Pros: major holidays off, weekends off
Cons: 2 hour long breaks, inconsiderate coworkers, lazy parents who would pick up 30 minutes later than closing time, etc
A typical day at work would include teaching the kids the Primrose curriculum which is already in the workbook for each day of that week, writing reports home to parents, making sure the kids were fed and taken care of, etc.
I learned that what you see is NOT what you get, I went into this expecting to be very happy & working here for a long period of time considering I worked with kids for a couple years before taking a position on at this Primrose. Working here unfortunately has made me put my Elementary Education on hold since now I do not even know if I would want to deal with what I did here on a daily basis and I saw into the real truth of "pre-schools."
Management was new. I feel like those who had been there longer than others were dubbed "favorites" at the beginning. Some people would get holiday pay while others wouldn't. For instance, you were only supposed to get holiday pay if you worked there for longer than 3 months, I had been there that long and did not receive holiday pay but a girl who worked there for only 1 month did. When I brought it up, more excuses were made.
My co-workers.. a few were nice to be around but I feel like none of them actually resembled what a "teacher" would be like at a real school. Talking to my co-workers I realized very few actually enjoyed working there and most couldn't wait to get home.
The hardest part of my job was dealing with another coworker who would consistently make up lies about the other teachers she worked with and would yell at other adults in front of the children. Very unprofessional.
The most enjoyable part was – more... being with the kids, and that is all that I enjoyed.
Also to anyone who is considering working for a Primrose, please note that unlike other jobs where if you request off two weeks an advance, you get those days off. While working at Primrose, you must wait one year before you get a paid vacation. I asked for 3 days off non-paid and they said sure, but you will get written up for it. So it doesn't matter if you want your time off to be paid or not, unless you have been there for over a year.. you cannot request off and not get written up for it.
They do not hire from within.. When we lost lead teachers, instead of moving up the assistants, they would hire all new girls who knew practically nothing about the company or the way of doing things. Turnover is extremely high.
If you worked a long day, instead of getting a 30 minute or 1 hour break. You MUST take two hours so they don't have to pay you over time.. – less