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The Goddard School Reviews

Updated July 21, 2017
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  • Low pay in comparison to job responsibilities (in 36 reviews)

  • The pay is not that great for the amount of work you do, especially working with such young children (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant Teacher"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mooresville, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mooresville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at The Goddard School part-time

    Pros

    Awesome staff (director/owner/teachers), awesome kids, awesome parents

    Cons

    Potential for better compensation and benefits


  2. "Stay Far Away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midlothian, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midlothian, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time

    Pros

    I have an awesome co-teacher and of course the children and their parents. Summer schedule with special guests and plenty of water play

    Cons

    Management is a joke. Just sits in the office, art materials old and limited. Benefits suck or non existent. Children with major behavioral problems including kicking and hitting teachers and no support from management just ridiculous. Also no illness policy so kids sick constantly.

    Advice to Management

    Give better benefits for employees, support and actual illness policy

  3. "Teaching Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bordentown, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bordentown, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Getting to work with kids is very rewarding.

    Cons

    No benefits, gossiping among the staff, drama. Watched as they hired back former employees after they were fired and they continued to do the same things wrong while the head staff just looked the other way.


  4. "Needs improvement"

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    Former Employee - Floater in Bethesda, MD
    Former Employee - Floater in Bethesda, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The children
    The activities
    Free food
    Some friendly staff

    Cons

    Poor management
    -Disorganized
    -Treats workers unfairly (in a sublte way)
    -Low pay
    Unhappy co-workers
    Little room for growth

    Advice to Management

    Get organized, hire more experienced workers, and treat your employees fairly.


  5. "Poor Managment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shawnee, KS

    Pros

    The students were lots of fun and there were some great teachers there too.

    Cons

    The management was not supportive of classroom teachers. Was very difficult to get help when needing support for very difficult behaviors with students in the classroom. Management played favorites with employees. They were very unorganized and rarely gave full breaks.

    Advice to Management

    Be more supportive of the staff


  6. "I didn't like how the company was ran."

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    Former Employee - Teacher in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Teacher in King of Prussia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at The Goddard School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    They were very flexible with my schedule. They treated me good most of the time until the end. Working only Monday- Friday was nice.

    Cons

    I'm sure every location is different, however the location I worked at was very "corporate" in how they ran things. The pay was low. They cared more about their appearance than they did the children. The administration favored certain staff members and were very caddy and childish at times. I wouldn't recommend this as a place of employment to a friend, nor would I ever send my child here.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work here"

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    Current Employee - Co-Teacher in Cedar Park, TX
    Current Employee - Co-Teacher in Cedar Park, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Teachers, majority of parents are really great, love all of the kids

    Cons

    owners , director and administration are completely ridiculous, rude, two-faced, greedy and hypocritical. not enough bathroom breaks, broken promises. No support given even when they say they will give whatever support is needed. Cramming the classes as full as they can, pushing kids up into older classes before they are ready. just so they can fill up the more expensive infant classes. Great daycare to send your kids to because teachers genuinely care. But teachers are stressed, pushed past their limit, and don't feel appreciated. Tired of watching touring parents come in and get lied to by the owners and admn. about how we have lower student teacher ratio then state. in actual fact, they constantly have us at state and sometimes over. Parents are paying for lower student teacher ratio but not getting it. also school lunches are nothing fancy and not worth the money. Parents pay for it and on paper I'm sure it looks like great food, but when its actually quite gross looking when served out.

    Advice to Management

    pay us more money if you intend to keep overfilling classes, and piling that much more work on us. Actually follow your lower student teacher ratio policies, and hire more floaters as you obviously need more help. communicate better amongst yourselves and to your employees. don't blame communication issues on us, when the majority of the time its you. Teachers communicate very well to parents and among themselves. Admit and owners really need to work on it.

  8. "A Good Company, That Is Family Owned And Operated"

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    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Englishtown, NJ
    Current Employee - Teacher Assistant in Englishtown, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - Great nuturing environment to work in
    - Friendly staff
    - Flexible hours

    Cons

    - No method to progess through the ranks
    - No benefits

    Advice to Management

    Be able to appreciate the employees' efforts


  9. "Great school"

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    Former Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Sugar Land, TX
    Former Employee - Teacher's Assistant in Sugar Land, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great coworkers and administrative ownership.

    Cons

    Often turn around of teachers

    Advice to Management

    Hire teachers who are not using the school as a "stepping stone" in their teaching careers. We had several new certified teachers within the year come and go due to finding better jobs in the district. Our kids were left with substitutes until a new teacher came along which really impacted stability for the kids.


  10. "Hard to move up"

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

    I have been working at The Goddard School full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible time off, it's a franchise so if you have a great owner and directors it's too not bad. Trainings

    Cons

    Low pay, rough clientele, a lot of extra work you need to take home without being compensated. No room for growth.


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