Not a Good Place to Earn a Living
Teacher/Chef (Former Employee) – Iowa City, IA – July 17, 2018
The main problem with working for Bright Horizons is that, unless you are in administration, you cannot make a decent income - especially if you have a family.
The demands of working with young children are quite stressful, and some of their initiatives and requirements in the classroom are, quite frankly, ridiculous. No plastic because it provides an unnatural feel? Really? Family style dining for three year olds? Really? Don't even get me started on Teaching Strategies Gold and Documentation Boards ...
I sincerely question the ethics of this company. They pride themselves on being listed as a Fortune 500 "Best Companies to Work For," which is based upon employee survey results. However, most of these surveys are conducted within the first three weeks of hire, which is going to bring the scores up since the new hires haven't had time to fully experience the scope of the company. For employees that are already there, most of the time there are incentives given for answering positively on the yearly surveys, and the bosses tend to me much kinder around survey time.
If you expect people to provide children with the highest level of care possible, perhaps it would be a good idea for the employer to, you know, pay the employees more than $8.25 an hour.
I should say, this job would be just fine for someone looking for a part-time job in college, or if you're retired and want a little extra income, or if your spouse/significant other makes so much money that you don't actually have to work/don't need benefits, and just want something to get you our of the house.
If you like working with children ...
Poor insurance, Stressful conditions for little pay, long hours