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New Horizon Academy Reviews

Updated April 16, 2018
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Pros
  • flexible, working with kids, leadership (in 3 reviews)

  • There are too many child care companies/ centers that don't hold themselves to high standards (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • You need to work hard to have a successful room, break time is sometimes limited, frequently understaffed, long hours (in 4 reviews)

  • High turnover low pay and high stress (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Lead Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Elk River, MN
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Elk River, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at New Horizon Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved working for this company. They try their hardest to stay up to date on what is best for children and their annual employee conference is inspirational and reminds you what is really important when taking care of children. I loved the management at the Elk River center. They were always so helpful and really made the staff feel like a big family.

    Cons

    Pay is low and there are lots of challenging behaviors to deal with.


  2. "good and bad"

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

    I have been working at New Horizon Academy full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I loved the people I work with. There is a good sense of community. It's nice to start your work day with hugs from kids and seeing them be so happy you're there

    Cons

    Availability schedules don't mean anything. You have to be available to work from 6am to past 630pm, and nobody can tell you when you're going to be done with work. A lot of evening and weekend meetings and trainings. Families have no schedules, they come and go as they please. Pay is horrible for what you have to do and deal with

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people working directly with the kids. Pay your employees more. In some centers, they are getting chairs thrown at them and dealing with horrible behavior daily.

  3. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at New Horizon Academy full-time

    Pros

    No Pros. The job is just not great.

    Cons

    The hours are long and the pay is not good! this is for sure not a career...

    Advice to Management

    Step up your game and be more aware of what's going on.


  4. "One Teacher in a room with 7 toddlers"

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New Horizon Academy part-time

    Pros

    I am happy to see that this company gives health insurance even though it is not the best. The facilities are very put together and there are many rules regarding how the rooms should be set up. They usually have plenty of supplies for teachers to create lessons with. Assistant Director was a rock star at my location.

    Cons

    Lack of communication from the director. Worked in a room by myself usually with 7 toddlers running around. It was crazy at some points. Would have been nice to have an assistant teacher in the classroom with me. Also the lack of prep time during my time there made it difficult to work on putting together good lessons. Floats should come in a relieve teachers for bathroom breaks as well.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure there are lead teachers and assistant teachers in each classroom. Even though the ratio is 7:1 it was incredibly hard to do my best with a bunch of 18 month old's going crazy. Specifically during diaper changing time. Make sure you have a float hitting bathroom breaks for each room along with giving teachers prep time. Hire enough people and get on a consistent schedule.


  5. "Love the other teachers in the building. Definitely not a job for everyone. Kids and parents need a lot of patience."

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    Current Employee - Toddler Teacher in Eagan, MN
    Current Employee - Toddler Teacher in Eagan, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New Horizon Academy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Other teachers in building are great and helpful, the facility is nice and new, a lot of opportunities for furthering education.

    Cons

    The directors aren't good at communicating, rarely get bathroom breaks, and we are way over on children which makes it hard to stay in ratio. The pay is horrible for how many hours you do put in (weekends, prep time, Lesson Planning, over time daily)

    Advice to Management

    Work on communication and listening to what staff have to say.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Strong Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A strong company in the industry that cares about their employees. Just increased everyone’s wages - Teachers and Management. Also increased infant child care discount which is very helpful!

    Cons

    There are some long days that can be hard but knowing the difference you make for the kids make it worth it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep working on increasing wages and benefits. Listen to your employees and make positives changes.


  7. "Assistant director"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at New Horizon Academy full-time

    Pros

    Great families, and staff. No weekend or holiday hours.

    Cons

    No management support, insufficient training of staff.

  8. "Infant teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Maple Grove, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at New Horizon Academy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The benefits flexible staff parents children

    Cons

    To have enough time to prep your classrooom


  9. "It is what you make it"

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    Current Employee - Transition Lead Teacher
    Current Employee - Transition Lead Teacher
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at New Horizon Academy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Like to hire from within and offer promotions, reasonable pay for the field, my center director is awesome (I can't speak to others, but she does a great job), good communication between corporate and employees, reasonable benefits

    Cons

    You need to work hard to have a successful room, break time is sometimes limited, frequently understaffed, long hours.


  10. "Inept corporate work"

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

    I have been working at New Horizon Academy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The children are delightful. Seeing them grow and develop is great.

    Cons

    Corporate is not run like a legitimate corporation. Makes decisions willy nilly. Takes advantage of the 'young' applicants who just want a job and a start. Watch your pay like a hawk...

    Advice to Management

    Act like a corporation. The things you get away with...


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