Seattle >Community & Social Services > A Nanny For U
5339 Roosevelt Way NE, Suite A, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810547.668509 -122.317521
Neighborhoods: University District, Northeast Seattle, Northeast
I wish I had read these negative reviews before! I am a professional nanny with lots of experience and wonderful references. This agency NEVER got me even one job interview. I would call about a job and Jenene was always unable to take my call and rarely got back to me. I saw jobs in Medina posted on Craigslist from this agency! Tacky! I have no doubt they are nice to the clients, but are very rude and unprofessional to nannies. I called about a job that I was interested in and Jenene told me it was no longer available, but several days latter it was advertised on Craigslist. So she was either lying, or false advertising. If they did not want to represent me then I would rather they tell me straight then waste my time playing these ridiculousness games.
I am a pediatric therapist and have worked with children and their families for over 10 years and I have never heard of anything or experienced anything as appalling as this. I used this agency for a nanny placement for 3 1/2 months and experienced several bad business calls. 1. it was their policy for the nanny to call once she was book and several times this did not happen they would just showed up at my door. 2. they are extremely in-flexible with working with families and nannies on various issues. 3. they cancled on me with less then 12 hours notice, in which I had to miss work. 4.several of the nannies would show up late for the shift, 15-20 mins late. Bad, Bad business! If you are looking for a nanny service to work for or use, I highly recommend using a different business. If your looking to be treated horrible, experience turn over in nannies and agency staff, and want a nanny agency that clearly does not understand the stresses of families/childcare then you have found your home!
Very Happy – I have worked for a nanny for you for about two months now and it is really a joy. Everyone is very professional and kind and willing to answer my many questions. I have been placed with many families that have all been GREAT to work with. I am looking forward to continuing to work at this agency and moving upwards.
I would and have recommended this agency to other nannies looking for work.
Fantastic Nanny Agency! – As a employed nanny for this agency, I can vouch for their high-quality standards. A Nanny for U makes the effort to communicate with their nannies, ensuring they are happy with and succeeding at their jobs! I absolutely love my work, and cannot express enough how grateful and proud I am to work for A Nanny For U. They don't just care about finding me hours; they care about my well-being as well.
Many of the families I nanny for tell me how impressed they are with A Nanny for U and the care given by the nannies they provide. There is a reason for this satisfaction: A Nanny for U sets high standards for their caregivers. While reading the previous reviews, I noticed some negative remarks about the agency's interview process. If you are interested in working for this agency, I hope you are not deterred by such remarks! A Nanny For U does have a unique interview process, but it works. They ask certain questions to not only determine what types of families a nanny will fit best with, but also to learn more about their potential employees. A Nanny For U wants to establish rapport with their nannies from the start; they are constantly helping their nannies set and reach new personal goals!
A Nanny for U is simply a great choice, whether you are a nanny in need of reliable work or a parent/caregiver looking for exceptional, high-quality childcare!
Horrible – This owner is self-seeking and greedy and only cares about making money. Her Back Up Care staff is overworked and underpaid, and often the girls that are hired are mediocre as she likes to hire young naive girls that she can order around. Location preferences and Time RQ are often ignored, she gets dates, times and families mixed up, and is a horrible communicator. There have been times girls have been paid late or not enough. She has been known to tell her employers that "they are lucky to work for her and should be thankful." She books people multiple jobs in one day not caring that it could be 12+ hours of work or have a traveling time of 30 + plus minutes .She wonders why she has such a high turnover rate...these are just some of the reasons. More time and energy is definitely spent on permanent families and their nannies....because they are paying her a much higher rate. While there is some screening of references and a background check, they do not require a drug test which should be mandatory. The girls in the front office [Rachel and Kristin] are extremely nice and easy to work with, but the rest forget about it. Take your time, energy, and resources to another agency who actually cares about their employees.
Happy Nanny! – My experience with this agency was nothing but positive. From my first initial phone conversation all the way through the interview process and my placement with a great family I felt like the agency had my best interest in mind the entire time. The women at the agency were professional, honest, and knowledgable about the nanny industry. I could tell from the questions that they asked in my interview and the time they took getting to know my background, personality and childcare philosophies that they have the utmost respect for the families they work with and are dedicated to finding their clients the best possible nanny. I would recommend A Nanny for U to anyone looking to hire a nanny and especially to any GREAT nanny looking for an awesome family! A Nanny for U works only with top notch families and high quality nannies!
Not a Nanny Agency For me – So incredibly unprofessional. Worst interview experience ever.
I was on a nanny site called care dot com, yes a glorified craigslist that is soley focused on childcare and can provide a background check, nonetheless it is a classified ad service that has worked for me in the past. I was messaged by Kristen W, who told me that she had a lovely little 2 year old girl that needed a nanny, someone who was a creative house manager, and that I looked like the right candidate. When we spoke on the phone, she admitted she worked for an agency, but that they nonetheless were interested in my credentials and that she wanted to interview me.When I went in for the interview, Megan, a very mean woman, brought me into her office. I was five minutes late and lord knows that is a bad impression... but beyond that I was qualified and had been targeted for a specific family that sounded interesting to me . During the interview, which lasted 35 minutes, Megan continually cut me off mid answer and was generally rude. I assumed however that it was some sort of tactic she used. Then however, she proceeded to tell me that the family I had come in for didn't even exist, and that most likely I would end up working as "backup care"-- this of course ignored the one part in my application where it asked what I wanted from an employer: to have a schedule! Regardless, I continued with the interview because at the time I didn't have a job, and I thought that this agency might lead somewhere. Then it started getting weird. She asked me if I was raised religiously, I said no, but that I had no problem working for a religious family. Then, even more werid, she asked me if I was "liberal or conservative" when I said that I don't really follow policy changes (in reality I'm neither liberal or conservative, my poltical alignments are very different and individual, and I disagree with liberal and conservative, democrats and republicans constantly) she however, wouldn't stop-- I got a conservative vibe from her so maybe that was why she was pushing, but she asked "well what about your family, were you raised liberal or conservative" at which point I basically said "if you are asking because of my compatibility with a family..." and she continued to push, asking "how were your poltical values defined," etc... IT was incredibly embarassing and moreover really illegal. The thought that she may have not given me a job because of my political or religious upbrignings or opinions is ILLEGAL and IMMORAL. She ended up giving me a job, but i didn't want such greedy and illegaly functioning women getting 30% of a paycheck I earned.
Worst Hiring Inquiry Ever – FOR GIRLS WHO WANT TO USE ANANNYFORU. TOTAL FRAUD NOSTARS! I've never had the worse Job Inquiry ever! I've never been in an environment where the the whole entire business was ran by a clique of tacky, unprofessional women. When I first went in to have my interview, it seemed nice, but I quickly got the vibe that these womens egos would turn out to be truely Ugly and unprofessional. When I first went in, there was a girl who was being interviewed before me, it lasted 2 min. While waiting for my interview Megan told the "receptionist" in a snobby way that the girl did not have enough experience. She stopped talking after she realized I could hear her. I WAS SITTING RIGHT THERE WHEN SHE SAID IT! Did she really think she was conveying it confidentially? She has no respect! So I had the interview which lasted 30 min. I was complimented on communicating what parents were looking for. I left confident. The only conflict at that time, was that I was a morning Nanny. I was not picky about what kind of family I was looking for. They nit picked at what kind of family I was looking for.*I just want to be there for a family)so I hadnt heard from them and decided to call to inform that my availability had changed. The "receptionist" sounded as if she were a little confused. She asked me when I graduated from high school and how many yrs of experience I had as a Nanny. "Kristin The Receptionist" went on to tell me that I didn't have enough experience, so I told her that I had over 12 yrs experience working with children. She told me she would let Megan know. So Megan gave me a call and I told her what happenned with the receptionist (Which Megan cleary got offended and told me very rudely that they do not have "receptionists" there. I dont work there. I dont know, but theres no means for a snobby/preppy response to convey that. So finally when I went on to mention that my availability had changed she gave this whole "Your just not our type" and you will find a family just not ours. She informed me that from my over all experience, application, and interview that I just wasn't a good match. Megans conversation was CLEARLY REHEARSED. I went on to ask a series of questions to try to understand exactly what was not appealing about who I was as a Nanny and continously she could not give me a straight forward answer. I cant comprehend why people like this consider themselves professional when they can't give substantial verbal evidence that may help further ones career. I'm just not understanding how if I have all this experience volunteering/college in E.C.E and Nannying/Teaching that I could be pushed away. It honestly left me hurt. I did not take this situation personally because It was rehearsed/ignorant on Megans part, but I was hurt because she couldn't convey exactly what was not appealing to the company and families. How is one supposed to be during these "Agency" Interviews? It was so tiring having to hear Megan repeatedly tell me that I wasn't a good fit. She said that she didn't know why there was miscommunication on Kristin's part when informing me that I was not a good match. Kristin and Megan clearly need to be trained in confrontation and I blame self-centerdness on their part,they can't be less detail oriented especially forgetting the girls that are on file (I remember when the girl who had the interview before me had her head down when she left, I'm just wondering if they belittled her. (Could you imagine having someone talk behind your back about an interview) . You just got that vibe that THEIR SNOTTY! ( ITS LIKE A GUT FEELING) I eventually got tired and very offended after the fifth time (literally )she told me that I wasn't a good fit and that I just hung up on her. I know that was probably imature, but if anyone and anyone has been through this, than you would have done the same thing.
Not Worth It – I have several complaints with this agency. From the beginning they argued about what we needed, talked us into an absurdly high salary, a compensation program that was unreasonable, and when it came time to collect the agreed upon fee, they played a bait and switch that was particularly mercenary. You can get a much better match, with far less costs, without the bad advice, from caredotcom.
Overall sense I had was that to make their business model work, they have to charge too much, and there are really no benefits to the agency other than the original "location" of a candidate.
If you like mediocrity this is the agency for you – Our experience with this agency turned out to be less than satisfactory. We never really were referred a nanny that fit our criteria and eventually hired one that wasn't a perfect fit. She ended up leaving the position early and Rebecca told us it wasn't a good match from the get go. However, she wasn't willing to replace her because she stayed 8 months. We had used a nanny for u in the past for a placement and it was okay, but recently it seems the agency has become more worried about securing placement fees than securing good fitting nannies. We are currently looking for a nanny and have jumped ship to an agency that is really trying to match to our position needs. My advice be thorough and hold out for what you really want. Don't be rushed into making a decision. There are a lot of nannies out there and nanny agencies. In fact , to do what a nanny for u does which is basically a background check and trying to make you think someone is a good fit for a position when they are not is something you could pretty much do on your own! Also, very expensive placement fees over $5k.
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