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  1. "Awesome, could use help"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Instructor in West Covina, CA
    Current Employee - Instructor in West Covina, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Young Champions USA part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great opportunity for any instructor, lots of learning to do, interview was pretty simple. Great work life balance as you pick your hours and locations.

    Cons

    You are on your own, so get used to it quick and find parent helpers or you are not going to make it.

    Advice to Management

    Get new instructors some more help.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Amateur, mickey mouse operation. A company to avoid for those who take pride in their work."

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    Former Employee - Instructor in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Instructor in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Young Champions USA part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are truly no advantages to working for this company. If you are a talented individual with good people skills, instead of slaving away for these clowns, organize your own local, small-time classes at your neighborhood church or rec. center.

    Cons

    On every level, this company appears to be run by buffoons. It is truly baffling to me how they have remained in business this long. They are terrible at marketing, terrible at communicating with customers and employees and furthermore, everything they write or say comes across as insincere and phony. Above all else, the product [classes] they offer are GARBAGE, because they simply don't invest in their employees and their customers.

    Advice to Management

    Hire people with actual vision and intelligence to shape your company. Pay your instructors a fair wage for all of the ridiculous/tedious work you require of them. Hire qualified people to teach and train the instructors. Provide decent quality class materials, not cheap Chinese junk... Essentially change everything you do and become an entirely different company,


  3. "Great staff..they work for a great cause and very easy to communicate with. Loved working with the organization."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Santa Ana, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Benefit the lives of young children by offering affordable and exciting programs.

    Great opportunities to grow with the firm.

    Great staff makes working an enjoyable and fun experience.

    Cons

    Not enough interpersonal interaction with the children you are helping everyday by going to work. But thank you letters from students and parents let you know the work you do is much appreciated!

    Advice to Management

    Keep working hard to better the lives of children and young teens by offering such great and afforadble programs to our communities.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Low wages, poor communication skills by senior management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Ana, CA
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Working with kids and teaching dance and cheerleading

    Cons

    Low wages, poorly ran business.

    Advice to Management

    Try to give feedback to employees and respect the time and effort they put into the company.


  6. "Karate Instructor"

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    Former Employee - Karate Instructor
    Former Employee - Karate Instructor
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Young Champions USA part-time

    Pros

    You work by yourself for most of the work that you do and get to decide on how things are run in your class, although there is a general code of conduct that each employee needs to abide by when conducting the class. Even though there are many instructors for karate, you are in charge of your own curriculum, parent helpers, and hiring secretaries.

    Cons

    Sales of merchandise, for me at least, ruined the nature of karate as it was the only way to make a decent wage. Each season there is new equipment that the students can by, which is fun for them to try, but you have no choice but to include it into your ever changing curriculum or risk losing out on students whose parents spent money on buying extra merchandise. The wage is also quite low and for the amount of time that needs to be done outside of class when submitting registration forms, logging in students who attended, drive time, and mailing out documents makes the work not worth it all together.

    Advice to Management

    Management was quite friendly and kept the instructors motivated to continue bringing quality instruction to their students. Sales of merchandise, however, makes the company more like a business than a dojo.


  7. "Instructors Beware"

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

    I worked at Young Champions USA part-time

    Pros

    - started because I love working with kids.
    - teaching classes

    Cons

    - do much more work than you're compensated for
    - found myself working more than the hours that were told between their intranet system, online orders for classes and preparing for weekly classes.
    - was not properly trained.

    Advice to Management

    - expect you to know how to do things without telling you
    - want above and beyond results on 40 mins a session
    - pay your employees better.
    - managers believed I had no other full-time job or life responsibilities to attend to.

    Bottom line, left on my own merit (thankfully) would not go back nor recommend to a friend.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Horribly-run business"

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

    Pros

    -Working with kids who are happy to learn
    -concept of company is positive

    Cons

    -the work outside of class is not compensated
    -being told you're going to be compensated for training, and working extra days and not being paid after asking multiple times
    -several spelling mistakes on forms and flyers
    -flyers are filled with little logic and contradictions, if teachers don't understand how should we explain to parents?
    -overall lack of professionalism
    -expecting a teacher to be a treasurer, secretary, postal delivery, and so many more things all by herself for little pay
    -expecting children to be ready for a competition when there is no sense of urgency for parents to bring their kids to class: YC needs to advertise this
    -unclear directions to instructors and then receiving attitude from supervisors
    -being the only messenger between parents and the company - leads to being blamed for the company's wrong-doings (non-sensical flyers, charges, etc)
    -overall frustrating company to work for


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Great for kids & families. Horrible company to work for!"

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

    I worked at Young Champions USA part-time

    Pros

    Cost efficient option for busy parents, opportunity to earn commission

    Cons

    Insufficient pay (and ALWAYS incorrect), too much outside work

    Advice to Management

    Make the cost of evaluations part of the enrollment fee. The tears that would come out on evaluation day and award day were heartbreaking. So many parents would forget, or not come, or not have enough $$$ on them that day and in the end girls who worked hard all season were getting penalized. This resulted in low return rate and last-minute competition drop outs.

    The cheer program is so slow in progression. I lost a lot of girls to nearby all-star programs. Also a suggestion is to not have new programs do competition their first session. It is too much for he girls, especially the young ones, to learn cheer moves and a competition routine all at once. Would rather spend that first session learning cheer basics and go to competition the following session.

    Also, please consider paying your employees to compensate their time OUTSIDE of practice. The paperwork, frequent trips to the post office, and time spent creating routines made the whole job not worth it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Art program needs serious work..."

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    Former Employee - Art Instructor
    Former Employee - Art Instructor
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Young Champions USA part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Working with the kids and parents is amazing. Teaching art when it is being cut from the schools is a great experience.

    Cons

    Until recently, I taught in the new visual art program.

    The kids are low on the company's priority list, despite their advertisement of being there for their students. This is not acceptable.

    Pay is low for teachers who are expected to do a lot- if you are new to teaching, expect no support despite promises.

    Complete lack of organization. Despite best efforts as a teacher you can drown under the disorganization of the office you report to. Lesson plans need a lot of re-working and materials need serious re-consideration.

    Advice to Management

    I would suggest that YC hire someone who knows what they're doing to kickstart the art program. Paring down paperwork expectations for teachers and parents will also make things more reasonable. Invest in fewer materials of better quality. Doesn't have to be amazing. Have commitment to your teachers and don't promise what you won't follow through with. And please put the kids first in your decisions regarding class cancellations, etc. They are the ones most affected by your lack of professionalism.