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Updated February 18, 2018
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  • Low pay for what they charge for childcare (in 28 reviews)

  • No Benefits or option for benefits (in 17 reviews)

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  1. "Great Place to Work!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Pre-K Teacher
    Current Employee - Pre-K Teacher
    Recommends

    I have been working at Primrose School full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Bosses are extremely caring and helpful. The families there are amazing! The curriculum is a lot of fun to teach. Great place to work!!

    Cons

    I have none at this time.


  2. "Floater"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Primrose School part-time

    Pros

    Teaching staff
    Closed Saturday and Sunday

    Cons

    Pay
    Mostly hire part time for floater position
    Management is not the easiest to work with
    Zero benefits for part time

  3. "Good"

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Houston, TX

    I worked at Primrose School part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Colleagues, kids, curriculum and management

    Cons

    Did not find any during the time i worked.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Douglasville, GA
    Former Employee - Teacher in Douglasville, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Primrose School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The center is very clean and the management is great to work for. They cared about their employees. I liked my job

    Cons

    It can be very stressful working with children and you sometimes don’t get the support from parents. The salary could be a little higher too.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  5. "Preschool"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Primrose School full-time

    Pros

    A lot of hours to work

    Cons

    Parents are tough to deal with sometimes.


  6. "Poor management and very poor communication."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Primrose School full-time

    Pros

    No pros at this time.

    Cons

    People keep quitting left and right. I believe it is because of poor management. They tell you one thing and do something else completely different.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and don't screw over your employees. Owners micro manage everything and it's very annoying. Pay employees more, they deserve it.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canal Winchester, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canal Winchester, OH
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Primrose School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    - Teachers in many classrooms really enjoyed what they did.
    - Free food.

    Cons

    - High turnover
    - Would hire people that had no experience in childcare and expected teachers to teach them.
    - TINY rooms for younger children; it was the smallest room I'd ever been in at a childcare facility.
    - Wouldn't send kids home when they were sick. Unless they had a mega high fever, good luck getting the management to enforce the sick policy. This also includes the 24 hour sick policy, where the child is not allowed to return for 24 hours after leaving due to sickness.
    - Constantly understaffed.
    - They were very pushy about people calling out sick. I witnessed one woman that had a doctor's note being coerced into coming in. Staff would come in sick, and the kids would get sick, and then parents would send their kids in sick. It was a giant cycle.
    - They don't listen to employees. The teachers are the ones that are in the room with the kids all day; we know what they need. This was especially a problem concerning safety issues that they would not change because all of the franchise locations are supposed to look/be exactly the same.
    - Never knowing when you'll get your break.
    - Preschool teachers beware, you will have to sign a contract. And if you hate the job and want out of that contract, you'll have to pay them off for the remaining cost of your contract. This means that teachers will stay in order to not shell out money, which leads to resentment towards management and the kids.
    - You are given a lesson plan. Every center has the exact same lesson plan. You can't sit down with a classroom and base everything around the kid's needs, wants, and developmental ability with a pre - programmed lesson.

    Advice to Management

    - Leave room for flexibility in the lesson plan.
    - Listen to your employees!
    - Care more about the kids, and less about the 'Primrose' image.
    - At- will employment for ALL members of staff.
    - If someone is sick, send them home.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Blahhh"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Closer
    Former Employee - Closer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Primrose School part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It's a job to say you're employed and the kids are just adorable.

    Cons

    They put on a SHOW literally. Over promise and under deliver in every area.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together.


  9. "Pre-school teacher"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Lead Preschool Teacher in Tampa, FL
    Current Employee - Lead Preschool Teacher in Tampa, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Primrose School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You get to be in a organized work space

    Cons

    The restrictions limit your teaching abilities


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Same old understaffed child care facility."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Primrose School full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working only Monday-Friday was nice. Most of the co workers were supportive. Staff was friendly. The building was always clean. The rooms were fully stocked with toys and supplies. The is a recourse room with supplies and a copier. The circulum was provided.

    Cons

    Morale went from worse to worse over the time I was there. A couple days it was good. Lack of communication with management and owner to teachers. Owner and director seemed too overwhelmed. It’s probably because they were always understaffed. Never know if you’ll actually leave on time. There was a difficult work life balance when you have no choice to stay late because they don’t have staffing to cover people leaving. Low pay for what they charge for childcare.

    Advice to Management

    Be okay paying a few more people to make sure school is properly staffed. Have enough coverage to have every teacher leave on time. Don’t hide things from staff. Don’t play favorites and be catty. It’s no secret you’re overwhelmed- and no surprise your teachers are too.


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