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Stepping Stone School Reviews

Updated May 19, 2017
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Pros
  • They have very high standards for the quality of care provided to children and families (in 4 reviews)

  • The children and parents were terrific (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • Too little pay for amount of work (in 5 reviews)

  • Double standards from upper management (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Decent place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher in Round Rock, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Round Rock, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Pay dates happen when they are supposed to, awesome staff. Easy to take time off if you do it in advance. Good job as a beginner job or to get your foot in the door with teaching.

    Cons

    If you're sick and you call in--expect texts and phone calls of if you can come in still. If you present a problem it will often times be forgotten about. If there is any conflict in the workplace then you need to handle it by yourself. Ridiculously expensive health insurance. Half of the benefits you do not receive until you have worked years with the company. Pay is not the best. Teachers were paid anywhere from $8.50-$10/hr there. $10 was unusual.

    Advice to Management

    If a worker presents a problem then you should try to fix it. Keep them informed on the situation of it so it makes them feel like you are actually listening to them.


  2. "Great experience if you want a challenging and growth opportunities."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Center Support in Pflugerville, TX
    Current Employee - Center Support in Pflugerville, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Stepping Stone School full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    You have to work hard everyday and they have high standards however they give you guidance on those standards, offer educators and experts that come out to your classroom and work with you on site. You all work as a team to care for all the children and families- not just your class. You get to plan your curriculum and really teach. They offer advancement into leadership roles from teaching positions.

    Cons

    There is some turn over in teachers but these are normally the ones that try to call in all the time or "babysit" vs teach. There are teachers that have been at this school for 10+ years!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to have high standards and only hire teachers that want to teach. Keep re-energizing those that have been with you for a while.

  3. "Good coworkers, bad admin."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Pre-k Teacher in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Pre-k Teacher in Austin, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The director was awesome, the kids and the parents were very nice too

    Cons

    Short staffed, low pay, no benefits, high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Happy teachers, happy students. Happy students, happy parents = more enrollment.


  4. "It's not a bad place"

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    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher in Leander, TX
    Former Employee - Preschool Teacher in Leander, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The teachers are caring, the principal cares, and the kids are super sweet. It really is top-notch education for the money.

    Cons

    Corporate is so stingy with money. They do not give teachers materials needed to do their jobs. They expect teachers to buy supplies out of their own pockets. This is not acceptable. Pay is a bit low.

    Advice to Management

    Give your principals and teachers the funds and materials needed to excel.


  5. "Greedy owner/company"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Infant Lead Teacher in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Infant Lead Teacher in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The infants I loved made me stay at this place. You get very attached to the babies. That is literally the only pro.

    Cons

    The infant room makes the most money, (teachers start with $8,$9) They raised up tuition this summer in the infant room.Parents asked if we would get a raise because of that. NOPE.
    There's a lot to be done in classrooms. The ratio is 2 teachers to 10 infants. It gets over whelming. Besides taking care of all those babies, there is cleaning to be done. Dish washing, change crib sheets, laundry, dust furniture, clean inside and out fridge, spray down mats. It's a lot and you have to be done before your shift is over or else the director or assistant director is in your ear rushing you. So basically you will get Over Worked AND Under PAID.
    It takes 5 years of working to get paid vacation and paid sick days.

    Advice to Management

    Respect teachers and also don't be so greedy with the money your teachers make you.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "only there for the cute faces."

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    Current Employee - Toddler Teacher in Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Toddler Teacher in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    getting to hug babies to get your mind off the fact of how horrible your pay is.

    Cons

    the most unorganized, ill-trained management staff I have ever laid my eyes upon. I mean seriously Chuck-E-Cheese would be more suitable to leave you kid at. They probably wouldnt get sick as often. Speaking of sick, not only do you have to wait 5 YEARS to even think about health insurance, you will be getting sick at least 3 times a month because the "cleaning crew" only takes out the garbage...

    Advice to Management

    Get it together.


  7. "Lead Teacher, Cook, Closing teacher"

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The children and parents were terrific

    Cons

    Low Pay
    Didn't know where to place me
    Unorganized
    Co-workers hated their job

    Advice to Management

    Hire up beat people!
    Have opportunities for pay raises

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Use them because they surely use you"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Round Rock, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher in Round Rock, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Childcare discount
    Get your year of experience other schools require (so you can move on!)

    Cons

    Have been repeatedly asked to work when, very very ill, Director works when sick and expects you to do the same and tells employees with sick kids to give them meds and bring them in instead of staying home with them. Within one year I got several stomach viruses, one very severe, strep throat... don't bend to their pressure... stay home!
    Consistently understaffed
    Often out of ratio
    Very little if no support for new teachers
    Very high expectations of job performance without giving adequate time to juggle room cleanliness, attention to children, curriculum. I see teachers all the time use their lunches to complete work... so sad
    Benefits take 5 years to kick in
    Jump through hoops for a raise
    Gossip and cattiness due to high stress and minimal management interaction, staff is largely left to juggle kids between each other in the morning and in the afternoon
    Favoritism (i.e.: some teachers will get to leave for trips to store, smokers given privilege for breaks while other teachers who don't brown nose will get stuck in a classroom for basically the entire day with no guarantee of a bathroom break, and in fact, get attitude when asked for one)
    Super high turnover, in a year I've probably seen 10 teachers quit between 2 different locations
    You may be forced to go pee in your classroom despite that definitely not being allowed, that or get a UTI, your choice!

    Advice to Management

    Respect and assist your staff. I've seen many new teachers in tears and frazzled as they try to juggle the demands of a new classroom and seen the management be utterly apathetic. Have some empathy, your teachers are in classrooms all day and have virtually no freedom to get a drink, go to the bathroom like you do. Don't micromanage something so minor as a teacher sitting to rest for a while on a piece of furniture when the rest of the day they are doing a very physical job in younger age groups, and that is basically the extent of your management interaction. Show appreciation when someone goes out of their way to help (like coming in early). Don't preach about gossiping and then complain about an employee in front of another one, multiple times, so unprofessional and causes hostile work environment.


  9. "The life of a Stepping Stone Teacher"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - School Age Teacher in Round Rock, TX
    Current Employee - School Age Teacher in Round Rock, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Stepping Stone School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the staff are pretty nice and helpful, parents for the most part are amazing, and most of my kids are just wonderful.

    Cons

    No breaks, favoritism, over ratio always, poor management, illegal picture taking and being sent to friends by both teachers and principal.

    Advice to Management

    Learn professionalism.


  10. "Great Teachers, Wonderful Experience"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Assistant Teacher in Austin, TX

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere at this campus was always a positive one, and each of my coworkers cared deeply about their classes. It was a fun place to come to work everyday.

    Cons

    The compensation was difficult to live on, but even still it was fair given my experience level.

    Advice to Management

    Better organization wherever possible, as well as higher pay for hard working teachers.


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