Kindercare Reviews

Updated 22 August 2014
Updated 22 August 2014
182 Reviews

2.3
182 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It's a joy working with children and creating relationships with families (in 9 reviews)

  • Great families and children, very rewarding to watch the children grow (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • High turnover rate of teachers due to low pay (in 14 reviews)

  • Abusive Upper-Management especially at a regional level (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not much caring in Kindercare

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    Former Employee - Teacher  in  Fairfax, VA (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Fairfax, VA (US)

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    On paper, their values are in the right place. Benefits and time-off policies are average. Staff get a discount for the care of their children, albeit a small one.

    Cons

    They don't practice what they preach and don't follow through on their values and goals. Work ethic and atmosphere are extremely director-dependent. Very low pay. High turnover among teachers. Aside from assistant teachers becoming lead teachers, there is not much room for personal growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company values should be implemented more strictly. Measures to prevent such high staff turnover should be considered.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    KinderCare doesn't care

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Infant Teacher  in  Columbus, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Infant Teacher in Columbus, OH (US)

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I loved working with the kids

    Cons

    the kids are the best part of everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need better leaders

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Needs help

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Love the kids
    Guaranteed a laugh once a day

    Cons

    Not enough support or training

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the place as a stepping stone for people and not a lifetime career if you are not paying the teacher correctly

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Substandard environment for teachers and students.

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    Former Employee - Lead Teacher  in  Germantown, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher in Germantown, TN (US)

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Being able to provide a safe learning environment is the best part about working there. Teaching the children how to effectively interact with eachother and the world around them is incredibly satisfying.

    Cons

    It is difficult to provide and maintain structure in the classroom as the director is continuously shuffling the students around in order to keep teachers off the clock.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus should be on hiring qualified, caring teachers who are capable of educating and caring for the students in the best most effective manner.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Wonderful

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - School Age Teacher  in  Lynnwood, WA (US)
    Current Employee - School Age Teacher in Lynnwood, WA (US)

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The people are exceptionally nice and very helpful. They were welcoming and friendly to someone new to the state and job.

    Cons

    There is not much room for growth in a daycare setting.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Good intentions

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher I  in  Woodridge, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Lead Teacher I in Woodridge, IL (US)

    I worked at Kindercare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Diverse group of children
    Director really cared about the kids
    Get to inspire young minds

    Cons

    Employee drama with all women
    Pay is a bit low but you can get raises

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the children, always!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Embarrassed to work here. Looking for a way out. No way to enhance children's lives given corporate interests.

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    Current Employee - Center Director  in  Detroit, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Center Director in Detroit, MI (US)

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Pay and benefits, support of risk management for numerous litigation issues.

    Cons

    Focus on income, even at expense of children's safety and quality of care/education.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. It's for-profit. I get it. Advice to educators- seek a non-profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Overall OK place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead Infant Teacher  in  Omaha, NE (US)
    Current Employee - Lead Infant Teacher in Omaha, NE (US)

    I have been working at Kindercare full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    The teachers truly do care about the children there.

    Cons

    High turnover rate of teachers due to low pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The teachers work hard for the company, they need to be better paid.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Under appreciated

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Kindercare

    Pros

    Love the families and children.

    Cons

    Under paid, under valued, over worked.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Do not work here

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    Current Employee - Teacher  in  Slidell, LA (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Slidell, LA (US)

    I have been working at Kindercare part-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Love the kids. They rock.

    Cons

    Management shows favoritism. Is not organized. Does not help what so over. Does not care about employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop showing favoritism. Help out your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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