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The Goddard School Reviews

Updated September 23, 2018
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  • "Low pay for the amount of work expected" (in 59 reviews)

  • "No time outside of the class to work on lesson plans or assessments" (in 39 reviews)

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  1. "Love working for Goddard"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Preschool Teacher in Lithia, FL
    Current Employee - Lead Preschool Teacher in Lithia, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Management is wonderful, owners are wonderful. Low ratios compared to anywhere else. Do not combine classes until after 5. Overall great place to work

    Cons

    Occasional lack in communication


  2. Helpful (1)

    "I enjoy what I do at Olathe 1 Goddard."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teachers can be creative and make their lesson plans.
    Almost all of the lead teachers in the school have worked there 2+ years.
    There are strong relationships between teachers and families.
    New owners of the school have renovated the current building and will soon begin construction on a new school building.
    We have an extended paid holiday vacation in December.

    Cons

    Management comes off naggy, and not much positive praise is given about the classrooms/teachers.
    When things are needed in the classroom, it tends to take a while before receiving it.
    Communication could be stronger throughout the building.

    Advice to Management

    Give more praise to the teachers for hard work, not just what needs to be worked on.
    Keep constant communication about anything involving the classroom.

  3. "Lead teacher"

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher Infants in Edmond, OK
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher Infants in Edmond, OK
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    We had good pay and decent benefits.

    Cons

    The management team needed some work with communication skills

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work and continuing to grow stronger


  4. "Assistant teacher"

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

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time

    Pros

    Bonding with the children and a set schedule

    Cons

    They don’t appreciate employeeys


  5. "Infant Room Assistant Teacher Review"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time

    Pros

    Staff is very supportive of one another. Lots of great team work.

    Cons

    No opportunities for growth. Management added work responsibilities beyond the original job description without an opportunity for a raise.


  6. "New Management"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Olathe, KS
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Olathe, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free to create your own lesson plans and classroom environment.
    New owners have remodeled current building and are looking to build a brand new school.
    Paid vacation time and extended holiday time off.
    Great relationship with families.

    Cons

    Bigger break room
    Closed toed shoes

    Advice to Management

    Bigger classroom budget for supplies


  7. "Save your sanity, stay far, far away!"

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    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Lead Teacher in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Children and families are wonderful! Lots of resources for the children and teachers. iPads in each classroom, new materials for the children, large playground, beautiful facility.

    Cons

    Management offers little to no training for new hires. I was thrown into a classroom within my first 5 minutes of being hired. I didn’t know procedures, routines, or daily practices. Also, management expects you to place work above your family priority wise. My child had a high grade fever and they told me to come to work anyway, which would expose everyone to whatever illness my child had. I was vomiting with fever another time and was told I had to come in because we were short staffed. Blatant disregard for the health and safety of not only me and my child, but for the children enrolled and the other staff members. Also, I get zero time for planning per week. All of my lesson planning and curriculum building is done on my own time at home. If there is extra time in the day, they are sending people home instead of giving us time to plan. Apparently, that extra $5 for planning time will break them financially. Employee turnover is absolutely ridiculous, I’m talking 4 to 5 new hires quitting every month, I’ve never experienced such a thing in my life. We are told over and over again that we are a school and NOT a daycare, yet we get paid less than most daycare centers pay their teachers.

    Advice to Management

    Get your life together, work does not trump family. Pay your teachers what they are worth. Always follow licensing standards, not only when it’s convenient for you. I could go on and on, but it all falls on deaf ears. They don’t care.

  8. "Absolutely shocking!! In a bad way!!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time

    Pros

    Daytime position is the only good thing about here.

    Cons

    They advertised a job for Afternoon Assistant Teacher, I applied and received the job. First day, I was put on kitchen. Not what I was hired for. Then I found out they wash, rinse. Sanitize (water & bleach mix) and air dry their dishes....which means there’s always bleach residue on the dishes and they are serving food on them to your kids!! Sometimes the dishes weren’t even close to being dried and they were NEVER rinsed off after the bleach. We also were expected to keep our hands in bleach to sanitize the dishes with NO protective gloves or anything. For orientation, I had to watch 3 DVD’s, no problem, the problem came when you’re not allowed time off work unless another person their can cover your shift or you’re fired. So I had enough. I asked yesterday when I could I received a check for the hours I worked and all of a sudden, it’s well you’ll have $48.25 come out of your check for finger prints that was stated in the new hire information, um....NO there was NEVER A NEE HIRE PACKAGE FOR ME AND THEY NEVER TOOK MY INFORMATION TO PUT ME ON PAYROLL!!
    I would NEVER send my kids here or work for a place that has nothing but excuses for their actions and lack of actions. There’s no communication here at all!! The Health Department should really be investigating this facility!!!

    Advice to Management

    Stop putting a listing up for one job, when you really trying to hire for another lower job. I’ll be nice and say it’s deceiving but it’s really just lying.

    You need protection for employees to be putting their hands in so much bleach.

    You shouldn’t try to get free help, if you’re really such a great place. Pay the person what you owe them, and don’t make up excuses about stuff that was NEVER shown to the new employee.


  9. "Happy Teacher Here"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Teacher in Bethesda, MD
    Current Employee - Teacher in Bethesda, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The owner and directors genuinly care about the families and us and we get so much support. I feel part of a family instead of just a worker. Many resources and books for children to use. Beautiful school and many new toys in the classrooms. Free events for teachers to bond with each other.

    Cons

    Have to work sometimes when it snows. Hard for us who take public transportations. Need a bigger space for teachers to relax during lunch breaks.

    Advice to Management

    Thank you for treating us like you do, you are very appreciated


  10. "Don't work here"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time

    Pros

    The children and rich curriculum.

    Cons

    If you like to work for liars go ahead and work here!

    Advice to Management

    Communication is highly poor. It's a lot of "he said she said" games. People don't want to work for that.


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