English Program in Korea
4.0 of 5 52 reviews
epik.go.kr Seoul, South Korea 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated Jun 24, 2014

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    Great way to live abroad

    Native English Teacher (Former Employee)

    ProsTeaching is rewarding and the compensation is good.

    ConsYou'll make more stateside with a degree.

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    Overall, good experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsLearned a lot, loved the kids, co-teachers were nice

    ConsStrong hierarchy with regards to age

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    A good place to work for the unemployed English Majors.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent savings potential for just graduating.
    School provided lots of cultural educational opportunities.
    Hours are very reasonable.
    Lots of free time for continuing education.

    ConsNo material was provided to teach from.
    Translating teachers rarely present.
     Little to no feedback directly provided for improvement.
    No real career advancement opportunity.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCreate standardized books for different English levels.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Can be good can also be bad.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsMuch less work than typical Korean Hagwons. Pay is close to Hagwon rates. Co-teaching with capable teachings can be enriching and rewarding.

    ConsNo control over where you are placed. Some teachers can be very difficult to work with. As such if you get a good co-teacher you'll have a great year. A bad co-teacher (i.e. a teacher who has no desire to co-teach but must because of directives from above) you will likely have a long year.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry selecting Korean co-teacher who are keen to co-teach. Select CELTA (or other 120 hour TESOL) certified native speakers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Native English Teacher (Former Employee)
    Incheon (South Korea)

    ProsEasy job.
    Decent pay for a recent college grad.

    ConsNo room for growth in the company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAllow us to have more power with policy implementing.

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    Great Experience

    Guest English Teacher (Former Employee)
    Cheongju (South Korea)

    ProsOpportunity to travel Asia, decent salary, free apartment.

    ConsThe situation can get stale if you stay for more than a year.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    EPIK is a great company to work for for some.

    Native English Teacher (Former Employee)
    Changwon, Kyongsang-namdo (South Korea)

    ProsAll the basics are covered; health insurance, rent and housing, signing bonus and vacation.
    Easy job as long as you have a coteacher
    Students in high school are fun to teach because there isn't much expected

    ConsDifficult co teachers can mean a year of misunderstandings.
    Not a lot of value in the actual teaching portion with large classes.
    Can be lonely because there are so few English speakers.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive more responsibility to your teachers and expect more from them and they will deliver.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Can't go wrong!

    Native English Teacher (Former Employee)
    Daegu (South Korea)

    ProsThis is a government funded program for English teachers in Korea
    Flight is paid for to and from your home country
    Accommodations provided
    18 days holiday!
    Money is good for the cost of living in Korea, a good place to be able to save up
    Working hours are great and the students are awesome.
    Training is provided but it really depends on your attitude towards teaching, it'll ultimately determine how happy you will be in the class room as well

    ConsCultural difference can impact the working relationship with your coworkers as they expect to to follow their cultural ways. Seniority plays a big factor here.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    This is a great opportunity to teach in the public school system of South Korea.

    EPIK NET (Former Employee)
    Samch'ŏk (South Korea)

    ProsTeachers can work in elementary, middle and high schools in urban and rural areas of the the country. Good salary, benefits, and the stability of being a government employee.

    ConsThe salary is in South Korean won so its value can be dramatically affected by fluctuations in foreign currencies/exchange rates. Of course, one must keep in mind that this could also be a positive thing depending on the economic situation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAs few people outside of Korea can speak the local language, it would be useful to create a specific English speaking department/office that can address the needs of former employees' employment reference checks from abroad.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It's all about luck

    Native English Teacher (Current Employee)
    Seoul (South Korea)

    ProsPay is good, free housing, plane ticket paid for.

    ConsYou might be put in a horrible school or apartment.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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