough time in the day to also tend to the children. Honestly, it's not worth what we get paid. We're expected to come in even though we're sick and it just causes everyone else in the center to get sick. The company only cares about money and enrolling children when you can only have so many in the classroom which makes everything so stressful. There's also "blackouts," periods of times when you can't request time off (January and the summer months).

    Advice to Management

    Management tends to promise things but will forget. There's no use in asking them for anything. They don't communicate well.


  9. "Toddler Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Phoenix, AZ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at La Petite Academy (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment, lots of support from directors and corporate

    Cons

    Some days are slower than others, some co-workers didn't get along


  10. "Amazing concept, poor execution"

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

    I have been working at La Petite Academy full-time

    Pros

    The hours: 6:30 AM to 6 PM
    Weekends off
    Holidays
    PTO
    Full-time employees can opt to receive benefits, including vision and dental
    Competitive pay
    They will help you receive your CDA or ECE
    Opportunities to advance

    Cons

    Management drops the ball
    High turn-over rate with employees and enrollments
    Breaks are 15 minutes or not there on any given day
    Very expensive for enrolled families
    Favoritism between employees
    Not the most flexible with scheduling
    Working with mostly women, there can be a lot of drama and gossip

    Advice to Management

    Better checks and balances system. More involvement from corporate office with employees.
    Ability to have confidential conversations with management and it stay confidential.