Pros: the kids, a few of my former co-workers
Cons: low pay, fluctuating hours, rude co-workers, unprofessional and rude director, dcfs regulations completely disregarded, etc
This is by FAR the worst company ever. I can't even begin to scratch the surface with how crooked,dishonest,morally bankrupt,and callous this company is. The owner sends out scathing emails to the directors,and has little to no regard for his employees. I worked at the McHenry location,and it is what I would consider trailer trash quality. Those poor kids....there are a small handful of great,caring,truly genuine teachers there,and to be honest,they are typically the assistants. The leads there are absolutely terrible. I wonder how many of them actually LIKE children.
The director is BEYOND unprofessional. She gossips about the other kids,the parents,and the other staff members in FRONT OF others,and doesn't even have the class or shame to be discreet about it. There were many times where we were over ratio and I was told at one point to bring the kids outside when DCFS showed up,so that,and I quote,"they won't be able to count that you're over ratio." I was an assistant,by myself,with 25 kids. There were many,many times in the 6 months that I was employed there,that I was acting as a lead teacher by myself with 15+ kids. I am not lead or director qualified,and yet I was thrown into those situations,but of course,still being paid assistant wages.
I was a very amiable,laid-back employee who did what I was told,kept on top of the tasks at hand,and yet near the last few weeks I was there,was getting treated like garbage. I even called in because I was moving that day,and was answered with the scathing response that I should have gotten that done(?!?!?) on the other days that – more... I had severely cut hours. What? So apparently little hours and low pay is a silver lining? That was definetely not her place to say anything,nor was it an intelligent comment. Right then and there I decided I was no longer an employee there. I have never left a job where I didn't give a proper 2 week notice,and I was planning on doing the same for Safari,but nope,not after that. What I do on my own personal time(such as moving,which she knew about weeks in advance),and how I coordinate it,is MY personal business,and is not Safari's jurisdiction.
Anyways,I have rambled on for far too long,and as I previously mentioned,I have not even really scratched the surface.
My advice: DO NOT WORK HERE,especially at the McHenry location! This was my worst job ever,and I have worked retail and in the food industry. – less