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Pros
  • Great pay and benefits, especially since cost of living so low (in 6 reviews)

  • Great co-workers, adorable kids, not too demanding job, good pay (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • There's definitely a language barrier (in 5 reviews)

  • No opportunities for advancement (in 3 reviews)

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    Doesn't come through on it's promise

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Native English Teacher in Busan (South Korea)
    Current Employee - Native English Teacher in Busan (South Korea)

    I have been working at English Program in Korea full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay for the required teaching hours. Kids can be fun and cute at times.

    Cons

    No control of your placement. Each school runs differently. No opportunity for advancement. Major behavior problems in students.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good idea in theory, very few instances where it works well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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    Poor Management of Human Resources

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Native English Teacher
    Current Employee - Native English Teacher

    I have been working at English Program in Korea full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good compensation given the required qualifications
    Low cost of living
    Good location for travel + a better vacation package than hagwons.
    Yearly increases in salary for renewing.
    Housing is provided
    Can be an eye-opening cultural experience

    Cons

    No actual standardization in terms of quality control--your work and home situation is all up to chance.
    Many first time teachers will sign the contract blind--you are not told what grade level you teach or exactly where (besides the providence) until after signing.
    Lack of communication, in part because of a language barrier but in large part as well because your co-teacher is expected to be your sole point of contact with higher management.
    The freedom you have in creating, planning and teaching English will depend on your co-workers, principal, and vice principal's decisions about what English class should be like, not necessarily on your abilities.
    Co-teaching is, for many, an empty promise. You may be doing lessons alone while your co-teachers take smoke breaks, be reduced to a human tape player, or be given the role of the dancing monkey (entertainer rather than educator).
    Coworkers don't always share the values of senior management about the value of English education.
    If you use a textbook, you will be expected to teach from the textbook even if the language is incorrect or unnatural because that is what students will be tested on. "I have a new game CD!" "Did you enjoy a good sleep?"
    Because the EPIK program seems to be reducing the number of hires, teachers may have multiple schools-sometimes as many as five. This is not beneficial to the students as it means they will only have English conversation classes once a week for one hour.
    If you have a strict principal (or one who doesn't like you), family emergencies not covered by the contract will not equal unpaid leave. My grandfather became very ill and eventually passed away, but because the contract only notes "special leave" for the death of a parent, spouse or child, I had to miss his funeral.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please treat your employees better-we may be contract labor but providing us with little to no communication, support and opportunities for feedback (especially on our co-teachers) is probably why the turnover rate is so high.
    Brief your regional educational offices and Korean employees about what EPIK teachers are expecting given our Orientation training and in-service training: actual co-teaching situations, freedom in making our classes engaging and practical for students, and that much-talked about Korean hospitality that will let us take care of family emergencies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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