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Sunshine House Early Learning Academy Reviews

Updated September 9, 2017
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  • Their was a HUGE lack of communication between management and staff and even between management themselves (in 3 reviews)

  • The industry itself is demanding so it is hard to keep a consistent work/life balance (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Corporate management needs to scale down"

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    Former Employee - Director in Charleston, SC
    Former Employee - Director in Charleston, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sunshine House Early Learning Academy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with children is always a plus

    Cons

    Too much micro management with little financial backing

    Advice to Management

    Stop expanding with brand marketing and profits and focus on paying educators well.


  2. "970 Oak Rd"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Sunshine House Early Learning Academy full-time

    Pros

    Pay was decent. Great Location. SOME of the staff was nice. Hours were flexible to work around. Open and friendly environment.

    Cons

    Management is unprofessional. COMPLETE drama zone. Since I have been employed there, the company has went through three different managers.

    Advice to Management

    Be more professional in your work. Stay out of employee drama. Encourage employees to improve in their work performance.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Excellent Place to Work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Director of Operations in Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Regional Director of Operations in Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sunshine House Early Learning Academy full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have worked with The Sunshine House for 13 years. I have immensely experienced career advancement and growth opportunities within the company. The family environment and supportive culture ensures your success in the workplace. I have grown professionally and personally at The Sunshine House. The culture has helped me flourish, thrive, and develop in unimaginable ways. I am proud to be a part of The Sunshine House family.

    Cons

    None - grateful to be apart of such an awesome company!

    Advice to Management

    Thank YOU!


  4. "Lots of changes happening here"

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    Former Employee - GA Pre-K Teacher
    Former Employee - GA Pre-K Teacher
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Sunshine House Early Learning Academy (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I truly enjoyed working with the students and co-workers.

    Cons

    Management turnover was extreme.

    Advice to Management

    Hire center directors that have backgrounds in Education & Management. Several of the directors that I worked with did not have classroom experience.

    Sunshine House Early Learning Academy Response

    Jul 28, 2017 – Director of Recruiting & Employee Relations

    Thank you for your feedback. And thank you for more than 8 years of service to our students and families in Georgia. It is wonderful to have the opportunity to work for directors with the perfect... More


  5. "Bare Bones Daycare"

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    Former Employee - After School Teacher in Woodstock, GA
    Former Employee - After School Teacher in Woodstock, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sunshine House Early Learning Academy part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Time goes by Fast
    Working with children

    Cons

    They work the place on the minimum amount of staff possible.

    Advice to Management

    Have someone extra on hand to help when a class is out of hand.

    Sunshine House Early Learning Academy Response

    Aug 3, 2017 – Director of Recruiting & Employee Relations

    We’re sorry to hear you had a 2-star experience working in our afterschool classroom. We wish you the best in your future endeavors!


  6. "Education"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sunshine House Early Learning Academy full-time

    Pros

    Great co workers
    Interaction with children every day
    No weekends
    Good work hours
    Competitive pay

    Cons

    More time needed to work with staff to support professional development and growth


  7. "A great place to be"

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    Current Employee - Center Director in North Charleston, SC
    Current Employee - Center Director in North Charleston, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sunshine House Early Learning Academy full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great company! It is filled with wonderful, helpful, and nurturing people. I am so happy to be a part of this family.

    Cons

    The industry itself is demanding so it is hard to keep a consistent work/life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to your gut! You got this! And the great thing about working for The Sunshine House is on the days you don't have it all together you can pick up the phone and call another director to help you. Teamwork makes the dream work

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible!!! Stay away!!!"

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Travelers Rest, SC
    Former Employee - Teacher in Travelers Rest, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sunshine House Early Learning Academy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    consistent Monday to Friday schedule, no weekends

    Cons

    I worked at the Travelers Rest location before quitting. We were constantly breaking the law and understaffed. Sometimes workers would have 12 babies -- WAY over state law (and SC law is already incredibly lenient). There was constantly "shuffling" of the kids from classroom to classroom in a futile attempt to correct being out of ratio, which is illegal and meant that kids of different age groups (e.g., babies and toddlers) were together.

    There was a woman working there who yelled at the kids and had clearly severe mental health issues but was not fired because they didn't want to lose a worker. Management would constantly lie and say they were interviewing/hiring new people, but they never did. Probably to increase profits, because it's cheaper to work your existing workers to death and break the law than hire more people. On one occasion corporate people came in to help with the kids while wearing their office attire (including one woman in thigh high, high-heeled boots, who clearly knew nothing about kids).

    It's called an "early learning academy" (ooooh-la-la, how fancy!) and markets itself as a preschool to potential parents/customers. We were required to show them a curriculum, but the secret was that we never did anything on the curriculum or academic at all due to being perpetually understaffed. All we did all day was change diapers/feed them/supervise free play/nap time. It's a DAYCARE, not a preschool. We were referred to as "teachers", which is a joke.

    Most people working there have no other options because they only made it through high school. You get paid barely above minimum wage. I made $9/hr only because I had a bachelors degree.

    We were not allowed to do time-outs or even tell the children "no". One child bit other kids every day but was never removed. Very little room for advancement. Management would lie to employees constantly, hinting that certain trainings (paying $7.25/hour and a 1.5 hours' drive away) were mandatory when they weren't because management would receive a bonus based on how many employees attended the trainings.

    A favorite employee of management actually put the children in grave danger at one point and flouted the rules but never got in any kind of trouble.

    The food given to the kids was absolute slop.

    It is against state law to clean the rooms with the kids still there (because of spraying cleansers, vacuuming, mopping, etc.--it's dangerous) and yet we did that every day because the company's greed will not allow them to pay us an extra 15 minutes to stay after the kids are gone to clean or to hire an outside cleaning service to come in. Everybody working there (even those whose heart was in it and who have a true love for children) were miserable.

    You have been warned.

    Advice to Management

    Stop being greedy. Care about kids and employees over corporate profit or get into a less people-centered line of work.

    Sunshine House Early Learning Academy Response

    Aug 24, 2017 – Director of Recruiting & Employee Relations

    Thank you for taking the time to document your experience at our location in Travelers Rest. We wish you had communicated your concerns to your Regional Director during the years you were employed... More


  9. "Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, SC

    I have been working at Sunshine House Early Learning Academy full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    During school year you are guaranteed hours

    Cons

    Summer months hours are cut and pay is low

    Sunshine House Early Learning Academy Response

    Jul 28, 2017 – Director of Recruiting & Employee Relations

    Thank you for your feedback! Some classrooms have lower enrollment in the summer, and some classrooms have more! If you are looking for additional hours, please talk to your director or regional... More


  10. "Working at the Sunshine House"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Assistant Director in Greenville, SC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sunshine House Early Learning Academy full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Loved the children, parents and teachers.

    Cons

    Employees are over-worked and underpaid. A lot of underhandedness, a lot of gossip, management has no experience and not qualified to manage. Lack of communication. Changing rules to suit situations. Will only handle an issue if there is a violation. Extremely high turnover rate (20 teachers came and went in 6 months).

    Advice to Management

    Employees in management positions should have more experience and education. Six months to a year as a teacher does not qualify someone to be a director.

    Sunshine House Early Learning Academy Response

    Jul 17, 2017 – Director of Recruiting & Employee Relations

    I am sorry to hear about the experience you had as an Assistant Director in Greenville, and I understand your frustrations. Your feedback is appreciated and can hopefully help us make improvements... More


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